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Articles from February 26, 2016

A BRAVE SCRIPT IS WHAT MAXINE LOOKS FOR IN A FILM ; as the Actress Stars in One of the Festival's Films, She Tells Sarah Walters Why Cinema Does Not Always Have to Rely on the Words
WHEN Maxine Peake tells you what she looks for in a script is something 'brave and out of the ordinary', it instantly explains why she chose Tom Shrapnel's short film, Strange Weather.The 18-minute movie is intense, its shifting mood and stirring score...
Airport Boss Calls for 'APD Holiday' ; ?Ken O'Toole Says Waiver Will Strengthen Global Connections
MANCHESTER Airport is calling for airport duty tax to be waived for airlines starting long haul flights to further strengthen global connection across the country.Speaking at the Norther Powerhouse Conference and Exhibition this morning, Ken O'Toole,...
All Change on the Buses ; Calls for a New Pounds 30m Station Are Being Considered with a Raft of Other Alterations to Help Passengers
cALLS for a new Pounds 30m bus station are being considered by transport chiefs.It comes after demands to revamp the current layout of bus stops in and around Salford Precinct at Pendleton, which have been branded potentially dangerous to pedestrians.Passengers...
Artshappenings
CLASSICAL / THE HALLE Elgar's Cello Concerto, perhaps the most popular, is performed here by the Halle's own principal cellist Nicholas Trygstad. Tonight's programme also features iconic pieces from both sides of the Atlantic, as well as Prokofiev's...
BRITAIN'S Next Top Model Contestant Bethan [...] ; THE DIARY the Inside Stories
BRITAIN'S Next Top Model contestant Bethan Sowerby survived the next round of the contest despite being slammed by the judges in this week's episode.Supermodel head judge Abbey Clancy - the wife of Stoke City striker Peter Crouch - dished out some harsh...
Cadets Save Woman from Fireball Car
TWO teenagers rescued a woman trapped inside a burning car.Josh Parry and Jack Whitworth, both 16, were walking home from an air cadets meeting when they saw a road crash on Banks Lane, Stockport.One of the vehicles burst into flames. The boys dialled...
Car That Is a Benchmark Raises the Bar
THERE are some cars which have become a benchmark in their particular sector - the Fiesta, Golf and Range Rover for example.The same can be said for this week's test car - the 2016 Audi A4 - as for over two decades the A4 has been the benchmark compact...
CELEBRITY Big Brother Winner Scotty [...] ; THE DIARY the Inside Stories
CELEBRITY Big Brother winner Scotty T enjoyed a fun time at The Birdcage nightclub after announcing that he is joining the male strip troupe The Dreamboys.Scotty - real name Scott Timlin - will be back in Manchester in April as a special guest with The...
Charity Swimmer Is Told NHS Won't Pay for His Treatment ; ?Family of Youngster Honoured by Mayor Must Foot Bill to Ease Crippling Migraines
Sam Yarwood sam.yarwood@men-news.co.uk @samyarwood89 ATEENAGE swimmer who has raised thousands of pounds for charity has been refused acupuncture on the NHS for a crippling condition.Ethan Evans, 14, who swims for the City of Salford Swimming Club - and...
Clubbinghappenings
CLUBNIGHT / DROP THE MUSTARD Another coup for everyone's favourite condiment-dropping party as they've lined up Canada's favourite DJING daughter, B.Traits, pictured, to play an allnight set in the intimate surrounds of one the city's best venues. Tickets are...
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Cruise the Danube to Vienna & Budapest
+FREE EXCURSION PACKAGE FREE DRINKS PACKAGE* BOOK NOW!Cruise the Danube to Vienna & Budapest These cruises will not be sold for less fi Return ferry crossing from Hull to Rotterdam in an en suite cabin fi Two nights' bed & breakfast in Germany fi En...
Did 'The Pusher' Kill My Brother? ; ?Sister Says 48-Year-Old Found Dead in Canal'was Chased or Pushed after Inquest Ruling Leaves Doubt'
tHE family of a man found drowned in a canal under mysterious circumstances believe he could be a victim of a 'Manchester Pusher'.Tony Scanlon, 48, was found dead in six inches of water at a lock on the Ashton Canal in Clayton on March 5, 2007. Passersby discovered...
DIRECTOR'S DAYS FILMING DICTATOR ; Colin Offland Talks to Simon Binns about His Documentary of a Basketball Star in North Korea
HAT happens when you take a crossdressing Wformer basketball star who dated Madonna, the dictator of a country shrouded in secrecy and a gambling firm? Chaos - with a Manchester filmmaker right in the middle of it all.For Colin Offland, director of Dennis...
DRESSING FUME. . ; ?Quigg-Frampton Clash Thrown into Doubt after Bust-Up over Changing Rooms
SCOTT Quigg's world title fight with Carl Frampton is in jeopardy after his rival threatened to pull out over a dressing room dispute.Little over 24 hours away from fight night, IBF super bantamweight champion Frampton has issued an ultimatum to his...
Ex-United Starlet Eagles Grounded by U18s Demotion
BURY boss David Flitcroft has revealed that former United winger Chris Eagles is training with Bury's Under-18 squad.The 30-year-old was hoping to kick-start his career when he joined Bury in October, signing with the League One club until the end of...
Family at War Want to Deliver a Real Message ; Band's Frontman Lias Saoudi Pulls No Punches
NEUMONIA. Throat surgery.PCrippling drink and drug dependency. On the eve of Fat White Family's latest UK tour, arriving at Manchester Academy this weekend, the band's frontman Lias Saoudi is counting down his top three personal war wounds inflicted...
Fancy Running Your Own Microbrewery?
FANCY having a stab at running your own microbrewery? Here's your chance.Greater Manchester's Hornbeam Brewery has gone up for sale after owner and former teacher Kevin Rothwell decided to call it a day to pursue a career change back in education.The...
Fifty Shades of Going Grey. the X-Rated Author Aged 76 ; ?Great-Gran Has Naughty Short Stories Published - and Fellow Home Residents Love Them!
MEET naughty novelist Eva Hughes - the great-gran who spends her spare time penning X-rated fiction.Eva, 76, has been writing erotica for years and has even had a number of her works published - including in the 'Naughty Spanking' series of anthologies.Not...
Five-Star Reds'rash and Grab
UNITED have rarely stirred the soul in this sorry season, but nothing quite restores the faith like a local lad's debut goal. Or, in Marcus Rashford's case, goals.Rashford was so delighted following his first thumping finish he seemed set to take flight...
Five Things We've Learned
RASHFORD RISES TO THE OCCASION UNITED are famed for their youth policy, but it doesn't normally involve telling the kids they're playing ten minutes before kick-off!He would not have been playing but for injuries to Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney and...
Focus on Cinema's Women
THE 'Inspiring Women In Film' programme in association with 'Wonder Woman' season on Saturday, March 5, will portray a selection of films that feature women as directors and stars.During the day there will be talks at the Chambers of Commerce by women...
Fridayhappenings
GIG / THE CULT There's a good chunk of legendary British rock band The Cult is pure Mancunian. "I'm hoping I'll get a plaque!" laughs Hulme-born Billy Duffy. Give him big love at his homecoming show in support of latest album, Hidden City.-?Albert Hall,...
Garcia Could Be a Key Manu for Pep
MANUEL Pellegrini's decision to play six teenagers, including five making their full debuts, in the defeat to Chelsea last Sunday is still being pored over.City lost 5-1 and exited the FA Cup, with their season on the brink of collapse.Pellegrini and...
Gran's Home Gutted Day after Insurance Ran Out
AGREAT grandmother left homeless by a devastating house fire needs Pounds 100,000 for repairs - because her insurance policy had run out the day before.Firefighters told Joan Bower, 89, that she was lucky to escape the ferocious fire which ripped through...
G-Shock ; the Powerhouse AMG-Developed Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 Delivers Seven Seats, 585bhp and Goes Large on Road Presence. Jonathan Crouch Checks out This Very Premium 4x4 Offering
THE Mercedes-Benz GLS is a specialist vehicle. If you want a sizeable SUV with a three-pointed star on its bonnet, most people choose a GLE model. If you're a Russian gangster, you might even be tempted by a G-Class instead. But the GLS? at's something...
Hard Knock for the Dogs of War
IT'S not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog - and this Salford Devils team has a hell of a lot of fight in it.After a fine run of games, Salford came up against a determined and muchchanged Warriors side, smarting...
'Honorary Scouser' Vasily in Visit to City ; CLASSICAL
THERE are two international conductors called Petrenko.One is music director designate of the Berlin Philharmonic and until recently, hardly known outside Russia and Germany: he is Kirill Petrenko.The other is closer to home.He is Vasily Petrenko, he...
How I'm Growing My Own Champion IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ALDI ; Mum Debbie McColgan Ensures Gymnastic Star Daughter Louise Eats a Healthy Diet Which Is Turning Her into a Winner
Every young athlete's training starts at the family dinner table. That's where healthy food choices are made and that's why parents have as much to do with their child's sporting victories as top- class coaches.As part of our brilliant Grow Your Champions...
'I Didn't Even Know How to Celebrate'- Dummigan
OLDHAM Athletic defender Cameron Dummigan admits he will never forget Tuesday's victory over Peterborough after scoring his first league goal in professional football.Dummigan, 19, opened the scoring for Latics in the game, with the visitors going on...
If You Can't Stand the Heat, Stay out of the Hard Rock
IT'S National Chilli Week and Hard Rock Cafe is celebrating the only way it knows how - with a dedicated spicy menu.Diners can enjoy three spiced-up speciallycreated dishes which make up the Red Hot Chilli Menu - the chilli burger, chilli cheese fries...
Inconsistent City May Be Hitting Their Stride at Just the Right Time
INCONSISTENCY has been City's downfall this season.Individual players have failed to reach their peak for sustained periods, and aside from the first few weeks of the season, the team has struggled to string wins together.It's been frustrating to watch...
IT'S STYLE BUT LITTLE SUBSTANCE AT CITY'S SWANKIEST NEW HOTEL ; It Might Look Great but the Restaurant and Its Food Do Not Live Up to the High Expectations at King Street Townhouse
The King Street Townhouse is Manchester's swankiest new hotel, featuring stunning views of the city centre and a rooftop infinity pool.Operated by the same firm behind the Great John Street hotel, it is a visual feast.But what of the restaurant - King...
IT Was the Stock in Trade of Probably [...]
IT was the stock in trade of probably TV's most infamous second hand car dealer Arthur Daley (played by George Cole, right) who enjoyed a good haggle.Steve with on steve.But according to online car sales website Auto Trader the art of haggling is fast...
Lens on Sport at Festival
COINCIDING with Olympic year, The 'Super Sunday' sports day event will take place on Sunday, March 6, at the historic Great Northern Warehouse, at the AMC Cinema.The selection will encompass narrative themes that provoke a celebration of sports ideology...
Let's Navigate Our Way to a Treble! ; City specialBlues' Spanish Star Says League Cup Win Could Spark Trophy Haul
ITY'S season suddenly looks a whole lot brighter.c A classy and comprehensive win in Kiev has put the Blues on the brink of making club history in the Champions League.And victory over Liverpool at Wembley in the Capital One Cup final could see City...
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION ; the Curtain Is Coming Up on the City's Celebration of Cinema, Writes Film Festival Correspondent Dennis Keighron-Foster
OUR city has undoubtedly and historically been at the forefront of culture; with its multiple museums, its major playhouses and its countless festivals of theatre, comedy, music and art.Today, Manchester has become a central hub for all things creative.The...
LONG ON LAUGHS JOSIE IS BRINGING US THERAPY ; Charming and Disarming Josie Long Plays the Zoo for Next Month's Group Therapy
LAST month, you handed the CityLife Award for Best Comedy Club to Group Therapy - a two-hander meet run by Michael and Ros, which has become such a success it has already spread into two regular Manchester venues.At least once a month, Group Therapy...
MANUEL Pellegrini Has Called for More [...]
-?MANUEL Pellegrini has called for more of the same as City head into the Capital One Cup final after the superb Champions League victory in Kiev.The City boss said: "It is another competition now. I think it was very important to try to qualify for...
Millican's Charm Can Still Cut It
SHE cut her comedy teeth here in Manchester and it's a short seven years since she scooped the Best Newcomer Award at Ediburgh's annual Fringe Festival.And yet, now the charming Sarah Millican is the UK's biggest grossing female comic, and a TV star...
MUM'S MENTAL HEALTH PLEA TO TROLLS WHO TOLD SON ON BRIDGE TO 'JUMP' ; Man, 36, Pleads Guilty to Causing a Public Nuisance after M56 Was Shut for Seven Hours
AMUM made a heartbreaking post on social media pleading for people to understand mental health issues after Twitter trolls called for her son to throw himself from a motorway bridge.Michael Cleator, 36, climbed on top of a metal cage safety barrier covering...
Music Bar Set for Reopening
WITHINGTON speakeasy and live music bar Indigo is set to reopen under new management.Bosses of the Drawing Room cocktail and beerhouse, in West Didsbury, will relaunch the Wilmslow Road basement bar on March 23, at 5pm, following a three week makeover.The...
One Thing Is Clear about Magic of Cup
FIRSTLY congratulations to Chelsea FC for the demolition job they did on City's schoolboys.City sent lambs to London and I didn't expect any mercy in the Stamford Bridge slaughterhouse.The result - 5-1 - looked embarrassing, and it appears the misfiring...
Piccadilly Gardens ; Six Good Reasons Why It's Time to Sort Out
IT'S hard to over-estimate the extent to which Manchester dislikes Piccadilly Gardens. The plaza has long been the subject of angry letters to our postbag, while a quick look at TripAdvisor tells a similar story. Two years ago an M.E.N. poll of thousands found...
Roadshow Is Bang on the Money
THE Moneymatters pop-up roadshow will be heading to Manchester city centre to help people get their finances back on track - for free.A team of financial gurus will cover everything from budgeting, bills, credit cards, debt, savings and pensions for...
Rock-Bottom Giants Need Big Effort to Force Victory
MANCHESTER Giants need a win over Leeds Force more than ever.The two clubs have spent much of the last few seasons scrapping it out in the BBL's lower reaches.But the Giants have lost four of their last five meetings with their Yorkshire rivals and are...
Rough Sleepers 'Facing Threat of TB Epidemic' ; ?Health Chief Warns of 'Significant' Risk of Tuberculosis among Homeless as Town Hall Says It Is Tackling Issue
PUBLIC health chiefs fear an outbreak of tuberculosis among the city's growing homeless population, it has emerged.The city's public health director David Regan says a 'significant' threat exists of a TB epidemic among rough sleepers, due to their low...
ROYAL BLUE EDWARD TAKES ON AGUERO! ; ?Prince Visits City's Training Academy to Mark Anniversary of Duke of Edinburgh Award
THE EFFORTS of schoolchildren and young Manchester City players got royal approval with a special visit from Prince Edward.The Earl of Wessex became the second royal visitor to the Blues' stateof-the-art training academy.He also met pupils at an East...
Sacha's Saying Hello to Bond's Idiotic Brother ; Sacha Baron Cohen and Wife and Co-Star Isla Fisher Tell Gemma Dunn Why Grimsby Is a 'Real Action Movie', While Damon Smith Reviews the 'Lewd, Crude' Comedy Caper
WALKING the red carpet in little more than a grubby polo neck, blue Y-fronts and socks-and-slippers combo is a humiliating concept for most stars.But for Oscar-nominee and Golden Globewinner Sacha Baron Cohen, it was simply a chance to debut his latest...
SALFORD LAD ROBERT IS TREATED LIKE ROYALTY WHEN HE COMES HOME THEATRE ; theatreTHE ACTOR IS LOOKING FORWARD TO RETURNING TO MANCHESTER WITH HIS NEW PLAY IN WHICH HE TAKES ON THE ROLE OF PRINCE CHARLES
SALFORD lad Robert Powell has been elevated to King of the Realm in a new production heading to Manchester's Opera House.The acclaimed actor plays role of King Charles III in Mike Bartlett's BAFTA-nominated and Olivier Award-winning play, which arrives...
Saturdayhappenings
CLUBBING / BASS JAM It's day one for Bass Jam, a new club concept that deals in house, garage, and bass and is pretty much smashing its way onto the scene by welcoming Katy B to headline its launch event alongside Amine Edge & DANCE, Low Steppa, Redlight...
Schweinsteiger Plans to March Back into Action
BASTIAN Schweinsteiger is confident his recovery from injury is on time and is still planning a March return for United.The Reds midfielder has not played since the FA Cup win over Sheffield United on January 9, and last night's game with Midtjylland...
Sex-Fiend Hall Was 'Untouchable' in Eyes of BBC Manchester Staff ; . ?Disgraced Presenter Got Away with 21 Attacks Because Colleagues Failed to Report Concerns
STAFF at the BBC failed to report disgraced presenter Stuart Hall's 'inappropriate sexual conduct' because he was seen as an untouchable, an official report has revealed.Workers at BBC Manchester knew the former It's a Knockout gameshow host was taking...
SINGER Leona Lewis Smiled and Posed [...] ; THE DIARY the Inside Stories
SINGER Leona Lewis smiled and posed for photos with fans following her gig at The Bridgewater Hall.The former X Factor winner - who shot to fame on the Simon Cowell talent show in 2006 - signed autographs for her fans and smiled for selfies.Earlier in...
SIX OF THE BEST NOT TO MISS AT THE FEST ; Simon Binns Gives His Pick of What's Showing
THERE'S so much to enjoy at the Manchester Film Festival - from features, to shorts, documentaries to animations - but we've picked out six of the best which showcase the diverse nature of the festival - as well as the best in independent cinema.Here...
So, That's Where the Airport Makes Its Profits from ... ; Write To: Viewpoints, MEN, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Avenue, Oldham, OL9 8EF or Email: Viewpoints@men-News.Co.UK
STROLLING around the airport, I was amazed at the number of airlines that fly in and out, and that each one of them pays to Manchester Airports Group a fee for landing and taking off, control tower services etc - apart from paying more fees to the independent handling...
Space Fills with Sense of Sahara ; the Whitworth's Latest Exhibitions Include Works from Dessert
WALKING in to Ben Rivers' new show at the Whitworth is a bit like finding yourself at the rear of the old Western movie set.Wooden struts hold up walls; there's no obvious way around it or clear doorways in. It's an appropriate sensation, because Rivers...
Still Looking Sharp on the Dance Floor ; Old Style Dj Pat Is Coming to Ruby Lounge to Spin Some Absolute
DELIBERATELY bad music night Absolute Sh*te returns tomorrow with special guest headliner Pat Sharp."I have played in Manchester many times and it is always a great city to come back to and re-run the fun," said the veteran TV and radio host.Asked what...
Stringer Rewarded with New Contract at 38 ; Rugby Union Justin Guthrie
VETERAN scrum-half Peter Stringer has been rewarded for his fine debut season at Sale with a new contract.Following hot on the heels of the two-year deal signed by up-and- coming centre Sam James' earlier this week, Stringer, enjoying the opposite end...
Sundayhappenings
COMEDY / TANYALEE DAVIS It's the last Sunday of the month so it must be time for comedy, and this month the Norfolk Arms hosts "three and a half foot tall dynamic comedian" Tanyalee Davis - a woman whose personality stands about 10 feet taller than all...
TALKING BETTING Fred Done
THE treble is most definitely on for City - and a major factor in making what would be club history is the return from injury of Vincent Kompany.The headlines after that wonderful performance in Kiev were all about the goals and performances of Sergio...
Theatrehappenings
NEW THEATRE / I AM THOMAS Provocative, subversive and laced with plentiful black humour, this new drama about Thomas Aikenhead - the last person in Britain to be hanged for blasphemy - is nothing less than you'd expect from a dream team of poet Simon...
The Avs and Av-Nots ; Anyone Doubting Chevrolet's Ability to Build a Class-Competitive Used Supermini Needs to Try This One, the Second Generation Aveo, Sold Here between 2012 and 2015. Jonathan Crouch Sees How It Stands Up as a Used Buy
BEFORE 2012, Chevrolet was never able to deliver a truly classcompetitive supermini. ough the brand's little Matiz and Spark citycars attracted a reasonable following in the years after the brand's re-launch in the UK in 2004, buyers looking for something...
The Latest Face on the Block ; #ONTWOWHEELS
PREVIOUSLY, if you wanted a cutting edge Supersports 600 then maybe your local Yamaha dealer was the place to go, but not recently!Honda brings its latest uprated CBR600RR to the party with a few added goodies and a redesigned face.This latest Honda...
THE UK's Newest Maserati Dealership Will Be Opening [...]
THE UK's newest Maserati dealership will be opening in Greater Manchester in May.NH.R. Owen are building the new showrooms next to the Lamborghini Manchester site in Stockport, which they describe as 'an affluent and entrepreneurial area'.THERE was an...
Thug Assaults Blind Man. as His Pet Attacks Guide Dog ; ?Victim, 63, Says Violent Incident Has Now Left Him Too Terrified to Go out Alone
ATHUG assaulted a blind man moments after his own dog began fighting his victim's guide dog.Peter Anthony King violently shoved Malcolm Robinson telling him 'I don't care if it's a guide dog'.The blind victim says he is now terrified of walking alone...
Top 5 Send Shivers Down Zaba's Spine
cITY have their 'spine' back just as the season moves into a critical phase.And that means Pablo Zabaleta is backing the Blues to wipe out the memory of recent weeks and stage a big finish to the season.Zabaleta singled out Joe Hart, David Silva, Vincent...
United Rated
5 ROMERO Kicking was still suspect, which hardly eased the nerves in United's defence, and he was slow to react to Pisto's goal 6 VARELA Young Uruguayan was busy all night and provided the cross for Rashford's crucial second goal 5 CARRICK Must have...
Van Gaal: Don't Do Anything Rash, Marcus!
there on the bench because he was the natural substitute of Martial, I'm not putting other players when Borthwick-Jackson is out of the match I put Riley in because he is playing left full-back in the second team."I saw him playing against Norwich, 8-0...
Vegans Urge Meat-Eaters to 'Look a Pig in the Eye'
VEGAN protesters are challenging meateaters to join them at a slaughterhouse to 'look into the eyes' of pigs and show them compassion before they are butchered.The Manchester Pig Save group will be offering 'love and compassion' to pigs at the Tulip...
'Village' Masterplan ; Nine Hundred Homes, Space for Businesses and a Shopping Centre Could Transform Former Shell Site
aMASTERPLAN for a new 'village' with 900 new homes and one million sq ft of business space has been revealed.Developers want to transform the site of the former Carrington Shell processing plant, which has been largely vacant for years. The 1,650-acre...
Vision Needs More Clarity
THE Northern Powerhouse needs a clear five to 10 year plan if it's going to attract the right foreign investors, according to a leading boss of global infrastructure services firm, AECOM.In a conversation with the BBC's John Humphrys at the Northern Powerhouse...
Vocalist Sings Praises of Technology's Role in Music ; ?Singer Runs Course Teaching Female Musicians to Embrace Digital Equipment in studioTALKING DIGITAL with Elizabeth Vince
MA N C H E S T E R ' S annual feminist festival Wonder Women is happening from March 3-13, which makes this the perfect time to look at some of the things that female musicians have been up to lately in the city.Last year saw the first all-female Wall...
Watch out, Liam's a Brit Angry ; THE DIARY the Inside Stories
OCKER Liam Gallagher launched into a foulmouthed rant after watching the Brit Awards.The former Oasis frontman was looking back in anger as he passed his opinion on the annual ceremony, which saw superstars including Justin Bieber, Adele and One Direction...
What to Watch - Details of All the Festival Films
THURSDAY, MARCH 3 Opening Night Gala. In association with the Manchester Evening News, Dennis Viollet - A United Man, including the short film I'm Sorry To Tell You, by Ben Price; Break starring Sir John Hurt; and Strange Weather starring Maxine Peake....
Whose Song Fits UK's Euro Vision? ; TODAY'S TV with Sara Wallis
PICK OF THE DAY Eurovision: You Decide (BBC4, 7.30pm) SURELY everyone holds a place in their hearts for Eurovision? Ok, so it has become a bit of a national joke over the years - and yes, everyone is still banging on about Katrina and the Waves (our...
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