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.
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.