There’s a brand new pet-friendly hotel getting ready to open its doors right here in Manchester city centre in a couple of months.
Located on the corner of John Dalton Street and Deansgate in the heart of the city’s most lively strip, with some of the best bars, shops, restaurants, galleries, and nightlife on its doorstep, Qbic Manchester is set to become “Manchester’s most creative hangout”, a hub to “share stories and relax”, and a welcome-boost to the local tourism industry – once travel restrictions amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic permit, of course.
As the fourth hotel in the Qbic chain – joining locations in London, Brussels and Amsterdam – the Manchester branch’s eye-catching pink decor provides a stylish new option for a night’s stay in the city centre.
It’s also set to be one of Manchester’s greenest hotels too.
With an emphasis on sustainability, Qbic Manchester will feature roof solar panels, acting as a constant feed of green energy, and there will also be eco-friendly benefits in the rooms too, with water-efficient high-pressure showers, and rewards for customers who choose not to get their room cleaned daily.
The on-site restaurant and bar, Motley Social House, will even feature low-mileage and in-season produce all year round to provide “unpretentious” dishes.
And on top of all of that, Qbic Manchester claims it has “revolutionised what the tradition affordable hotel is” too, by promising competitive room rates – starting at just £63 per night for a double room- and even bringing its pet-friendly policy up North too, so your four-legged friend tag along with you.
But before the new hangout officially opens for business, Qbic Manchester is on the look-out for 100 people to become ‘testers’ and ” eat, sleep and enjoy the newest hotel with a plus one”.
The description for the sought-after role on the Qbic website reads: “We’re opening the doors to the shiny new Qbic Manchester in April this year (depending on national lockdown restrictions) and we need you to come and test drive it.
“We are seeking 100 testers to sleep, eat and hang out in what is set to be the latest (and greatest) hotel experience Manchester has ever seen.
“Think you’re up for the job?
“Sign up now and you and a friend could be heading to Qbic Manchester for a free nights stay with breakfast and dinner at our restaurant Motley Social House included”.
The sign up process only takes four simple steps to complete too:
Step 1 – Add your details to the list on the Qbic Manchester website with a reason why you’re the right person for the job.
Step 2 – Wait for your email to come through in March.
Step 3 – Check your inbox – are you a winner? If you’re lucky you enough to receive an email, you’re officially a ‘Manchester Tester’.
Step 4 – Select your dates from the nifty calendar and secure your future stay.
Applications close on 28th February 2021.
So if you’re looking to be in with a chance of winning the free night’s stay, you can apply to become one of the ‘100 Manchester Testers’ here.
Liam Gallagher apologises on Noel’s behalf for brother’s ‘p*ss poor’ Joy Division cover
Liam Gallagher has issued an apology “on behalf of [his] family” for his brother’s cover of a song by another legendary Manchester band.
Stop the presses, breaking news – the Gallagher brothers are slagging each other off again.
In what will be a shock to absolutely no one, Liam Gallagher has hopped onto his favourite social media platform Twitter once again this week to take another unprovoked aim at his beloved older brother – and this time, call him out for his recent cover of the iconic 1980 hit ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ by fellow Manchester band Joy Division.
Noel Gallagher recently performed a rendition of the Joy Division classic on BBC Radio 2 as part of the radio station’s popular Piano Room series, and was accompanied by his band, High Flying Birds, for the track, alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra.
The former Oasis co-lead vocalist and guitarist explained that he had chosen to cover the song as he would often play “this version of it at home down the years”.
But Noel did reveal to host Vernon Kay that he was cautious about doing so, and went on to express some initial trepidation about performing his rendition and putting it out into the world, mainly because “it’s such an iconic song, and being from Manchester… well, this is going to be tricky.”
The 56-year-old admitted he kept asking himself “How can I get away with that?”
He continued: “But now I’ve got my own studio, I went and did a little demo of it and I was like ‘you know what? I think I might be able to pull this off.”
One person who clearly didn’t think Noel could “pull this off” was his brother Liam, though.
Reacting to the cover in typical Liam Gallagher fashion, the former Oasis frontman wrote in a now-viral tweet yesterday evening: “I must once again apologise on behalf of my family for r kid’s p*ss poor and damn rite blasphemous version of Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart.
“Tut f***ing tut SORRY.”
And unfortunately for Noel, the comments underneath BBC Radio 2’s post of a snippet of the cover on its official Instagram account appears to show that a fair few others agree with Liam on this one.
“If you wanna win a race, choose NG as a competitor. The only one that’s been able to destroy Oasis, his band, the music. Terrible cover,” one person wrote.
“That’s a terrible terrible cover,” another person simply stated.
A third wrote in the comments: “Kinda sounds boring doesn’t it? I love Noel, but this cover ain’t it chief,” while a fourth added: “I hope he realise by himself that this is one of his worst covers ever,” and another, at least politely, claimed it was: “Definitely a bit different to the original.”
Of course, there are two sides to every story though, and there’s also plenty of positive comments and reactions under the video too to balance out the less-than-favourable takes.
So for now, this exchange will just get added to the seemingly never-ending Gallagher row saga.
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Chester Zoo calls for runners to take on new charity 10k to help ‘save endangered animals’
Chester Zoo is calling for thousands of runners to take on a charity 10k through the zoo’s grounds in a bid to help save one of its many endangered species.
The UK’s biggest charity zoo is looking for 2,500 runners of all abilities to sign up for its brand-new ‘Run for Nature‘ later this year – which begins inside the zoo’s 128-acre grounds, and sees participants race past the elephant, giant otter, and giraffe habitats, all before heading out and around the wider countryside estate.
As well as the 10k route, there’s also a special one-mile ‘zoom’ fun run around the zoo, which is perfect for energetic kids under 12.
All runners will get a medal when they cross the finish line, and there’ll even be some exciting prizes up for grabs for those who raise the most money.
Taking place on Sunday 24 September, all funds raised from the run will go towards the Chester Zoo’s ongoing and extremely-important efforts to find a vaccine for a deadly virus that threatens endangered elephant populations all across the world – which is known as Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV).
Scientists at the zoo are currently in the middle of the world’s first vaccine pilot study to fight the virus, and hope that proceeds raised from the upcoming events can help “create a future where Asian elephants survive and thrive.”
“We’re so excited to be able to offer places for 2,500 fundraisers to run our first ever 10k Run for Nature later this year,” explained Hannah Wright, Fundraising Lead at Chester Zoo.
“As a charity, fundraising is at the core of this event, but we also hope that it’s a great fun event that the whole family can get involved in – whether running, supporting or sponsoring.
“All participants will be receive a sustainable medal and top fundraisers will have the opportunity to win a variety of prizes, which include annual memberships, animal experiences, and meal vouchers for our gastro pub, The Oakfield, as well as a selection of animal adoptions.”