Aldi has just unveiled its Christmas food range for 2020 and although it may feel like this year is already running away from us fast enough as it is, it’s safe to say we’re excited.
We may only be a couple of days into August, but hear us out.
If the treats and tipples making up Aldi’s festive food range this year are anything to go by, then we’re definitely not complaining about the mention of Christmas this early on.
After the year we’ve had so far too, perhaps it’ll give us all something to look forward to.
If you’re the type of person who likes to plan well in advance, then you’re in luck because the supermarket chain has given shoppers a sneak peak into what they can expect to see on shelves later this year. From sweets and savouries, to side dishes and main courses, there’s certainly some real stand-outs to tuck into.
What will undoubtedly be the star of the show for many a ‘Pigs in Blankets’ fan this year is Aldi’s latest take on the popular pork treat – Truffle Pigs in Blankets.
These fancy pigs in blankets have been paired with black truffles and truffle oil.
That’s not all either, because Aldi has really gone to town when it comes to sides this year.
Shoppers will once again be able to get their hands on the much-loved Loaded Mini Yorkshire Puddings that are packed with sausage stuffing balls and topped with a pig in blanket.
Aldi will also be selling giant-sized pigs in blankets, and loaded pigs in blankets too.
On the sweeter side, there’s some new additions and of course, some returning favourites.
The Aldi Specially Selected desserts are hard to beat at the best of times and this year’s Shimmering Gold Christmas Pudding – made with plums, glacé cherries, vine fruits, damsons and almonds and soaked in sherry and pink gin – is really getting us excited for the festive period.
Whether you love them or hate them, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a mince pie either and Aldi will be selling a showstopping selection this year, from Millionaire’s Mince Pies and Flavoured Crumble Mince Pies, to mini mince pies and just the good-ol’ traditional mince pie.
They’ve got us drooling already.
Aldi’s Christmas food range will be available in stores nationwide and online from the start of November onwards, and is set to be released in stages.
You can find more information via the Aldi website here.
Incredible misty drone footage shows how Manchester earned its ‘Manctopia’ nickname
Drone footage captured from way above Manchester shows just how quickly the city has grown – and proves that our hometown is well on its way to earning its ‘Manctopia’ nickname.
Cast your mind back just a few years and you’ll remember that Beetham Tower stuck out like a sore thumb, towering many storeys above the next tallest building.
In fact, until just four years ago, the next-tallest building here was City Tower, which was a good 17 storeys shorter than Beetham Tower.
Then along came Renaker with visions for an entirely new skyscraper neighbourhood – Deansgate Square.
This group of skyscrapers now completely dominate the Manchester skyline, with the tallest building a massive 65 storeys tall.
South Tower is not only the tallest building in Greater Manchester, it’s also the 10th tallest in the entire UK, and the biggest outside of London.
It’s all led to Manchester being coined ‘Manctopia’, the name of a BBC documentary that followed property developers Capital & Centric as they redevelop buildings around the region.
One local photographer has managed to capture the unbelievable scale of our new, ultra-modern city skyline, with drone footage soaring among the skyscrapers.
Known on Instagram as @lef_tsotour, they shared a video taken on a misty Manchester morning.
It captures both Deansgate Square, with sun glinting off the many windows of the towers, and the now-dwarfed Beetham Tower.
You can also see the railway lines snaking through the city centre, cars nipping around the ring road, and the comparatively small apartment blocks around Castlefield.
Commenting on the video, one person said: “This is mint.”
Another wrote: “Fricken love this!!!!”
Featured image: @lef_tsotour
Question Time audience stunned as first-time buyer says mortgage quote DOUBLED
Thursday night’s Question Time audience could be heard audibly gasping after a fellow crowd member revealed that her mortgage quote had doubled followed the recent mini-budget.
Taping in Manchester on 29 September, the current events and politics programme was discussing property when would-be first-time buyer Rabia revealed that her mortgage offer had jumped from an initial amount of 4.5% interest to a shocking 10.5% in just a matter of days.
As you can see in the incredible clip, both the audience and the panel are taken aback at the revelation.
The Greater Manchester resident said she is desperate to know what the government’s plan for mortgages is as following the latest revision, she says she simply cannot afford to put the money down on her first home.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer weighed in on the social media reaction, quote tweeting the clip from his party’s own account and stating that “the Tories must get back to Parliament and reverse their kamikaze budget” as the current economic mess is being “paid for by working people”.
To make matters worse, Rabia was given no clarification from her lenders, only that they were pulling her offers. Conservative MP and Minister for Local Government, Faith and Communities, Paul Scully had little information to offer her either, simply stating it is a short-term effect and that the market will stabilise.
Scully was subject to an entirely different reaction from the audience as well after his blind attempts to defend Prime Minister Liz Truss and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng were met with laughter. Conversely, Richard Bacon was met with applause after he labelled the mini-budget “absurd”.
As if the anti-Tory sentiment wasn’t already at a high, the chancellor’s mini-budget – which saw the corporations, bankers and the generally wealthy benefit ahead of the working class – has seen fresh calls for a general election to be held as soon as possible.
Beyond declaring a so-called £2,500 limit on energy bills (which many have warned isn’t a guaranteed cap), there was seemingly very little in the way of policy that
For those still unclear as to what was announced in the divisive mini-budget, here is a quick summary:
Speaking in a speech at the Labour conference in Liverpool on Tuesday, Starmer said that the government “haven’t just failed to fix the roof, they’ve ripped out the foundations, smashed the windows and now they’ve blown the doors off for good measure.