Lockdown is almost over as Manchester pubs, bars, restaurants and hotels plan to open their doors back up on July 4 – and we’re all getting ready for that first cold pint.
But if you’ve missed ‘the finer things in life’ during the past three months – there’s a luxury weekend in Manchester for two worth £1,000 up for grabs.
A competition has been launched by new online interior store, Will & Bell – which offers you the chance to be chauffeured around in a Bentley, wined & dined at BLVD and stay overnight in a premium suite at Hotel Gotham (including breakfast in the morning and a £250 voucher to spend on their online store).
Nathan Baxter, Director of Will & Bell, said: ”Our homes are our world and a sanctuary from our busy and sometimes hectic lives.
“I want people to fall back in love with the four walls they call ‘Home’ The launch collection from Will & Bell makes it exciting and easy for people to buy numerous pieces & feel confident in styling them in their own rooms with ease.
“We’re excited to be able to offer this generous giveaway with the help from our friends at Gotham Hotel & BLVD after what has been such a difficult time for many people.”
The aspirational new online home store Will & Bell will specialise in bringing timeless and unique decor items to every home.
From Scandinavian-inspired design to rustic elegant pieces, they hope to “inspire and excite customers”, offering vases, pots, jars, faux flowers, decorative objects and kitchen accessories.
A new lighting collection is also being launched later in the year.
To celebrate their launch, Will & Bell have teamed up with stunning Gotham Hotel and BLVD restaurant to create this ultimate city break and give people something to get excited about post lockdown.
For your chance to win, follow @willandbellhome on Instagram and enter via their competition post!
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!!!!”
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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.