It’s officially been 101 days of lockdown here in the UK.
Whilst that does sort of sound like a far-fetched sequel to the classic 1996 Disney film 101 Dalmatians, it does also make it hit home just how long it’s been since life as we once knew was tipped on its head in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
4th July is set to bring about the relaxing of lockdown restrictions to a level that will resume some form of normality, but for a lot of us, there will still be a human-shaped void left to fill.
There might just be a solution for this though.
If you’ve been stripped of human contact for far too long and don’t fancy letting that continue any longer, how about an IKEA DJUNGELSKOG bear instead?
Yes, we know that’s not quite the same as human contact, but it seems to doing the trick for a whole host of people on Twitter after a tweet by Lily – @stargazeridiot – went viral yesterday. Her comical tweet, accompanied by pictures of the DJUNGELSKOG bear, simply read:
“I don’t want a man, I just want a djungelskog”.
It’s pretty self explanatory and who’s to say she’s not on to something here? We won’t judge.
The tweet has gone on to amass well over 73K retweets, 300K likes and hundreds of comments in less than 24 hours since posting, so she likely is on to something.
Many other Twitter users also replied with pictures of their DJUNGELSKOG bears too.
The IKEA DJUNGELSKOG bear is 100cm-wide and according to the description on the IKEA website, is a “big brown bear [that] always greets you with open arms”. It’s “cuddly like no other and with a lovely giant stomach where you can feel safe resting – in other words, a real softy.”
The DJUNGELSKOG bear is actually part of the wider DJUNGELSKOG collection, which has the important purpose of highlighting wild animals that are endangered due to human activities. According to IKEA, “through the textiles and soft toys in the DJUNGELSKOG collection, we can get to know [these endangered animals] up close.”
“In reality, many of them are threatened by human advancement, but it is possible to change.”
“We have chosen to use materials like sustainably grown cotton, lyocell and polyester made from recycled plastic as our tribute to all beautiful animals threatened by extinction”.
If you’re on board with this whole DJUNGELSKOG bear human replacement thing, then you’ll be pleased to know you can get your hands on one for just £25 from IKEA stores and online 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.