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Manchester chef Gary Usher sparks debate on dogs being allowed in pubs

It turns out a lot of people aren’t too keen on the presence of dogs in the pub…

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Celebrated chef and restauranteur Gary Usher has sparked a debate on whether dogs should be allowed in pubs with his latest restaurant announcement.

Usher, who owns acclaimed restaurants such as Kala in Manchester city centre, Hispi in Didsbury and Sticky Walnut in Chester, has confirmed that he is in the final stages of purchasing a derelict pub in Cheshire, which he will transform into his Elite Bistros group’s first ‘gastropub’.

Over the weekend, he took to social media to reveal that the pub in question is the old White Horse in Churton, with him tweeting: “I’m a terrible business person because I can’t keep my mouth shut when I’m excited. We are in the middle of buying the white horse pub in Churton but it’s not complete.

“I’ve always loved it there and it would be a dream for us to run it. The pub is beautiful and so is the area. My mum and dad live a few minutes away so I’m very familiar with the area and walking my dog Billy there with my mum and dad’s dog Rossa.”

Usher added that he is ‘absolutely aware’ of how much the White Horse pub means to the community in Churton, and said his plans for the pub aren’t to ‘rip it apart or change the way it looks’, but to serve ‘great drinks’ and ‘delicious unpretentious food by a team that love what they do’.

And, when one social media user asked if the pub would be dog friendly, Usher replied with a simple: “Of course!”

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However, despite the UK being a famously dog-loving nation, the confirmation of Usher’s new pub welcoming dogs didn’t sit too well with a lot of social media users, who were quick to slam the chef for his ‘bad idea’. 

One person wrote: “No thanks. Too many people thinking dogs in pubs is a good idea. Dogs are not people and shouldn’t be treated as such!”

Another even went as far to say they’d rather be ‘starving and crawl to the next normal restaurant’ on their knees, writing: “Thanks for the heads up. I’d rather be starving and crawl to the next normal restaurant on my knees than eat in a dog infested dump like yours. If you put animals before people god knows what you do in the kitchen!!”

However, Usher didn’t back down on his dog-friendly approach, with him replying to some of those opposing his view and telling them that dogs will be ‘treated like royalty’.

He wrote: “If you don’t like dogs in pubs I’d swerve coming to one of ours then. Dogs will be treated like royalty and I will probably most commonly be found rolling around the floor with them.”

And, responding to the social media user who had said they won’t be coming to his new pub, Usher sarcastically quipped: “You’re about 8 & a half hours away in a taxi love so I don’t think our survival was dependent on your fish & chips order but thank you for your lovely Saturday morning contribution [sic] X”.

Plenty of other people were pro dogs in pubs, however, with many pointing out that dogs are often more well behaved than their human counterparts.

One social media user wrote: “I have 3 cafes, I allow dogs in. I have barred humans but never a dog. What if dogs had their own Twitter what a great place that would be? The only thing they would be slagging off would be squirrels.”

Another said: “The majority of people in the country eat with dogs or cats in the room. I can’t talk though because I don’t like it if people let kids scream in a restaurant. (But I don’t stare or moan.)”

A third simply asked: “What even is a pub without a dog?”


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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