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Nine Pensioners Rescued From Dual Carriageway After Holiday Takes a Turn

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The rambling group were rescued from the side of the A36 near Bath (Picture: SWNS)

Nine pensioners got stuck on a dual carriageway in the countryside with cars whizzing past them after a misunderstanding with their driver.

Sally Morgan and her rambling group had set out on what was supposed to be a joyful hoilday in Bath, Somerset.

Armed with heavy rucksacks and their walking poles, they were supposed to get off their bus in the town centre.

Instead, they were dropped off on the side of the busy A36, with no one to turn to for help.

The road has no pavement, and the group was forced to walk dangerously close to the passing traffic.

Fortunately, they came across a house and were rescued to safety and taken back to their hotel by a man known as ‘Mr Bailey’, who they later described as ‘a saint’.

Some members of the rambling group (Picture: Pam Morgan/SWNS)

The group are now so grateful to their saviour (Picture: Pam Morgan/SWNS)

Sally and the rest of the women in the group had all felt ‘very worried as it is a fast road.’

‘We were very relieved that Mr Bailey was there to help us,’ the 69-year-old said.

‘When our friends came in their car to get us, they took three of us and Mr Bailey took four of us, which was nice of him, and then our friends came back for me and another one of us.

‘By the time we got picked up, Mr Bailey’s wife had come home and I told her he was helping damsels in distress and she said he would like that. He was a very kind man.’

The group often goes on rambling holidays together (Picture: Pam Morgan/SWNS)

Pam Morgan, who organised the trip, said the thought of nine pensioners stuck on the side of the road was ‘quite frightening’.

The 77-year-old added: ‘Mr Bailey was very kind, and it was very fortunate that he was home as that road is known for being really fast and it’s not very wide as it’s not got pavements.

‘The walkers were tucking themselves in as the traffic was zipping past them.

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‘We want to thank Mr Bailey for saving damsels in distress and he was truly a saint because I just don’t know what would have happened because there was no path off or anything that they could have gone down that they could see.

‘They were just quite scared on the side of the road and apparently it is a fast road.’

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Paul Mescal Receives Apology From BBC After Broadcaster Makes Rather Awkward Blunder

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Irish actor Paul Mescal has been called British…again (Picture: Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images)

His tweet clarifying his nationality may have been the most liked post in Ireland three years ago, but the BBC has had to apologise after getting a crucial fact about Oscar nominee Paul Mescal wrong.

Earlier this week the Irish actor was announced as one of the nominees for the upcoming Academy Awards.

The 26-year-old, who is from Maynooth, was given the nod for his leading role in indie flick Aftersun in the Actor in a Leading Role category.

In March, Paul will be going up against Austin Butler (Elvis), Brendan Fraser (The Whale), Bill Nighy (Living) and fellow Irishman Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin) in the prestigious category.

But when covering the nominations, the national broadcaster made a rather awkward error.

In text appearing on screen, the BBC reported: ‘2023 Oscar nominations: British actors Paul Mescal and Bill Nighy are nominated for leading role.’

The BBC has apologised for this mistake (Picture: eyeswideshut/ Twitter)

It has now apologised for the mistake, issuing a statement that read: ‘In text running across the screen we reported that Paul Mescal was one of two British actors who had been nominated for an Oscar for a leading role.’

‘The text should have said that Paul Mescal is Irish. We apologise for the mistake.’

When the mistake was made, plenty of people pointed it out and reminded the media outlet that Paul is very much Irish.

‘BBC news seems to not know Paul Mescal is IRISH,’ one person wrote.

Another added: ‘The BBC should know that Paul Mescal isn’t British.’

Plenty of people called out the BBC oversight (Picture: Twitter)

This person pointed out that Paul is very much Irish (Picture: Twitter)

Paul was one of several Irish Oscar nominees (Picture: Twitter)

It wasn’t the first time this has happened though.

Back in 2020, when Paul picked up an Emmy nomination for his breakthrough role in Normal People, outlets including The Guardian called him British.

It lead the actor to tweet ‘I’m Irish’, which ended up becoming the most-liked post in his home country that year.

Paul picked up an Oscar nomination for his starring role in Aftersun (Picture: A24 via AP)

The message quickly racked up over 130,000 likes as well as over 12,000 retweets and over 1,600 replies.

His Oscar nomination helped break a record for Ireland too, with the country securing 14 nominations in the upcoming awards ceremony.

Other actors to get nods included Barry Keoghan, Brendan Gleeson and Kerry Condon.

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When his nomination was announced Paul said it was ‘truly a special moment for everyone involved in Aftersun’.

‘To be recognised by the Academy is such an insane honour and I’m so utterly grateful.’

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How Many Legs Are in the Carabao Cup Semi-finals? All the Rules Explained

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Only four teams remain in the competition (Picture: Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The Carabao Cup semi-finals continue tonight with Nottingham Forest welcoming Manchester United at the City Ground.

The winner of the tie will face either Newcastle United or Southampton in the final at Wembley on February 26.

With the regulations changing from one competition to another, here is your full lowdown of the rules in play across the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup 2023.

Are the Carabao Cup semi-finals played over two legs?

Yes, the Carabao Cup semi-finals will take place over two legs.

Newcastle beat Southampton 1-0 in the first leg of the first semi-final on Tuesday night, with the return leg scheduled for Tuesday, January 31 at 8pm.

Southampton and Newcastle played out an entertaining first leg (Picture: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Manchester United will host Nottingham Forest in the second leg of their semi-final on Wednesday, February 1 at 8pm.

VAR is in use for the first time in the Carabao Cup this season, having not featured in earlier rounds to ensure fairness across every tie.

Will extra-time and penalties be used in the Carabao Cup semi-finals?

If the score is level after the end of both legs then extra-time, and if required penalties, will be used to determine the winner.

This is the first time this season that matches finishing level in the Carabao Cup will head to extra-time, with ties previously proceeding straight to penalties in the event of a draw after 90 minutes.

The away goals rule will also not be in use for the two semi-finals.

The English Football League scrapped the rule ahead of the 2018/19, which up until that point only came into effect following the conclusion of extra-time.

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How many substitutes are allowed in the Carabao Cup?

Managers will be able to use up to five substitutes across three windows during the game (half-time not included).

An extra substitution is permitted in extra-time, whilst both teams can also use two concussion substitutes if required.


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