The dogs and cats flown out of Afghanistan by former Royal Marine Paul Farthing will be rehomed across the UK within the coming weeks, an animal campaigner has announced today.
Farthing gained viral fame when he started documenting his efforts to rescue hundreds of dogs and cats from the war-stricken country, many of which were domesticated pets that had been left behind by their owners when the Taliban took control last month.
Farthing, who formed the animal charity Nowzad during his tour of Afghanistan in the mid 2000s, managed to rescue 100 dogs and seventy cats on Sunday evening, bringing them to the safety of the UK via a privately funded charter flight.
However, he had to leave behind sixty-eight members of staff after being confronted by a member of the Taliban at the airport, though he has pledged to return them to safety, too.
But now that the animals are finding their feet on British soil, one of Farthing’s supporters has outlined the next stages to get them rehomed. Dominic Dyer said the dogs and cats are in ‘very good condition’ in quarantine kennels across the country, with hundreds of people already looking to adopt them.
He told PA News today: “We had a good plan of action and the animals are doing very well in the kennels – and despite the difficult journey, they’ve been durable and tough.
“Over the next few weeks the animals will start to be rehomed, we have hundreds of people for each dog or cat- so it’s very likely all of them will be adopted and taken in by different families.
“They are some of the most famous animals in the world right now, so there will be no shortage, but we want to be clear it’s not first come first served.
“Nowzad is only a small charity so the process will be a slow one and there is an awful lot of work to be done.”
He added that there will be a ‘screening process’ to select suitable homes for the animals. If you’re interested in welcoming in a rescue animal into your home, visit the Nowzad website.
GMP seize purple Lamborghini for driving ‘antisocially’ around Salford Quays
In certain parts of Greater Manchester nuisance drivers are a real issue for residents.
One such area is Salford Quays, with people driving around late at night and keeping people up at ungodly hours.
This was the case earlier this week, when a purple Lamborghini was spotted by police causing a racket in the area.
According to GMP Salford, the brightly coloured sports car was seen ‘driving antisocially around Salford Quays, causing danger to others and making a racket during the night’.
As a result the Lamborghini Huracan was seized by officers.
GMP Salford wrote on their socials: “#WhileWeWereAway #GMPTransportUnit spotted this purple Lamborghini driving antisocially around Salford Quays, causing a danger to other road users and pedestrians, and making a racket during the night for residents.
“The Huracan was seized under s.59 Police Reform Act #NotSoSuperCar”.
Aldi is selling a wine advent calendar just in time for Christmas
‘Tis the season to drink a lot of wine…
As the festive period looms ever closer, Aldi has unveiled this year’s boozy advent calendar and, for 2022, it’s all about the vino.
While the budget supermarket wowed shoppers with its gin and craft beer advent calendars last year, it has now unveiled a wine version, complete with a mini collection of elegant whites, reds and fruity rosés.
There are twenty-four bottles in the calendar, with each coming to a rough price of £2.49 each – which is a total steal for a quality glass of wine.
And you won’t be able to find these wines on the shelves in Aldi or online because they’re limited edition especially for the advent calendar.
The advent calendar costs £59.99 and will be available to buy online only from October 30th.
Here’s the full list of wines you’ll find in the box:
- JP. Chanet Original Brut X3 – 20cl.
- JP. Chanet Original Dry Rose X3 – 20cl.
- Brut d’Argent Chardonnay X3 – 20cl.
- Calvert Reserve Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon X -18.7cl.
- JP. Chanet Original Cabernet Syrah X2 – 18.7cl.
- Calvert Limited Release Merlot X1 – 18.7cl.
- Calvert Syrah X1 – 18.7cl.
- JP. Chanet Original Grenache Cinsault X4 – 18.7cl.
- Just Sauvignon Blanc X3 – 18.7cl.
- Just Pinot Grigio X3 – 18.7cl.
Additionally, Aldi will be bringing back its beloved cheese advent calendar, which will make for the perfect pairing with its vino counterpart.
It has also been reported that the supermarket has another alcoholic advent calendar in the works, though the supermarket is yet to confirm these rumours.
Aldi’s wine advent calendar goes on sale on its website on October 30th, so make sure to head over there to get yourself stocked up for Christmas.
Petition to axe Holly and Phil from This Morning passes 55,000 signatures
It comes after the hosts seemingly pushed in the queue to see the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Hall last week
A petition calling for Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield to be axed from This Morning has now surpassed 55,000 signatures.
Holly and Phil were spotted filing into Westminster Hall on Friday last week as tens of thousands of mourners queued through the night to pay their respects to the late Queen Elizabeth.
Yet while most people stood in the now-famous queue for as long as fifteen hours – football star David Beckham reportedly waited in the line for thirteen hours – the hosts seemingly skipped the entire queue.
The pair were immediately met with a wave of backlash online, with ITV bosses hastily insisting they were there as ‘credited members of the press’, and therefore had not pushed in the queue.
Holly and Phil themselves also addressed the backlash during Tuesday’s episode, saying while they both ‘understand the reaction’, they would ‘never jump a queue’.
They added that they had been given ‘official permission to access the hall’ like ‘hundreds of accredited broadcasters and journalists.’
Despite their explanation, however, a petition calling for their removal from This Morning – and the cancellation of the show altogether – continued to gain traction, with it today surpassing 50,000 signatures.
The petition, labelled ‘Axe Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby from TV’, explains: “Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield, two hosts of one of the most damaging to mental health day time tv show This Morning, were able to push past those thousands and get immediate access.
“ITV should be ashamed of exploiting the situation. I’d like to see This Morning axed for good as I do believe it causes more harm than good, without people noticing. For example, like turning cost of living anxiety into a game show.
“At the least though, these toxic presenters Holly and Philip should finally be removed from our TV screens. They monopolised way too long.”
At the time of writing, the petition has 56,249 signatures, though this number is rising rapidly by the hour.
Sources close to Holly have told The Mirror that she has no intention of stepping aside from a job she loves, with her and Phil choosing to instead ‘weather the storm’.
They said: “The abuse has been nothing short of disgusting, not least as they have done nothing wrong and were fully entitled to media accreditation so they could inform their viewers.
“There is huge, real and serious concerns over their wellbeing and ITV are fully supporting them behind the scenes in the face of such relentless trolling.
“The channel backs them 110%.”
They added: “She [Holly] adores her job and would never quit. The whole experience has been totally brutal but one thing has remained constant, and that’s been ITV’s unwavering support.”