People who suffer from hay fever and asthma have been warned to ‘take precautions’ ahead of the weekend as pollen counts are set to soar.
The Met Office reports high pollen counts across England and Wales for Friday and Saturday (May 13th and May 14th), with medium levels predicted in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
People are being urged to ensure they keep on taking preventer inhalers or hay fever allergy tablets if they use them, and to keep their reliever inhaler with them at all times.
Asthma and Lung UK, the country’s leading lung charity, says that more than 3 million people in the UK have lung conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and are at risk of attacks or flare-ups this weekend.
And pollen can trigger symptoms such as a tight chest, wheezing and breathlessness in more than half of people living with asthma (59%) and more than a quarter of those living with COPD, according to research from the charity.
Dr. Andy Whittamore, the clinical lead for Asthma and Lung UK, said: “When pollen levels are at their highest this can be deadly for those with lung conditions like asthma who can suffer serious symptoms and have life-threatening attacks.
“These attacks can leave people fighting for breath, which can be terrifying, but there are things they can do to look after themselves.”
Dr. Whittamore advised people to carry their reliever inhalers every day, ‘especially when they are out and about enjoying the sunshine in case pollen does cause a flare-up of their symptoms’.
He also recommended sufferers use a combination of steroid nasal sprays and non-drowsy antihistamine tablets to help stop the allergic reaction.
This should all be coincided with regular checks of weather forecasts and pollen levels throughout the day.
The NHS also offers a number of tips to help ease symptoms while the pollen count is high, such as putting Vaseline around the nostrils to trap pollen, wearing wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into the eyes, and showering and changing clothes after being outside to wash pollen off.
Other tips include staying indoors whenever possible, keeping windows and doors shut as much as possible, vacuuming regularly and dusting with a damp cloth.
There is currently no cure for hay fever and people who experience it cannot prevent it. For more information on remedies and how to manage the symptoms best, visit the NHS 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.”