As much as we love to complain about the rain in Manchester, we also do our fair share of moaning when it’s too hot as well.
Yes, we know it’s summer and the wash-out days that seemed to comprise most of the month previous were definitely not preferable, but over these past few days of nearly 30°C warm and humid weather across the region, we can rightly say it’s just a bit too hot.
So hot that the Met Office issued a heat health warning across the majority of England and even classed this period of weather as a heatwave.
Did we mention it’s hot?
If you’re looking for a way to cool down as the heat continues to stick around for a little longer, then we’ve found out that you can buy your own Slush Puppie machine from Amazon to make the retro frozen drinks from the comfort of your own home and put simply, we can’t think of anything better.
The Slush Puppie Machine is a “replica [that] has been specially designed to look like the real thing”, but if the plenty of recent glowing 5* reviews are anything to go by, it’s as good as an original, if not better.
According to the product description on Amazon, it couldn’t be easier to replicate the slushies from your childhood. All you’ll need to do is simply add in your favourite Slush Puppie syrup or similar, turn the machine on, then pour out your ice-cold slushies to achieve “the famous blue tongue look”.
The Slush Puppie Machine comes with full instructions – including a link to an easy-to-follow instructional video online – that will take you through the whole process of creating your own slushies at home.
Alongside the machine, you’ll also get a 500ml bottle of Blue Raspberry Syrup, a pack of x20 paper cups and paper straws thrown in too.
You can grab the Slush Puppie Machine for £54.99 + postage/packaging on Amazon here.
If Blue Raspberry isn’t your preferred flavour of choice, then you’ve no need to worry because you can also get your hands on original Slush Puppie Red Cherry Syrup for just £8.33here, and then if that’s not enough, you can also get a x4 Slush Puppie Syrup Assortment Pack of Blue Raspberry, Strawberry, Cola and Lemon & Lime for £14.99here.
What more could you want during this heat?
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.