We’ve been absolutely spoiled with the weather in Greater Manchester this week.
It’s finally starting to feel like summer, with the sun shining high in the sky and the temperatures soaring – and forecasts show that it’s set to stick around for a little longer too, as a heatwave is due to bring 16 consecutive days of 20°C sunshine to our region this month.
Naturally, this means we’ll be spending lots of time in the garden.
If you’re looking for a way to keep the kids active and entertained while the sun is out, then leading online gifting retailer Prezzybox is selling a duo of large inflatable sprinklers in the shape of a monster and a unicorn to provide hours of endless fun.
As Prezzybox puts it, “if this doesn’t get you excited for summer, nothing will.”
According to the description on the Prezzybox website, the Monster Garden Sprinkler and Unicorn Garden Sprinkler is: “A must-have addition to every garden party, BBQ and birthday bash [as] the over 6ft tall inflatable monster and unicorn will cool you down on hot summer days.
“[They’re] surprisingly lightweight and super simple to use – just inflate, connect it to a standard garden hose and get sprinkling.”
The unicorn aptly sprays water out of its horn, while the monster sprays water out of its mouth.
As mentioned, the sprinklers couldn’t be easier to set up, as all you’ll need to do is connect it to any standard garden hose, inflate it and turn the water on. Then, when it’s time to pack the fun away, there’s an easy-to-use air valve with a wide-mouth cap for fast deflation.
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.