In case you haven’t heard, in what is a twist in the story not many saw coming – or believed was even genuine at first – Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan have been arrested in Romania on suspicion of human trafficking, rape, and forming an organised crime group, and are being detained for 24-hours alongside two other Romanian suspects.
Prosecutors in the country said Tate and the other three suspects “appear to have created an organised crime group with the purpose of recruiting, housing and exploiting women by forcing them to create pornographic content meant to be seen on specialised websites for a cost”.
Need a bit of context to that last part? Well, let us bring you up to speed.
Earlier this week, 36-year-old former professional kickboxer turned controversial media personality and self-professed misogynist Andrew Tate took to social media to ask 19-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg to provide him with her email address so that he could send her “a complete list of my car collection and their respective enormous emissions”.
Tate – who has grabbed headlines several times this year due to his misogynistic comments, which have previously seen banned from Twitter, Instagram, and most notably TikTok – gloated that he currently has 33 cars and that “this is just the start” of his growing collection.
Alongside his tweet demanding Thunberg’s contact details, Tate also shared a picture of himself filling one of his Bugatti supercars with fuel.
But Thunberg was having none of it.
The teenage activist then hit back at Tate in what is a now-viral tweet with over 2.3 million likes and counting in less than 24 hours, writing on Twitter: “Yes, please do enlighten me. Email me at smalld**[email protected]”
After retweeting several tweets from other people in response to Thunberg’s comment that supported his side, Tate then decided it was time to properly respond to his “small d**k energy” being called out, and shared a somewhat confusing two-minute video of himself directly addressing Thunberg.
Sat in a dark mahogany wood office, wearing a boxing-style robe, and smoking a cigar, Tate went on a rather confusing rant in his video response, claiming that Thunberg was referring to herself in her comeback, and that she is the one with “small d**k energy”.
He also accused the “global matrix” of deploying a “bot farm” to make the 19-year-old’s tweet go viral.
But by far one of the most bizarre parts of the video sees Tate address someone off-camera by telling them to “bring me pizza” and to make sure “these boxes are not recycled”, before continuing with his explanation.
And it was those very pizza boxes that could have been the key to his downfall.
After being met with a tidal wave of praise for her initial response to Tate, with some even calling it 2022’s “peak moment” and the tweet skyrocketing into the top 10 most liked tweets of all time, Thunberg didn’t miss what could be one of her last chances to take a swipe at Tate following his arrest.
Taking to Twitter once again this morning following an action-packed night, Thunberg didn’t hold back and cleverly called-out Tate’s refusal to recycle.
Her tweet reads: “This is what happens when you don’t recycle your pizza boxes.”
With many likely having been waiting with baited breath to see what Thunberg had to say about the arrest, her latest tweet seems to be heading in the same direction as her first response, and has already gone viral racking up over 600,000 likes and 115,000 retweets, and counting in less than two hours.
Thousands of people have once again praised Thunberg for her perfectly-timed words.
Drivers could be fined for using common ‘thank you gestures’ on UK roads
Motorists are being warned that some common unspoken rules of the road could actually see them hit with a hefty fine.
Given that us Brits are known for our manners and being polite, it has become common practice for drivers across the country to use a number of popular gestures to say thank you to our fellow road users when they give way to us, let us into a junction or lane, or just generally do something to help us out on the road.
A quick wave, thumbs up, or a flash of the headlights takes just a second to do, but the kindness goes a long way and helps to keep the peace.
In fact, when another driver doesn’t say thank you, we tend to think it’s pretty rude.
To prove this point, a new study of UK drivers was conducted by National Tyres and Autocare, and it found that one in five drivers choose to flash their headlights to say thanks, while one in three like to give a classic wave, and then one in six opt for a simple thumbs up.
But did you know that some of these gestures are actually in breach of the Highway Code and could end up landing us in a bit of trouble and see us have to fork out money if we’re caught in the act?
In some cases, fines can rack up as high as £1,000.
When it comes to flashing our headlights to say thank you, rule 110 of the Highway Code actually states that we should “only flash headlights to let other road users know that you are there”, and we should not do not flash them to “convey any other message or intimidate other road users”.
Using hazard lights is another common way to say thank you, but again, according to rule 116 of the Highway code: “You must not use hazard warning lights while driving or being towed unless you are on a motorway or unrestricted dual carriageway and you need to warn drivers behind you of a hazard or obstruction ahead.”
It’s stated that we should only use hazard lights “for long enough to ensure that your warning has been observed”, and nothing more.
By far the most common way to say thank you on the road during the daytime is to give a classic wave or thumbs up, but according to rule 160 of the Highway Code, once moving a vehicle you should “drive or ride with both hands on the wheel or handlebars where possible as this will help you to remain in full control of the vehicle at all times”.
It adds: “You may use driver assistance systems while you are driving but make sure you use any system according to the manufacturer’s instructions.”
The latter of these common thank you gestures is the one that could land drivers in the most trouble if caught, as not only can fines rack up to £1,000, but being in breach of having proper control of your vehicle could also mean discretionary disqualification, and three penalty points on your licence as well.
A Manc photographer is taking beautiful on-the-spot portraits around the city
There are about a hundred and one brilliant photographers taking pictures around the city centre every day, but most of them tend to focus on the macro scale of things — snapping our lovely architecture, long shots of our rain-soaked streets, parades of morning commuters and so on.
So, when we stumbled across this lovely little TikTok account showcasing some of the most simple but beautiful portraits you’ll see anywhere online, all taken around the streets of our beloved city, it understandably caught our attention.
Manc photographer Scott James, or ‘certigrammer‘ as he goes by online, makes his living doing everything from weddings and commercials shoots to music videos, taking photos for Sheffield United and more, but we happened to come across a more recent pastime of his: taking pictures of strangers.
People are clearly chiming with his casual, understated and fundamentally wholesome style. So are we, and it’s not hard to see why.
Perhaps most impressively, it seems like he’s only been at this particular kind of photography for a little over a week and is already pulling in thousands of well-earned views across his social media.
As you can see, there is a very candid nature to his approach; he snaps people just going about their business and even when he stops people on the spot and asks if they’d be willing to pose, he still manages to capture that impromptu and organic vibe.
From happy couples and randomers on the street, to complimenting an old boy on his style, he photographs people from all walks of life.