There hasn’t exactly been a shortage of chaotic contestants on Come Dine With Me over the years.
It’s fairly understandable really considering the popular Channel 4 show – which sees participants take turns at hosting dinner parties during the week to cook and entertain the rest – has been on air since 2005 and now has more series’ than we care to count.
With that many episodes then of course comes some of the quirkiest ‘characters’ to ever grace our TV screens.
Last month we counted down five of our funniest Come Dine With Me moments, but according to a now viral post on Twitter, it seems there’s one “underrated” moment we missed off the list. Or rather, one contestant in particular, and that contestant is Claire from Cardiff, who featured on the show last year.
Judging from the thousands of retweets, likes and comments the tweet has amassed over the past few days, it turns out we’re not the only ones to have forgotten about her, and it’s not just one bizarre moment that helped Claire make a name for herself either, try a whole slew of them.
From grilling “stirloin” steaks, to stir frying bacon and numerous microwave mishaps, Claire took us all on a journey – and not a good one.
Twitter user @CalumS1991 shared the throwback video of Claire’s finest moments this week saying: “An underrated Come Dine With Me contestant. Extremely chaotic energy, very 2020.”
Can you see what we mean about taking us on journey now then?
Some of the responses from Twitter users are almost as funny as the video itself too, to be honest.
One Twitter user commented that “If she added “British tea” made in a microwave [to her menu], this would have been perfection”, which is of course a reference to everyone’s ‘favourite’ American mother-daughter duo on TikTok who have been continuously enraging Brits with their bizarre how-to-make videos over the past couple of months.
Another even went as far as calling it “one of the best Come Dine With Me weeks ever” and said that the every contestant that week was “a bit nuts”, which is really quite a statement to make, but hard to disagree with when you see it.
Well, it’s safe to say we know what we’re watching this weekend then.
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.