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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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Dad accidentally buys 60 pairs of reading glasses

‘He thought the packaging was a little excessive’

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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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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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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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