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Articles from June 3, 2016

10 Months and Pounds 6m Later, Sinkhole Road Set to Open ; UNITED UTILITIES SAY IT'S THE BIGGEST EMERGENCY REPAIR THEY'VE EVER HAD TO DO
Sewer repairs at the site earlier this year IT'S taken almost a year and Pounds 6million to resolve.The now-famous Mancunian Way sinkhole, which opened in torrential downpours on August 14 last year, caused as many problems for motorists as it did headaches...
48 Hours Inthecity WHAT'S COMING UP OVER THE NEXT TWO DAYS
FESTIVAL / IRLAM LIVE Spandau Ballet crooner Tony Hadley, right, is the big draw for this three-day music spectacular at Irlam's Prince's Park. The festival kicks off with a 'Fake Friday' line-up of tribute acts (Bon Giovi, State of Quo, Supreme Queen),...
Ac/dc's New Gun Axl about to Rock the Etihad
IF Adam Lambert can fill the shoes of Freddie Mercury and The Cult's frontman Ian Astbury can convincingly stand in for Jim Morrison to perform with The Doors' Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek, then we are fairly sure that Axl Rose can ably take the spot...
A Fine Bromance
GOOD things come to those who wait. Every decade, filmmaker Shane Black unspools a deliciously off-kilter buddy action comedy that plays fast and loose with the conventions of the genre.In 1996, he penned The Long Kiss Goodnight, starring Geena Davis...
All Four Full-Backs Are over 30 and Guardiola Favours a High-Intensity, Fast-Paced Match
PEP Guardiola doesn't officially take over at City until July 1 - but his preparations are well under way following the signing of Ilkay Gundogan.The Guardiola era is off and running following the purchase of the German midfielder from Borussia Dortmund...
All You Need to Know about Stadium Concert
How do I get to the Etihad Stadium? The Etihad is in East Manchester - not too far from the city centre but far enough that you probably won't want to walk it.If you do, though, there is a safe, well lit and signposted walking route available from Manchester...
Animal Smugglers Caused Harrowing Suffering ; COUPLE RAN ILLEGAL 'PET SHOP' WHERE DOGS WERE SICK AND DYING
A COUPLE who ran an illegal pet shop from their home smuggled dogs from Eastern Europe, passed them off as pedigree hounds and kept sick and dying animals in harrowing conditions.The lucrative sales and breeding enterprise run by Laura Kiselova- Tite,...
Artsnotes
Classical / RNCM Day of Song This year exploring how great poets have influenced great composers, the RNCM Day of Song returns with another jam-packed day of musical wonderment. Highlights include a recital from young English baritone and RNCM alumnus...
BBC Exec to Lead the Factory's Programme
MANCHESTER'S Pounds 110m new theatre and arts centre The Factory has announced its first major appointment.BBC England chief operating officer Jenny Baxter will take up the position of project director at the cutting-edge cultural hub set to be built...
Buses Go Slower Than Ever on City's Congested Roads
BUSES are slower than ever in Greater Manchester...and road works and delivery vans are to blame.That's according to a new report examining the impact of road congestion on bus times and passengers.Transport experts say road congestion is slowing average...
Buster Goes from a Dog's Life to the Lap of Luxury. ; ANIMAL RESCUED FROM CRUEL OWNERS IS NOW CRUISING THE MED WITH HIS NEW FAMILY
THIS charming photograph shows a happy dog enjoying a luxury life on the Mediterranean - just months after he was left starving.Snapped wearing a lifejacket on a yacht, Buster has transformed from the miserably ill pet he was at the hands of his former...
Celebration Countdown
4 days to go Send a party reminder to all your neighbours. Ask them to move their cars the night before so the street will be ready.3 days to go 3 days to go Hit the high street and scour local charity shops for any last-minute bits and pieces you might...
CITYLIFE /Film
WARCRAFT: THE BEGINNING STARRING: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell, Dominic Cooper, Ben Foster, Ben Schnetzer, Daniel Wu, Ruth Negga, Anna Galvin, Burkely Duffield, Clancy Brown.DIRECTOR: Duncan Jones. CERTIFICATE: 12A (123 mins) HH THE power of...
CITYLIFE /Film[.] ; FILMNOTES
LOVE & FRIENDSHIP (U) HHHH LADY Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) is concerned about the rumours that have begun to circulate about her relationship with smitten suitor Lord Manwaring (Lochlann O'Mearain). She seeks refuge with her late husband's family...
Citylife /the Weekend ; Saturdaynotes
Festival / Grub Blast From The Past The brilliant pop-up food and markets event that is Grub - now a regular in spots like Sadler's Yard and over at Runaway Brewery - is really raising the bar at this event. There's the usual top quality street food...
CITYLIFE /the Weekend ; SUNDAYNOTES
Gig / Steve Vai You won't see a list of the greatest guitarists in the world today that doesn't include the name Steve Vai. A true virtuoso and a renowned composer, Vai - who began his music career as an 18-year-old working for the great Frank Zappa...
Clubbingnotes
Clubnight / Break Stuff The massively fun nu metal revival night finally gets around to celebrating absolute giants of the scene System Of A Down, pictured above, who, along with Linkin Park, get a whole hour of this very loud session dedicated to them.-...
COLEEN Rooney Has Revealed [...] ; THE DIARY Got a Story? Email: Katie.Fitzpatrick@trinitymirror.Com Phone: 0161 211 2816 Twitter: @CelebManchester See More Celebrity Pictures, Videos and Interviews Online At: Manchestereveningnews.Co.UK THE DIARY Katie Fitzpatrickwith All the Inside Stories
COLEEN Rooney has revealed for first time how she achieved her enviable post baby body.The uber-stylish wife of Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney, pictured, has spoken out about her fitness regime after giving birth to her third son Kit in January.The...
Commercial Lending to NW Region Is Rising
THE Northern Powerhouse is holding onto its share of the UK's commercial property lending in the face of a tidal wave of lending to London.Latest figures show that whilst lending to commercial property is up sharply, London's share of the pot is growing...
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Crawl Your Way around Chorlton
CHORLTON. Everyone has an opinion about Chorlton. Many people think it's just full of hipsters and hippies, but they'd be wrong(ish). It also has loads of bars and pubs. LOADS.Real ale, craft beer, speciality spirits, and decent pub food to boot mean...
Devils Hit with Blow as Lee out for Season ; Reds Looking to Make It Three Wins on the Bounce
SALFORD Red Devils head coach Ian Watson has confirmed that he is doubtful captain Tommy Lee will return from injury this season.Lee has been absent since he was taken off injured in his first game back from injury against Hull Kingston Rovers in April's...
Door Opens on City's Past with Cocktail Bar Launch
MANCHESTER'S newest cocktail bar Red Door will bring back (hazy) memories for anyone who remembers it in its original guise of JW Johnsons when it opens next week.Not least for director Dave Hinds, who first took over the Deansgate site together with...
Fangs for My Life in Limelight Gemma Dunn ; Paula Patton's Personal Life May Have Had a Setback but Her Movie Screen Career Is Soaring. the Warcraft Star Tells Gemma Dunn Why It's Important to Stay Thankful
PAULA Patton has hit the headlines in recent years, due to her highprofile divorce from Blurred Lines singer Robin Thicke, but the American actress isn't about to let the press attention consume her."You have to know what you're getting into when you...
Get Set for Summer ; Is the Impending Feet and Flesh-Bearing Season Bringing You out in a Sweat? Here's KATIE WRIGHT'S Guide to Being Skirt-and-Sandals-Ready in a Flash
IS THE excitement of digging out your favourite summer sandals, or premiering your new purchases tempered by the fear of going tights-free after months of sun deprivation? What you need is a bit of below-the-knee TLC. But that doesn't mean shelling out...
History Plays Tell City's Story ; Festival Celebrating the Past Has a Series of Productions That Give Audiences a Glimpse of Yesteryear
IF you like your theatre to have a little historic clout, then the programme at Manchester Histories Festival is right up your street. You'll find many different approaches to these historic moments, too - from honest portrayals of real working life...
'I Have Come to Win and Play Beautiful Game'
ILKAY Gundogan has promised to bring 'beautiful' football to City - and believes Pep Guardiola is the man to deliver a first Champions League trophy to Etihad.The German international completed a move from Borussia Dortmund on Thursday - revealing the...
'I'll Fight for Us to Keep All Our Lotto Sales Cash'
MAYORAL hopeful Ivan Lewis is calling for ALL money raised from lottery tickets in Greater Manchester to be kept here - so it can be spent on local good causes, especially mental health and homelessness.Mr Lewis, who is running to become Labour's candidate...
Insects on the Menu at 'Pestaurant' ; POP-UP EATERIE WITH A DIFFERENCE SET TO MAKE A RETURN
BRAVE Didsbury diners can test their tastebuds with ant lollipops, bacon 'n' cheese crickets and salt 'n' vinegar crickets this month.The infamous 'Pestaurant' will return to the village as part of this year's Didsbury Open Gardens event.Staff at the...
It's Time to Say '#Iwill' to Making a Difference
THOUSANDS of young people across Manchester are already making a positive difference in their communities - but the Manchester Evening News is backing a campaign to inspire even more young volunteers.This is why we have launched the #iwill campaign -...
I've Gone from Selling Pies to Chasing America's Stormy Skies ; GREGGS WORKER STEVIE SAVES UP TO TRAVEL TO TEXAS IN SEARCH OF TORNADOS AND EXTREME WEATHER
BY day Stevie Grant serves pasties and sausage rolls in Greggs... but at night he plots his next storm-chasing adventure.The 27-year-old from Denton is a familiar face to customers at the food chain's Arndale centre store.But during his holiday months,...
'I Woke Up and He Was Just over the Top of Me' ; ALLEGED VICTIM OF 'DOUBLE SEX ATTACKER' GIVES EVIDENCE
A YOUNG woman alleged to be one of two students to fall victim to sex attacks on the same night in halls of residence has described waking up to find a stranger lying on top of her.Zubair Pervez, 21, of Hayes, Middlesex, is alleged to have subjected...
Lancs Bid to End Run of Two Straight Defeats at Twenty20 ; CRICKET GRAHAM HARDCASTLE
ASHLEY Giles hopes the positive vibes surrounding Lancashire's Championship form can transfer over to Twenty20 cricket as they bid to kick-start their NatWest Blast campaign against Yorkshire tonight.The Lightning are bidding to end a run of two defeats...
Latics Boss Believes He Couldn't Take Football Club Any Further
JOHN Sheridan has revealed he left Oldham Athletic because he felt he couldn't take the club any further.The 51-year-old departed Latics late last month to drop down a division and take over at League Two side Notts County.Sheridan had only arrived at...
Leigh Look to Strengthen with Addition of Half-Back Burns on Loan
LEIGH Centurions have further strengthened their ranks ahead of the Middle 8s with the capture of St Helens half-back Travis Burns on loan until the end of the season.The hugely experienced Australian joined Saints from Hull KR ahead of the 2015 Super...
Louise Is on Form for Glory ; Fulfilling an Olympic Dream Requires Sacrifice and Hard Work, but Also Tons of Family Love and Support
Louise McColgan's collection of trophies and medals is impressively vast, but the ambitious young gymnast sees her success so far as only the beginning.She rarely reminisces on her many triumphs and instead focuses her thoughts only on future goals.Louise,...
Man, 94, Is Left Fighting for Life after Home Attack
A 94-YEAR-OLD man is fighting for his life in hospital after being robbed and attacked in his own home.The pensioner was hit in the face and pinned to the floor as robbers ransacked his house at around 4am on Sunday.Police say the elderly victim is in...
More Must Be Done to Stop These Deaths
GRIEVING friends of heartbroken father Alan Wise, whose daughter fell to her death following an 18-month battle get help counselling for depression, have joined with mental health campaigners to ask: "How many more?" The Manchester music mogul passed...
Mourinho Will Jettison the Deadwood, Claims Duff
JOSE Mourinho could sell eight United players during the summer transfer window, according to Damien Duff.Duff worked with Mourinho for two years at Chelsea before he was sold to Newcastle in 2006 and saw the Portuguese gradually develop a title-winning...
Musical Riches to Be Unearthed in Chester
CHESTER is celebrating its annual music festival, and a number of our city's finest are playing there.The 11-day programme features Manchester Camerata in two symphony concerts at St Thomas's Church, Parkgate Road, with four young conductors being put...
Musicnotes
Touring / Television Arguably the most innovative band of the mid- '70s New York punk scene, Television's blend of killer pop nous and guitar virtuosity was most joyously showcased on their seminal debut album Marquee Moon. Famously workshy, the band's...
New Flats Are 'Ghetto for the Rich' ; 1,300 APARTMENT DEVELOPMENT BLASTED FOR HAVING NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING
MORE than 1,300 new city centre apartments have been given the green light - despite fury that not one of them will be affordable housing.Circle Square, on Oxford Road's former BBC site, will include a 36-storey skyscraper, park, offices, a multi-storey...
News Grid ; Alexandra Rucki with the Stories That Broke across the City over the Last 24 Hours
FESTIVAL CAMP COULD BE 'DISASTER' Concerned villagers living next door to an unofficial festival campsite say they fear the scheme is a 'disaster waiting to happen'. Worried residents say the unofficial camping site has electricity pylons and a large...
On the Bright Side of Funny ; Bright Club's Humour with a Brain Is Giving Stand-Up Fans Something to Think About
ASTAND-UP show for brainiacs is bringing the funny out of our city's finest researchers. The first rule of Bright Club Manchester: the three As of comedy - attitude, anecdotes, and after thoughts. The concept, says co-organiser, historian and club compere...
Pereira Is Relishing Arrival of New Man at OT Helm
ANDREAS Pereira is optimistic about his chances of more gametime under Jose Mourinho following his appointment as United manager.Pereira made just two starts under Louis van Gaal in 2015-16 and was excluded from all but one of the last 17 matchday squads...
Pounds 1.3m Price Tag on LS Lowry's Beach Painting
AN LS Lowry painting which has never been seen in public before is expected to fetch at least Pounds 1.3m.It is among a group of three works by the artist to be auctioned at Christie's in London later this month.Well known for his industrial landscapes,...
Rashford Deserves His Chance - Rooney
MARCUS Rashford's 'special qualities' sealed his inclusion in England's 23-man Euro 2016 squad.The United striker enjoyed a stratospheric start to his career, scoring on his career, Premier League and Manchester derby debuts, as well as winning the FA...
Ricky Tucks into a Truly Knockout Breakfast! ; BOXER TAKES ON A 2,500-CALORIE FEAST WHILE ON HIS HOLIDAYS IN BENIDORM
Scale WE all know former boxing champ Ricky Hatton loves his grub - as this whopping 2,500 calorie full English breakfast shows.The Hitman took on the heavyweight eating challenge during a holiday in Benidorm, Spain, with his son.Weighing in at a staggering...
Shot from All Sides
WHETHER you like your whisky by the wee dram or in a fleshy Old Fashioned cocktail, the first (of what the organisers hope will become an annual) Whisky Festival opens on Sunday.Organised by Northern Quarter bar Whiskey Jar (while we remain perplexed...
Simple Movie Is a Doomed Affair
ME BEFORE YOU STARRING: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Stephen Peacocke, Matthew Lewis, Charles Dance, Janet McTeer, Brendan Coyle, Samantha Spiro, Jenna Coleman, Vanessa Kirby.DIRECTOR: Thea Sharrock. CERTIFICATE: 12A (110mins) HHH ADAPTED from the bestselling...
Smalling's Late Show Is Enough for Three Lions ; Rooney Admits England Must Improve after Lacklustre Performance at Wembley
ENGLAND and United captain Wayne Rooney admits England need to improve following a lacklustre 1-0 victory against 10-man Portugal at Wembley.Rooney started in a front-three with Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy, but Roy Hodgson's side lacked a cutting edge...
Soap Watch ; Your Guide to All the Drama in the Square, on the Cobbles and in the Dales
EMMERDALE ITV, 7pm and 8pm BAD boy Cain now has the photo evidence of Belle and Bailey - but what is he going to do with it? Cain tells Lachlan the less he knows the better, and marches off to confront Bailey about sleeping with Belle in front of his...
Soldiers' Stories Will Take Centre Stage at Somme Memorial Night
THE stories from the Battle of the Somme will be retold at a national tribute ceremony in Manchester.Heaton Park was used as a training camp and base for the Manchester Pals in the First World War. And the huge park in north Manchester now will host...
Soul of Music Is Northern
SCOTTISH broadcaster Stuart Cosgrove is devotee of the northern soul scene and an avid collector of rare soul. As his new book, Young Soul Rebels: A Personal History Of Northern Soul, hits the shelves this month, he recalls Manchester's great soul tradition...
Taking It to the MAX on Road Trip Challenge
NOW, we give all our test cars a thorough workout to get the lowdown for readers but this week's motor faced a particularly daunting challenge.I was lucky enough to be offered a long weekend break to try out a newly-refurbished seaside hotel with 'Her...
Talking BETTING
IT is sadly looking like Ryan Giggs' glorious history-making 29- year career at United is coming to the end.He was one of my favourite ever players who was intelligent enough to re-invent his game, thus prolonging his career to make a record 963 appearances...
Teen Learning His Craft from Best in Business ; UNITED SPECIAL
TIMOTHY Fosu-Mensah is 'curious' about working with Jose Mourinho and determined to become a 'top player' at United.The 18-year-old enjoyed an excellent start to his professional career, making ten appearances in three months and performing outstandingly...
Theatrenotes
Touring / Hamlet & All's Well That Ends Well Celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death, Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory and Tobacco Factory Theatres are presenting a choice of two stellar productions at The Lowry. Both directed by Andrew...
THE JOHNSONS Our Smart Meter Has Taught Us All about How We Use Gas and Electricity
Graham Johnson, 56, a finance professional, lives in a four- bedroom terraced house with his wife, Michaela, and daughters Anastazia, 12 and Katerina, 8. "It's only been four months since we had our smart meters installed by our new energy company, but...
The Pain Behind the Smiles ; PICK OF THE DAY KAREN CARPENTER: GOODBYE TO LOVE Channel 5, 9pm
LET'S get one thing established straight away. The Carpenters are cool. I don't care that their music was "easy-listening", and ok, they weren't exactly Lennon and McCartney or Simon and Garfunkel, but American siblings Karen and Richard knew how to...
The Turtles Return for a Lacklustre Sequel
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS STARRING: Megan Fox, Stephen Amell, Brian Tee, Tyler Perry, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Danny Woodburn, Laura Linney, Stephen Farrelly, Gary Anthony Williams, Will Arnett and...
The Upper Crust of Little Italy
ANCOATS, the area of Manchester known as Little Italy in the late 19th century seems like the perfect spot for Rudy's Neapolitan Pizza. Based on Cutting Room Square, Jim Morgan and Kate Wilson's reputation as pizza obsessives preceded them, as they opened...
Three Options in Bid to Save Kids' Hospice ; Writing off Debts of Pounds 325,000 Will Be Vital If Troubled Centre Is to Open
THREE options are under consideration in a bid to save a children's hospice which should have opened two years ago.Grace's Place in Dumers Lane, Radcliffe, was refurbished at a cost of Pounds 1.2m, yet stands empty.Backed by Radio 2 DJ, Sarah Cox, the...
Unofficial Parklife Campsite a 'Disaster Waiting to Happen'
CONCERNED villagers living next door to an unofficial festival campsite say they fear the scheme is a 'disaster waiting to happen'.Event Campsites is placing a campsite for up to 1,000 revellers next to the Parklife festival site at Heaton Park.Parklife...
US Company Splashes out on Shower Manufacturer
HUGHES Safety Showers has been snapped up by a US firm for an undisclosed sum.The Stockport based manufacturer of emergency safety showers is now part of the $120m turnover Justrite Manufacturing Company, which is headquartered in Chicago, US.As part...
VENUS GOES BACK TO ITS ROOTS ; Club Freshens Its Feel by Returning to What It Does Best
N life - and perhaps especially in the fashion-led world of clubbing - it seems there is a constant pressure to try new things and innovate.IBut what if a desire to go back to your roots is a conscious decision? That's the choice Venus are making over...
We Begged Doctors to Keep Craig at Unit, but Hours Later He Was Dead
THE family of a man who killed himself less than two hours after being discharged from a mental health unit have slated the system saying he should have never been allowed to leave.Craig Creedon died from multiple injuries after jumping in front of a...
We Pick Our Top Brews at Stockport Beer Fest ; CITYLIFE /Food and Drink
STOCKPORT Beer and Cider Festival is back for its 30th year this weekend at the town's Edgeley Park stadium.The annual booze bonanza will showcase the best of the town's breweries including Fool Hardy, Quantum, Robinsons, Watts Brewing, Cryptic and Stockport...
When Virtual Meets Reality ; GRAN TURISMO SPORT IS NO MERE GAME; IT OFFERS RACERS THE CHANCE TO GAIN A REAL-LIFE RACING LICENCE
COMPUTER games have come a long way in a very short space of time. Just as the power and capacity of home machines has increased exponentially over the last 30 years, the gaming industry has exploited the regular advances. Amongst games dedicated to...
Why Watt's Swapped Rave Clubs for Folk ; New Solo Work from Everything but the Girl's Singer Songwriter
SONGWRITER Ben Watt is reflecting on the somewhat strange duality of his music career over the past decade. A man who, in the last few years, has swapped life as a club DJ/promoter for his current existence as a folk-hued singer-songwriter, the 53-year-old...
Winning Formula ; BUILT ALONGSIDE ITS F1 OPERATION, THE 570GT IS MCLAREN'S LATEST SOUGHT-AFTER SUPERCAR
EVERY gram counts. It's a philosophy that has seen McLaren glide from Grand Prix glory to becoming one of the world's most sought- after supercar brands - in just six years.British-built alongside the F1 operation at a state of the art production facility...
Woman Stole Mum's Pounds 9k While She Was in Hospital ; 'GRAVE BETRAYAL OF TRUST' BY DAUGHTER WHO DREW OUT MONEY TO BUY COCAINE AS HER MOTHER RECOVERED FROM STROKE
A WOMAN stole more than Pounds 9,000 belonging to her mother while she was in hospital recovering from a stroke and blew it on cocaine.It was a "grave betrayal of trust" but the couple were still in a relationship a judge heard at Manchester and Salford...
Worth the Wait? ; IT TOOK MAZDA AN INCREDIBLY LONG TIME TO ENTER THE CROSSOVER MARKET, BUT THE CX-5 QUICKLY BECAME A HUGELY POPULAR MODEL
SHOULD you ever be late for an appointment, then it's always better if you have a good excuse. at was the situation Mazda found themselves in after taking their time to join the compact crossover revolution that has swept the SUV market.For until 2012,...
You Can Be a Past Master ; All aboard to Get Hands on at City's Histories Festival
IT'S all well and good reading about the city's history, but this year Manchester Histories Festival has better opportunities than ever for you to get stuck in.Here are the best events you can get involved with at this year's festival - which can all...
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