Aldi has just launched a brand-new pet range and it features a fleece-lined Parka-style coat complete with a furry hood especially for dogs.
How brilliant is this?
The supermarket chain has partnered with “Britain’s boujiest pooch” Lloyd – of @allaboutlloyd_ on Instagram – to launch a gorgeous new winter range for pets and it includes what is potentially the perfect purchase for pups all across Manchester this winter.
The coats are available in three colours – grey, navy and the classic khaki Parka colour.
Made of 96% Polyester, 3% Nylon and 1% ABS, the coats come in a large / extra large size – costing £14.99 – and a small / medium size – costing just £9.99 – to suit different breeds of dog. The large measurements are: Back: 46-53cm, Chest: 70cm, XL: Back: 56-64cm, Chest: 80cm, and the smaller measurements are: Back: 31-36cm, Chest: 55cm, M: Back: 36-43cm, Chest: 60cm.
Each Parka-style coat has a faux fur trim, pockets and brass effect details.
The closures are easy to use and made of velcro, however the jackets are hand wash only, so you can’t just bung them in the washing machine after a muddy day at the park.
Speaking on the new collection, Julie Ashfield – Managing Director of Buying at Aldi UK – said: “Every pet owner out there wants to give their best friend the very best, and we’re adamant that cost shouldn’t be a barrier to delivering on that desire. Working with Lloyd has proven that you can treat your pets to the best no matter what your budget, thanks to the high-quality yet affordable products that we’re proud to offer our customers.”
Lloyd – who is a self-confessed “hound full of personality and style” – is pretty picky when it comes to style, but Aldi’s parka certainly seems to have his canine seal of approval.
Lloyd’s owner Paz added: “The new Aldi pet range was an instant hit with Lloyd.
“He loved the squeaky Food Bag Dog Toy and immediately settled into the Comfy Pet Bed, making it his own. Lloyd has been lucky enough to model for a number of luxurious brands, so we know about quality, but we both agreed that Aldi’s pet range exceeded expectations and met his high standards.”
The rest of Aldi’s Essential Winter Pet range includes a cordless pet grooming kit for £19.99, a bird feeding station for £14.99, a dog seat belt harness for £11.99, a car seat cover for £12.99, and an igloo hedgehog house for £9.99 among others.
Even though this Parka is the sort of purchase that screams ‘middle aisle’, you won’t actually be able to get your hands on them in store just yet, as each of these coats are available online only for now.
They can be pre-ordered now with an expected dispatch date of 8th October, and standard delivery from Aldi then takes three-five working days and costs £2.95 – although it’s free if you spend over £30 – and named day delivery and same day delivery costs £3.95.
You can pre-order the Pet Collection Dog Parka Coat via the Aldi UK website here.
Aldi’s Essential Winter Pet range however is available to pre-order online from the 4th October, and can be found in stores from 8th October while stocks last.
Manchester band M60 are tagging Gary Neville every day until he listens to their music — let’s help make it happen
Nearly half a year ago, Manchester band M60 began a social media campaign to start tagging Manchester United legend turned pundit Gary Neville every single day until he listens to their music.
And, you know, since we’re all about supporting local artists, we thought we’d do our bit by pecking his head in too.
We’ve seen the Manc indie outfit live a couple of times now — including their headline set at Gorilla back in 2023 (at the time their biggest gig to date) — and they’ve never disappointed, be it the performance or their ever-growing cult following of loyal fans.
That being said, we feel we’re only doing Gary Neville and all of you lot a public service by joining them in their efforts to get their name out there. Plus, we’re enjoying all the different ways they’re managing to keep things interesting:
If you’ve never come across them before either, the four-piece is made up of a bunch of mates from various towns around the region and is fronted by vocalist and lead guitarist Matthew Morton. Alliterative names always make us think of superheroes and their tunes often make us feel like that too.
Playing together since their high school days and named after the massive Greater Manchester motorway from 2015 onwards, they’re best known for tunes like ‘I Don’t Mind’, ‘Honey’, ‘Darling’; ‘Fade Away’, ‘Kool-Aid’ and plenty more.
They also recently released their latest debut EP, How Did You Get There? and trust us, it’s a belter. Morton once described their sound as ‘Sweet Mancunian indie rock‘ and we couldn’t sum it up any better ourselves. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Which is exactly why we want ‘r Gary to get on them too.
Also, we’ve found the whole journey very funny up until this point, so long may it continue — not too long though; we actually really want him to become M60’s newest and biggest fan through sheer persistence and pestering by the local band and yours truly. And by all means, feel free to join us in the good fight.
The local lads themselves have joked about becoming more well-known simply by embracing themselves as the “Gary Neville meme band” as the days pass, but the strategy is still kind of working nonetheless and with more new music on the way, why stop now?
We want to see Gary’s phone blowing up non-stop, right up to the point that he gets more annoyed than he did in that infamous clip of somebody passing his phone number and simply has to see what all the fuss is about it.
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BBC is looking for Mancs to take part in next series of Race Across the World
Are you a fan of travelling? Got yourself a bit of a competitive streak in your nature? This might just be your calling then.
The BBC is currently casting for the next series of Race Across the World.
The broadcaster has announced that the BAFTA-winning hit show is set to return to our TV screens for a third series later this year, and producers are now on the look-out for “intrepid duos” of all ages who reckon they’re ready to take a step into the unknown, and embark on an epic race across land and sea – and that includes Greater Manchester residents.
With applications for the next series of the massively-popular show now open, nomadic Mancs are being encouraged to take part.
On a limited budget and away from the luxuries of modern technology and conveniences, those lucky applicants selected to take part in the next series will get the chance to experience life in some of the world’s most beautiful and remote locations.
Navigating their way across thousands of miles, they’ll travel through spectacular scenery and dynamic cities, visit ancient wonders, learn local customs, and take part in time-honoured traditions.
But, as producers are keen to point out, “the physical journey is only half of the story”.
That’s because, as the contestants take on the challenge of travelling across the world, the greatest thing they’ll discover along the way could actually be about themselves and one another.
Putting out a UK-wide casting call on the BBC website this week, producers Studio Lambert wrote: “We are now accepting applications for the next series of Race Across the World. This experience is open to all, whether you’re a seasoned traveller or total novice.
“We want to hear what undertaking a trip like this would mean to you, and with a cash prize at stake, what lengths you would go to to win.
Applications for the massively-popular show are now open / Credit: BBC
“Maybe you’re looking to change something in your life? Or are keen to share the journey with someone special like a family member, best friend, or someone you’ve lost touch with. You may even have a very personal reason for wanting to travel at this time in your life or explore a particular part of the world.”
Fancy it then?
Applications for the third series of Race Across the World are now open for anyone over 18 years of age, with a deadline date of Friday 19 April 2024, and you can find out more information and apply via the BBC website.