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Articles from December 31, 2012

A Farewell Toast to Those We Lost in 2012 ; We Continue Our Look Back over the Past 12 Months with Paul Taylor's Roll Call of Those to Whom We Have Sadly Said Goodbye This Year
BILL Tarmey died in November in Tenerife aged 71. To the world, he was Jack Duckworth of Coronation Street - a shiftless, conniving, henpecked shirker of a man who nevertheless became one of the most beloved characters in popular drama.The cobbles of...
Appointments
TD Travel has appointed Tony Norwood as its new commercial director.He has joined the Wilmslow corporate travel firm, which has offices in Manchester, Leeds, Hull, Liverpool and London, from private equity house LDC.Mr Norwood led LDC's original investment...
'Bionic Ear' Pioneer Can Hear Again after Six Years ; Engineer, 28, Struck Down after Mumps Life-Changing Device Is the First Fitted in Britain
AMAN left completely deaf in one ear after an attack of mumps six years ago has got his hearing back in a pioneering operation offering fresh hope to thousands. Alastair White, 28, woke up one morning in 2006 to find he had lost all hearing in his left...
Blind Singer: Pop Industry Needs Fixing ; TV Show to Examine Bias against disabilitiesMusic 'Saved Teen's Life' after Suicide Bids
AYOUNG blind singer hoping to break into the pop music industry has told how he believes that discrimination is preventing him from following his dreams.Richard Howarth, 19, is appearing on a TV show to investigate if his disability could be holding...
Calling 2012 into Question: Quiz Time! ; How Well Can You Recall the Events of the Year? Try Our Quiz, with Questions Comprised of Stories That Made the Pages of the Manchester Evening News
See question 7 See question 19 1 Coronation Street legend Julie Goodyear caused a stir in the Celebrity Big Brother house this year. What was her T-shirt slogan for her entrance and eviction from the house? 2 Salford real-life superhero Knight Warrior...
Carry on Nasri as City Make Appeal ; Midfielder Will Be Free to Play as Potters Visit Referee Got It Wrong, Claims Blues Manager
SAMIR Nasri will be free to play against Stoke tomorrow as City are appealing his red card at Norwich.The Blues had until 1pm today to submit notice that they want the midfielder's dismissal to be reviewed by an FA regulatory commission, which will now...
Celebs Make a Stand Come the Resolution ; We Ask What Are Their New Year's promisesHappy Monday's Bez Vows to 'Settle Down'
IT'S that time of year when we all start resolving to better ourselves for the coming 12 months.But while many of us will break our new year's resolutions as fast as they're made, we can take heart from One Direction star Harry Styles who told us this...
City Are Full of Eastern Promise ; Blues Draw Momentous Year to a Close in Style as Inspired Dzeko and Co Blow Norwich Away
NORWICH 3 CITY 4 HOW fitting that City should draw a momentous year to a close with a performance touched by genius, brimming with character and marred by poor refereeing.Blues will have the year 2012 engraved on their hearts forever as a time when they...
Conductor Tells of Shock at Concert Holocaust Protest ; Audience Member Walks out over Film scoreMusic from Schindler's List at Bridgewater Hall
ATOP conductor was left 'aghast' after an audience member stormed out moments before a performance of music from Schindler's List.Anthony Inglis was leading an orchestra through tunes from Hollywood films at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall when the man suddenly...
Daly Blasted over 'Bird-Brain' Jubilee Coverage
BBC veteran Michael Buerk has launched a stinging attack on the corporation's 'cringingly inept' coverage of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, with a blast at presenters including Tess Daly.The former newsreader said the jubilee left him 'ashamed'...
Evra Ready to Avoid Getting a Nasty Shock ; Memories of Defeat at Wigan Haunt Defender Reds Have No Excuse for Repeat, Says Patrice
PATRICE Evra says United will have no excuses if they repeat last season's shock defeat at Wigan.A 1-0 loss at the DW Stadium last April saw their title challenge unravel as they relinquished an eight-point lead at the top to eventually see City crowned...
Extra Role for Coronation Street Fan
CORRIE fan Colin Meredith has more reason than most to be fond of the nation's longest running soap - he has appeared in it five times.Actor Colin has played a string of different characters over the last 25 years.His first Corrie role was an auditor...
Fergie Has It Figured out ; 'Seven-Point Lead' Is the Only Numberthat Matters for the Red Knight as He Marks His 71st Birthday
UNITED 2 WEST BROM 0 ON the occasion of his 71st birthday, eulogies will be about as welcome as a card from Alan Pardew.Sir Alex Ferguson doesn't tend to bask in past glories - just as he doesn't wallow in disappointment either.There will be no customary...
Fergie Put on Red Alert ; Though Content with His High-Flying Squad, Sir Alex Won't Pass Up a Bargain Should Such an Opening Arise
SIR Alex Ferguson is on stand-by to hit the January sales - despite declaring his current squad the best he has ever had. The United manager would prefer to wait until the end of the season to make any major signings - with Borussia Dortmund striker...
Girls on Top as Trio Honoured in New Year List ; Christie Boss 'Incredibly Proud' after Earning CBE Businesswoman and Strictly Judge Rewarded
ATRIO of Manchester women are celebrating recognition in the New Year Honours list.Among this year's great and good are Prestwich-born choreographer Arlene Phillips, Caroline Shaw, head of The Christie hospital, and cosmetics company founder Tracy Mort.Former...
Give Our Vulnerable Children a Future ; Councillor Afzal Khan LEADER OF MANCHESTER'S CHILDREN'S SERVICES
O it is that time of year again.SThe season of goodwill and gladness, families and food, presents and parties with family and friends.A time for memories of people and places we've known and also - with the New Year tomorrow - for thinking about the...
Hi-Tech Way Ahead for Region in 2013 ; Experts Give Their View of How Next Year Will Look Life Sciences and Digital Firms Are Also Well Placed
TECHNOLOGY firms with the ability to meet shifting customer demands are well-placed for success in 2013, say north west business leaders. The pace of change in a range of industries means that companies which are fleet-of-foot will reap the most benefit,...
Jones Bemoans Ref Justice as Giants Suffer Shark Bite
SHEFFIELD SHARKS 87 MANCHESTER GIANTS 68 FRUSTRATED Jeff Jones left Sheffield last night with less than festive feelings towards the match officials.The Giants were unable to double their tally of away wins to two following their victory at Mersey Tigers...
Latics Boss Sounds Salute to His Hitmen
ASTON VILLA 0 WIGAN 3 WIGAN boss Roberto Martinez was in an upbeat mood after goals from Ivan Ramis, Emmerson Boyce and Arouna Kone secured his side a vital win at fellow Premier League strugglers Villa to lift the Latics out of the bottom three.A hugely...
'Miracle' That May Give Hope to People Made Deaf by Mumps ; COMMENT
WHILE many of us were marvelling at our new Christmas gadgets or gorging on the Christmas turkey last week, 28-year-old Alastair White was probably just grateful he could hear the chatter around the table for the first time in years.Six years ago, he...
Mitchell Says 'I Don't' to Sale ; EXCLUSIVE: Sharks Chief Walks Away for Love, Writes Neil Leigh
JOHN Mitchell has given up one of the highest-paid jobs in rugby union - for love. The former All Blacks head coach dramatically stepped down from his post as Sale director of rugby on Saturday morning, barely a month after arriving from South Africa...
Mum 'Terrified' as Child-Snatch Dad Bids for Early Jail Release ; Father Expected to Appeal Prison sentenceEx-Partner in Hiding after Return of Daughter
THE jailed dad who snatched his daughter and took her to Pakistan is set to make a fresh bid for freedom after she was finally brought back to Britain.Razwan Ali Anjum is expected to appeal his jail sentence for refusing to reveal the location of his...
New Year but the Same Old Transport Problems ; Viewpoints
HERE is a warning to any would-be travellers through Manchester Airport.Arrive early, very early. We arrived at Terminal One at 6am on December 15 for a flight to Tenerife at 8.30am. We checked our bags in with the airline in less than five minutes.Very...
Nobel Prize Winner Slams 'Stupid' Immigration Rules
A RUSSIAN-born scientist who won a Nobel Prize for his work at the University of Manchester has criticised the government's 'stupid' immigration policy.Professor Sir Andre Geim won the Nobel Prize in physics in 2010 after he and his team created the...
Now Bolton Need to Kick on, Urges Davies
BOLTON 3 BIRMINGHAM 1 KEVIN Davies says Bolton must aim to straddle the old and new years by achieving back-to-back wins for the first time under Dougie Freedman.Davies returned from suspension to captain Wanderers to one of their best results since...
REVEALED: The Secret Side of 71-Year-Old Fergie
BETTING TALK with Fred Done FRED Done today announced a special Fergie birthday bet...and has 2014 as the year that the great man will finally quit United.Fergie - who is 71 today - is 2/1 to quit in 2014 with the Red knight priced at 3-1 to go in the...
'Savile Effect' Helps Sex Abuse Victims Speak Up ; Reports of Child Abuse Surge by 30 per Cent Scandals 'Have Given People Faith in Police'
ATOP police officer says the Jimmy Savile scandal has prompted a huge rise in reports of child sex abuse.Greater Manchester Police's assistant chief constable Steve Heywood insisted the media storm over the Savile and Cyril Smith cases has 'renewed'...
School Chiefs Vow 'We Will Work with Private Firms' ; Town Hall Report Calls for Closer tiesCouncil Will Try to Get Business Involved
EDUCATION bosses in Manchester have vowed to work with private groups seeking to build their own schools.Town hall chiefs said they would use 'any means necessary' to solve the city's impending schools place crisis.The Government has cancelled funding...
Sharp Rise in Hungry Families Who Need Food Parcels to Survive ; Tenfold Increase in Packs Given out by charityFears Demand for Help Will Grow Even Further
THE number of hungry families seeking food parcels from a major Manchester charity has increased TENFOLD this year.Staff and volunteers at the Mustard Tree blamed the surge on a tightening up of the benefits system and savage cuts to council funding.They...
Still Suited to a 'Tea' after 65 Happy Years ; Couple Carry on Family Tradition on Special Day
AFORMER M.E.N. delivery man and his wife celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary - by going for afternoon tea at Manchester Town Hall.Ernest and Maureen Foster, from Little Hulton, Salford, tied the knot in 1947 and celebrated the milestone at the...
Survival Special ; Fabrice Muamba Faced Down Death to Be Able to Tell the Most Amazing Story of 2012
HE didn't win a New Year's Honour, wasn't in line for an Olympic gold medal and even missed out on Strictly Come Dancing.But if you want an alternative Sports Personality of the Year, a man for 2012 above all others, then look no further than Fabrice Muamba.The...
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Manchester's hero of 2012, Alan Dent (right), to lead city's New Year celebrations A lesson to us all? I was taught not to steal as a child and I am sure many people don't need to be taught that stealing is wrong.Did you not know this? One because it...
Thousands Expected at 'The Biggest New Year Bash since 2000' ; Businessman Foots Bill for Firework displayHomeless Busker Will Lead Countdown to 2013
NEW YEAR revellers are set to flock to Manchester tonight for the biggest party since the turn of the millennium.Council bosses are defying the gloom to promise 'one of those great Manchester nights' - topped off with a spectacular Pounds 20,000 fireworks...
Victory Lifts Tigers Up on to Cloud Nine
MANAGER Scott McNiven insists HYDE are keeping their feet on the ground despite sitting in the club's highest-ever league position.The Tigers reached the Blue Square Premier for the first time in the summer and were rooted to the foot of the table after...
WAIT FOR IT! . ; ?Fergie and Mancini Ponder Transfers ?Big Two Ready to Put Deals in Motion
SIR Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini are today keeping their cards close to their chests ahead of the January transfer window springing open at midnight. The United and City bosses may well be again dominating the Premier League - but that doesn't mean...
WAIT FOR IT! ; ?Fergie and Mancini Ponder Transfers ?Big Two Ready to Put Deals in Motion [Edition 3]
SIR Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini are today keeping their cards close to their chests ahead of the January transfer window springing open at midnight. The United and City bosses may well be again dominating the Premier League - but that doesn't mean...
What Blues Fans Are Saying on Our Website
^ GREAT win, enough said.GREAT win, enough said.The Colin The Colin THE lads gave everyabout ^ THE lads gave everything but I'm worrying about these goals from set pieces. What do they do in training? Kick this zonal marking out now!these goals from...
What the R[mu] What the Red Fans Are Saying on Our Website
^ IT could have all gone wrong for us! Starting Danny Welbeck wasn't the best idea. Still seven points clear though!Danny Welbeck wasn't the best idea. Still seven points Antique Antique ^ PLAYING one striker up front on his own at Old Trafford isn't...
Window of Opportunity ; Balotelli and Lescott Fate Will Dictate Whether Mancini Has the Wriggle Room to Beef Up His Etihad Squad
CITY insist that they have no intention of doing any dealing in the winter transfer window - but with the rider that they will move if 'an opportunity presents itself".Perhaps that is a wise policy, as last summer's moves in the market have not proved...
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