EasyJet pilot does 360 turn mid-air so passengers can see rare Northern Lights
‘The pilot switched back and did a 360 loop around for everyone to see’
An EasyJet pilot flying passengers from Iceland to Manchester Airport turned the aircraft 360 mid-flight so travellers could witness the Northern Lights.
The flight was returning to Manchester Airport from Reykjavik, Iceland last night, Monday February 27th. As reported in the Manchester Evening News, photographer Adam Groves who was returning from an engagement holiday away said: “We had been half expecting them as the aurora forecast was high, but low cloud cover in Iceland over the past week meant we didn’t see them from land.
“We were hoping to see them while we were out there but didn’t get the chance. We took off and half way into the flight the pilot turned all the lights off and the view was out the left window.
“We were sat on the right hand side and after two to three minutes the pilot switched back and did a 360 loop around for everyone to see.”
The aircraft’s flight path was recorded by FlightRadar showing the route it took over the ocean and the exact spot where it made the loop for customers to enjoy the rare sight — also witnessed by many across the UK the previous evening on Sunday.
The news follows an announcement from the Met Office, alerting Britons of the best places to see the natural phenomenon on Monday evening, with Northern England in with a chance due to possible ‘transitory cloud breaks’.
Northern Scotland was the best place to catch the dazzling display overnight, as cloudy skies unfortunately prevented some keen sky watchers across the UK from catching a second glimpse.
The head of space weather at the Met Office, Mark Gibbs, earlier said they were ‘optimistic to expect clear sightings two nights in a row’, adding: “[Sunday’s] sighting saw the coincidence of perfect conditions, making the aurora visible on the north horizon in the south of England.”
Also known as Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights are usually best seen in high latitude regions closer to the Arctic, such as Scandinavia. The colourful light effect happens when electrons and protons collide with gases in the Earth’s upper atmosphere, causing tiny flashes of colourful light to fill the sky.
Driver in vintage Ford Sierra Cosworth caught doing 104mph in 30 zone
The driver could now face a hefty fine and lengthy ban
A driver was caught doing 104 mph through a 30 mph zone in a vintage sports car.
The speed camera flashed the white Ford Sierra Cosworth on Albert Royds Street, Rochdale, on Sunday afternoon, March 19th. GMP Traffic posted a picture on their Twitter page with the caption: “Words Fail!”
Responding to the GMP tweet, Councillor Daniel Meredith replied: “Hopefully gets the book thrown at them! Words fail! This is a residential area with children playing. Not Silverstone!”
The driver could now face a hefty fine and lengthy ban. Motorists caught doing high speeds can be hit with a ‘Band C’ offence — the most serious category of driving offence which can lead to driving bans of up to 120 days. Police also have the power to seize the vintage motor.
But the owner will be desperately hoping that doesn’t happen, as last month a rare Sierra Cosworth sold for almost £600,000 at auction.
Below the GMP post, tweeters filled the comments, with one saying: “Regular occurrence on that road. It’s a race track.” And a second typing: “Horrendous. Let’s hope courts back you up and get this clown off the road for a long scratch.”
Though some commenters, with knowledge of the car, jumped in with something less serious to say, as one put: “Probably trying to time travel back to the 1980s.” Another chimed in: “No wonder police couldn’t keep up with these years ago!”
And someone else joked: “Fire up the Quattro!”
McDonald’s brings back iconic Coke glasses in new peel-to-win game with cash prizes
It’s time you win yourself a new set of Coca-Cola glasses!
McDonald’s is launching a new promotional game this month with millions of prizes up for grabs — including cash prizes and the iconic Coke glasses.
The brand new fun promotion is called Winning Sips — where customers can peel back stickers on their McDonald’s packaging and be in with a chance to win prizes including £10,000 in cash, menu favourites, bucket hats, towels, and plenty more.
Launching on March 29th Maccies fans will be familiar with the peel-to-win format. But, as the name suggests, you can only play by purchasing medium or large soft drinks and milkshakes. All you have to do is peel back the sticker to reveal an Instant Win prize, or App Play game piece.
With the App Play game piece, customers will need to use the McDonald’s App — which is free to download from the Google Android or iPhone app stores — to scan the code to be in with a chance of winning.
Those who do this will be automatically entered into a prize draw for the opportunity to receive one of 10 cash prizes of a whopping £10,000. Fans are incredibly excited, especially about potentially winning themselves a new set of Coca-Cola glassware.
One said: “Omg wow remember these.” A second put: “Nostalgia. Reminds me of the ones from when we were younger.” A third joined in saying: “The glasses are back. Brings back memories, this.” While another wrote: “We’re going just to get these. So nostalgic.”
Of course it’s not exactly the same as Monopoly. You won’t be collecting game pieces the same way, and you won’t find any stickers on food items. The competition will be running from 5am on March 29th until 11.59pm on April 25th.
Full list of Winning Sips prizes:
- £200 Cash
- £100 Cash
- £50 Cash
- £20 Cash
- £10 Cash
- £5 Cash
- Sausage & Egg McMuffin
- Hash Brown
- Big Mac
- 6 Chicken McNuggets
- Fruit Bag
- Apple Pie
- Sugar Donut
- A Regular McCafé Hot Drink
- Medium Coca-Cola Zero Sugar
- Medium Milkshake
- Coca-Cola Glasses
- McDonald’s branded Socks
- McDonald’s branded Towels
- McDonald’s branded Bucket Hats
- £10,000 Cash
To enter, simply purchase any medium or large soft drink. These include:
- Coca-Cola Zero Sugar
- Diet Coke
- Sprite Zero
- Coca-Cola Classic
- Fanta Orange
- Chocolate milkshake
- Strawberry milkshake
- Banana milkshake
- Vanilla milkshake
There’s a limit of eight-game entries into the McDonald’s app, so don’t waste your money by trying more than that. You also have to be aged 18 or above to play. Customers have until May 9th, 2023 to claim their free prizes.
Maccies fans worried this is replacing the popular Monopoly promotion don’t need to worry, as it’s still coming ‘later in the year’, although a date has not yet been confirmed.
Noel Gallagher responds to Oasis reunion rumours after Liam says ‘it’s happening’
Could it be on the cards?
Noel Gallagher responds to fresh Oasis reunion rumours after his brother Liam suggests ‘it’s happening’.
Noel Gallagher has dropped the hint he could be up for a reunion after his brother Liam Gallagher made claims the band could be getting back together.
The brothers, who hail from Burnage, had a public fall-out in 2009 which saw Noel quit the band following a backstage argument. At the time, Noel said he ‘could not go on working with Liam a day longer’, later claiming he had been subjected to ‘verbal and violent intimidation’.
Over the weekend, Liam was asked by a fan on social media if there was a ‘small percentage that Oasis get back together’, to which he responded with: “It’s happening”. This led to speculation over social media that the brothers had made up with each other and could reform Oasis.
Noel implied the ball was in Liam’s court about getting the indie-rock group back together, and that he was waiting on his brother to get in touch with him about a potential reunion.
“There’s something in the papers back in England today,” he told France Inter. “He should get his people to call my people; they know who they are, they know where we are. Stop talking on the f*****g internet, and let’s see what you’ve got to say.”
Noel added that he felt it was up to his brother to make the first move, telling the French radio station: “He’s got my number, he’s got my manager’s number, call us. But you know what? He won’t call.”
His comments have led fans to message Liam on social media to encourage him to reach out to his brother. One fan tweeted the frontman: “C’mon then LG, Noel has challenged ‘your people’ to pick up the phone… is your bag still packed?”
In response, Liam said: “All he got is yes men I don’t deal with yes men,” before adding: “He ain’t got no people.” Another fan asked: “You called ‘Noel’s people’ yet”, to which Liam replied: “Cowboys more like.”
In another tweet on Wednesday March 22nd, Liam said the two had a lot of making up to do before any reunion could happen. The comment led fans to believe any sign of a reunion could be further away than first hoped for.
Liam tweeted: “Here’s how I see it the little fella aka potato has done a lot of damage to Oasis as a band / brand he’s got a lot of making up to do not just to me but to you the fans the people that put us where we are today as you were LG x”.
One fan replied: “Yeap, but nevertheless, call him and put your conditions on the table.”
Another commented: “Now or never for Oasis, he’s never been that open in an interview until now. No need for other people just need to sort it between yourselves and the band. Arrange the meet and call!”
Formed in 1991, Oasis have sold more than 70 million records worldwide, with eight UK number one albums and singles. The band were recognised at the 2007 Brit Awards for their ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’.