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Articles from March 12, 2016

Abi's the Answer to Your Dreams ; Struggling to Get a Good Night's Sleep with Your Little One? Baby Sleep Specialist Abi Thompson May Have the Answers You Need
um-ofthree MAbi Thompson is a maternity nurse and night nanny and helps sleepdeprived parents by working with them to create packages tailored to each family and child.Here she offers her top tips for getting a baby or young child to sleep through the...
A Fading Fable
SAD news this week as Microsoft announced it is looking to close UK game studio Lionhead and ended development of Fable: Legends.Fable has been a massively popular series with RPG fans since it hit consoles in 2004.Lionhead's adventure title became so...
ALERT AS MAN TRIES TO COAX BOY, 12, INTO CAR ; ?Police Praise Terrified Youngster Second Abduction Bid in Region This Week
Charlotte Dobson charlotte.dobson@trinitymirror.com @DOBSONMEN PARENTS are on alert after a man tried to coax a schoolboy into his car - the second child abduction bid in a week.The 12-year-old boy was walking alone near Sykes Cafe in Sykes Street, in...
Alty Captain Eyes Up Survival after Mid-Week Defeat
CAPTAIN Shaun Densmore insists ALTRINCHAM are focused on securing their Vanarama National League status, despite the departure of Lee Sinnott.The Robins slipped back into the relegation zone last weekend and the club parted company with their manager...
A Special Delivery. ; Diary
PRESSURE'S ON: Our open ground plants were arriving this week. We put off their delivery for as long as possible because of the cold weather but once we have agreed a delivery time with the nursery, that's it.They lift them, pack them and send them straight...
At the Sheer Vastness and in Awe of America's Natural Treasures ; GILL MARTIN Heads out West to Explore America's Spectacular Canyonlands
AMERICANS say 'awesome' a lot. Order a skinny white from Starbucks (I don't as I'm on a one-woman protest against their tax policy) and the barista will enthuse 'awesome' when you request a nutmeg, marshmallow topping.So our cousins over the Atlantic...
Back to the Future for Swimming Star
ABRITISH Olympic swimming star is returning to the scene of one of his many triumphs as he tries to persuade more youngsters to get into the pool. Mark Foster is the country's most decorated swimmer, holding eight records and 47 international medals.One...
Bed Time ; March Is National Bed Month - a Great Excuse to Size Up the Mattress and Breathe New Life into the Bedroom, Says SAM WYLIE-HARRIS
WHEN it comes to creating the perfect environment for a good night's sleep, your style is as important as the bed you choose.Along with the right mattress, your bedstead or divan is the perfect platform to express your personality. And with March being National...
Best of the Web Comments on the M.E.N's Facebook Page
14 things the EU has done for Manchester ??NOTHING that we could not have done for ourselves, with the money that we pay into the EU John Lomax ??WOW, the EU has done so much for Manchester ... oh, apart from the fact that the UK is the largest cash...
BIG WEEKEND CRUCIAL FOR CITY'S RUN-IN ; MATCH PREVIEW NORWICH V CITY
CITY midfielder Fernandinho says this weekend is crucial if the Blues want to finish the season strongly.City beat Villa 4-0 in their last game and Fernandinho says back- toback league victories for the first time since October would be the perfect boost...
Blissed out with Special Spa Style ; Fancy a Relaxing Break in the Country? Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa Is the Perfect Destination. KAREN CONNOLLY Reports
CRUISING up the sweeping driveway to Ragdale Hall, an ivy- covered red brick Victorian structure set in acres of manicured gardens, you do get the feeling you could be on the set of Downton Abbey.And when the porter takes your luggage and offers to park...
COMIC'S 'CURSING CHOIR'DEFYTHE SWEARING BAN .. ; . ?Controversial Comedian Collects Pounds 400 to Pay Fines for Anyone Prosecuted under New Law
ACOMIC has defied a council swearing ban - and got his audience to join in too by singing in his 'commoners' choir'.Mark Thomas, who performed at The Lowry arts centre in Salford also collected Pounds 400 in a swear box - to help pay the fines of anyone...
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If we have published anything that is factually inaccurate, please contact the editor on 0161 211 2920 at newsdesk@men- news.co.uk or at Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Avenue, Oldham OL9 8EF and, once verified, we will correct it as soon as possible.The...
DE BRUYNE IS BACK IN BUSINESS ; Pelle Hopes Returning Belgian Can Fire Blues' Title Bid
MANUEL Pellegrini hopes Kevin de Bruyne's return will spark City's run to the Premier League title.The Belgian is on course to make his comeback from knee ligament damage after the upcoming international break.And with City 10 points adrift of leaders...
Delighted by the Support the LEE: WE'RE READY TO MAUL TIGERS! Rugby League ; ?Salford Red Devils Skipper Pleased with Performances So Far
IT'S been a rocky start to the season for Salford, but one player who has no doubt that the 2016 Devils have what it takes is captain Tommy Lee.He's really enjoying the role of leader on the field, and is looking forward to the trip to Castleford Tigers...
Derby Win Could Lead to Late Push for Play-Off Spot
ROCHDALE boss Keith Hill has stressed there is much more than bragging rights at stake in today's derby with Bury.After positive starts to the campaign, last month the local rivals looked as though they might end up facing a fight for League One survival.But...
DIAMOND READY TO FACE FAMILIAR FOE ; . ?Sharks Looking to Seal Away Victory at Saints for First Time in a Decade
SALE Sharks bid to banish another East Midlands Premiership hoodoo this afternoon when they step out at Northampton Saints.After ending an eightyear wait to record a win at Leicester last month, Sale's latest road trip takes them to Franklin's Gardens...
Do the DIY Basics ; If You Want to Start Improving Your Home This Spring, Ensure You Get the Little Things Right Because They're the Basis for Everything Else, Writes JULIA GRAY
1 ACCURATE measuring is vital for all sorts of DIY tasks, but it's surprisingly easy to get wrong.If you can, get someone to help you measure or check your measurements, especially if you're measuring a large area or can't afford to make a mistake.Digital...
DRUG FARM DISCOVERED IN 'SLAVE TRADE' INQUIRY ; ?Police Looking for Victims of Human Trafficking Find Pounds 80,000 Worth of Cannabis Plants Growing at House
POLICE hunting for victims of human trafficking found a massive cannabis farm.Officers from GMP and housing officials made their discovery at a house in Weaste Lane, Salford.They had been granted a search warrant under the Housing Act as it was suspected...
FA'S Pounds 8M TOWARDS LEVEL PLAYING FIELD ; . ?Football Chiefs Pledge to Make Improvements to More Than 2,000 Pitches
THE FA has launched an Pounds 8m commitment to improve grass pitches across England.Over four years, The FA will implement the Pitch Improvement Programme (PIP), which will deliver improvements to more than 2,000 pitches.PIP will provide a range of support...
Five-Star Warriors in Demolition Job
Wigan............................28 Leeds...............................6 WIGAN Warriors dismantled reigning champions Leeds Rhinos and recorded a comprehensive victory to maintain their 100 per cent record in the Super League this season.With five wins...
Giants Are Turned over after Making Strong Start
Anthony Jepson Leicester Riders..91 Mcr Giants...........69 Anunder-strength Manchester Giants slipped to another BBL defeat in a game barely anyone would have expected them to win.It was always going to be an uphill fight against arguably the deepest...
Go Batty for British Science Week
MARCH 11-20 is British Science Week and there are lots of ways families can get involved: BECOME A CITIZEN SCIENTIST! THIS British Science Week, its citizen science projects are all things bat- related.BSW has teamed up with Zooniverse on an audio visual...
Go on, Be a Sport ; MARION MCMULLEN Looks at the Celebrities Getting Active for Sport Relief
PICK OF THE WEEK Sport Relief 2016 (Friday, BBC1, 7pm and BBC2, 10pm) OOH Betty! Michael Crawford is getting on his bike and bringing his Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em comedy creation Frank Spencer back for a special Sport Relief sketch.The 74-year-old was...
Hey There, Geordie Girl ; Life Is 'Unrecognisable' for Former Geordie Shore Star and Jungle Queen Vicky Pattison, and She Tells HANNAH STEPHENSON How She Will Stay Grounded and Put Her Party-Girl Days in the Past
VICKY Pattison may have had a stream of red carpet invitations since being crowned queen of the jungle, but she's on a mission to curb the party-girl lifestyle."The reason I've decided to curb my drinking and nights out is because I want to achieve everything...
Holdsworth Tells of Pride at Takeover of Bolton
BOLTON'S new chief executive Dean Holdsworth has spoken of his pride after fronting Sports Shield's takeover of the Sky Bet Championship club.Former Wanderers striker Holdsworth's consortium and Inner Circle, owned by Ken Anderson, took control of Eddie...
If Swearing on TV Is OK, Why Not in Salford? ; Write To: Viewpoints, MEN, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Avenue, Oldham, OL9 8EF or Email: Viewpoints@men-News.Co.UK
IT was with derisive laughter that I greeted the news that Salford council has issued a public order notice banning swearing in the Quays. Already, civil rights groups have questioned how the poorly-worded ban will work in practice. But of more interest perhaps...
I Hope I'm Never Struggling So Bad That I Have to Do Celeb Big Brother ; Classical Crossover Artist and Presenter Aled Jones Is One of the Hosts of New, Live BBC2 Teatime Show Too Much TV, Gossiping about What's on the Box Every Week with Emma Bunton, Sara Cox and Rufus Hound. the 45-Year-Old, from Bangor, Wales Chats to ELLA WALKER and KEELEY BOLGER
The first episode of Too Much TV aired last week. How are you enjoying it so far? I'VE known Sara (Cox), it feels like all my life, but it was the first time we'd ever really worked together on anything live before, so you never know, first one's always...
Irish Eyes Are Smiling as Festival Gets under Way
HIS year will be the 21st birthday of the Manchester Irish Festival and the 26th anniversary Tof the parade. The festival is an annual fortnight of all things Irish, in music, arts and entertainment.The Irish market is on Albert Square until tomorrow...
Islands of Plenty ; Sailing through the Canaries and Azores Is Simply Blissful for CHRIS HUTCHINSON
WE SPENT three days aboard the good ship Balmoral before our cruise reached its first destination. But when you're heading for the islands of the Azores, Cape Verde, Canaries and Madeira and sailing on calm waters under blue skies, that's nothing to...
Is This New Age of the Net? ; YouTube Prankster Sam Pepper Is the Latest Web Celebrity to Come Clean about Their Online Life, So Are We Seeing the Start of a More Honest Approach to Vlogging, Asks KATIE WRIGHT?Things Are Getting Emoji-Onal
AT THE end of February, after more than five years on YouTube, Sam Pepper deleted all his videos, replacing them with one 20- minute missive titled: 'I'm sorry.' "I can't go on making videos unless I make this video for you guys," the 26-year-old Brit...
Jailed, Thug Who Drove over Moped Rider's Legs ; ?Driver Deliberately Knocked Man off His Bike after Bitter Feud and Left Him With'catastrophic'injuries
aTHUG who deliberately mowed down a moped rider before driving over his legs and leaving him for dead has been jailed.Roger Balint callously knocked Nathan Urey off his bike following a feud - and evaded police for nearly four months after going on the run.The...
Julie Spicing Things Up All over Again. ; MARION MCMULLEN Finds out How Julie Walters Is Turning Up the Heat in the New Series of Indian Summers
How was it to be back filming in Penang in Malaysia? IT DOESN'T feel like a foreign country where I'm on holiday now, like it did the first time I went out there.That's rather nice - I can nip up to the shops without thinking I need to get someone to...
Lads Club Is in the Pink with New Smiths T-Shirt ; ?Members of Iconic Salford Venue Release Fashion Item in Bid to Raise Pounds 24,000 for Youngsters' New York Trip
HE toughest members of Salford Lads Club reckon they are Tknockout - and Morrissey would probably agree.A new pink T-shirt has been launched by the club in a bid to raise Pounds 24,000 to send ten youngsters on a trip to New York.Boxers from the club,...
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The Coral, Distance Inbetween IT'S been nigh on six years since Wirral's The Coral brought out a new record. That new album is here at last - and the good news is it's a good 'un.The band's slightly psychedelic stew has long made them the connoisseur's...
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THE TREES by Ali Shaw (Bloomsbury, hardback, Pounds 14.99, ebook Pounds 10.04) WHEN a forest erupts overnight, mankind is thrown into complete turmoil. Among the chaos, Hannah and Adrien's paths cross, and they journey to Ireland to find Adrien's wife...
Latics Get Boost Up Front as German Striker Joins on Loan
OLDHAM Athletic have bolstered their striker options ahead of today's match with Sheffield United after Timmy Thiele joined on loan from Burton Albion until the end of the season.The German striker has found chances limited since Nigel Clough took over...
Leigh Look to Hood to Fill Gap Left by Brierley
LEIGH Centurions face the tough task of travelling to Halifax tomorrow as they look to put their off the field distractions behind them and make it back-to-back victories.With the Ryan Brierley saga still on-going, they have brought in Liam Hood from...
Luxury Relaxation Closer to Home
I CAN just about bring myself to climb into the hanging slumber cocoon in the zen-like relaxation room at the Midland Hotel's new spa facility.Nestling into the soft, downy duvet I try to find a smidgen of forcefulness to push myself into a gently rocking...
Lvg on the Defensive
LOUIS van Gaal has made a staunch defence of his United reign but clearly knows the media at least aren't buying his explanations.The Europa League defeat at Liverpool in the last 16 first leg at Anfield has intensified the pressure on the beleaguered...
Motorway Scare as Bus and Lorry Hit by Yobs Dropping Bricks from Bridge ; . ?Passengers Stranded on Hard Shoulder of M66 after Missile Smashes into Windscreen
RECKLESS yobs showered passengers with glass after dropping missiles on rush-hour motorway traffic, hitting a bus and a lorry.The two separate ambushes caused other bus services to be diverted away from the M66 near Bury.Bricks were thrown from a bridge...
MR TRAMTASTIC! ; Metrolink Driver a 'Knight in Shining Armour' after Stopping to Help Pensioner Who Fell on Platform
AMETROLINK driver has been hailed a 'knight in shining armour' after he stopped his tram to leap out and help a pensioner who had collapsed on the platform.The rescue happened as the Ashton to Rochdale tram pulled up to the Cemetery Road stop in Droyslden.A...
Mum Hopes Cancer Plea Will Strike Cord ; . ?'Umbilical' Blood Needed
ACOUPLE who donated their daughter's umbilical cord blood to help people with cancer are urging other parents to do the same.New dad Paul Hickey, helps look after patients with blood cancers in his specialist nursing role at Manchester Royal Infirmary.So...
NEWCASTLE Sacked Steve McClaren Yesterday [...]
NEWCASTLE sacked Steve McClaren yesterday - after a run of results similar to Louis van Gaal's at United.McClaren, pictured, who succeeded John Carver at St James' Park in the summer, was axed by owner Mike Ashley after winning four of his past 15 Premier...
NOONAN: I WILL CLEAR MY NAME... ; . ?Jailed Gangster's Furious Rant from Jail Cell
JAILED gangster Domenyk Noonan has vowed to clear his name from behind bars.In a furious six-page letter sent to the M.E.N he slammed the police, the courts, his own lawyers, judges and his accusers.He wrote: "Now what I tell you will not come as a surprise because...
ON THE uP doWN
LUPITA NYONG'O SHE dazzled us in 12 Years a Slave and now the Star Wars actress, right, is the toast of Broadway starring in the harrowing all-woman drama Eclipsed.DIVORCE CAKES WE have recently discovered these to be a thing and, if we are honest, are...
Our Cost of Living Is Higher Than Rome or Berlin ; ?Economists Reveal That It's More Expensive to Live in Manchester Than Some of Europe's Biggest Cities
ECKON Manchester's cheap as chips? Think again.r Living in the city is now more expensive than in a raft of other European destinations, economists have revealed.Daily living expenses in Manchester outstrip Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Hamburg, Milan,...
Police in Piccadilly Gardens Stand-Off with '200 Children' ; ?Youngsters Held after Bust-Up in New McDonald's Branch Spills into City Centre Streets
ADRAMATIC police incident was sparked in Piccadilly Gardens after a bust-up involving a small group of teenagers span out of control.Police were called after a spat involving a group of secondary school pupils in the city centre's new branch of McDonald's yesterday...
Publican Fined for Pouring Too Much ; SARAH WALTERS Looks Back at What Was Making the News 100 Years Ago
THE FIRST "LONG PULL" CASE IN MANCHESTER The first case of its kind under the restriction order of the Central Board of Liquor Control relating to the giving of the "long pull" came before the City Stipendiary today.It was alleged that on two occasions...
Raise a Glass
- CAN you still get decent wine for a fiver? Remembering that more than 50 per cent of the cost of a Pounds 5 bottle of wine is tax and duty, it seems incredible that there's anything remotely drinkable out there at that price.And much of it isn't. What...
Record Store Day Is out of Key with Its Original Theme
THERE'S a Hello Kitty picture disc in this year's list of vinyl releases for Record Store Day on April 16. It's enough to make me think this annual celebration of the UK's remaining 200 independent record shops has finally lost the plot.Sat next to it:...
Saint Patrick's Day Delights. ; American Imen McDonnell Shows MARION MCMULLEN How to Give a Twist to Traditional Irish Food
ST PATRICk'S Day is nearly here and Imen McDonnell has some perfect recipes to celebrate on March 17.The American lives in County Limerick and her book The Farmette Cookbook: Recipes And Adventures From My Life On An Irish Farm (pictured right) is a...
Sale FC Hope to Head North by Beating South ; Local Rugby Union
SALE FC director of rugby Jonathan Keep says tomorrow's visit of South Leicester is the club's biggest game of the season.Sale dropped into the relegation zone last weekend after a 12-16 loss at home to Leicester Lions, but the league is so close, a...
Salford City Look to Tighten Their Grip on Second Spot
SALFORD CITY will look to strengthen their grip on second place in the Evo-Stik Premier when they visit Skelmersdale United today.The Ammies can still catch leaders Blyth but have focused on securing a play-off place, beating promotion rivals Ashton...
Six Drones to Own
With spring on the way and us finally ready to brave the great outdoors, now's the time to start thinking about investing in a drone. POLLY WEEKS looks at six of the best SKEYE NANO CAMERA DRONE (Pounds 59.99, from firebox.com) THIS little gizmo proves...
Soul and Spirit of Every Garden ; They Bring Colour, Character and Charm, So Sniff out Some of These Perfect Herbaceous Perennials and Wait for Their Moment to Shine in Your Plot
"There are countless varieties, varying from almost red to mysteriously lilac" - Carol Klein PEOPLE are always asking what my favourite plant is. I find it impossible to answer. Quite apart from the fact you'd be offending all the others if you chose...
TERRY STAYS IN THE SHADOWS ; . ?World Champ Flanagan Says He Isn't Interested in Fame
TERRY Flanagan insists he's happy to do without celebrity fans - even as his own profile rises.The WBO lightweight champion is adamant that fame will not change him.Wayne Rooney was at the Manchester Arena for Scott Quigg's clash with Carl Frampton last...
The Cruise Was Ruined for Me, No-One Would Come near Me, It Was like I Had the Plague. ; ?Blunder by Travel Agent Meant US Lawmen Thought Retired Policeman Was a Terrorist
ARETIRED police officer was quizzed by US authorities after a travel agent mistakenly ticked a box to say he WAS a terrorist.John McGarry arrived in New York for a Pounds 6,500 Caribbean cruise but was removed from the ship following the blunder.The...
The First City Club to Serve after Midnight ; Manchester Pop Trail
LAST month I carried a feature on the Manchester Festival of Music held at Platt Fields in August 1962.Featuring the best of the local Beat and Trad Jazz scene, it was the brainchild of local promoters Paddy McKiernan and Frank Booth. Frank made contact...
The Serious Art of Relaxing Can Really Take It out of You ; Decisions, Decisions. Where to Go for a Nap and Which Spa Treatments to Have. HELEN JOHNSON Braves the Luxury in Chester
YOU know it's going to be a good day when the most taxing decision you're going to have to make is where to take a nap.This was the enviable position my friend and I found ourselves in when we ventured to the Macdonald Craxton Wood hotel and spa, just outside...
THE WORD IS NOT GOOD FOR LOUIS ; FA CUP PREVIEW UNITED V WEST HAMAfter the Dismal Defeat against the Club's Bitter Rivals, a Succinct Intervention from a Dismissive Woodward May Signal the End
IT was one word and one word only but it spoke volumes - Louis van Gaal's tipping point is close.After United's pitiful, passionless and gutless surrender against Liverpool, I was making my way down the stairs at Anfield to the post press conference...
Things to Look out for at Norwich 5
BACK-TO-BACK WINS? CITY'S win over Aston Villa last time out means they go into the game with Norwich at Carrow Road with a chance to register back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since October.It's hard to believe that a squad as talented...
This Will Really Get Your Goat
LAST week I touched on the world of game simulators, and some of the weirdly wonderful 'virtual experiences' you can get your hands on.One of the oddest titles - in fact, one of the oddest games ever, is Goat Simulator. And it's just been released as...
Toure a Major Doubt for Euro Clash
YAYA Toure faces a race to be fit for City's Champions League tie with Dynamo Kiev after suffering a heel injury.The Ivorian international is definitely out of today's early kick- off against Norwich.City boss Manuel Pellegrini said he could not confirm...
UNDERGROUND MANCHESTER MAPPED OUT ... Beth Abbit
THE underground rivers, tunnels, shelters, mines and subterranean spaces of Manchester lie just inches from our feet - but remain unseen.Everything from nuclear bunkers to the Joy Division master tapes has been discovered just below the surface of the...
Valencia Eases Back after Five Months out with Injury
Liverpool U21............1 United U21.................1ANTONIO Valencia made his comeback after nearly five months on the sidelines as United U21s drew against Liverpool at Prenton Park.Valencia played for 45 minutes in his first outing since he suffered...
Warriors Terry Flanagan and Derry Mathews Set for War Tonight at Liverpool Echo Arena ; Liverpool Hero Vows to Take Title from Rival on Home Ground but Manchester's Unbeaten Lightweight Says He's Fitter, Faster and Stronger
MANCHESTER'S lightweight king Terry Flanagan marches into the lion's den this Saturday to defend his WBO world title against Merseyside hero Derry Mathews in a massive all-British blockbuster, live and exclusive on BoxNation.The unbeaten Ancoats star...
We'll Miss You, Fans Tell Magali
THE Real Housewives of Cheshire star Magali Gorre has received heartwarming messages from fans after it was announced that she's leaving the hit ITVBe show.And she was all smiles as she enjoyed a belated Mother's Day meal with her family at Victor's...
We Nearly Didn't Do Trainspotting ; Dance Duo Underworld Are Preparing to Tour the World with Their First Album in Six Years. Singer Karl Hyde Talks to MARION MCMULLEN about Turning Down Danny Boyle, the London Olympics and Going Big in Japan
OING things by the seat of their pants is a way of life for Underworld.d. Karl Hyde, laughing, admits he and fellow band member Rick Smith never take the easy option and they recently showcased music from their new album by headlining the BBC 6 Music...
What's a Marta? ; CORONATION STREET - ITV
WHEN Eileen and Phelan become an item - partly because she believes his web of lies about Anna fancying him and an alleged one night stand - Michael is also fuming over the turn of events.Meanwhile, Gemma's laziness and bad time keeping leads to David sacking...
Worker Stole iPads from Bin at School
ATHIEF who took broken iPads from a school bin was caught after he labelled them with his company's stickers and dumped them in a public bin.Steven James Thornley, 36, was paid to carry out work at St Anthony's Catholic Primary School, in Wythenshawe,...
You'resmarter for10 ; as More Than 22,000 Dogs and Their Owners Descend on Birmingham for Crufts 2016 This Week, MARION MCMULLEN Discovers That Dogs Really Are a Celebrity's Best Friend
LET THE DOGS OUT? 1who THREE police dog puppies had an arresting moment with Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden when she attended Crufts 2014 in Birmingham. The German Shepherds were keen to prove they were tail-wagging winners, but proved more...
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