For most of us, catching a festive flick or two is likely on the agenda for some point throughout the month, so how you would like to get paid to do something you were already planning on doing anyway then?
Well thankfully, there’s a company that’s looking to pay Brits £1,000 to watch Christmas films, all while scranning some snacks.
As reported by the Chronicle Live, Buzz Bingo is looking for looking for someone to become its official ‘Christmas Film Tester’.
According to the job description, the ‘Christmas Film Tester’ will watch and rate a bunch of different Christmas films, all before eventually choosing the best of all time.
Not only that, but the person lucky enough to secure the coveted role will also receive a Christmas hamper with plenty of festive goodies – including a classic chocolate selection box, hot chocolate, and mince pies.
And, of course, they’ll also be paid a tidy £1,000 for their efforts.
Greater Manchester bracing for cold snap with temperatures set to plummet to -5°C this week
Brits are being told to prepare for a cold snap across the country this week, with Greater Manchester set to see temperatures plummet to -5°C.
After what has been an uncharacteristically mild autumn for the UK, with temperatures so high for the time of year that 2022 is on track to be the warmest year on record, forecasters at the Met Office are now warning of a Arctic chill in the coming days – which is expected to sweep the country, and bring with it below-average temperatures for December.
As winter settles in and the cold begins to bite, easterly winds are expected to shift to the north this week, and a yellow snow warning has even been put in place for Wednesday, which is likely to just affect Scotland and potentially some of the northernmost parts of England.
The Met Office says this yellow snow warning may cause disruption to road, bus, and train journeys.
Across the Greater Manchester region though, while snow is not forecast, we are set to see sub-zero temperatures set in from Wednesday onwards.
Thursday is expected to be the coldest day of the week.
Speaking ahead of the cold snap arriving in a few days, Alex Burkill – Meteorologist at the Met Office – said: “At the moment we have an easterly flow and as such our winds are coming from the east and that is a cold direction, and it is cold out.
“However, from Tuesday onwards we are going to get a northerly flow, so our winds coming from the north, that is Arctic air leading to our temperatures, will be dropping even further as we go through this week.
“It’s going to turn even colder and feel even colder still, with temperatures well below average for the time of year, both by day and by night.”
While -5°C is the lowest temperature to expect across Greater Manchester, Mr Burkill added that in other parts of the UK, temperatures overnight into Thursday would drop to -7°C or -8°C, and maybe even colder.
Forecasters predict the cold weather could last for most of the week, as the northerly flow of cold air will linger.
There may be some showers, the Met Office says, but it will be largely dry and cold.
It will be a few degrees above freezing for the rest of the country until the cold snap arrives on Wednesday, with daytime temperatures predicted to be around 8°C or 9°C, dropping to 5°C or 6°C as the week progresses.
The Manchester Christmas Markets have listened to feedback and gone a bit more local overall, so you’d expect everyone would be pleased – but of course they’re not.
One scathing and lengthy review on Tripadvisor said: “Went on a day trip by coach to the Christmas Market, having been four years ago and LOVED it…sorry, but the difference between that experience and this year’s is like night and day.
“First of all, whose daft idea was it to have the market scattered across nine different locations? People who aren’t familiar with Manchester won’t know where all these locations are!
“The first part of the market I came across was a collection of food stalls, the bulk of them not displaying prices – is that legal? – and the entire set-up looked like a building site. No festive atmosphere at all, and sadly this continued the further I walked.
“Gone was the wonderful variety of Christmas ornaments and gifts, replaced by food and drink stalls and, strangely, a stall selling wooden garden furniture. There is nothing remotely Christmassy about an overpriced Kingdom of Sweets stall, and when I came across a second one several minutes later I gave up and killed time in a Wetherspoons until my coach left to take everyone home.
“I wasn’t the only person let down by the experience, either; when an elderly lady boarded the coach on its way home, she was heard to mutter, “Well, I’d have been ready to go home three hours ago.” I’m writing this trip off as a learning experience – and what I learned is that I won’t be going to this market again next year.”
A parent who visited said: “Where to start. This was my families first and last visit to Manchester, The Christmas Market felt very poorly planned with stalls not in one area. People kept knocking into my children manners seem to be missing in Manchester as a whole.”
Someone else wrote in a one-star review: “Ridiculous prices, paid £6 for a hot dog for my son & was then charges £1 extra for tomato sauce, sorry but that is taking the mick.. usual stores have gone and replaced with food, drink or overpriced large goods. The Christmas feeling just wasn’t there this year :(.”
Another person said: “I visited the Christmas Market at the weekend with a friend and it felt more like a food festival than a Market. No price lists displayed. Utter waste of time. Cheaper to go the ones abroad.”
One reviewer said: “Nothing at all Christmassy, pre-covid they was lovely stalls seeming Christmas ornaments ets, now it’s all good and drink mostly £15 for 2 mugs of hot chocolate, cocktails £9 for a snowball just pure greed, very disappointed, definitely won’t be back this year or in near future.”
Someone else wrote: “All about overpriced food and repetitive stalls. Nothing European about it and not what it once was. £10 for a sausage save your money and try a market in actual Europe.”