People making their way through Manchester Arndale this weekend can grab bags filled with food that’s “too good to go to waste”.
With the rising cost of living crisis unfortunately continuing to make its impact felt, and climate change concerns only growing, the city centre‘s shopping hub Manchester Arndale has decided to partner up with Too Good To Go in a bid to spread awareness about food waste and promote the different ways to reduce it.
The food waste initiative explains that globally, more than one third of all food produced is wasted, and this accounts for 10% of all greenhouse gas emissions.
In the UK alone, recent statistics have shown that we bin 20 million slices of bread each day, which is almost 3,000 times the height of the Arndale Tower, and we also throw away 3.1 million glasses of milk, meaning that we waste enough to fill the Manchester Ship Canal every nine days.
This isn’t just a problem that starts and ends at home either.
Every day, plenty of delicious and fresh food goes to waste at cafes, restaurants, hotels, shops and manufacturers across the city centre, and all just because it hasn’t sold in time.
This is why the team from Too Good To Go is stopping off in Exchange Court on the lower mall of Manchester Arndale on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 September to give shoppers the chance to speak to experts for tips on reducing food waste in their homes and businesses.
The team will be on hand to offer advice on how to make “simple changes that have a big impact”.
Did you know that 18 food and drink stores in Manchester Arndale are part of the Too Good To Go scheme at the moment? This has already helped the shopping centre and its visitors save over four tonnes of food so far, and this good work is only set to continue through the event this weekend.
The Too Good To Go app also lets you buy and collect ‘Magic Bags’ of food waste at a great price, so it gets eaten instead of wasted.
You won’t know exactly what’s in your bag until you pick it up either – it’s all part of the surprise.
ITV confirms release date for new single parents dating show dubbed ‘middle-aged Love Island’
ITV has confirmed that its brand-new dating series for single parents is officially a thing, and it’s hitting our screens later this year.
It had long been rumoured that ITV had a somewhat Love Island-inspired spin-off series geared more towards those looking for love in the middle of their lives in the works, with reports hotly-tipping it to hit screens soon first surfacing back in July of last year – but nothing was actually set in stone at that point.
Then it was revealed back in January that, after months of speculation, all the rumours were true, as the broadcaster was actively casting for contestants and calling on single parents across the UK to get their applications in.
Already having been dubbed “middle-aged Love Island”, but previously called the working title of The Romance Retreat, ITV explained when it first put out the casting call that the new series would see a group of “vibrant single parents” from across the UK all meet under one roof, and that it was set to be the only dating show where they can search for love in a safe space.
Now, coming up to six months after that initial casting call, ITV has confirmed that the long-awaited series is finally set to hit TV screens later this autumn.
Given the new official title of My Mum, Your Dad, and hosted by legendary TV presenter Davina McCall, ITV took to social media yesterday to reveal that the “secret is finally out”.
Teasing a little more information about the new show, ITV explained: “My Mum, Your Dad is a brand-new series following a group of single parents looking for a second chance at love. They’ve been nominated by their grown-up kids, but what they don’t know is that their kids are watching their every move, playing matchmaker and holding cushions over their faces as they watch the shenanigans.”
An exact release date for the show is expected to be announced by ITV in due course, so you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled.
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Matty Healy delivers perfect reply to being called a ‘slack-jawed f***wit’ by Noel Gallagher live on stage
Matty Healy is once again poking the beehive and after being called a “slack-jawed f***wit’ by Noel Gallagher, The 1975 frontman delivered the perfect comedic response to his comments.
Healy was on stage in Dublin on Wednesday, 7 June, essentially warming up for himself after American singer Caroline Polachek had to pull out of the show, playing an hour of additional 1975 songs that didn’t make it onto the headline setlist.
A much more informal set than the main show — just Matty, a guitar, a keyboard his laptop and a little help from bandmate Jamie Squire — he spent lots of time chatting with the crowd and at one point, addressed the Manc music legend’s recent roasting.
The former Oasis songwriter and guitarist was sitting down with The Spin when the interviewer asked what he made of Matty Healy’s comments that he and brother Liam should “stop marding” and get back together — to which Noel said: “Oh, that slack-jawed f***wit… He needs to get over how shit his band is and split up.” Bit harsh but the 34-year-old seemed to take it in stride and had his own cold comeback.
Clearly enjoying having riled up the 56-year-old, Healy fired back by saying “The difference between me and Noel is I do a series of interviews to promote an album, whereas he does an album to promote a series of interviews”.
As one person posted in the comments, “I’m not the biggest 1975 fan but he’s absolutely mugged him off here”, and a lot of people tended to agree.
Healy did assure the cheering crowd that he and the band all “love Noel Gallagher” and claimed that they even “asked Liam to open up for [them] but he was busy” — we would have paid good money to see that happen.
Nevertheless, we’re certainly enjoying this hilarious little spat between the two and whatever you make of the two of them, they sure. Also, Matty’s right, the Gallagher bros should just get over it already and give the people what they want: an Oasis reunion. One day, we can always pray.