The George Floyd mural in the Northern Quarter has now been replaced by another piece of artwork.
The mural had been in Stevenson Square since June 2020, after it was painted by local artist Akse P19 in the weeks following Mr Floyd’s death.
Sadly the mural was repeatedly covered by racist graffiti while it was up, with several incidents in which the painting was vandalised and Akse had to repaint it.
It’s now been covered by a new piece of street art by Manchester-based artist Folie, with the new painting showing a hand reaching for the sun between clouds.
The painting is located on a site managed by Outhouse MCR, a project that has seen public art being created in Manchester for more than a decade now.
Folie took to Instagram to share the artwork, thanking Outhouse MCR ‘for inviting me to come and paint this pretty poignant spot’.
They added: “When I read the theme was growth it made me think of the general feeling in the air at the moment.. how to continue, how to process and progress, how do we move on?
“Especially considering the piece I was covering, I wanted it also to offer a moment of reflection. I decided to design a piece based around a latin phrase “DESTITUTUS VENTIS REMOS ADHIBE” which translates to ‘If the winds will not serve, take to the oars’.
“I hope the symbology and the phrase combined inspires the observer to consider wider points of view and to trust in themselves. The clouds represent uncertainty and the sun and moon elements consistency. The rising hand of humanity, ownership and responsibility.
“The grass and the mushrooms are the teachers in nature, where we ground ourselves, focus on health and embrace knowledge provided by the earth. Waves show the erratic aspects of nature and life, they can sometimes be rough and other times manageable, and the shining rays in both pieces represent the hope.”
You can check out more of Folie’s work on Instagram here.
UK named one of the best places to survive a cataclysmic event by new research
The UK is one of the top five places to ride out a cataclysmic event
We’ve got some good news for you – sort of – in that the UK and Manchester have been named among the best places to survive a cataclysmic event.
According to new research, the UK is actually one of the world’s ‘most resilient’ countries when it comes to future threats, whether that be a complete breakdown of society, a natural disaster or the effects of climate change.
If one of these scenarios were to happen, some countries would be better able to cope than others according to the study.
New Zealand was named the best location to ride out a cataclysmic event, with Iceland, the UK, Australia and Ireland also top places for survival.
Researchers looked at a range of different events, from viral pandemics to extreme flooding or droughts, and only a few countries seemed protected even under such circumstances.
The study, undertaken by the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University, concluded that being surrounded by water was a good protection from climate catastrophes.
On top of that, the amount of farming and housing land, ‘carrying capacity’, energy and manufacturing self-sufficiency, and how far a country is from large populations who might be displaced were taken into account.
The people responsible for the study had a dire warning for us, saying that our planet is currently in a ‘perilous state’ because of ‘large and growing risks in multiple spheres’ – with much of this brought about by climate change.
While Professor Aled Jones – one of the authors of the research paper – said he ‘wasn’t surprised’ at New Zealand coming in top spot, he was by the UK scoring so highly.
Professor Jones told the Guardian: “We were quite surprised the UK came out strongly.
“It is densely populated, has traditionally outsourced manufacturing, hasn’t been the quickest to develop renewable technology, and only produces 50 per cent of its own food at the moment. But it has the potential to withstand shocks.”
The research was published in the journal Sustainability, and concluded that the five most suitable countries to survive societal collapse had certain things in common.
This included high levels of both ‘societal and technological complexity’, lower temperatures to offset the worst excesses of climate change, and the ability to supply their own energy.
New Zealand was easily the most resilient country as it boasts massive geothermal and hydroelectric energy reserves, as well as lots of farmland and low density population – Iceland, Australia and Ireland presented a similar picture.
The reasons for the UK taking a top spot are more complex, with fertile soils and large agricultural variety being a big plus, while the large amount of food we import raised questions about future self-sufficiency.
The researchers didn’t have an exact answer for what might kickstart a collapse of society, they suggested it could either be a sudden incident that happens in less than a year with no warning or a ‘long descent’.
However, there was some optimism among all the doom and gloom, with the experts saying the very worst consequences of climate change are avoidable if we start making changes.
Professor Jones said: “Significant changes are possible in the coming years and decades.
“The impact of climate change, including increased frequency and intensity of drought and flooding, extreme temperatures, and greater population movement, could dictate the severity of these changes.”
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?