A renowned local artist has designed a range of face masks inspired by Manchester in the hopes of giving back to the city he grew up in.
‘Maskchester’ is the collaboration project by artist Justin Eagleton and Lisa Morton – the founder of Manchester-based agency Roland Dransfield PR – and features a selection of face masks showcasing Justin’s bespoke designs.
The masks have been made “by Mancs, for Mancs, for the benefit of Mancs” and are said to illustrate “the great and the good of Manchester”.
Each face covering features unique designs that pay homage to the city, including the Manchester skyline, famous faces and places that make up Manchester’s distinctive culture, a Factory Records-inspired mask, and masks that show support for both Manchester United and Manchester City.
A portion of sales from the initiative will be donated to two worthy local charities – The Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity and Manchester MIND – with the overall aim of “giving back” and putting the city at the forefront of mask-wearing by promoting everything Manchester.
Speaking on the motivation behind the initiative, artist Justin Eagleton said: “I wanted to create something a little bit more exciting than the ordinary face masks, which would also have the added benefit of showing some Mancunian spirit.”
“There has been a great deal of anti-mask rhetoric, so we wanted to do something slightly different that encouraged people to follow government guidance, whilst supporting two hugely important charities that have done so much to support people across Manchester.”
“We do things differently here in Manchester, and these designs show just what makes this city so great.”
Lisa Morton, CEO of Roland Dransfield PR, added: “Following the government announcement around the compulsory wearing of masks, we wanted to launch something that would benefit Mancunians,”
“Working with Justin has enabled us to create some truly wonderful designs, which embody the spirit of Manchester and what we’re all about here. It’s great to be founding Maskchester in partnership with Justin [and] I can’t think of anybody more suited to the job.”
She continued: “The support we have received from the Manchester public since launch has been great. We’re looking forward to evolving and will be releasing more designs in due course.”
Maskchester masks are £10 each and you can get your hands on one here.
Phil Foden’s bond with Elderly City fan with dementia only gets more wholesome
Among the City fans flying high after the Manchester derby, 84-year-old Barry Carr was undoubtedly one those most bowled over on the day, as he was once again invited to Phil Foden‘s box to watch the game.
As you can see, Barry was invited back to watch the derby and treated to a 6-3 blockbuster, where he got to spend more time with Foden as well as meeting ex-player turned pundit Micah Richards.
One of the best bits is when he calls Erling Haaland “the big one”. You’re not wrong there, Barry!
The lifelong fan City fan was over the moon with the result and even more excited when he realised his favourite Foden had netted his own hattrick against against their historic rivals.
Following the game, the two share a lovely embrace and talk about the game, with Foden describing his game as a “dream come true”. We dare say Barry felt the same.
We’re not crying, you are…
While he struggles with his memory, most of time spent watching City vs United would have been quite different, as they were long-considered ‘the noisy neighbours’. Safe to say things have changed over the past decade.
‘Significant risk’ of UK gas shortages this winter, regulator warns
Energy regulator Ofgem has warned that the UK faces a ‘significant risk’ of gas shortages this winter.
According to reports in The Times, the regulator has unveiled concerns that the country could face blackouts over the coming months thanks to an undersupply of gas to Europe caused by Russia’s war with Ukraine.
Warning that a “gas supply emergency” could be looming ahead, the energy regulator has said that some gas-fired power plants could see their supplies cut off, which in turn would stop generators from producing electricity.
The alert comes just days before an expected update from the National Grid on the likelihood of countrywide power cuts this winter.
Responsing to arequest from SSE, which owns several gas power stations, Ofgem outlined what is set to be a huge issue of concern given that the UK relies on large gas plants to produce the biggest share of its electricity supply.
The regulator also pointed to rules that could see power plants penalised as a result of shortages, warning of a worst-case scenario that would see the “potential insolvency of gas-fired generators” caused by rules that require plants to pay huge charges if they fail to deliver on promised quotas.
Adding that the issue must be addressed to prevent a “significant impact on the safety and security of the electricity and/or gas systems”, the regulator echoed concerns now widespread in Europe as its comments followed a similar statement made by the International Energy Agency (IEA) this morning.
Europeans are already being told they must lower their thermostats and boilers in preparation in case gas supplies are cut off, with Paris-based agency IEA warning today that the EU must focus on getting underground gas reserve levels to 90% of capacity in case of a complete Russian supply shut-off.
Preparation are already being made in Europe with the German government having approved a set of energy-saving measures for the winter to limit use in public buildings. In France, meanwhile, companies have already been warned they may face energy rationing this winter.
Whilst the UK government is yet to announce any energey saving measures, Ofgem has said that it expect s“this winter to be more challenging than last year” and that it is taking “reasonable regulatory steps to mitigate and reduce the risks”.