A woman from Manchester has been crowned the winner of a nationwide competition in search of the messiest car in the UK.
And she’s beaten out over 200 submissions to the top spot too.
For some of us, our car truly is our pride and joy, but for others, it’s nothing more than a dumping ground on wheels, which is why leading car parts supplier, Euro Car Parts, decided to launch a competition seeking out the messiest motor in the country and asked drivers to submit a photo of their untidy car for a chance to win what would be, for them, a much-needed £200 car cleaning product bundle.
Whether it’s a title to carry with pride or not, that didn’t stop hundreds of people from sending in their entries in the hopes of taking the crown.
But it was 32-year-old Louise Duffy from right here in Manchester who’s been named the winner.
“I am delighted beyond belief.” Louise said.
“Whilst some people might not be happy to claim this title, I certainly am.
“The car gets so messy because of my happy kids, who apparently know where everything is, which makes for lots of chaos [so] I am absolutely thrilled to win the prize, and my boys will love to clean out the car with our new goodies.”
Speaking on the winner of this year’s competition, Helen Robinson – Corporate Communications Director at Euro Car Parts – said: “We hope that the cleaning bundle helps Louise keep her car in sparkling condition from now on”.
Louise may have taken the crown, but she’s also in good company too after being joined by another fellow Greater Mancunian and local Cheshire resident in the top 10 too.
Elizabeth Barton from Wigan, and Marianne Sparkes from Macclesfield, have been named as runners up.
When it came to Elizabeth’s entry though, she wasn’t actually the culprit with the messy vehicle and instead took it upon herself to enter her husband’s car into the competition, which she apparently flat out refuses to sit inside of as it hasn’t been cleaned in four years.
Marianne, on the other hand, is the owner of her messy car entry and claims to empty it regularly, but her kids soon see to making a mess again.
“Cleaning out your car can often fall to the bottom of your list of jobs, and we’re sure that for many, these images may be a familiar sight.” Helen Robinson continued.
“[But] giving your car a clean from time to time means you and your passengers will have a safer and more pleasant driving experience [and] we recommend cleaning the inside of your car fairly regularly, especially now that many vehicles aren’t being used as often, as unpleasant smells may build up”.
You can find some top tips for cleaning and valeting your car from the comfort of your own home via the Euro Car Parts website here.
‘Grow up’ – Matty Healy urges Oasis to ‘stop messing around’ and reunite
Matty Healy has urged Oasis to “stop messing around” and get back together in a new interview.
In a video that’s already amassing tens of thousands of views online, the frontman of Manchester-based indie pop rock band, The 1975, has made his thoughts on the feuding Gallagher brothers known during an in-depth interview with on Q with Tom Power from Canadian broadcaster CBC this week.
During the interview, the 33-year-old singer touched on everything from the process of making the band’s latest record, 2022’s critically-acclaimed Being Funny in a Foreign Language, to his onstage antics, and why he’s decided to embrace sincerity and being earnest – but that doesn’t seem to be the main take-away of Manchester music fans.
It’s his opinion of iconic Britpop band Oasis that’s really got people talking.
In what he called a “public service announcement”, Healy claimed Oasis are still “the coolest band in the world” but questioned what the Gallagher brothers are playing at by continuing to fight with each other after all these years.
Telling them to “grow up”, Healy urged Liam and Noel to “get back together and stop messing around”.
Healy told the interviewer: “What are Oasis doing? Can you imagine being in potentially, right now, still the coolest band in the world, and not doing it because you’re in a mard with your brother? I can deal with them dressing like they’re in their twenties but being in their fifties, but acting like they’re in their twenties?
“They need to grow up.”
Healy continued: “Stop marding. They’re men of the people, and they’re sat around in, like, Little Venice and Highgate crying over an argument with their brother.
“Grow up. Headline Glastonbury. Have a good time. Have a laugh.”
The Wilmslow lad also took a second to speak on the popularity of both the Gallagher brothers’ post-Oasis solo projects and endeavours, and claimed fans aren’t as interested in seeing Liam Gallagher or Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds live as they would be going to an Oasis gig.
“There is not one person going to a High Flying Birds gig or a Liam Gallagher gig that would not rather be at an Oasis gig,” Healy claimed.
“There is not one person.
“Not one person is there going, ‘you know what? I loved Definitely Maybe, but my favourite thing is f***ing Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’.”
Fans of the space queued down the street for its final few days in Bethnal Green, before its eventual closure on Wednesday 1 February.
Their statement said: “Sad news. We’ve received notice to vacate our premises at Bethnal Green by the end of this week. As a property guardianship, we’ve always been aware that we may be asked to leave with very short notice. We’re disappointed that it has come so soon.
“@Enter_theVenue the creative hub with whom we share our space, have also been asked to leave. The Vagina Museum will continue to operate in the digital world as we search for a new home.”
The message continued: “We’re sad about this development, but incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished in the ten months we’ve been at our Bethnal Green premises. We’ve welcomed more than 40,000 visitors through our doors, and received so much love and positive feedback.
“In our time at Bethnal Green, we’ve once again demonstrated just how much the world needs and wants a Vagina Museum.
“Times are, once again, uncertain for us, but we’ve been through this before and risen stronger than ever. With a community like you supporting us, we know we can get through this too.
“We’re actively searching for a new home, and if you know of any vacant spaces (or have one yourself!) please don’t hesitate to reach out. In our home in Bethnal Green, we and ENTER demonstrated that we can transform an empty, unused building into a thriving heart of a community.
“If you don’t have a building, you can still help! Please consider making a donation; a donation of any size makes a huge difference and will help us to weather this storm, just as we’ve weathered storms before.”
The Vagina Museum concluded its thread with: “We’ve made it through a pandemic and a period of temporary homelessness before. With you, together, we can make it through this too.”