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It’s been four years since Ariana Grande hosted the One Love concert

But what happened to the funds raised from the benefit gig?

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Today marks four years since Ariana Grande hosted the One Love Manchester concert in the wake of the devastating Manchester Arena bombing.

Just weeks after a suicide bomber launched an attack in the foyer of the arena following her performance on May 22nd, 2017, the pop star returned to the city to host the One Love Manchester benefit concert in a bid to raise money for the survivors and families affected by the atrocity.

The benefit gig, held at Manchester’s Old Trafford cricket ground, saw some of the biggest names in music assemble alongside the then twenty-three-year-old singer to put on a show in memory of the twenty-two people who had lost their lives in the attack.

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Miley Cyrus, Little Mix, Robbie Williams, Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Liam Gallagher were among the artists to join Ariana during the the three hour-long concert, which was attended by a 55,000 strong audience.

Yet, despite the event taking place during one of Manchester’s darkest moments, the concert was undeniably a joyous occasion – a true testament to the city’s resilience and sense of community.

There were many memorable moments from the evening – as the concert went underway, a police officer was filmed on BBC News dancing with a group of children towards the back of the crowd. PC Paul Taylor was seen linking arms with a group of fans and dancing in a circle during Justin Bieber’s performance.

“I had posed for a picture with these two young girls who were with their mum, and they asked if I’d like to dance,” he explained. “I can’t remember what was playing at the time, I think it may have been Justin Bieber. Since the clip went viral my phone hasn’t stopped ringing!”

A choir from Parrs Wood High School in Didsbury became another memorable feature of the event, with two of the choir members actually being survivors from the attack. The school students joined Ariana for an emotional performance of her song ‘My Everything,’ leaving the singer and the rest of the audience in tears. 

At one point, one of the choir girls became visibly upset, leading Ariana to embrace her as she continued with the rendition.

Shortly after the event took place, it was revealed that a staggering £18 million had been raised for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, a charity established by the Manchester City Council and the British Red Cross, from both the ticket sales and donations from members of the public watching at home.

Ariana also donated all proceeds to the fund from a re-release of her single ‘One Last Time’ and a live audio version of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ that she performed during the concert.

In a statement, We Love Manchester’s Councillor Sue Murphy said, as per NME: “Thanks to this we have raised more than £18m and we were conscious that we had to get some of swiftly this to those with immediate needs.”

But where exactly did this money go?

Well, Sue explained that following the concert, ‘around a third of the total’ was given to the bereaved families – that’s around £250,000 per family. Meanwhile, £3.5m was given to those who were hospitalised after the attack.

The British Red Cross also reported that it had received more than £10 million in donations in the twelve hours following the concert.

 
 

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People have discovered how many calories Domino’s Garlic & Herb dip has and it’s blown their mind

HOW many?!

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What’s the best part about ordering a Domino’s? Why, it’s the iconic Domino’s garlic and herb dip, of course.

Well, it might not be once you read the rest of this article, so continue with caution if you don’t want your future pizza binges ruined.

Right, let’s get straight to it – this week, it has come to the attention of many Domino’s fans that the official Domino’s nutritional count (yes, some of us actually read that) shows an alarmingly high number of calories in one pot of the dreamy garlic and herb dip.

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Just one 100g pot of the dip – a size that was introduced after very justifiable complaints over the portion sizes from the smaller pots – contains a whopping 675 calories, which is even more than the calorie count of three slices of a number of Domino’s pizzas.

To put it into perspective, if you’re still not appalled, that’s a higher calorie count than two McDonald’s cheeseburgers, which total to a measly 602 cals. Ouch.

Many people have been taking to Twitter to express their shock and disgust over the monstrous calorie count, with one person writing: “Devastated to discover the garlic and herb big dip pot from @dominos is 675 calories… I drink that stuff man…”

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Another despaired: Finding out the calorie content of Domino’s garlic and herb dip has both explained and ruined my existence.”

One person took the news very badly, writing: “600 calories in a pot of Domino’s garlic and herb dip – I AM SHOOK!!!”

While another added dramatically: “There are SEVEN HUNDRED calories in Domino’s garlic and herb dip my whole life is ruined.”

Though some people weren’t too fazed, with one person proudly declaring: “Just found out Domino’s garlic and herb dip has more calories than two McDonald’s cheese burgers. Still gonna slap it on my pizza tho like it’s the tears of Jesus.” Fair play.

And, to make you feel a bit better, the 100g BBQ dip only contains a total of 188 calories, while the Frank’s hot dip has just twenty-four calories for 100g. So it isn’t all bad news!

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Mum of Manchester Arena victim calls Shamima Begum a ‘murderer’ following controversial interview

‘How do I sit in a courtroom in Manchester and listen to the horrific details that killed my son after listening to her ask for forgiveness’

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Shamima Begum has been slammed as a ‘murderer’ by the mother of a Manchester Arena bombing victim following her controversial plea for forgiveness on Good Morning Britain today.

Her appearance on the ITV show this morning has sparked outrage among viewers, particularly with some of the families of Manchester Arena victims, who died in an ISIS-organised suicide bombing in 2017.

Taking to Twitter, Caroline Curry, the mother of nineteen-year old Liam Curry who died alongside his girlfriend Chloe Rutherford in the attack, said she felt ill watching Begum beg for forgiveness.

The grieving mother, from South Shields, wrote: “I feel absolutely ill to have to see this murderer on tv today!!

“How do I sit in a courtroom in Manchester and listen to the horrific details of the Manchester bombing that killed my son and his girlfriend after listening to her ask for forgiveness.”

Begum, who infamously fled her East London home to join terror group ISIS in Syria at the age of fifteen, apologised for previously saying the Manchester Arena attack had been ‘justified’, saying: “I do not believe that one evil justifies another evil. I don’t think that women and children should be killed for other people’s motives and for other people’s agendas.”

She also insisted that she didn’t know women and children had been hurt in the Manchester attack, stressing: “I did not know about the Manchester bombing when I was asked. I did not know that people were killed, I did not know that women and children were hurt because of it.”

In her interview, Begum also insisted that she could be a big help to the UK government in its fight against terrorism and online grooming, saying with confidence: “I think I could very much help you in your fight against terrorism because you clearly don’t know what you’re doing.”

Begum made headlines back in 2015 when she and two friends travelled to Syria from London to join ISIS. The girls went on to marry Jihadi fighters, Begum herself marrying a Dutch recruit. 

She was found heavily pregnant in a Syrian refugee camp in February 2019. The baby later died of pneumonia and Begum said she had previously lost two other children. Ever since, the young woman has been appealing the revoking of her British citizenship, while the Home Office continues to stress that she remains a ‘security risk.’

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Piers Morgan says ‘cold-hearted’ Shamima Begum should be left to ‘rot’ following her plea for forgiveness

The former host had his say on Twitter

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Piers Morgan has slammed ‘cold-hearted’ Shamima Begum following her controversial interview on Good Morning Britain this morning. 

Morgan, who hosted the ITV breakfast show until just a few months ago when he quit following his remarks regarding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Oprah interview, tweeted his frustration and anger over Begum’s ‘self-serving’ interview. 

He wrote: “Just as well I’m not interviewing this lying, snivelling, cold-hearted, self-serving ISIS bride monster or I’d have seriously lost my temper by now.

“Begum should never be allowed back to Britain. Let her rot in the terror bed she made for herself.”

The journalist and TV host then followed up his tweet with a reference to his own GMB departure, writing: “Interesting times we live in when an ISIS terror bride is allowed to exercise her right to freedom of speech on @GMB but I wasn’t….”.

The twenty-two year old gave her interview from a Syrian women’s and children’s camp, where she offered her apologies for once saying the Manchester Arena bombing was ‘justified’. She said: “I do not believe that one evil justifies another evil. I don’t think that women and children should be killed for other people’s motives and for other people’s agendas.”

She also insisted that she didn’t know women and children had been hurt in the Manchester attack, saying: “I did not know about the Manchester bombing when I was asked. I did not know that people were killed, I did not know that women and children were hurt because of it.”

Begum made headlines back in 2015 when she and two friends travelled to Syria from London to join ISIS. The girls went on to marry Jihadi fighters, Begum herself marrying a Dutch recruit. 

She was found heavily pregnant in a Syrian refugee camp in February 2019. The baby later died of pneumonia and Begum said she had previously lost two other children.

Ever since, the young woman has been appealing the revoking of her British citizenship, while the Home Office continues to stress that she remains a ‘security risk.’

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