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Articles from December 26, 2015

All Change for Latics as They Target Seaside Special
DAVID Dunn takes his Oldham side to Blackpool today, but he will head into the match without two of this season's most regular players.Latics travel to Bloomfield Road looking to pick up their first win in League One since the 2-1 win over Chesterfield...
ARMED SEX ATTACKER TARGETS LONE WOMAN ; Man Carrying Knife Dragged His Victim on to Wasteland but Was Disturbed by Motorist
POLICE have issued an e-fit after a woman was dragged on to wasteland and sexually assaulted by a man who had threatened her with a knife.A major investigation has been launched in Salford and Greater Manchester Police have issued a warning to the public...
Beatles Christmas 50 Years Ago ... ; Manchester Pop Trail
IT'S sometimes hard to believe 50 years have passed since the Beatles reigned supreme!But, in 1965, Granada TV, led by Johnny Hamp as head of light entertainment, was still managing to pin them down in the north west, creating a TV special now regarded...
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Seven reasons why being a northerner at Christmas is brilliant SEvEn. . reasons? Being Northern is reason enough! Richard Newman no. . gravy? Christmas is ruined.Adrian Turner MY. . emergency chairs at the ready.Klare Wright EMERGENCY. . chairs and lashing...
BLUES TO HOME IN ON GLORY ; Pellegrini Believes Restoring Fortress Etihad - and a Friendly Run of Fixtures - Can Help Prove Decisive in Title Push
FORTRESS Etihad can help City seize the initiative in the title race.That will be Manuel Pellegrini's battleplan as he leads his players into the second half of the season.City trail leaders Leicester by eight points at Christmas following last Monday's...
Boxing Day Pie Packs a Punch ; MARION MCMULLEN Finds out How to Keep the Celebrations Going with Meaty Recipes to See You into the New Year
'TIS the season for good food .... but don't let those leftovers go to waste. Miranda Ballard offers top tips and recipes in her new book Modern Meat Kitchen.It features 90 recipes for every occasion and offers a comprehensive guide to cooking beef,...
Brave Mum in Scan Battle ; Woman Who Suffered Tragedy of Stillbirth Promotes Campaign to Save Others from the Same Heartache
aBRAVE mum is campaigning for better scans for pregnant women after losing her son to stillbirth.Paris Jones, 25, was 35 weeks pregnant when Isaac Dominic was tragically lost on August 29 - and she is lobbying the government in a bid to save others from...
Broad Confident England Can Cope without Jimmy
JIMMY Anderson faces a fight to be fit for England's second Test next week after being ruled out of today's opener against South Africa.Lancashire star Anderson, 33, is out of the first clash in Durban with a right calf strain that has lingered since...
BURY BOSS WARY OF PASSION PLAY ; No Room for Sentiment as Flitcroft Locks Horns with Former Club Barnsley
DAVID Flitcroft insists he won't let his heart rule his head as he faces old club Barnsley for the first time today.Flitcroft followed Keith Hill from Rochdale to Barnsley in 2011 to be assistant at Oakwell and, after Hill was sacked in 2012, he was...
Can You Help These Adorable Pooches Who Are in Need of a Foster Home.?
MANCHESTER Dogs' Home is looking for temporary foster homes to give some of the pooches a break from kennel life.There are more than 50 dogs living at the centre, with many of the abandoned animals having been in kennels for a long time.Many could do...
Casino Cheats ; as a Shock Sees Carla Reverting to Her Gambling Ways, a Chance Encounter with Rob Ends in a Night of Passion
Caption in here CORONATION STREET - ITV 1 Johnny hopes she won't tell Aidan and Kate about his secret either, and she promises to keep mum - if he leaves the factory and moves away.JOHNNY can't take any more of Rob's blackmail scheme, so decides to tell...
Charlie Ready for Time Warp
FORMER Coronation Street actor Charlie Condou says he misses playing Marcus Dent and wouldn't rule out a return to the soap.Charlie, who left the famous cobbles last year to spend more time at home in London with his family, is glad that the door was...
City Break by the Sea Has Everything for Your Family ; A Bustling Centre, Dramatic Coastline and Also Idyllic Countryside Are on Offer on a Weekend Away in Plymouth, Writes LIZ FORBES
ARELAXING city break - it sounds like a contradiction in terms. It's great to sample all the attractions a city has on offer and do plenty of sightseeing, but at the end of a busy day, wouldn't it be great to return to an oasis of calm where there is...
Clocking In
Come December 31 we'll be glued to the clock as we tick down to the New Year. So make sure your time piece is worth looking at...Divoom AuraBox Smart Retro Pixel LED Bluetooth Speaker, Pounds 59, mobilefun.co.uk THIS speaker will make the perfect accessory...
Corrections and Complaints
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Creature Comforts for Brave Millie after Horrific Car Crash ; Police Horses and Dogs Help Animal Lover Recover from Losing Her Gran in Road Collision
YOUNG animal lover who survived a horrific crash which Aclaimed her gran's life has found comfort in meeting police horses and dogs.Millie Patten, 16, and her family were left devastated after the fatal collision in Salford almost a year ago.The teenager,...
Death of City MP and Top Scientist ; SARAH WALTERS Looks Back at What Was Making the News 100 Years Ago
DEATH OF SIR HENRY ROSCOE The name of Sir Henry Enfield Roscoe, the distinguished scientist, who we regret to announce died suddenly of heart failure at his house, Woodcote Lodge, Surrey, on Saturday, at the advanced age of 82 years, is intimately bound...
Dickens. but with a Twist ; Dickens Created Some of the World's Best-Known Fictional Characters, but Only Now Will Viewers See Their Worlds Intertwined in BBC1's New 20-Part Series, Dickensian. Actress Caroline Quentin Tells Gemma Dunn All about It
IT'S a re-imagined world drawing together stories that were never intended to co-exist, and yet Dickensian - the BBC's big-budget Christmas offering - does just that, uniting Charles Dickens' iconic characters on one bustling Victorian street."When I...
DIMES WANTS CURE TO SALE TRAVEL SICKNESS ; Sharks Chief Hopes Players Will End 10-Month Away-Day Hoodoo at High- Flying Exeter. .Rugby Union
STEVE Diamond has urged Sale to bury their Premiership away-day hoodoo at Exeter Chiefs this afternoon. It's now 10 long months since Sale last recorded a win on the road in the Premiership - a fact that rankles with the Sharks director of rugby and...
DOGS' HOME REOPENING IS DELAYED ONCE AGAIN ; Puzzle_Book_ Problems with Electrics Means That Site Devastated by Fire Will Be Closed until the New Year
WORK to rebuild the Manchester Dogs' Home has been hit by more delays, forcing bosses to put back its reopening until the new year.Refurbishment work has been taking place for months at the Harpurhey site, in Moss Brook Road, after a devastating fire...
Dressing for Dinner ; Bringing Sophistication to the Table for New Year's Eve
WHEN I was in my 20s, having a dinner party was something I thought was the height of sophistication. I couldn't wait till I could have my own proper dining table to decorate with beautiful things for my guests to wow over.In my head it was always white...
Drug Dealer Jailed after Police Swoop ; Cocaine Criminal Sent to Prison for Six Years after Officers Caught Him Red-Handed at Home
aCOCAINE dealer has been jailed after police swooped on his Manchester home catching him red handed.When officers raided the home of Michael Kelly in Rowarth Road, Newall Green, it was kitted out as a drugs supply den.They executed a warrant in October...
Enjoy the Wonder of Winter
BRUSH UP ON YOUR FESTIVE FOLKLORE MANY of the signs and symbols of the yuletide season come from the natural world and can be spotted in woods. Look out for holly, ivy and evergreen spruces in the woods. Little robin redbreast is a popular figure on...
Fantastic Charity Work All Year Round
AND so Boxing Day comes along and we can all breathe out - or at least let our belts out a little.Although Christmas Day itself has passed, there will still be many people doing great work to help those who are lonely and hungry.In the Manchester area...
Fireworks Show to Welcome New Year ; Big Crowds Expected to Watch Spectacular Start to 2016
THOUSANDS of people are set to watch the skies above Manchester city centre as a spectacular fireworks show sees in the New Year.An estimated 10,000 people are expected to turn out at Albert Square as an incredible 10-minute display welcomes 2016.The...
First Class Posts ; Instagram Offers a Window on the World of Celebrities. Georgia Morgan Looks Back on a Year in Pictures
Most liked picture of 2015 UNSURPRISINGLY this accolade is taken by one of the Kardashian clan. This snap of Kendall Jenner in a gorgeous Zuhair Murad gown, lying down with her hair shaped into hearts, has been liked a total of 3.3 million times since...
FIVE Things to Look out for as United Travel to Stoke
DOES HERRERA RETURN? LOUIS van Gaal always seems to discover an original way to infuriate United supporters and last weekend it was the inclusion of Ander Herrera on the bench.Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Wayne Rooney all returned from injury, yet...
Five Things to Look out for at the Etihad
CITY have an excellent opportunity to bounce back from Monday night's defeat at Arsenal when they take on Sunderland today. It's the Blues' last home game of 2015 and here are five things for Manuel Pellegrini to consider ahead of kick-off.full-strength...
Friends Reunited as Ammies Travel to Ramsbottom
SALFORD CITY are set for a friendly affair today as Ramsbottom United make the short trip to Moor Lane in the Evo-Stik Premier.That is because joint-managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley - along with several Salford players - will face their former...
From Little Acorns Grow ; A Look at the Rich Industrial Past of a Small Town in Tameside
mOSSLEY, a thriving small town in Tameside, gets its name from the words moss, meaning a boggy area, and lea, meaning a clearing in a wood.At one time, much of the area was thickly wooded, and boars would have roamed there,The town, which is split into...
Hill Banking on Spotland's Very Own Wrecking Crewe
SPOTLAND plays host to the club Keith Hill cites as the perfect benchmark for Rochdale in today's clash.Crewe Alexandra may currently be struggling near the bottom of the table, but over the last three decades they have been an established League One...
Holiday Fun and Games ; the Festive Meal Is over and No One Can Agree on What Telly to Watch - Why Not Get the Family Together to Play a Few Games to Liven Up the Holidays?
THERE aren't many times in a year when the family, small and extended, can get together at home for such a long time and relax and have fun together.But being off over Christmas and New Year is one of them - and certainly the most special.It's not just...
Holmes Restoration ; Sherlock Fans Are in for a Treat When the Detective and His Sidekick Watson Are Transported to Victorian Britain for a One-Off Special. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman Talk Time Travel with GEMMA DUNNPICK OF THE WEEK Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (BBC1, New Year's Day, 9pm)
BENEDICT Cumberbatch admits he "thought it was madness" when Sherlock co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss revealed they wanted to transport the action from modern day to 19th-century London for a stand-alone episode."I thought they'd finally lost...
Home for the Holly Days ; the Holly and the Ivy, When They Are Both Full Grown, of All the Trees That Are in the Wood, the Holly Bears the Crown (but the Ivy'spretty Cool Too)
YOU'VE probably come across plenty of holly, ivy, mistletoe and Christmas roses during the last few weeks, if not tangibly then at least on the front of cards and all the paraphernalia that accompanies the festive season.It's a given that these are the...
I Imagine Being Rich Brings a Different Set of Problems ; with the Adaptation of One of His Children's Books Billionaire Boy about to Grace Our Screens, MARION MCMULLEN Asks David Walliams How He Would Handle Being Mega-Rich
What will you be watching on TV over the holidays? I'LL be watching myself mainly. I don't quite know what's on yet, there's almost too much on, too many great things.You have to argue with members of your family because they circle things in the Radio...
I Looked Exactly like James Bay in 1977... I May Have a Blood Test. ; Jools Holland's New Year's Eve Hootenanny Has Become as Much of a Tradition as Singing Auld Lang Syne and Overdoing the Booze. He Chats to MARION MCMULLEN about This Year's Show and His Recent Album with Ruby Turner
THE last days of 2015 are counting down, all the TV Christmas specials are over and that can only mean one thing... it's time for Jools Holland and his annual Hootenanny.He's been helping people across the country celebrate New Year's Eve for more than...
I Never Got to Tell Man Who Raped Me and Left Me Paralysed That I Have Forgiven Him ; Former US Navy Recruit Dana Liesegang Kept Quiet after a Horrific Attack Left Her Unable to Walk. Now, 25 Years on, She Tells HANNAH STEPHENSON How She Fought Back
DANA LIESEGANG was a feisty, happygo-lucky 19-year-old US Navy recruit, when a vicious attack by a fellow seaman tore her world apart.She left ship to mail a birthday card to her boyfriend and on her way back, a man from a neighbouring ship offered her...
I Spy Free Holiday Events ; Here, EMMA GILL Lists Some Fantastic, Family-Friendly Things to Do during the Seasonal School Holidays
IF your children have been good then they'll hopefully have lots of new toys to keep them busy over the Christmas holidays.But let's face it, we all need to get out of the house now and again - even if money is a bit thin on the ground.And if it's family...
It Happened Today
THE Bounty was launched at Spithead. The crew staged a mutiny on the voyage from Tahiti to the Caribbean led by Fletcher Christian and placed Captain William Bligh adrift. Clark Gable starred as Christian in the 1935 film Mutiny On The Bounty, Marlon...
JANET TANSLEY and Family Take off for an Action-Packed Break in Spain
WHAT is it with the male species that the burning desire to take control of the coals is inherent? He may only be 19, but no sooner was the chicken taken out of the fridge and the barbecue lid lifted, my son Callum was there, beer in hand, tongs at the...
Keeping It Cosy ; JULIA GRAY Shares Five Simple Tips to Defy the Winter Chills without Breaking the Bank
1 A QUARTER of the heat in an uninsulated house is lost through the roof, according to the Energy Saving Trust, so insulating the loft a great way to retain heat and save money.Even if your loft has insulation, it may not be thick enough - the recommended...
Lost and Found ; PATRICK PURCELL Heads to the Rugged Island of Newfoundland in Eastern Canada and Finds Much to like - from the Wildlife to the Unusual Beer
AMERE 300 million years ago, Newfoundland was at the centre of the supercontinent Pangaea before the Earth's tectonic upheavals split it into the present day continents.Geologists know this because rocks from each continent are found on the island -...
LVG Is a Class Act.Unlike His Overpaid Team ; Write To: Viewpoints, MEN, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Avenue, Oldham, OL9 8EF or Email: Viewpoints@men-News.Co.UK
WELL done Louis Van Gaal for walking out of a press conference.As a person he is a class act.I have seen him on various occasions signing autographs for fans in situations where his predecessors would never have dreamed of doing so.He has conducted himself...
Masked Gang in Brutal Armed Raid Now Behind Bars ; the Four Men Dragged Newsagent into a Room and Choked Him with His Own Clothing
AGANG of masked robbers who stormed a newsagents have been locked up.Armed with baseball bats, Zeeshan Ali and brothers Qasim and Shazad Hafeez burst into the store in Whalley Range in October 2014. The newsagent was dragged into another room and choked...
Massage Parlour Linked to Alleged Human Trafficking ; Two Men Charged and Venue Shut Down after 18-Year-Old Woman Found Inside Is'safeguarded'
AMASSAGE parlour linked to a police investigation into alleged human trafficking has been shut down under civil legislation.A premises closure notice has been issued in respect of Lounge 56 on Swan Street in Manchester city centre.An 18-year-old woman...
MEMPHIS Depay Insists He Will Not Buckle under [...]
- MEMPHIS Depay insists he will not buckle under the pressure of playing for United as he works towards being the best player on the planet.The Dutch youngster arrived at Old Trafford with big expectations. Louis van Gaal announced in the player's first...
ON THE uP
JENNIFER LAWRENCE ANOTHER stellar year for the young star. The actress, right, closed out The Hunger Games saga in November, Forbes named her the highest-paid actress in Hollywood and her latest film Joy, hits cinemas on Friday. A force to be reckoned...
Our Holiday Park Home from Home
days were mainly spent reading by the pool, taking the odd dip to cool down, but of course we couldn't not explore the beautiful area in which we were staying.Vilanova itself has a lovely sandy beach and is a bustling town with bars and beaches, and...
Pioneering Christie Cancer Doctor, 93, Dies ; Tributes Paid to Respected Consultant Whose Work Led to Better Treatments and Improved Care for Patients
NE of the region's most respected doctors - a 'pioneer' Owho worked out how to diagnose diseases - has died.Dr Robin Dodge passed away aged 93 last week after a distinguished career as a consultant histopathologist.He was one of the pioneers of tumour...
Raise a Glass
- CHRISTMAS and New Year are probably the best times to buy Champagne and sparkling wine. The supermarkets and the likes of Majestic are shifting so much volume they're happy to discount heavily as they compete for business.That said, independent wine...
Revamp Makes a World of Difference at Beerhouse
MARBLE'S Northern Quarter micropub The Beerhouse on Thomas Street has reopened after a refurbishment - and the firm has appointed a new head brewer with an international flavour to lead more craft ale invention.The cosy bar - described as a "quietly...
Rivals'battle for Law Cup Will Be a Crowd-Pleaser ; Rugby League
A BUMPER crowd is expected at Spotland when Rochdale Hornets welcome rivals Oldham Roughyeds in the Law Cup on January 17.The clash is typically a highlight of pre-season for both sets of supporters, with the Roughyeds looking to defend the cup this...
Roo: Players Are Fighting for Van Gaal ; Match Preview Stoke V United
UNITED are firmly behind Louis van Gaal and doing everything they can to ease the pressure on him, says Wayne Rooney.It is just over four weeks since an injury-time Bastian Schweinsteiger goal sent the Reds to the top of the table.Six winless games since...
RUNNERS WILL DO THINGS BY HALVES ; Half Marathon Event Starts Next Year and Welcomes Athletes of All Levels.
GREATER Manchester's historic marathon will have a 'little brother' for company in Olympic year with the addition of a new exciting event.The inaugural Manchester Half Marathon will take place on October 16, six months after the ASICS Greater Manchester...
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2015 Sport Vinny's Now Fit for Purpose - Pelle
CITY are confident a fully-fit Vincent Kompany can lead them to glory this season.The skipper has epitomised the Blues this year. Two goals and five clean sheets were significant contributions to their imperious start to the campaign.And as the centre-back's...
Season's Greetings ; Diary
We're in full festive mode here. We've no tree as such but we've masses of greenery in the field, cut from various shrubs and still going strong.There are even shiny red berries on the skimmia and there are masses of pretty twiggy hazel branches.We...
SINKHOLE NOW SIZE OF THREE-STOREY HOUSE ; Mancunian Way Won't Reopen until April as Pounds 4m Repair Sees Workers Dig 14m below Ground
THE Mancunian Way hole is now deep enough to fit a 'threestorey house' inside - according to the team in charge of repairing the 40ft-wide sinkhole.Staff trying to fix the problem, which appeared in August, have now dug a 14m deep 'tube' inside it in...
STAR TOURS ; Fancy a Honeymoon on Hoth? or a Stag Do on Naboo? as the Force Awakes Smashes Box Office Records NIGEL THOMPSON Offers a Travel Guide to Star Wars Locations
YOU couldn't escape it at Christmas. No, not that Slade song, I'm talking about Star Wars. The Force Awakens, the seventh episode of the epic series landed, has been packing cinemas since it landed.And while Star Wars is set in galaxy far, far away,...
STOKE IS SIMPLY A MUST-WIN ; MATCH PREVIEW STOKE V UNITEDUnder-Fire Van Gaal Admits Only Three Points Will Do from Trip to the Britannia as Reds Boss Battles to Preserve Job
UNDER-FIRE United manager Louis van Gaal has described today's match at Stoke as a must-win game.United are winless in six and have recorded just four victories in their last 15 matches, with the board understood to have considered Van Gaal's future...
The Beauty of Luss Is Luscious Whatever the Scottish Season ; ANDY CRONSHAW Heads to the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond for the Highland Games and Some Wonderful Food
THE village of Luss, by the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, is unmistakeably Scottish.In the summer, the grey brick houses and surrounding countryside are ridiculously pretty; it's famous for being the location for the shooting of the old television series,...
The Best Albums of 2015
POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR POP ruled in 2015 as a stream of superb singles and albums bombarded music fans.Justin Bieber's Purpose was the berst album of his career. Years & Years' debut was far better than expected and proved them to be worthy recipients...
THE FROCKS THAT ROCKED ; ...and a Few That Didn't. EMMAJOHNSON Presents Her Fashion Highs and Lows of 2015
NO NUDES IS GOOD NUDES WE could not get through this without some mention of Kim Kardashian. Pregnant for a great deal of 2015, her approach to maternity wear (sheer lace, pink latex) has been interesting to say the least. But Kim is not to blame for...
Today's Tips
DOWN ROYAL: 12.25 Some Drama, 1.00 Finea, 1.30 Noble Prince, 2.00 Rock On Westie, 2.30 So On, 3.00 Solar Heat, 3.30 Avellino.FONTWELL: 12.20 Searching, 12.55 Toohighforme, 1.30 The Organist, 2.05 Mr Fickle, 2.40 Tambura, 3.15 Ya Hafed, 3.45 Torero.HUNTINGDON:...
Top of 2015 5
CONTINUING our rundown of the 10 best games of the last 12 months, we've reached the top five. These are the titles which kept us up way past our bedtimes - the games which demanded our attention so much, even the dishes didn't get done...5 SUPER MARIO...
Tributes to Charity Worker Who Helped Raise Pounds 100,000 ; Shock Death of Selfless 32-Year-Old Man Leaves His Friends and Colleagues Devastated
RIBUTES have been paid to a 'generous and selfless' man who Thelped raised Pounds 100,000 for charity.Darren Batey - who worked for The Albert Kennedy Trust - which cares for young people in the LGBT community - died unexpectedly on Sunday.His devastated...
WALSH LOOKS TO NEW STAR ; Christmas Has Been a Gift for Ruby
WHILE for most of us Christmas means plenty of presents and copious amounts of food, for Ruby Walsh it usually brings big-race winners.For five years out of six Kauto Star delivered Walsh his own festive gift in the William Hill King George VI Chase...
Welcoming the 'King of the Birds' ; Weighing Seven Grams, the Goldcrest Is Not Only the UK's Smallest Songbird, It Is the Smallest in Europe
SPENDING large parts of your life outdoors means you get the opportunity to see wildlife that you may not have experienced before.Recently, while out with the dog, I saw a goldcrest by the local river. A few weeks later I saw another at one of our nature reserves.Of...
We Must Answer Critics, Says Hatters Boss
NEIL Young claims STOCKPORT COUNTY look 'lost' as they prepare to host promotion rivals Harrogate Town in the National League North.Last Saturday's 4-0 thrashing at Boston United extended County's woeful record of just one win in nine.That has sparked...
We Need to Send Fans Home Happy ; Match Preview City V Sunderland
fERNANDINHO has vowed to give City fans 'the performance they deserve' as the Blues look get their Premier League title mission back on track.City have slipped to third in the table after a troubling run that has seen them lose two of their four games...
You're Smarter for10 ; MARION MCMULLEN Looks at Some of the Most Memorable Moments on the Box as the Year Draws to a Close
raNg M'lord? 1you AFTER six series of rocky courtships, precarious proposals, downright unexpected deaths, scheming, sniping, snitching and a whole lot of verbal sparring, it was announced the residents of Downton Abbey would be saying goodbye to the...
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