These five things dropped into our inbox this week, five things you really don't need to know about... unless you've ever fancied your own personalised Special K.
BOLTON MARKET PLACE TAKES ON MANNEQUIN CHALLENGE
Market Place Shopping Centre - winner of a 2016 British Council Revo Gold Award in the Refurbishment and Extension category FYI - took up the #MannequinChallenge recently, claiming to be the first shopping centre to do so on such a scale. Retailers included Costa, River Island and Debenhams; with unsuspecting customers also roped in by the looks of it. Sterling effort overall, although we’re not quite sure why the staff at Thomson are all lounging around reading their own catalogues...
FLASH CHOIR MOB TAKES OVER PICCADILLY
It’s not the most obvious form of publicity but CitySuites - a new luxury serviced apartment brand - decided to bring some Christmas cheer to commuters (or accost them, depending on how festive you’re feeling) with a ‘flash choir mob’. Bedecked in gaudy Yuletide suits, the merry crew worked their way through Christmas classics during rush hour, handing out crackers for good measure. Tweet #ComingToTown with a suitably festive photo and you might bag a luxury four-night stay in CitySuites when it hits Manchester in February.
CHILL FACTORE REQUESTS UK’S BIGGEST ‘SANTA STOP HERE’ SIGN
CitySuites isn’t the only venue to be bringing some seasonal sprit to proceedings. Already home to the ‘only grotto in the UK on real snow’ and Britain’s longest indoor snow slope, Chill Factore is now aiming for another record with the country’s biggest ‘Santa stop here!’ sign. Heralding Santa to his grotto each year, a rooftop 180m x 30m sign has been proposed to Trafford Council. Said CEO Morwenna Angove: “We think the size and incline of our sloping roof would make the perfect runway for Mr Claus to land his sleigh.”
REVEALED: HOW TO MAKE A TEMPORARY HOMEMADE LAVA LAMP
Stick some raisins in a bottle of soda water and they’ll float around for an hour or so (before unfortunately sinking to the bottom like dead flies). Good while it lasts though. This was just one of many revelations that emerged during The Infinite Monkey Cage’s recording at the Museum of Science and Industry on Wednesday; alongside the likes of toilet valves, the Addams Family and the explosive properties of thallium. Well, with a panel including Robin Ince and Russell Kane, what did you expect?
ALWAYS FANCIED A CUSTOMISED CEREAL BOX FOR XMAS? YOU’RE IN LUCK...
In perhaps one of the randomest pop-ups ever, shoppers at Selfridges Trafford Centre can buy personalised cereal boxes of Crunchy Nut Cornflakes, Frosties, Coco Pops and Special K. The Kellogg’s store has taken up residence in the food hall so, whether you want to show your mam how ‘special’ she is or, er, tell your brother he’s ‘grrrreat’, customers can choose from four designs and - using the in-store checkout - collect their personalised £4.99 box ‘just minutes later’. Really want to push the boat out? For an additional £2 customers can take their goods in an exclusive ‘vintage-fashioned’ Tony the Tiger gift bag. Hmm.