Mum asks for help after son, two, lathers 'ultra dark' fake tan instead of soap

A mum was amused when her toddler decided to use fake tan all over himself thinking it was soap – but quickly realised she’d need help to get his skin back to its normal tone.

Alana Reed’s son Bailey from East Melbourne, ran to his mum to proudly show off that he was ‘all clean’.

But instead of using soap, he had used an ‘ultra dark’ tan on himself, smearing the product all over his face and body.

At first Alana, 30, thought Bailey had been running around and got himself muddy but after trying to wash it off, noticed that the Bondi Sands Ultra Dark fake tan had been in the bathroom.

She found the situation funny at first but soon became desperate to find a solution to take off the colouring.

Posting on Facebook page Mums Who Clean, Alana asked if anybody had any suggestions on how she could take it off.

The post received thousands of comments with loads of home remedy suggestions.

Unfortunately though, none of them worked. Bailey ended up getting darker after a few days as the Bondi Sands Ultra Dark develops over time.

On the Facebook page, Alana wrote: ‘Does anybody have any ideas for getting ultra dark tan off a toddler’s face, hands and arms? He used half the bottle to “clean himself” and lemon and baby oil are making it worse. Please help.’

One of the suggestions was: ‘Moisturise with baby oil two or three times about 30 minutes apart. Wait one hour after the last application and then run a warm bath and gently exfoliate the areas.’

Another said: ‘Bondi Sands actually has a tan eraser so that might be worth a try.’

‘I’ve found toothpaste and then dishwashing liquid good for removing food colouring. Try it on his hand. Best of luck. Maybe use makeup concealer on his face until it wears off?’ suggested another.

Others recommended bicarbonate of soda, lemon juice, and a bath filled with baking powder.

But Alana said she didn’t want to put harsh chemicals on the toddler.

If no other remedies work, Bailey might just have to wait five to seven days for the tan to naturally clear after plenty of washes.

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Family hires a cherry picker to celebrate relative's 100th birthday

The cherry (picker) on top! Family hires aerial platform so they can see their relative – who lives in a fourth-floor flat – on her 100th birthday

  • Bob Beauchamp and family rented cherry picker to mark a relative’s birthday
  • Winifred Cleaver would have spent her 100th birthday alone were it not for idea 
  • They delivered a card and balloons as a crowd of 100 watched from down below
  • All joined to sing Happy Birthday and waved flags while listening to WWII music 

A creative family hired a cherry picker so they could surprise a 100-year-old relative on her very special birthday – while adhering to lockdown guidelines.

Bob Beauchamp, his daughter Kate and friends, rented the crane so they could reach the window of Winifred Cleaver’s flat in Henbury, Bristol.

They delivered a card and balloons while suspended in the sky outside her building with a crowd of around a hundred people cheering them on below.

The family had originally planned to celebrate Ms Cleaver’s big day on Thursday 21st May at the SS Great Britain, a local tourist attraction. 

Bob Beauchamp, his daughter Kate and others rented the crane so they could reach the window of relative Winifred Cleaver’s flat in Henbury, Bristol to wish her a happy 100th birthday 

However, the outbreak of coronavirus forced them to scrap those plans – leaving them unsure how to celebrate when they couldn’t access her high-rise home.

A friend then jokingly suggested to Kate, 45, that they hire a cherry picker – which the family decided was the perfect idea.

Bob – Ms Cleaver’s nephew – delivered her cards and ‘100’ balloons to her window while other relatives looked on from below.

The family then took it in turns to ride on the machine and pass on their congratulations from a safe distance. 

Winifred, affectionately called ‘Win,’ has not left her flat since Christmas. She has only been visited by carers 

The local fire service also attended and used its own cherry picker to pass on their best wishes to the centenarian, who is known as Win.

Bob, 69, said: ‘Win is an incredible person. While being hard of hearing and having poor eyesight, she is mentally as agile as ever and fully aware of what is happening in the world.

‘The celebrations continued in the afternoon. It was lovely that the community came together.

Bob’s daughter Kate explained a friend jokingly suggested the family use a cherry picker to see Winifred, and Kate concluded it was a perfect idea (pictured looking at Winifred’s window)

‘There were something like a hundred of the local residents on the lawn outside to sing “Happy Birthday,” wave flags and listen to recorded WW2 music.’

Kate added: ‘We really wanted to see Win for her birthday and being on the third floor, it had seemed impossible – until a friend gave me the idea for the cherry picker!

‘Except for a hospital visit, Win has not left her flat since she spent Christmas with us.

‘The youngest family member who came to see her was her great-great-nice, aged two. The family spans two to 100!

Using the crane, Bob was able to see his aunt on her birthday. Winifred has not left her flat since Christmas 

‘We are a close family and Win has always been included in all family events. She is supported to live independently at home by meals on wheels and her carers.

‘She couldn’t believe that everyone had come to see her, let alone any media interest!’

Ms Cleaver never married nor had any children, Bob said, and for the past decade she has lived on her own.

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Boris Johnson vows to have a test and trace system ready on Thursday

Boris will DROP drop the ‘track’ in ‘test, track and trace’ system that is designed to get Britain out lockdown and it will not be fully ready in time for deadline

  • Ministers told to drop the ‘track’ after negative reaction from focus groups
  • Boris Johnson suggested a test and trace system would be in place by Thursday
  • But structure will need to be built up and won’t be ‘all singing, all dancing’ 
  • Prime Minister promised ‘world beating system’ in place by June 1 at PMQs
  • 25,000 contact tracers will be able to track 10,000 new cases a day from June

Ministers have been told to drop the ‘track’ in test, track and trace after focus groups showed that the concept scared people, it has emerged.

The ‘tracking’ portion refers to the NHS mobile app that can detect if someone has been in close contact with a Covid-positive individual, which is still going ahead. 

The Government is now believed to be discussing a new ‘test, trace and isolate’ phrase, as wording for the strategy becomes increasingly more confusing for the public.

Ministers are being told to drop the ‘track’ in test, track and trace after focus groups showed that the concept scared people, as Boris Johnson attempts to start a test and trace system before June 1

The Welsh government have opted for a ‘Test, Trace, Protect’ strategy, with ‘protect’ referring to people with the virus self-isolating to prevent a spread to the rest of the population.

And the Scottish government have gone one step further with their ‘test, trace, isolate, support’ strategy, with support including help with food and medicine as well as financial support.

At Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, Labour leader Keir Starmer challenged Boris Johnson over the government’s failure to track the spread of the disease after mid-March.

‘That’s nearly 10 weeks in a critical period without effective tracing. That’s a huge hole in our defences, isn’t it prime minister?’ he said. 

The ‘tracking’ portion refers to the NHS mobile app that can detect if someone has been in close contact with a Covid-positive individual, which is still going ahead

Coming under pressure for details, Mr Johnson claimed that the UK would have a ‘world-beating’ test, track and trace system in place by June 1. 

The scheme would include 25,000 contact tracers who should be able to track 10,000 new cases a day.

But during the cabinet meeting on Thursday, the Prime Minster suggested that while the scheme would be ready, it would not be comprehensive, according to The Times.

‘He suggested it wouldn’t be all singing, all dancing but the system would be ready,’ a minister told the publication. ‘He was optimistic that we would be able to move into the next phase of easing the lockdown, but it was too early to make that decision.’

Mr Johnson will announce the next steps on Thursday.

Matt Hancock, the health secretary, urged people yesterday to ‘do their bit’ and go into self-isolation if they had had contact with someone with the virus, even if they had no symptoms. No 10 has not ruled out fining people who fail to go into isolation.

The Office for National Statistics showed that of all those who said they had self-isolated over the past seven days, only 28 per cent had not left their home. While the data was unclear, it set alarm bells ringing.

‘The difficulty doing the isolate approach is that the numbers of people who are self-isolating look appalling,’ one official said. ‘People who think they might be symptomatic still are not self-isolating.’

Ministers have set up a new unit — the Joint Biosecurity Centre — led by Tom Hurd, a senior counterterrorism officer. It is seen as an attempt by Downing Street to wrest control from Public Health England (PHE).

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Many in US won't return to gym or dining out: poll

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WASHINGTON — Much of the country remains unlikely to venture out to bars, restaurants, theaters or gyms anytime soon, despite state and local officials across the country increasingly allowing businesses to reopen, according to a new survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

That hesitancy in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak could muffle any recovery from what has been the sharpest and swiftest economic downturn in U.S. history. Just 42% of those who went to concerts, movies, theaters or sporting events at least monthly before the outbreak say they’d do so in the next few weeks if they could. Only about half of those who regularly went to restaurants, exercised at the gym or traveled would feel comfortable doing so again.

Lynn Tanner, center, and her husband Ryan, bottom right, are served lunch at Busy Bee Cafe Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Ventura, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


About a quarter of Americans say someone in their household has lost a job amid that downturn, and about half have lost household income, including layoffs, pay cuts, cut hours or unpaid time off. The majority of those whose household suffered a layoff still believe they will return to their previous employer, but the share expecting their job will not return has risen slightly over the past month, to 30% from 20%.

Amber Van Den Berge, a teacher in Indiana, held off on immediately returning to her second job as a fitness instructor. She would need to pass a test for COVID-19, get her temperature checked each morning and lead class while wearing a protective mask.

“Wear a mask to teach a fitness class? I’m not ready for that,” said Van Den Berge, 39.

The speed and strength of any economic rebound could be thwarted because many fear the risk of new infections. Consumers make up roughly 70% of U.S. economic activity, so anything less than a total recovery in spending would force many companies to permanently close and deepen the financial pain for 39 million people who have lost jobs in roughly the past two months.

Forty-nine percent of Americans approve of how President Donald Trump is handling the economy, the poll shows. That has slipped over the last two months, from 56% in March. Still, the issue remains a relative positive for Trump, whose overall approval rating stands at 41%.

President Donald Trump speaks at Ford’s Rawsonville Components Plant Thursday in Ypsilanti, Mich. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


Trump has at times downplayed the threat of the coronavirus and the benefits of testing and has criticized the leadership of Democratic governors. Meanwhile, many Democratic lawmakers have insisted on the importance of containing the disease and sustaining the economy with federal aid.

Greg Yost, a Republican from Rockaway, New Jersey, says he wishes the president would defer more to medical experts, rather than speak off the cuff. But he added that he thinks Trump believes he must defend himself against personal attacks.

“He’s between a rock and a hard place,” Yost said.

But ShyJuan Clemons, 45, of Merrillville, Indiana, says Trump has made the fallout from the pandemic worse by initially denying its dangers and failing to display much empathy for those hurt by the coronavirus.

“Even my cat knows that he’s terrible,” said Clemons, referring to his 14-year-old Siamese mix, Shinji.

Clemons works with special needs people and worries about his hours if Indiana — starved of tax revenues because of the disease — cuts its budget.

But it also shows how an atmosphere of political polarization may be feeding both an eagerness by some to return and a reluctance by others to resume their previous lifestyles.

Among those who did so at least monthly before the outbreak, Republicans are far more likely than Democrats to say they’d go to restaurants (69% to 37%), movies, concerts or theaters (68% to 28%), travel (65% to 38%) and go to a gym or fitness studio (61% to 44%).

After being closed for several weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak, Chandler Fashion Center Mall welcomes back patrons with many social distancing guideline signs Sunday in Chandler, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)


Sixty-nine percent of those who regularly shopped in person for nonessential items before the outbreak, including majorities among both parties, say they’d be likely to wander malls and stores again. But Republicans are more likely to say so than Democrats, 82% to 61%.

Yost expressed no qualms about going out because he believes the economic damage from shelter-in-place orders will be worse than the deaths from the disease.

“What’s going to happen with depression, homelessness — a lot of other problems are going to arise because we shut down the economy?” said Yost, a vice president of operations at an insurance agency. “I would go to a restaurant and feel comfortable with my kids and not even have masks on.”

Still, there's an exception to the partisan divide, with 76% of Republicans and 69% of Democrats who get haircuts on at least a monthly basis saying they’d do that in the next few weeks if they could.

The poll finds an overwhelming majority of Americans, 70%, describe the economy as poor, but their outlook for the future is highly partisan. Sixty-two percent of Republicans expect improvement in the coming year, while 56% of Democrats say it will worsen.

At the same time, two-thirds of Americans say their personal finances are good, which has remained steady since before the outbreak began.


Many families have been able to survive the downturn because of aid such as direct payments to taxpayers and expanded unemployment benefits that will expire in July.

Mitchell Durst, 74, has watched the job losses from the sidelines as a retired mathematician in Keyser, West Virginia.

He was already cautious about going out because of a compromised immune system from cancer treatments. The disease stopped his weekly poker game. He lived through the polio crisis, dealt with gas rationing during the 1970s and worked in Nigeria during the Ebola scare.

He calculates the United States will need to be patient about an economic comeback.

“Until we have a vaccine, particularly for those folks at risk, it’s going to be awhile,” Durst said. “If we get something in two years, if we’re so fortunate to be able to do that, I think that would be fantastic.”



The AP-NORC poll of 1,056 adults was conducted May 14-18 using a sample drawn from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak Panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.

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Dortmund vs Schalke compared to ‘training session’ with coaches and players’ shouts all heard at silent stadium – The Sun

BORUSSIA DORTMUND'S game against Schalke was compared to a "training session" with coaches and players' shouts all heard at the silent stadium.

The Bundesliga returned for the first time amid the coronavirus pandemic, with matches all played behind closed doors.

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And second place Dortmund have the chance to close the gap to just one point behind champions and league leaders Bayern Munich – but you wouldn't have thought it.

Without supporters in the stadium the intensity of the game appeared to suffer, with footballers giving their thoughts on unprecedented circumstances online.

Crystal Palace full-back Patrick van Aanholt tweeted: Watching this Dortmund Shalke game, it's just not the same without fans energy is all out of sync."


Ex-Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas, now at Monaco in France, wrote: "I feel like I’m watching a training session.

"U can hear all players and coaches shouting. Now we will value the power of the fans even more.

"Captains choosing pitch sides with 3 meters distance when straight away they have to fight for every ball against each other face to face..

"Glad football is back, we all needed it but it will take ages to get used to this new world of football."

Dortmund players on the bench were captured sitting apart from each other.

And as goal machine Erling Haaland opened the scoring, with his 17th league goal in 15 games, the striker could not celebrate with his team-mate, as part of the Covid-19 safety measures.

Fabregas said: "You can’t celebrate goals together? Didn’t know this one."

Fans alike were also in shock at how different the game is behind closed doors – but others were just grateful to finally have football back on their screens.

One said: "FINALLY……FOOTBALL IS BACKKKKK (well not entirely because there are no fans and this sucks but you get what I mean)."

Another said: "Football without fans is nothing. This game is depressing to watch."

One added: "Anyone else got that Saturday football feeling?"

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Leah Kate Supports Listening To Your Heart Even Though It’s A ‘Bad Idea’ On New Dance Pop Song

Sometimes, a ‘bad idea’ can be a lot of ‘fun.’ Leah Kate gives in and seizes the moment on her new bop, which she says is all about giving yourself the chance to ‘learn and grow.’

Is there a good lesson behind every “bad” decision? Such a profound philosophical question is put against an irresistible dance beat in “bad idea,” the new song from Leah Kate, premiering here on HollywoodLife. “You drop me off in the darkness / we stand in my doorway / what are we doing?” ponders Leah on the song, eager to shed “all my fear” before inviting them in, even though she knows this person is a “bad idea.” The song itself is an enticing slice of synth-dance pop, and if Leah’s voice is the sound of temptation, how could anyone not give in?

In less than three minutes, “bad idea” establishes itself as the song that’ll play on on the radio during every late-night cab ride with a beautiful stranger, the soundtrack whenever someone chooses “dare” instead of “truth.” It’s the sound of taking a chance, even though the odds aren’t in your favor. No risk, no reward, right? This attitude is easily captured in the lyric video, shot by Leah herself (she taught herself all the skills needed to make the video while under quarantine. She’s been making use of the time by taking classes to help her creative work, which she does along with her brother — who helps produce her work.)

“When I wrote ‘bad idea,’ I was in the early stages of seeing someone and was having a real internal conflict about the whole situation,” Leah shares with HollywoodLife. “I knew it wasn’t the smartest choice to pursue this person, and I was worried it would end poorly given the nature of our relationship. Part of me thought that it would be better in the end if I did not proceed with it. Despite my mind telling me to do one thing (avoid the situation at all costs), my heart was telling me to do another – pursue him. I liked him! We all have imperfections and can have distorted thinking caused by love or desire, and that’s okay.”

“This internal conflict is real, it is normal, and it is something we all find ourselves needing to address at some point. Sometimes doing something that seems like a bad idea can be exhilarating and fun, and it ultimately helps us to learn about ourselves and grow. I want my listeners to feel a sense of comfort when they may be in a similar situation… to know that they’re not alone, and can bring a little light to the situation.”

Leah’s message is simple: don’t overthink things. While by no means does “bad idea” encourage listeners to live recklessly and put themselves in harm, Leah says the message behind the track is to be willing to put faith in your instinct. “I am a big advocate of following your gut and listening to your heart. Whether someone is making a choice about what job to take, what to say to someone, if they should move to another city or not, or a romantic situation like mine – this internal conflict extends beyond making bad choices with just lovers. Look for the light and the lesson when making any choice, and lean in when your gut tells you to. Living and learning is fun.”

Born and raised in the City of Angels, Leah has lived and learned through her own “bad ideas” to the start of a successful music career. Her tracks have been featured on shows like The Bold Type and The Hills: New Beginnings. She has also appeared on your favorite Spotify playlist, including New Music Frida, Teen Party, Friday Cratediggers, Pop Rising, and Dance Rising.

So, what’s one of Leah’s “bad ideas” that turned out good? “The best example is my move to NYC,” she shares with HollywoodLife. “My parents didn’t want me to go, so they didn’t have the best things to say about it. Of course, all of my friends wanted me to stay, and everyone told me NYC sucks. My parents were like, ‘you’re on your own if you wanna do that…things are tough out there!’ I was so scared, but I just took a leap of faith and booked a one-way ticket and went for it. It was the best decision of my life. “

“bad idea” is out now.

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Man Utd’s Sergio Romero told to knock down £20k adventure playground in front garden as neighbours ­call it ‘theme park’ – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED goalkeeper Sergio Romero has been ordered to tear down a £20,000 adventure playground on his front lawn — after neighbours ­likened it to a “theme park”.

The Argentinian goalkeeper, 33, and wife Eliana installed the gigantic playhouse for their two young daughters without gaining planning permission.

It boasts a clubhouse, 12ft-high castle, a 10ft slide and a 14ft-high penthouse den.

The family’s £2.8million mansion is a few doors down from former manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s home.

After Romero retrospectively applied for planning permission, one neighbour in Wilmslow, Cheshire, complained: “This enormous installation is more suited to a commercial theme park than a quiet residential road.”

Another said: “Usually such a structure would be expected to be positioned in the back garden.”

A third added: “Not only is it too large, it is also a serious distraction to passing motorists.”

The Double Whammy playhouse was put up a year ago.

A council official who later inspected it agreed it was too big and impacted “the street scene and the wider neighbourhood”.

Romero is on a bit of a bad run. In January he crashed his £170,000 Lamborghini Gallardo on his way to United’s training base in Carrington.

Romero, who earns £70,000 a week, signed for the club in 2015 as back-up to David de Gea.

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Fishermen create patterns as they trawl for anchovies in Vietnam

That’s net something you see every day! Fishermen create mesmerising patterns as they trawl for anchovies

  • Pictures were taken in An Hai, Phu Yen Province, by photographer and banker Khanh Phan, 34
  • The nets formed beautiful shapes in the water beneath the colourful fishing boat
  • Mr Phan said the fishermen are sometimes fishing less than a mile from the beach at a depth of just 32ft 

Many of us don’t stop to think where our fish comes from when we tuck into a mid-week dinner.  

But this brightly-coloured fishing boat put things into perspective as it dropped thousands of feet of green net into the ocean in Vietnamese waters. 

Stunning pictures show the netting transforming into an array of mesmerising shapes as it spreads out beneath the boat before being hauled back into the vessel.  

The fishermen in the photos head out to sea every day trying to catch huge shoals of anchovies.

The beautiful images were taken in An Hai, Phu Yen Province, by photographer and banker Khanh Phan.

The 34-year-old, from Ho Chi Minh city, said: ‘Depending on the day, in the morning the fishermen will determine the location of the net.

‘There are days when they are fishing only 1km from the beach, with a depth of about 10m, but other days they fish very far from the mainland.

‘The green colour of the net stands out in the sea and the oval, heart shapes are beautiful.’

This brightly-coloured fishing boat dropped an enormous net into the ocean in An Hai, in Phu Yen Province, Vietnam, in an attempt to catch thousands of anchovies

Stunning pictures show the netting transforming into an array of mesmerising shapes as it spreads out beneath the boat before being hauled back into the vessel

The fishermen in the photos head out to sea every day trying to catch huge shoals of anchovies

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The beautiful images were taken by photographer and banker Khanh Phan, 34, One image showed the net forming a gigantic bowl shape beneath the surface of the water

Mr Phan said: ‘Depending on the day, in the morning the fishermen will determine the location of the net’

The photographer added that on some days, the fishermen are trying to catch fish just 1km from the beach at a depth of around 10 metres. On other days, they are very far from the mainland ‘There are days when they are fishing only 1km from the beach, with a depth of about 33ft (10m), but other days they fish very far from the mainland

The green net, which makes the fishing boat appear tiny by comparison, stands out starkly amid the deep blue of the ocean beneath.

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Andrew Cuomo has better ways to get federal aid than issuing threats

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Washington needs to drop $61 billion into his cardboard cup, or woe will be upon the Empire State. Scared yet? Because that’s the point.

While coping with a pandemic is a novel experience for everybody, buffering the effects of falling tax revenues by frightening people is old hat in New York. It’s a process that has been refined to an art form.

First comes the cash crunch — sometimes truly dramatic, like post-9/11 or during the Great Recession, but more often simply the result of the ebb and flow of New York’s dynamic economy. Then comes the scary stuff: “Nice firehouse you got there, Brooklyn. Be a shame if something happened to it. Ditto your libraries, Queens.”

The practice gives cover to politicians eager to move on to the next step — the protection of entrenched interests by expressing deep dismay, and then raising taxes. This is precisely how Cuomo came to balance his initial, post-Great Recession budget nine years ago: with a sharp “temporary” tax hike that remains in effect today.

Will the past be policy prologue, post-pandemic? Certainly, the process is under way, this time headlined by Cuomo’s ­demand for that $61 billion federal bailout.

“When you don’t fund the state, who does the state fund?” Cuomo asked during a trip to Binghamton Tuesday. “That’s police, firefighters. You want me to cut hospitals? Hospitals are the nurses and the doctors who just got us through this thing.”

It is, of course, far from certain that New York is “through this thing.” Almost as many medical questions linger as were present at the beginning, and an end to the lockdown in Gotham and its near suburbs barely is in sight.

But this much is clear: The state’s traditional methods of dealing with shaky budgets aren’t going to work this time. Albany can’t possibly tax its way out of its troubles, which reduces scare mongering to pointless theatrics.

Washington won’t be frightened. Cuomo’s hospitals and schools, to say nothing of his “police, firefighters,” are of concern mainly to New York’s belligerently partisan and so far dramatically underperforming congressional delegation. And until Sen. Chuck Schumer, Rep. Jerry Nadler and the others step up to the plate, Cuomo has no legitimate beef with the rest of Congress.

Beyond that, Washington has been hearing about New York’s “needs” for decades — but seeing precious little self-help from Albany.

New York’s per-capita spending for education, health care and local purposes virtually ­always outpaces the nation. ­Albany nearly spent the then-fledgling Medicaid program into bankruptcy in the late 1960s, and the decade-long, continuing ­effort to connect the Long ­Island Railroad to Grand Central Terminal seems certain to become one of the most expensive public infrastructure projects in US history.

Special-interest pandering, union featherbedding and legislative log-rolling drive the profligacy. So small wonder that New York poor-mouthing generates little more than wry smiles in the nation’s capital.

Cuomo’s hectoring — and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s whining about unfairness — aren’t likely to change this. Yes, there will be some federal money coming, probably a lot of it. The House, for example, is proposing legislation that would deliver $17 billion to New York City alone over two years — and this, predictably, has Hizzoner drooling.

But it’s one thing to propose a pie in the sky, quite another to bake one. There isn’t likely to be enough new cash to close the budget gaps that are now opening in New York — and certainly not enough to insulate New York’s political and governmental status quo.

Cuomo and de Blasio both could go a long way toward strengthening the case for a New York bailout by pushing for dramatic spending cuts to complement new aid. Cuomo, for example, could bring public-employee fringe-benefit costs into line with the private sector, and the mayor could ditch ThriveNYC, the $1 billion mental-health boondoggle he created to keep his wife-cum-co-mayor Chirlane occupied.

Or how about New York attempts to reduce public-school spending to cost-of-living adjusted national norms? Public pensions, too? A serious effort to corral Medicaid costs?

The reaction would be volcanic, the resistance fierce and the outcome uncertain — but the message would be clear: New York recognizes the gravity of its economic circumstances and is willing to help bail itself out.

And it would be far more dignified than rattling a cup while awaiting Armageddon.

Twitter: @RLMac2

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