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Articles from May 22, 2015

ASKEY IN CALL TO ARMS FOR SILKMEN SUPPORT ; Boss Tells Macc Public They Can Help Team Make a Stronger Promotion Challenge Next Term.
MA C C L E S F I E L D Town boss John Askey is urging Silkmen supporters to nail their colours to the mast before the fourth seasonticket sales phase ends this weekend.Any supporter who purchases their season ticket before Sunday will receive a 10 per...
BACK IN DRIVING SEAT FOR ANOTHER RIDE TO A MANC MECCA ; Legendary 90s Band Ride Reform for a Series of Gigs and Hail Manchester as the City Which Inspired Them to Start Playing in the First Place
F there hadn't been a Manchester music scene, there would be no Ride. It might Isound like an odd thing for a band from Oxford - hailed by the London music press a jewel in the south of England's crown during the 1990s shoegaze period - to say it was...
Creating a Green Oasis in the City ; Derelict and Overgrown Land Transformed into an Area to Grow Fresh Fruit and Veg for Community
AN under-used green space has been transformed into a thriving community food-growing area.The Gorton Growing Together community project is a vibrant neighbourhood space which was officially opened to the public last week.Derelict and overgrown land...
Don't Underestimate Our Thirst for the Arts
THE spectacular new arts centre Home launched last night, with the public invited along to witness a sonic fireworks display created by Oscar-winning Radcliffe film director Danny Boyle.Down on Quay Street a thousand more revellers headed to the opening...
Even If You Are Not a Veggie - This Is a Place to Go Green ; in National Vegetarian Week, Omnivore Andy Cronshaw Is Wowed by Taste and Texture at One of the City's Non-Meat Restaurants
VEGETARIANS appear to get a bit of a raw deal in Manchester. A quick Google search elicits just three vegetarian restaurants: 1847, Simon Rimmer's Greens, and Sanskruti.Of course, there are many more choices; as evidenced by our online guide drawn up...
EX-ENGLAND PALS ARE NOW BEST OF ENEMIES ; Lancashire Supremo Ashley Giles Eager to Get One over on Durham's Paul Collingwood.
ASHLEY Giles is hoping an old sparring partner does not give Lancashire the Colly wobbles when Durham visit Emirates Old Trafford for tonight's NatWest T20 Blast clash.Evergreen all-rounder Paul Collingwood will feature in a Jets side looking to prevent...
FLANAGAN GIVEN DATE FOR DREAM TITLE SHOT ; Lightweight Star Aims to Emulate Hatton and Become Manchester's Latest World Champ
TERRY Flanagan has the chance to become world champion in his hometown after it was confirmed he will fight for the vacant WBO lightweight title at the Manchester Velodrome on Saturday, July 11.The 25-year-old will take on Mexican knockout specialist...
Food&drinkhappenings
DRINK EVENT / CHIVAS REGAL BLENDING The threat whisky came under during the 1980s from vodka instigated one of the most successful marketing campaigns ever in the UK. Suddenly single malt whisky was thrown into the limelight knocking the blended stuff...
Forget United. If Sterling Really Wants to Progress Then the Blues Are His Obvious Choice ; COMMENT
NOEL Gallagher might have fled to London but he remains a credible authority on City's relationship with Liverpool.Asked about the notable lack of animosity between the clubs, Gallagher replied: "There doesn't seem to be and long may that continue."A...
Four Concerts That Brought out Best Our City Has to Offer ; CLASSICAL
MAY half-term is when nothing happens on the north west classical scene, so I'm looking back at four performances.First Manchester Camerata's unusual concert in Manchester Cathedral, with Gabor Takacs-Nagy conducting and Dejan Lazi as pianist.The string...
Fun Things to Do This Bank Holiday
THE Moscow State Circus returns to the UK with its latest and greatest production to date, 'Zhelaniy', based on the Russian folklore story of Cvetik-Semicvetik, or "the flower with seven colors" by Benjamin Losin.Each of the flower petals represent a...
Get Your Dancing Shoes on and Be Part of an Experiment ; MUSEUMS
THE Museum of Science & Industry's citizen science project #HookedOnMusic comes to a fascinating first phase conclusion in the week ahead as it hosts a series of family friendly silent discos.From May 23-31, the museum will hand out headphones to all...
Great Bank Holiday Escape! ; More Than 300,000 People Are Expected to Use the Airport This Weekend
tHE GREAT Bank Holiday escape is about to start - with more than 307,000 passengers expected to fly through Manchester Airport this weekend.The total number from Friday morning to Monday evening is 2,000 more compared to the same weekend last year.The...
Group Calls Time on University Protest ; Campaigners Bring Week-Long Demonstration against Cuts and Tuition Fees to an End
sTUDENTS who have been occupying a university building for more than a week have called time on their protest.The Free Education MCR group have been holed up in the University of Manchester's Harold Hankins building since Wednesday in a protest against...
GT3 Emergency Call ; NEW CAR REVIEWFor True Drivers, Porsche's Latest 911 GT3 Needs No Introduction. Andy Enright Checks It Out
THE Porsche 911 GT3 is to many serious drivers a deity amongst sports cars. It's the car they'd have and never sell, the most capable combined road and track car that's ever been offered for sale.BEHIND THE WHEEL It's customary to talk about how quickly...
HEALTH CHIEF'S APPROVAL FOR DEMENTIA CARE ; Chief Executive of NHS Visits Greater Manchester to Discover How Affected Families Are Supported Here
THE head of the NHS has praised the way people with dementia are cared for in Greater Manchester.Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, visited Oldham to see first hand how more than 2,500 people living with dementia are being supported.He...
Here's Our Rundown of Meat-Free Manchester
THERE'S never been a better time to be a vegetarian, with more and more restaurants now catering for meat-free diets as more than just an afterthought.As the birthplace of the Vegetarian Society, Manchester has plenty of places for vegetarians and vegans...
He Spat My Nose out on the Floor and Ran, Blood Was Spurting Everywhere
A SMALL scar on the bridge of his nose and a large one on his forehead disguise the true horror of the attack on Christopher Davies.The brilliance of surgeons at Manchester Royal Infirmary has meant his face has been successfully reconstructed.Christopher's...
Hot-Shot Sergio Is to Finally Grab a Golden Boot
SERGIO Aguero is clearly fed up with being snubbed by the givers of individual honours fi so he has grabbed one that he cannot be denied.And City fans will be able to show their appreciation of the 31- goal striker when he is presented with the Golden...
HOW TO BUY A HOUSE... ; Our Guide Takes You through the Essential Steps You Need to Take to Buy a Home. Our Guide Takes You through the Essential Steps You Need to Take to Buy a Home
DO you know what 'gazumping' means? Or stamp duty, or mortgage deeds? You're not alone, if you don't.More than one in six hadn't a clue in a survey of 2,000 people by Manchester property law specialist Slater and Gordon.Samantha Blackburn, property lawyer...
How to Keep Mum out of the Gin Cupboard ; Write To: Viewpoints, MEN, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Avenue, Oldham, OL9 8EF or Email: Viewpoints@men-News.Co.UK
I READ your article on the rise in female drink drivers with interest (M.E.N. Wednesday May 20).I do not drive but I understand that your celebrity lawyer has his personal experience to work from and I found his comments to be a little unhelpful, and...
Iheanacho Poised to Make Blue Bow
KELECHI Iheanacho could make his senior City debut on Sunday.The young Nigerian was expected to join up with his international teammates earlier this month, but will now not do so until after the Southampton game.Manuel Pellegrini rates the striker highly...
JAILED FOR LYING, THE DISABLED SPEEDER ; Cheating Pensioner, 74, Locked Up for 12 Months for Giving Bogus Information to Police
ADISABLED pensioner has been jailed for lying about a series of traffic offences he committed in his motability car. Cheating William Drysdale, 74, named fictional drivers and gave a false forwarding address when he was caught speeding or running red...
Jodrell Bank's Pounds 12m Lottery Bid's Backed ; Brian Cox Welcomes News That Manchester University Observatory Has Passed First Hurdle
jODRELL Bank Observatory has passed the first hurdle in their bid to win a Pounds 12m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.The cash would be used for a project called 'First Light' create a new space for visitors where they can learn about the journey...
Legal Notices
The Network Rail (Ordsall Chord) Order 2015 Transport and Works Act 1992 Notice of intention to make general vesting declaration 1. The Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to sections 14(1) (b), 2(A), 3(A) and 3(AA) of the Transport and Works...
Lonely Eunice Overwhelmed by Kindness. ; Neighbours Rally Round after 86-Year-Old Wrote to the M.E.N. Saying She Felt'invisible'
APENSIONER has been overwhelmed by offers of support after penning a heartbreaking letter detailing the isolation that comes with old age.Eunice Wardle, 86, described how she feels 'invisible' and talked about the lack of community spirit in her Northenden...
Luft's Musical Love Letter
THERE aren't many stage stars better qualified to star in a production about Judy Garland than Lorna Luft.Of course, Luft is the daughter of the iconic star and is in the midst of a national tour of a new musical dedicated to her, Judy - The Life And...
MARTINE SAYS: GET BACK ON YOUR BIKE! ; Ex-EastEnders Star in Manchester Cycle Plea
ACTRESS and singer Martine McCutcheon got on her bike in a bid to encourage Mancunians to get back in the saddle.The former Eastenders actress was at Platt Fields Park for the launch of the Big Bike Revival.The CTC national cycling charity scheme helps...
Moominmania Heads for the Silver Screen
MOOMINS ON THE RIVIERA (U, 77 mins) Featuring the voices of Russell Tovey, Nathaniel Parker, Tracy Ann Oberman, Stephanie Winiecki, Ruth Gibson, Dave Brown, Philippe Smolikowski, Shelley Blond. Director: Xavier Picard.FINNISH illustrator Tove Jansson's...
Murder Victim Was Gooch Gang Member ; Former United Player Ravel Morrison Pays Tribute to 29-Year-Old Shot Dead in Urmston
aMAN who was blasted to death just yards from a church had been a member of Manchester's notorious Gooch Gang.Andre Marshall, 29, was found with gun shot wounds on his torso and leg at the rear of St Clement's Church in Urmston on Wednesday morning.Police...
Musichappenings
TOURING / ELIZA CARTHY & TIM ERIKSEN No stranger to fascinating collaborations, Mercury nominated folk queen Eliza Carthy returns with yet another interesting team-up; this time alongside American songwriter Tim Eriksen. Despite knowing each other since...
NEW BOSS WILL TAKE THEATRE BACK TO ITS DIVERSE ROOTS ; Octagon's Latest Artistic Director Sets out the Season Ahead and Vows to Service Its Loyal Spectators but Also Win New Audiences
TAKING over as artistic director of Bolton Octagon, a theatre with strong community roots as well as a nationally significant calendar of shows, is a huge responsibility.Heading up a theatre in a town as diverse as Bolton presents any director with a...
Nil Points for Euro Sceptics ; Enjoy the Continent's Annual Celebration of Kitch with Javine
of the ever-popular Pop Curious? on May 23."Eurovision was an amazing experience for me and my family," says the star."The whole process of writing the right song, to performing on 'Making Your Mind Up' and beating all the other contestants to go on to...
'Northern Powerhouse Can't Just Be about Manchester' ; Rochdale MP Says Smaller Towns Should Be Equal Partners in Historic Devolution Deal
OUTSPOKEN Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk has urged ministers to ensure plans to devolve powers to the region as part of the Tories' vision for a 'Northern Powerhouse' are not concentrated solely on Manchester.After ruling himself out of the race to become...
Now There Really Is No Place like HOME in Manchester! ; Crowds Get First Taste of New Pounds 25m Arts Centre - the Largest in Britain outside of London
IT was a slightly smaller audience than Danny Boyle got for his London 2012 Olympics fireworks display, but hundreds of people still flocked to the official opening of the new arts centre HOME.The Bury-born director and patron of HOME said he was 'proud...
OPINION Is Certainly [...]
OPINION is certainly divided over Manuel Pellegrini and whether he'll survive after the ultra-ambitious Abu Dhabi owners fly him over to the Middle East later this month to assess the season that has left the Etihad trophy cabinet bare.The Blues' faithful...
PROFITS ARE ON THE UP AT UNITED UTILITIES GROUP Lucy Roue ; Water Supplier Reveals It Will Invest More Than Pounds 3bn in Network over the Coming Years on Back of results.ALL THE LATEST ONLINE NOW AT MANCHESTEREVENINGNEWS.CO.UK
UNITED Utilities Group has reported a hike in underlying operating profits to Pounds 664m.The Warrington-based group shared its strong 2014/15 financial performance in its full-year results.The company said it was looking forward to the start of the...
Retrosettes Star in a Film That's the Talk of Cannes
ARETRO band have played a unique role in new movie Youth - which has been the talk of the Cannes Film Festival this week.The Retrosettes were jetted to Switzerland to perform in the film, which premiered at Cannes this week and has already been hailed...
Richard's Twin Celebration. ; 'I Was Very Proud to Serve My Country'.
AWORLD War Two veteran whose ship was hit by missiles on VE Day celebrated his birthday on the anniversary of the landmark celebration.Richard Allen was on board the aircraft carrier, HMS Formidable when victory in Europe was declared by the Allied Forces...
ROW AS FIELDS PUT ON MARKET 'FOR HOUSES' ; Town Hall Bosses to Sell off 16-Acre Site in Salford Formerly Used as School Sports Pitches
FEARS that 16 acres of green space in Salford will be sold off for housing look like they have been confirmed.Salford council partners, Urban Vision, is inviting firms to bid for the land off Hilton Lane in Worsley.It is being advertised as 'prime residential...
Rueful Stokes Left to Ponder on the Test Ton That Got Away
BEN Stokes went from double-zero to hero at Lord's on Thursday, but was hard on himself for giving away his chance of a second Test hundred in the first Investec Test against New Zealand.In July last year, Stokes continued his miserable run in all formats...
Sarah Walters Hoping to Clean Up in Kind Soap ; Couple Produce Holistic Skin Care Range for Medical Conditions
sarah.walters@men-news.co.uk @SarahCityLife WHEN David Shorrocks cured the eczema he'd struggled with all his life by developing his own soap, he realised there was a business plan in it.His soap, made from goats milk, oats and essential oils, ended joyless...
Saturdayhappenings
FAMILY FESTIVAL / GERONIMO Featuring six zones, including one called Adrenalin (gulp!), as well as a host of activities from bear trails and donkey rides to baby ballet and yoga, new festival Geronimo is the kind of event you'll find something brilliant...
SELFIE REFLECTION WAS KEY TO A STANDUP ACT ; Mistaken Identity Gave Matt Panesh the Idea for a New Routine about Conflict
IT started with a case of mistaken identity. Walking the streets of Edinburgh, where he was busily picking up five star reviews from the critics, Matt Panesh was pulled aside for a selfie. "I was thinking, 'These five stars reviews are working really...
Sign Here ; ADVERTISING FEATUREMedium-Range Saloons and Hatchbacks Might Not Be the Trendiest of Vehicles, but Steve Walker Reports on Why the Vauxhall Insignia (2008-2013) Is a Great Used Buy
THE final Vauxhall Vectra wasn't a bad car but by 2008 it had become a byword for all that was staid and formulaic about traditional medium range family saloons.Vauxhall sensibly decided to ditch the name and christened its replacement the Insignia.The...
Smirking Face of Yob Who Mugged a Disabled Man. ; Robbery Victim with Spina Bifida'lives in Fear'of Teenager and Says He Takes Longer Routes to Avoid Her
aTEENAGE girl who terrorised a vulnerable disabled man laughed as she left court after being spared jail for mugging him.Curbi Kay's victim, a man in his 20s who has spina bifida, 'lives in fear' of the 19-year-old after she stole his phone in Wythenshawe.Manchester...
Sundayhappenings
CHARITY / COMEDY FOR CHRISTIES The British comedy scene unites for one amazing night of laughs to raise money Manchester cancer specialist hospital The Christie. The line-up includes XS Malarkey's Toby Hadoke, TV fave Gary Delaney, above, top notch funnyman...
Teenage Heartbreak Hits Home ; Exhibition Exploring Emotional Upheaval and Another Focusing on the Internet Are the in First Shows at City's New Arts Centre
THERE'S a pin up poster of Take That's Mark Owen in HOME's opening art show that might seem a little out of place in a contemporary art gallery.But, in fact, the glossy mag image is a critical component in Irini Gheorge's John, You Like Her, Don't You?...
THE THRILLS AND GRILLS ; a Meaty Treat Is Coming to the City - Turn Up Hungry for Partying
SARAH WALTERS sarah.walters@men-news.co.uk @SARAHCITYLIFE WHAT IS IT? Grillstock is a festival of barbecue food - celebrating the joy of cooking huge hunks of meat over coals and fire, then competitively gorging on it.As Grillstock's own slogan goes:...
Thrilling Flight of Fancy ; Thrill Rides, Wild Animals and Michael Jackson Acts. Alex Hickey and Family Have a Weekend at Flamingo Land
How do you keep three kids entertained all day and night, throughout the weekend and beyond? I'm not sure it's a question the great philosophers ever tackled, but it's one every mum and dad has wrestled with, especially at half-term breaks and summer...
Thug Is Jailed after Biting off Man's Nose ; Victim Needed Three Operations on His Face Following Horrific Unprovoked Attack by Tattooed Maniac
aDANGEROUS thug - with Mad Man Walkin' tattooed on the back of his head - bit off the nose of an innocent man in a horrific attack.Richard Felstead, 28, who has a string off convictions for violence, launched the unprovoked attack on Christopher Davies,...
TIDY TOTS AIMS TO TAKE THE STRESS OUT OF MEAL TIMES ; Busy Mum Has Created Special Tray for Infants to Prevent Mess Spreading
BUSY mum-of-two is trying to take the mess out of mealtimes.AJennifer Unsworth, of Handforth, has developed and launched Tidy Tot to eliminate the mess associated with infant feeding. The unique tray and bib combination takes away the gap between baby...
TOMORROW IS A LAND OF SMALL DREAMS AND AN UNDERWHELMING FINALE ; Damon Smith IS LEFT DISAPPOINTED BY BRAD BIRD'S BIG BUDGET DISNEY BLOCKBUSTER, WHICH PROMISES MUCH BUT FAILS TO DELIVER
FOR a big budget fantasy which vociferously encourages children to dream, Tomorrowland: A World Beyond is disappointingly - and ironically - short on invention and ingenuity.Director Brad Bird, who cast early cinematic spells in animation with The Iron...
VAN GAAL'S ALL SET TO REACH FOR THE STARS ; Bale, Kane and Schweinsteiger Head the A-List Targets as Reds Boss Prepares to Launch an Audacious Transfer Window Blitz
MA N C H E S T E R United are preparing for their most daring transfer window ever - with Gareth Bale, Harry Kane and Bastian Schweinsteiger all targets.Louis van Gaal has been promised the funds to challenge on all fronts next season and will pursue...
V Is for Victory in Ben's Journey from Streets to Fame ; Singer Was Inspired by Churchill in His Struggle to Find Musical Success after Being Homeless
IT'S a week after the General Election and songwriter Benjamin Clementine is speaking in awed tones about the Prime Minister. Nope, not David Cameron - he's enthusing about a former PM and the man who inspired the opening track on Clementine's debut...
Where Others Fear to Tread. ; Choose the Right Tyres for Your 4x4
THERE are more glamorous and exciting components on your car than the tyres, but very few that have a greater impact on its performance.Tyres form the allimportant connection between a vehicle and the surface it's driving on, ultimately determining the...
WHY CITY MAY YET BE GOING FOR A SONG! ; after a Hugely Impressive Campaign at West Ham, Midfielder Could Fit the Bill as Blues Look to Strengthen Their Engine Room
CITY'S interest in Barcelona midfielder Alex Song will come as no surprise to City fans who made the long-haul trip down to Upton Park in October.The Blues have been alerted by the fact that the Cameroon midfielder, who has spent a successful season...
Will United Flunk Another Pep Talk?
AS timing goes, Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement could not have come at a more opportune moment for Manchester United.In the same summer as the Scot planned to walk away from Old Trafford, the three most soughtafter coaches in world football would be on...
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