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Articles from February 8, 2014

A Recipe for Romance ; Dieting TV Chefs Dave Myers and Si King Offer Tips for a Low Calorie Valentine's Day Dinner
THAT special day is just around the corner - so whether you're planning to shower your loved one with gifts, or impress them by flexing your culinary muscles in the kitchen, we've put together some tips to help you change the vibe and make your Valentine's...
Balancing Act the Key as Skating Debut Proves a Painful Pleasure ; Sochi's Winter Olympics Are Underway, So the M.E.N. Got into the Spirit of the Games and Sent Emma Flanagan onto the Snow and Ice
IHAVE never ever been ice skating, even once before. I did ask for rollerblades one Christmas, which I think is similar, when I was 10. I think I used them once.Most people seem to take to the rink without having a single lesson and just hope to get...
Blues and Reds United Down in Brum
ALBERT Rusnak says that City and United loan players have one common goal - the good of Birmingham.The Blues boss Lee Clark has taken two loan players from City and three from United, albeit Tom Thorpe has returned for treatment on an ankle injury for...
Briggs Looking Forward to His Game of Season
STALYBRIDGE boss Keith Briggs has revealed that his side's trip to Edgeley Park was the one game he was looking forward to from the day he took the Celtic job.Briggs, who took charge at Bower Fold in October, made 98 appearances for STOCKPORT COUNTY...
Burnham Told Beds Crisis Left Accident Ward Shut at Hospital ; Nearly 1,000 Patients in Waiting Ambulances Governor: 'Care Has Taken a Back Seat'
CARE at Wythenshawe hospital has taken a 'back seat' in the face of mounting pressure, one of its bosses has warned. Michael Kelly, a governor at University Hospitals South Manchester (UHSM), said on one weekend this winter its under-strain A&E department...
Cancer Fight Failed to Get Brave Cyclist out of Saddle ; Veteran Carried on after Diagnosis
DEDICATED Acyclist who clocked up more than 300,000 miles during his lifetime has died.Friends say Ron Mellor, 78, a popular member of West Pennine Road Club, claimed 52 cycling titles and broke the 25 miles-in-anhour mark more than 100 times.He died...
Capital Gain a Must for Reds ; DANNY HIGGINBOTHAM WRITES EXCLUSIVELY FOR M.E.N. SPORT
UNITED host Fulham on Sunday and I can honestly say that having seen Fulham's recent performances they are going to be relegated.I'm not talking so much about the performances (which have been poor) I'm talking more the attitude. The thing that any footballer should...
Champions Hit by First Night Nerves ; Warriors Slump in Super League Opener
WIGAN 8 HUDDERSFIELD 24 PIZZA was dished out to the hungrier victorious Giants but Wigan boss Shaun Wane felt cheesed off after a messy first night Super League flop.The out-of-sorts champions were made to look like sluggish chumps on the eve of their...
City against Removal of Exchange ; NOSTALGIASARAH WALTERS Looks Back at What Was Making the News in Manchester 100 Years Ago
Monday, February 2, 1914 Royal Exchange Retention The excellent character of the work accomplished by the Committee of the Exchange Retention Association is well evidenced in the report issued during the week-end.The chief feature was the manner in which...
Cottoning on to Untold Story of City Centre Hotel ; Behind the Doors of a Central Manchester Hotel Is the Fascinating Story of Lancashire Cotton Trader Williams Pickles, as Deanna Delamotta Discovers
WILLIAM Pickles bought 101 Portland Street Manchester at the height of the Blitz. His premises in York Street had been razed to the ground during the 'Christmas Blitz' of 1940 like much of the city centre, as the Luftwaffe did its worst.The cotton trader...
Credit Card Fraudster Tried to Eat Evidence ; Hotel Receptionist Sold Guests' Bank detailsHe Tried to Swallow Incriminating Document
AHOTEL receptionist who sold customers' bank details was exposed when he tried to eat the evidence.Alain Tchokote worked on the front desk of the Ibis Hotel in Princess Street, Manchester, at night.But, between September 2011 and April last year, he...
Crocus Pocus
THE mild weather has resulted in a flush of flowers long before we'd normally expect it.Coming up the track at midnight one day this week from a final wander with the dogs, the beam of my torch picked up drifts of snowdrops running in great ribbons through...
Deaths
Deaths CROSS (RONALD JOHN) - On 6th February 2014, John aged 77 years and of Bramhall after a short illness passed away peacefully in Stepping Hill Hospital. The dearly beloved husband of Anne, much loved father to Andrew and Adrian, loving brother to...
DRUGS SQUAD PC WHO WENT UNDERCOVER AND GOT HOOKED ON HEROIN ; Officer Went Native Posing as junkieI Simply Needed Help, He Says
ADRUGS squad officer became hooked on heroin after posing as an addict for undercover operations. Robert Carroll claimed he 'inhaled fumes' from the class A drug while pretending to be a junkie to trap dealers. Manchester Crown Court heard how the lines...
EVERYTHING IN THE GARDENS IS ... HORRIBLE ; Piccadilly Branded Manchester's Biggest Eyesore by Travel Website Critics
IT was designed by a world-famous architect and is at the very heart of Manchester - but Piccadilly Gardens has emerged as the city's most loathed attraction.The concrete pavilion - dubbed the Berlin Wall by critics - and its grass have been branded...
Facebook Con Leaves Mum with Gamble Bill ; Daughter Gave Number to 'friend'Pounds 200 Spent on Betting Website
AMUM says she was hit with a Pounds 200 gambling debt after her daughter handed over her mobile number to a Facebook 'friend'.Michelle Gabbott was left counting the cost after her daughter Daniella was persuaded to hand over her number on the social networking...
Fantastic Value Holidays
Flying direct from Manchester Departs June - October 2014 A guided tour of walled Carcassonne - one of France's greatest medieval glories - as well as visits to historic Avignon, with its Palais and fabled bridge, and the spectacular Pont du Gard, are amongst...
Fields Concreted over as Money Is Spent on Mayor ; Viewpoints
DUE to Salford council being afraid of incurring the costs of a public inquiry, Boothstown residents are now looking at Peel Holdings concreting over another two fields in Boothstown with houses (Row over houses plan, February 5). And yet Salford council spends...
Fraud Family Told to Pay Back Pounds 423,000 ; Gang Built Up Pounds 2.5m Crime empireThey Must Also Return Mercedes
AFAMILY-of-four who ran a counterfeit clothing and drugs racket have been ordered to pay more than Pounds 420,000 of ill-gotten gains.The Chaudhry family were said to have built up an estimated Pounds 2.5m empire through selling fake goods, mortgage...
Fresh Slant
LEFT a bit... right a bit... go on, you can do it..." Like just about everyone else at Pisa's Campo dei Miracoli, or Field of Miracles, my seven-year-old son, Will, is pretending to push the world famous Leaning Tower upright for the camera.But mere...
Here's a Shed Load of Ideas ; You Might Not Be Spending Much Time in the Garden in Winter's Bad Weather, but That Doesn't Mean You Can't Be Spending Time in Your Garden Shed, Argues JULIA GRAY
GARDEN sheds don't have the most inspirational image: somewhere to dump unwanted DIY materials, unwashed garden tools and (but for that one sunny day of summer) unused outdoor furniture.But it's time for an image overhaul, because with a bit of work and...
I'd like My Films to Stand the Test of Time ; George Clooney's New Film the Monuments Men Is a True Story of Art Experts Risking Their Lives to Rescue Europe's Treasures from Hitler. MARION MCMULLEN Talks War Movies, and His Legacy with Hollywood's Leading Man
Why did you want to make this movie? CO-PRODUCER and co-writer Grant [Heslov] and I make a lot of cynical films, that's kind of what we like doing. But we thought, what if we did one that just wasn't so mean-spirited? It would be nice to not have to...
I'm Not Physically Gifted, Had to Try Really, Really Hard ; Britain's Greatest Ever Female Track Cyclist Victoria Pendleton Opens Up to LISA SALMON about Her Sporting Achievements, Life after Cycling, and Why She's Still Not Putting Her Feet Upfit for Fame
VICTORIA PENDLETON could be excused for taking it easy. In the last two years, she's won Olympic medals (and the nation's hearts), competed in BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, worked on advertising campaigns, organised her wedding...But no. Someone who's...
In Touch
? THIS photo is of my late father-in-law, in the 1916-1917 Newton Heath Church football team.As you look at the photo, he is Tom Park, at the end of the front row on the left.He later signed for Manchester United in the early 1920s but worked in the...
I Wish Strictly Had Happened 30 Years Ago! ; INTERVIEWThe Future Is Looking Bright for Our New Horoscope Writer Russell Grant. MARION MCMULLEN Finds out What's in the Stars for the Popular Performer and Astrologer
CAN you guess what star man Russell Grant and One Direction's Harry Styles have in common? No, it's not a talent for fancy dance moves or great looking hair .... they were both born under the star sign of Aquarius.Russell turned 63 on Wednesday and celebrated...
Jason and Matt Lead GB World Title Bid
CYCLING Mancunian Matt Crampton and Bolton's Jason Kenny will spearhead Britain's pursuit of medals at the UCI Track World Championships in Colombia later this month.The pair are among 17 Manchester-trained riders heading for Cali after a successful...
Jones after Home Comfort ; BASKETBALL
JEFF Jones says Manchester Giants' never-say-die home attitude can help them take the scalp of the champions.A wounded Leicester Riders arrive at Wright Robinson tomorrow (5.30pm) with a record of four defeats in their last five games and injury problems.Jones...
Latest Deals
? Seven nights in Orlando on International drive from Pounds 595pp with travel City direct, including scheduled flights with Virgin atlantic from Manchester direct to Orlando, accommodation at the three-star the enclave Suites on a b&b basis with car...
Make Waves to Get the Latest Trends ; Beauty Notes
he'S the celeb hairdresser who's the go-to man for Corrie's Kym Marsh (and haven't we all lusted over her lustrous raven locks?).So Vincent Allenby, creative director at Trevor Sorbie Manchester, is the man to ask about the latest hair trends and how to...
Miller Magic Inspires Sale ; Bonus Point Win Secures Fifth Spot
SHARKS 24 GLOUCESTER 19 DEPARTING fullback Rob Miller demonstrated again just what Sale will be missing when he moves on this summer by grabbing a brace of tries to help fire Sale up to fifth in the Premiership.The England Saxon revealed earlier this...
MOYES: I Feel His Pain ; United Boss Offers Support to Under-Pressure Meulensteen
THE last time Rene Meulensteen walked out of the Old Trafford tunnel was as a Premier League champion.Tomorrow he will make the entrance as boss of the division's bottom club.Last May he was first-team coach as part of Sir Alex Ferguson's backroom staff...
Moyes Must Add Leader to Summer Transfer Wishlist ; COMMENT
SUITABLE captain material at United is about as thin on the ground as Premier League points at Old Trafford at the moment.When you think of the cas ndidates and incumbents in recent history like Bryan Robson, Steve Bruce, Roy Keane, Paul Ince, Eric Cantona,...
My Boys Can Step Up to Fill Vidic's Boots ; Moyes Puts His Faith in Youngsters as He Faces Up to Exit of United Stalwarts
DAVID Moyes is putting his faith in a younger United backbone to take the Reds forward in a new era as he handles an old guard exodus.A trio of United leaders in defence, who have had the captaincy role, are set to leave Old Trafford in the summer.Current...
Never Too Late for Love
1 LOVE IN THE BIG APPLE NEW YORK oozes romance. With carriage rides in Central Park, ice-skating at the Rockefeller Center or a trip to the top of the Empire State Building, it ticks all the boxes for a loved-up weekend.Take a bite of the Big Apple this...
Northern Hub Gets on Track with Jobs and Trains Promise
A Pounds 600m railway scheme was launched by Chancellor George Osborne - who promised it would bring faster journeys along with jobs to Manchester.The Northern Hub project was kicked off with the announcement of a fourth platform to be built at Manchester...
Olympic Hopeful Ellie Vows to Bounce Back
THE key to skiing is to get straight back up when you fall down, and that's exactly what British Olympic mogul skier Ellie Koyander did when she found out she'd narrowly missed out on a place at this year's Winter Olympics in Russia.Speaking at the Chill...
Our Terror as the Roof of Nightclub Caved in on Us ; Revellers Tell How Ceiling collapsedBosses Apologise as Venue Reopens
REVELLERS have told of their terror after the ceiling of a packed nightclub crashed down on them. Seven people were hurt when a large section of plasterboard fell on to the busy dance floor at Factory 251 shortly before 2.30am yesterday.Police said about...
Parry's Secret out of the Bag ; but Lancs Star Had to Bide Time to Reveal England Call-Up
JUST hours after being told he had been picked in England's World Twenty20 squad, Stephen Parry went to work selling shoes.The Lancashire left-arm spinner was the shock inclusion for next month's tournament in Bangladesh and the warm-up one-day and T20 series...
Peak Practice
? It was as if I'd been transported back 15,000 years to the freezing days of the last Ice Age.Dropping down into the Wye Valley from the sunny heights and blue skies of the White Peak on Burton Moor, the bottom of the valley was filled by a billowing...
Phoenix Want a Quick Return to Winning Ways
MANCHESTER Phoenix will be looking to follow up their incredible midweek cup comeback by returning to winning ways in the league this weekend.Phoenix scored three times in the final three minutes of their Challenge Cup semi-final time at Milton Keynes...
PLAYING THOSE MIND GAMES ; City Manager Pellegrini Hits Back at Chelsea Boss Mourinhosaying He Is Bending the Truth in Battle for the Title
MANUEL Pellegrini has accused Jose Mourinho of bending the truth in the Chelsea manager's verbal feud with City.Ahead of Chelsea's 1-0 win at the Etihad Stadium last week, Mourinho claimed City had got 'lucky' with a number of key refereeing decisions...
Poignant Memorial to Soldiers of Great War ; Eamonn O'Neal MY WEEK
THE M.E.N. began its commemoration of the First World War centenary last November, around Armistice Day.Of course this year is the actual 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War and we'll soon be running First World War stories in collaboration...
Police Chief's Anger at Pounds 1m Anti-Fracking Protest Bill ; Claims Officers Are Verbally Abused Day-to-Day Duties Are Being Sacrificed
GREATER Manchester's chief police officer says he is dismayed by the time and money his force have spent at the anti-fracking protest at Barton Moss.Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy claimed the costs of patrolling the protest, which already stands at Pounds...
Punk Folk Troubadour Frank's the Draw
LYNDA Moyo and David Sue have compiled a list of the top five things to do this weekend in Manchester, from a slightly premature but welcome festival on Oldham Street in the Northern Quarter, to Foals on the decks over at the Deaf Institute...1. Frank...
Raise a Raise a Glass Glass
.the time of year when the card shops make a killing, florists'fingers flurry, men panic and wine shelves empty quicker than Old Trafford in the 80th minute.WITH Valentine's Day coming up and ideally placed on a Friday for that matter, I have been keeping...
Ray Remembers His Group of Gladiators of Group ; Manchester Pop Trail
IT'S always good when readers respond to the Manchester Pop Trail having jogged a memory or two.So I was pleased to hear from Ray (ex-Teddy Boy) Hulmes who not only reminded me of clubs yet to feature in the column, but also unveiled a local group forgotten...
Rivals Have an Advantage ; Fixture Schedule Plays into Hands of Chelsea and Barcelona, Insists the City Boss as He Prepares for Gruelling Run-In to the Season
MANUEL Pellegrini is fearful injuries and a hectic schedule will derail City's bid for silverware this season.City face Norwich at Carrow Road today before Sunderland visit the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.Pellegrini's team then play Chelsea in the FA...
Sick Simon Is a No-Show
AUDITIONS for Britain's Got Talent got underway in Salford yesterday - but without head judge Simon Cowell who was poorly. Although Simon might want to watch his back - as the talent show's hosts Ant and Dec cheekily filled his chair at The Lowry yesterday. Dec...
Stymie Black Is Just Our Type ; Fans of 'Granada TV' Font Set Up Internet Group for Their Love of Letters
IT is the chunky typeface which will send those of a certain generation catapulting through time to the era of flares and smoking at the desk. Fans of the Stymie Black Italic - known to millions of TV viewers for its use in the classic Granada TV sign...
Sun, Fun and Theme Parks. It's Right Up Star's Street ; Corrie Actress, Michelle Keegan, Tells DEANNA DELAMOTTA How She Fell in Love with Orlando and Why It's Now Her Ideal Holiday Destination
HEN it comes to holidays, WMichelle Keegan had always been a fan of the Mediterranean's sun, sea and beaches.Being whizzed around theme parks hadn't appealed to the 26-year- old Corrie star - not least because she's a bit of a scaredy cat in the white...
Take Road to Romance. ; You Can Forget Paris and Rome, as JON GRIFFIN Discovers the Germans like to Get a Bit Loved Up Too
FOR the uninitiated, Germany's Romantic Road may seem a little bit of a paradox. The ancient art of romance is, after all, far more frequently associated with destinations such as Paris or Rome rather than 21st century Bavaria.But starry-eyed lovers...
Taking a Tumble Is Part of the Learning Curve
THE last time I hit the slopes I was on a sledge, aged 10.My balance is laughable on level ground and I have a circulation condition when I walk through a supermarket freezer aisle. I've spent my holidays in the sun rather than on the piste.But I can't...
Talking Digital with Katie Gallagher of Manchester Digital
WITHOUT doubt, recruiting and retaining talented people is the biggest headache for digitally-led businesses. Now that most industries use digital to support at least some of their activity developers, designers, project managers and online marketers...
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GMP chief Sir Peter Fahy slams Barton Moss fracking protesters for trying to 'provoke' police officers.The employers of these protesters must be VERY understanding to allow them to stay at Barton rather than working.Or maybe their college/ university...
TRAMPOLINING, POLE-DANCING MUM WHO 'COULDN'T WORK DUE TO MOBILITY PROBLEMS' ; 'Sick' Benefit Cheat's Lies Exposed by Home Movie Found in Her Garage
paid was who MUM AMUM who was paid Pounds 116,000 in benefits after claiming she was 'virtually immobile' was trapped by a home movie showing her pole dancing. Sonia Mellor, 34, was also captured on camera bouncing on a child's trampoline and hurtling...
Tyson Furious ; Heavyweight Angry over Haye Let-Down but Determined to Land the World Crown
TONIGHT was supposed to be the night for Tyson Fury.song a off, it finS ish to And crowd. the serenade to some- Probably. A career-defining fight with David Haye in front of his own fans at the Manchester Arena, as well as a Pounds 5m pay day. He had...
Why Our Funding Axe Is Simply an Insult
winners can be role models.I play professional basketbaS ll for the Manchester Giants and I have taught hundreds of basketball players, young and old, around Manchester and the rest of the UK. Despite me never winning an Olympic gold or even competing...
You Can Give Leather the Boot and Still Look Stylish ; Former Journalist SUSANNAH WRIGHT Takes Her First Steps into Footwear Design by Creating Romantic Red Shoes for Valentine's Day
THIS time last year I was up to my elbows in glue, nails and various materials trying to make my own shoes. There were numerous mis-placed hammer blows, several blisters, and more than a few swearwords uttered.I'd long dreamt of having my own specially-designed...
Zaha Told He Still Has Future at Old Trafford
THE Old Trafford door is still open for Wilfried Zaha next season.The 21-year-old became something of an outcast at United this season after joining the club officially in the summer for Pounds 15m from Crystal Palace.The winger was a Sir Alex Ferguson...
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