A mum recently came under fire for apparently ’embarrassing’ her children when she bought them each a pair of Lidl’s newly released trainers.
Now, you’ll probably be aware of the footwear in question; Last week, the budget supermarket announced the first ever UK launch of its infamous yellow, blue, red and white trainers.
The shoes first caused a stir in 2019 when they went viral after appearing in an Italian branch. Priced at a very reasonable €13, the world descended into total chaos as people fought valiantly to get their hands on a pair.
And even when they sold out, the chaos continued online, with people flogging their own pairs for eye watering sums of money; even today, a pair of Lidl trainers can be found on eBay priced at £499.98.
Anyway, as the Lidl-mania resumed again last week with the launch of their UK trainers, one unsuspecting mum came under fire when sharing her purchase online.
Posting on the Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK Facebook page, the mum shared a picture of two pairs of trainers purchased as a gift for her children, writing happily: “My two crazy daughters have their hands on the Lidl trainers.”
However, other members of the group didn’t share her excitement with many going as far to accuse her of embarrassing her kids with her gift. One person wrote: “I would not embarrass my child by putting them in them. Primark probably sells cheaper trainers that are better looking.”
Another simply asked: “Why would anyone want these?”
Someone else even went as far as suggesting her children will get bullied, writing: “Kids will get bullied for wearing these. I wouldn’t put my kids through that.”
However, some social media users were a little more supportive of the mums gift, with one person writing: “For anyone saying how could you do that to your kids. They want to, everyone’s wearing this sort of stuff at festivals now along with their IKEA bucket hats. No one will be getting bullied for it.”
Another noted: “There were kids in my local Lidl yesterday complaining because they’d sold out of these trainers. They’re turning into the latest fashion trend.”
To find your closest Lidl and get your hands on a pair, visit the Lidl store locator here.
Manchester voted second best city for independent pubs in the UK
Manchester even trumped London for it’s selection of independent pubs and unique craft beers
In somewhat unsurprising news, Manchester has been voted as the second best place in the whole of the UK for a good independent pint and boozer.
The survey, commissioned by business-comparison site Bionic, set out to uncover the UK’s best craft drinking destinations in an attempt to get people back in pubs following a rough eighteen months for the hospitality industry.
The study judged each city based on its pubs’ customer reviews, the number of unique beers available and the number of top rated pubs and microbreweries to create an index ranking.
It also looked at the most popular pints to share on social media and which independent beers are each generation’s favourite.
And, low and behold, Manchester ranked very handsomely in second place as a result of its vast number of 1,600 independent pubs and 781 unique beers, scoring a respectable 77 out of 100 in the overall index ranking. That’s a lot of beer.
And to make this news even better, Manchester beat the capital city London, which ranked in third place with 5,800 independent pubs and 552 unique beers (none of which will be a patch on ours, obviously.)
Newcastle took the top spot, just pipping us to the crown with a score of 80 on the overall index ranking.
Glyn Britton, Chief Customer Officer at Bionic, reflected on why we should consider visiting local pubs rather than supporting chains: “The lockdowns have been hard for many small businesses so next time you’re in need of some essentials or even just fancy a pint, try heading down to your local high street to explore what’s on offer at the grocery shops, restaurants, pubs and microbreweries.
“You won’t just be getting goods, you’ll be helping to support the future growth of your neighbourhood and help give back to your community.”
You can read the full report here.
Nearly 30,000 people are having affairs in Manchester according to ‘cheating map’
Some of you have a lot of explaining to do…
A new ‘cheating map’ has revealed the staggering number of people allegedly having affairs in Greater Manchester.
The Official Infidelity Index, run by married-dating site Illicit Encounters, allows users to see just how many affairs are getting underway by location across the whole of the UK using specific counties, cities and even postcodes.
And, low and behold, there’s a staggering amount of you unfaithful lot doing the dirty right here in Greater Manchester.
The map claims that precisely 27,224 people are having affairs in Manchester alone, while 2,994 are cheating in Altrincham, 1,251 in Salford, 1,141 in Bury, 916 in Hale, 906 in Wigan and 684 in Bolton.
Manchester ranks in fourth place out of all UK cities for affairs, with it being narrowly beaten by Nottingham (28,719), Birmingham (45,787) and London (a whopping 168,322).
And while this data may seem a little untrustworthy, the figures are based on Illicit Encounters’ very own extensive data, who claim the rise in cheating is a result of pandemic restrictions being lifted and people feeling unhappy with their partners during the 2020 lockdowns.
Illicit Encounters spokeswoman Jessica Leoni said on the results: “We have seen a rise in cheating over the last year throughout Greater Manchester, particularly since the start of autumn with almost all adults being double jabbed.
“Record numbers of people came back from their summer holidays miserable and looking for excitement after 18 months of being bored and stuck at home with their partners.
“We have enjoyed the busiest year in our history with women in particular looking to start afresh and joining in unprecedented numbers.
“The cheating surge will continue as more of us return to the office in the run-up to Christmas. Adulterers often use work as a way to cover up their affair.”
To see how unfaithful your area is, visit the Infidelity Index here.
Andy Burnham calls out ridiculous price of 15 minute train journey from Manchester
The mayor shared a photo of his single train ticket from Manchester to Newton Le Willows
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has reiterated his stance on London-style fares after sharing the cost of a fifteen minute train journey he took from Manchester.
Burnham tweeted a picture of his train ticket, an off-peak single journey from Manchester stations to Newton Le Willows, with a price of £8 printed along the bottom.
The mayor wrote: “Public transport is so expensive in our part of the world. This is the cost of a one-stop, 20-minute journey [later corrected to fifteen minutes]. To be levelled up, we need London-level fares. Accept nothing less.”
This isn’t the first time Burnham has spoken publicly about the benefits a London-style public transport system would provide to Greater Manchester; last month, he spoke about the proposed system at the Transport for the North conference in Leeds.
He insisted that fares set at £1.55, just like they are in the capital, would have ‘the potential to elevate’ millions of Northern residents and predicted that the set fare system could be in place by mid-2024 with Greater Manchester due to take buses back into public control under a franchising system from 2023.
Speaking to The Yorkshire Post, Burnham said: “We could be a template for the rest of the North, particularly for combined authorities where the powers do exist to put buses under public control.
“We think what we would do would be helpful to Leeds, helpful to Liverpool and helpful to other places as they look to go down a similar path. It’s perfectly doable.”
He added that in Greater Manchester, buses could be ‘integrated with the tram system’, suggesting that commuters would have a ‘daily cap on what they could expect to pay on any given day, no matter how many buses or trams they took.'”
Rishi Sunak is due to unveil his Spending Review covering the spending priorities up to 2025 along with an Autumn Budget on October 27th.