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Climate activists have been deflating people’s car tyres in Manchester

The group are on a mission to make it ‘impossible’ to own an SUV in urban areas and cities

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A group of climate activists have been deliberately deflating the tyres of large cars in Manchester to protest against ‘gas guzzlers’. 

On Tuesday evening, a number of vehicles in West Didsbury were targeted by The Tyre Extinguishers, who’s aim is to make it impossible to own a 4×4 or SUV in urban areas across the UK.

The group says these vehicles are ‘a disaster for our climate’, ‘unnecessary’, and ‘pure vanity’.

They also deflated the tyres of electric and hybrid cars because they are ‘still polluting, dangerous and cause congestion’.

The group left a note pinned to the windshield of each car targeted, which read: “We have deflated one or more of your tyres. You’ll be angry, but don’t take it personally. It’s not you, it’s your car.

“We did this because driving around urban areas in your massive vehicle has huge consequences for others.

“You will have no difficulty getting around without your gas guzzler, with walking, cycling or public transport.”

The owner of one of the vandalised cars has slammed the group as ‘dangerous’ and ‘irresponsible’, noting that their actions ‘are not just an inconvenience’.

Speaking to The Manchester Evening News, the driver – who wishes to remain anonymous -said: “My wife’s pregnant and I need to get her a hospital at some point.

“If I can’t do that because my car tyres have been let down, I’ve got to call an ambulance which takes that off of the road for somebody else, which is frankly dangerous and irresponsible.

“I bought [the car] because it’s fully electric, but I have two kids so I need a big car. I use it less than once a week, I cycle into work everyday, I have an entirely meat-free diet, I recycle everything. I care, I am conscious about what I do.

“It’s a fully electric vehicle so I’m not sure what else I could do. I’ll reinflate the tyre and we’ll see what happens next. It seems misplaced at best, frankly irresponsible at worst.”

A mission statement on the group’s website reads: “The Tyre Extinguishers are a leaderless group where citizens take action in their local area by using a website to learn how to deflate the tyres and to print off a leaflet to leave at the SUV to inform the owner of what has happened, for their safety.

“The group is taking this action because SUVs are a climate disaster – if SUV drivers were a country, they would be the seventh-largest polluting country in the world.

“SUVs cause air pollution. Larger cars belch out more toxic fumes, worsening air pollution in our town and cities. 

“SUVs are unnecessary. Three-quarters of these ‘off-road’ vehicles are sold to people living in towns and cities. They exist purely for the vanity of their owners, who see them as a status symbol.”

The group have said they are going global with their campaign to make it ‘impossible’ to own the vehicles, and claim to have followers across Europe and the United States.


Dad accidentally buys 60 pairs of reading glasses

‘He thought the packaging was a little excessive’

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@ChrisArnoldInc / Twitter & Liz West / Flickr

A dad accidentally bought 60 pairs of reading glasses after misreading an order.

The dad has gone viral on Twitter for his massive order of reading spectacles. He was left baffled as to why the parcel was so full when it arrived at his address on Sunday March 26th, leaving his son in stitches.

Tom Arnold, 61, from Perranporth in Cornwall, thought he’d only ordered one pack to share with his wife — not a whole shop’s worth. Radio and podcast host, Chris Arnold could not stop laughing as he witnessed his dad open the parcel with a bewildered look on his face.

The viral tweet read: “My Dad has accidentally bought 60 pairs of reading glasses off the internet after misreading the quantity of his order.”

Speaking about the mishap, Chris said: “I just found it hilarious, he said he thought the packaging was excessive, then he opened it up and the box was full.

“He seemed confused as to what had happened. We looked at the order and he had ordered 12 packs instead of one, as they were for him and my mum, plus spares. The order came to over £100 but he’s managed to get a refund!”

He described the incident as ‘very funny indeed’, saying it ‘cheered up’ him and his family. As the tweet went viral and accumulated thousands of likes, Specsavers jumped in on the banter as they tweeted: “Do we even need to say it?”

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Chris joked in reply: “At this point guys, I don’t think you do. P.S. Are you interested in buying 59 pairs of reading glasses off my dad?”

They hilariously replied: “If you can’t shift them you might want to consider adding an extra 118 eyes to your dad’s face.”

Specsavers tweeted an update on the situation: “The glasses have been safely returned, but Chris’ dad deserves a bit of good luck. How about a free eye test and a brand-new pair of glasses for good measure?

“You really should’ve gone to Specsavers.”

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Aldi is selling wearable sleeping bags for ultimate comfort

Suitable for festival season!

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@parisdejager / TikTok

Aldi is now selling wearable sleeping bags for ultimate comfort — they even have arm and leg sections.

If you love to go to budget supermarket Aldi and have a wander over to the middle aisle, you’ll know you can find all sorts of handy and unusual things to buy.

Aldi shopper and TikTok user Paris de Jager sharedwith her followers how she picked up a wearable sleeping bag ‘onesie’, that even has leg and arm sections.

The social media user upload a video to her TikTok account @parisdejager showing her modelling the bright pink seasonal must have.

She wrote in a caption: “The sleeping bag one-z you never knew you needed until now.”

She ‘catwalked’ in her home as she showed off her incredible new bag suit by Adventuridge, looking ‘snug as a bug’.

Her video has racked up over 137k likes and many people were amazed at her incredible Aldi find.

Her followers flocked to comment and rave about the hot pink cosy number.

One said: “might just have to purchase for DofE.” Another added: “need for weekends.”

And a third joked: “Glastonbudget.” A fourth chimed in : “My reading outfit sorted.”

Aldi launched a similar wearable sleeping bag last year, and it weren’t long before the cosy suit sold out online.

You can purchase a wearable sleeping bag in time for festival season here.

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Grandma, 85, from Greater Manchester chosen as face of new Adidas advert

Well done, Barbara!

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BBC & Adidas

A ‘fit as a fiddle’ charity runner, 85, from Greater Manchester has been chosen to be one of the faces of a new Adidas advert.

Barbara Thackray, a grandmother from Altrincham, runs 10k twice a week to keep fit. She has been chosen — alongside the likes of Liverpool footballer, Mo Salah, Qatari hurdler Mariam Farid and Egyptian runner Khadija Hegazy in the new TV and YouTube advert — as one of the faces of to feature in it.

The retired college lecturer took up running eight years ago, aged 77, to raise funds for St Ann’s Hospice in Heald Green, Stockport.

She has been raising money for the hospice since her sister died there in the 1990s.

She said she watched the new advert ‘on a little screen’ and it was ‘fine’, adding: “So long as they were prepared to make a significant donation to St Ann’s Hospice, I felt ok about it.”

Ms Thackray has raised over £20,000 for St Ann’s Hospice in just a few short years, having been a champion of the organisation for over 10 years — including during her sister’s illness and eventual passing.

She’s not planning on stopping running any time soon.

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