But if you were already planning on letting your summer be consumed by the reality TV phenomenon that is Love Island, then how about getting paid for watching while you’re at it?
Luxury bed linen retailer, Secret Linen Store, is currently recruiting for a ‘Relaxation Researcher’, and is looking for someone to test out popular relaxation methods to decide which ones are the best for inducing a great night’s sleep.
The job will involve doing certain tasks that many people do before bed, including watching Love Island, completing a three-step skincare routine, and listening to true crime podcasts, and a full review of each of the night time routines will then need to be given submitted, which provides details on how relaxed the Relaxation Researcher feels, and how well they slept that night.
The role needs to be completed over the course of a month, and the successful applicant will receive £300 just to laze about, as well as Secret Linen Store nightwear and a bed set too.
It’s a hard job, but someone’s got to do it.
Speaking on the new role, Molly Freshwater – co-founder of Secret Linen Store – said: “As we continue to move towards a hybrid working way of life, the lines between work and home can become blurred [and] more and more people are working later into the evenings, meaning by the time you go to bed, your brain finds it hard to switch off, often going without a ‘wind down’ period before you head off to sleep.
“With this in mind, we’d love to give to give someone the opportunity to dedicate time in the evenings to relax, and to take on the important task of finding out the ultimate calming pre-bed routine.
“We know our pyjamas and bedding sets are perfect for getting the best night’s sleep, but it’s so important to take time out in the evening to really switch off and help get you in the perfect relaxed state for bed.
“Hopefully the findings of the research will help people do just that.”
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Applications are now open for the role of Relaxation Researcher, and will close on 3rd July 2022, so all you’ll need to do is fill in the application and tell Secret Linen Store why you deserve to be paid to laze.
You can find the full list of responsibilities and apply here.
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Peter Kay moved to tears by standing ovation in Manchester as he returns to stand-up
Peter Kay was moved to tears by the outpouring of love from the audience in the AO Arena before he’d even started his set.
The Bolton comedian, 49, made his long-awaited return to the stand-up scene this weekend, with two sold-out shows in Manchester.
Another wrote: “What an absolute privilege to be there for Peter Kay’s return to the big stage. He got a standing ovation for his entrance and was reduced to tears, never seen anything like it. No spoilers, just a superb night.”
Someone else said: “I was expecting a huge standing ovation for Peter Kay’s return, but that was just mega. I felt so privileged to be there tonight. I’ve waited to see him live for so long. If you recorded anything, please don’t be a d*ck sharing it and ruining it for everyone else.”
One person tweeted: “What a beautiful moment yesterday. Peter Kay in tears after such a rapturous reception.”
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Stone Roses bassist Mani raises over £100k for The Christie and local NHS charities
Stone Roses bassist Mani and his wife Imelda have raised over £100,000 for two cancer charities close to their hearts.
After Imelda Mounfield – who is the wife of Stone Roses bassist Gary ‘Mani’ – was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer back in November 2020, the couple not only set out to raise awareness of the devastating disease, but also raise as much money as possible for local cancer charities through an online auction featuring some impressive prizes.
The auction was launched at a fundraising event held at Kimpton Clocktower Ballroom on Friday 18 November, and saw the couples’ friends from the world of music, sport, and entertainment donate an incredible array of exclusive items.
Some auction highlights included Noel Gallagher’s framed and signed set of six platinum discs for the album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?, which went for an impressive £8,000, while guitars donated by Damon Albarn, Arctic Monkeys, Primal Scream, Foo Fighters, Peter Hook, and The Who were also all up for sale.
The highest bid went to John Squire’s Jackson Pollock-inspired painted and signed Hofner guitar 3/3 for a whopping £16,800.
Liam Gallagher’s 2022 NME award for ‘Music Moment of the Year’ sold for £4,100, and David Beckham’s signed boots he wore for the last match of his career on 18 May 2013 were sold for £6,800.
All together, over £80,000 was raised from the auction, as well as £24,000 raised on the night of the fundraising event itself – which means that just over £100,000 has now been donated to The Christie Charity andStockport NHS Charity.
Imelda explained that funds were donated to these two charities as they “supported me through my journey.
“Cancer affects not just the person who has it, but everyone around them,” she explained, “I hope that by investing in some more research, we can help alleviate some of the devastation caused to families by cancer.”
Both charities say they are “really touched” and “hugely grateful” for the contributions.
“We’re really touched that Imelda’s experiences as a patient have spurred her and Mani into action for our charity,” said Louise Stimson – Head of Fundraising at The Christie Charity.
While Karen James OBE – Chief Executive for Stockport NHS Foundation Trust – added: “We’re hugely grateful to Imelda and Mani’s efforts in organising the fundraising event and auction [and] we’re proud of the care Imelda and many others with cancer have received at Stepping Hill Hospital.
“This fundraiser for our charity is a really touching display of her thanks, which will help us go on to support more patients in the future.”
Sadly, Imelda’s cancer has spread to her liver and a small nodule in her lung, so she underwent emergency life-saving bowel surgery as it perforated, and after months of treatments, she had the right side of her liver removed.
Imelda is now currently waiting for the next stage of treatment.