If you’ve been missing your meatball fix from Ikea, then don’t worry as it’s not long to go until you’ll be able to grab some.
Non-essential shops have been closed all year during the national lockdown in England.
As part of the government’s ‘roadmap out of lockdown’ they will be able to reopen from April 12th at the earliest.
This includes Ikea stores across England, with the Manchester branch one of those set to reopen on April 12th.
This means not long to go until we can once again eat all the meatballs we can, before wobbling around the store shopping for flat pack goods.
While Ikea has remained closed for browsing and in-store purchases, it has remained open to operate a click and collect service.
Ikea’s website says: “We’re still open online for home deliveries, as well as for click and collect with thorough safety measures in place for both services.”
Argos will also be reopening on April 12th, although it is currently open for collection of pre-paid items.
According to a message on the Argos website: “Following guidelines, we have made changes across our stores for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
“Please read below for the latest updates for stores in your area, returning items and our Click & Collect service. These guidelines have replaced our usual services, and will be in place until advised otherwise.
“To avoid any non-essential journeys, we’ve extended our returns policy – any purchases made from 18 October 2020 can be returned up to 30 days from the re-opening of non-essential retail in your area, in-line with our returns guarantee.”
Wayne Rooney ‘blackmailed’ over hotel photos as Instagram message leaks online
The images went viral over the weekend
Wayne Rooney was photographed asleep in a hotel bedroom this weekend, with the images quickly going viral.
The photos show a fully clothed Rooney passed out in a chair after a night out in Manchester, after he went to the hotel with three women.
And today it’s been reported that the former Manchester United captain was asked for £10,000 to keep the photos hidden from his wife Coleen.
According to reports, the police launched a blackmail probe over a message sent to Rooney on Instagram that included a photo from the hotel and the comment: “Morning Wayne 10 grand please mate or Coleen sees this.”
However, according to officers they have now dropped the investigation after concluding that no offence had been committed.
A Cheshire Police spokesman said: “On Monday July 26th Cheshire Constabulary received reports of a possible blackmail relating to a number of images circulating online.
“Officers have spoken to the person involved and are satisfied that no offences have taken place.
“The person involved has also stated that they do not wish to take the matter any further.”
It’s not been suggested that the women from the photos, Tayler Ryan, Elise Melvin and Brooke Morgan, all aged 21, were knowingly involved in any criminal activity.
Rooney met the women at the newly reopened China White nightclub on Saturday night before heading back to their hotel.
As the Derby County manager appeared to fall asleep, several photos were taken, with one featuring a woman bending over beside him in her underwear with the caption ‘Mooney Rooney’, while another was captioned ‘Sleepy Wayne’.
As the photos went viral on social media, Rooney’s legal team contacted Greater Manchester Police, before the case was passed to Cheshire Police.
A hairdresser has said we’re all making the same mistake when washing our hair
Everything we’ve been taught is a lie…
While most of us are confident that washing our hair is a mastered skill, a hairdresser has claimed that the majority of people have been doing it wrong for years.
Can we not do anything right?
The hairdresser – known only as Felicity – unintentionally created a social media firestorm when she took to Twitter to share her professional advice on how to properly use shampoo.
Apparently, it isn’t just the typical ‘shampoo, rinse, conditioner, rinse’ method that so many of us have adopted over the years.
Felicity said it had come to her attention that not everyone knows that when showering, shampoo needs to be applied and rinsed twice rather than once.
She wrote: “The first time will cleanse the hair of all the oils and product build-up so that when you do it for the second time the shampoo can actually do what it’s intended to do.
“Also, only apply shampoo to the scalp and when you rinse it will run through the middle and the ends. Then only apply conditioner to the middle and ends of your hair, and use your fingers or a wide tooth comb to detangle in the shower while conditioner is on.
“And lastly remember to only wash your hair 2-3 times a week because too much washing can cause more build-up and damage to the hair.”
Of course, Twitter users couldn’t believe what they were hearing and, upon trying the method for themselves, were incredibly grateful for Felicity and her wisdom. One person wrote: “My hair honestly feels better now! I can’t believe what a difference that made – or that I’m 26 and just finally learned the right way to wash my hair from a Tweet.”
Another commented: “So I saw this yesterday and decided to try your 2x shampoo advice when I washed my hair tonight… Omg THANK YOU!”
Who else is trying out the method tonight?
More than 30,000 sign petition calling for people who walk dogs during a heatwave to be fined
So many dogs are unknowingly suffering in the heatwave
A petition calling for fines for all those who walk their dogs during heatwaves has surpassed 30,000 signatures.
The petition was launched by twenty-five year old Paige Spearman, who wants owners to refrain from walking their pets in temperatures above 20 degrees celsius.
In her Change.org description, she explained: “Far too many family fur babies die every year from heat stroke due to negligence, and ignorance. A dogs average body temperature is 38/39° so anything over 40/41° can become fatal if not recognised quickly.
“I believe fines should be enforceable if ANYONE is seen walking a dog in 20° heat and over by the police. As well as people speaking up and calling the police if they see this happening but with supporting evidence.”
She went on to explain that, because tarmac takes a couple of hours to cool down after being in direct sunlight, the only appropriate time to walk a dog on a hot day is in the early evening – and even then, water should always be on hand.
At the time of writing, Paige’s petition has reached 30,491 signatures – it needs 100,000 for the topic to be debated in parliament.
The petition comes as the country continues to be gripped by a heatwave, with has seen temperature highs of 31 degrees celsius; while this hot weather may be a treat for most of us, for our dogs, it can be deadly.
Dogs are unable to regulate their body temperatures as well as we do; panting is the only way a dog can cool down and, sadly, it isn’t enough to stop them from overheating.
Signs of heatstroke in dogs include heavy panting and excessive drooling. They may appear lethargic, drowsy or uncoordinated, or collapse and vomit in extreme circumstances.
The RSPCA advises people to dial 999 immediately if an animal starts displaying these symptoms.