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England’s anglers cast coronavirus worries aside, return to action

By William James and Ben Makori

OXFORD, England (Reuters) – The whoosh and splosh of fishing lines break the silence of a sunny morning on the banks of an English reservoir as dozens of anglers cast their rods in search of trout, and a few precious hours of escape from the coronavirus crisis.

Days after Britain eased its lockdown restrictions, the bucolic scene at Farmoor Reservoir near Oxford, central England, is being played out all across the country as fisheries are allowed to reopen their gates for the first time in seven weeks.

“Today is just a lovely thing to be able to do just given the current state of everything,” said Patrick Quelch a 52-year old part-time primary school teacher.

“You obviously think about the whole COVID thing and how it’s affecting people … But when you’re out here, it’s an escapism, isn’t it? It’s time to not think

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Tim Allen Turned Down a Ridiculous Amount of Money to Return to ‘Home Improvement’

They say you can’t go home again, and it appears that Home Improvement star Tim Allen took that idiom to heart. The 1990s sitcom was a tremendous success and served as a successful launching pad for Allen’s own future acting endeavors, but he knew when to end things.

The show ran for an impressive eight seasons and provided fans with 203 episodes of laughter, but the network wanted to keep things going for at least one more season. 

Allen wouldn’t hear of it, and even a large sum of money wasn’t enough to get him to reconsider. 

‘Home Improvement’ made Tim Allen and Jonathan Taylor Thomas famous

Tim Allen on the red carpet
Tim Allen | Tommaso Boddi/WireImage

Before breaking through in the role of Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor, Allen was a standup comedian. He got his start performing in the late 1970s in his home state of Michigan, and his set became the basis

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