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Articles from July 21, 2018

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May: EU must evolve THERESA MAY said the EU must change its negotiating position in response to the plans for a post-Brexit relationship she drew up at Chequers.The Prime Minister said: "It is now for the EU to respond - not simply to fall back on to...
All Geek to Me
STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION TERRA INCOGNITA #1 NEXT Gen comics are coming thick and fast this year, as writers seize on the popularity of the Mirror Universe to create some outstanding storylines.This new six-issue mini-series comes almost straight...
All Together Now
Now that's what I call a milestone! MARION MCMULLEN looks back on 35 years of hits as Now That's What I Call Music 100 is releasedPHIL COLLINS warned "You can't hurry love" as his hit song became the first track on the inaugural Now That's What I Call...
Angler Stabbed Nine Times in Random Attack
AN ANGLER was stabbed nine times by two strangers while fishing late at night at a park.Photos released by police show the victim's wounds after he was slashed across the shoulders and chest at Reddish Vale Country Park, Stockport, on Wednesday.The man,...
Ask the Expert
QMY baby is six weeks old and we're exhausted because of the sleepless nights. What is the best way to help her sleep longer? ABABY sleep expert Charmian Mead, author of 7pm to 7am Sleeping Baby Routine (Vermilion, £12.99), says: "Focusing on a structured...
A Very Special School
A SPECIAL needs high school 'where exceptional things happen' has been rated as outstanding for the FOURTH time in a row by inspectors.Staff and pupils at Piper Hill High School, in Newall Green, Wythenshawe, are celebrating the extraordinary feat after...
Back-to-Back Title Wins Is 'No Easy Feat'
CITY were without peers last season as they produced an extraordinary title win.But while Pep Guardiola was happy to admit it was an outstanding year, he has challenged his players to go down as a truly great team by winning it again - and again.If the...
Bear Witness
SARAH MARSHALL delves into a world of bears and bergs with polar addicts Chris Packham, Mark Carwardine and Paul GoldsteinSO vast it's almost overwhelming, uninterrupted sea ice stretches ahead of us, a blank canvas begging for a story to take shape....
Breaking America
The Bletchley Circle is back with an exciting spin-off series that sees the wartime codebreakers and sleuths head for San Francisco. Star Julie Graham talks to GEORGIA HUMPHREYS about why the female-led drama's return means so much to herJULIE GRAHAM...
Bushing the Boundaries
Forget fussy flowers, it's time to let fancy foliage come to the fore. These trouble-free shrubs will bring colour to your bedsSHRUBS bring structure, variety and shape to our beds and borders. But if you think that's where it ends, and the only way...
Calls for Canal Towpath to Become Cycle Path to City
THE Rochdale canal should be turned into a proper cycle route into the city centre, annoyed councillors have demanded, amid claims that the south of the city has been repeatedly prioritised for transport investment.Coun John Flanagan, who represents...
Celebs Style It Up at Champagne Blowout
MANCHESTER celebs and the city's fashion elite were out in force for the VIP launch of the venue billed as the "UK's first champagne blowout bar".The Real Housewives of Cheshire star Dawn Ward and her daughters Taylor and Darby were among the first to...
Chong's Attitude and Aptitude Impress Mourinho but Boss Believes He's One for the Future
JOSE Mourinho is keen to ensure Tahith Chong trains as much as possible with the United first-team but believes he is not physically ready to play competitive football.Chong, 18, made his senior bow as a second-half substitute in United's opening pre-season...
CITY IN THE USA Tour Diary
THE International Champions Cup organisers have a tough job at times, trying to sell games such as Borussia Dortmund v City to a largely disinterested American audience.Since we arrived in the Windy City, the only signs of there actually being a game...
'Columbine' Plot Boys Found Guilty
TWO 15-year-old boys who plotted to gun down innocent classmates in a replica version of the 1999 Columbine massacre have been given 10 and 12-year custodial sentences.Would-be murderers Thomas Wyllie and Alex Bolland were said to have "hero-worshipped"...
Cross Puts Down Marker with England Return
KATE Cross is hoping this summer's Kia Super League will help her further demonstrate an impressive career renaissance which included a return to England colours last week.The Lancashire Thunder seamer, a rare commodity in the Red Rose squad given their...
Devils Given Timely Boost Ahead of Trip to Dragons Den in France
SALFORD have been boosted by the return of Niall Evalds for the trip to the South of France to face Catalans Dragons this afternoon.The 24-year-old has been out of action for nine weeks with a broken leg, leaving the Red Devils short of a recognised...
Dog Attack Has Scarred Me for Life, Says Teenager
police appeal for dog's owners to come forward Roll back the years with our Nostalgia pull-out - every Wednesday in your M.E.N.A TEENAGER has been left 'scarred for life' after he was chased and attacked by a dog in the street.The 18-year-old was walking...
Driver Told She Won't Be Jailed for Causing Death of Great-Gran
A WOMAN found guilty of causing the death of a great-grandmother who she hit with her car as she crossed the road has been told she will not go to prison.Tina Singh, 39, denied causing the death of 79-year-old Sheila McGinty by careless driving.After...
Exciting Talent Chong Is Heading in Right Direction
A YEAR ago, Tahith Chong was in Austria, watching after recovering from a serious knee injury as his team-mates ran riot during United's academy and reserves' training camp in Obertraun.Now he is in the States on the club's pre-season tour, and the teenager...
Family Pay Tribute to Dad Killed in Road Smash
TRIBUTES have been paid to a dad-of-three who was killed in crash as he travelled home from work.Carl Sanders, 56, was fatally injured when his motorbike collided with a Ford Fiesta in Breightmet, Bolton, in the early hours of Sunday morning.His devastated...
Fearless Teen Chong Lets His Feet Do Talking
DAVID Beckham still squirms when he thinks back to his initiation at United as the senior figures in the dressing room roared him on while he did unthinkable things to a Clayton Blackmore calendar.Thankfully, times have changed. Indeed, Tahith Chong...
From Russia with Love
Producer Alexej Ignatow tells MARION MCMULLEN why he is passionate about bringing opera to the UK What makes you excitedWhat makes you excited about classical music? CLASSICAL music is timeless! When performing operas and ballets, it is always exciting...
GOLD PLATED by MARIANNA LONGO
EOPLE are forking out record amounts of money on personalised number plates.PA whopping £167.6 million was made from the sale of 381,856 personalised number plates in 2017/18.That's according to data obtained under Freedom of Information laws from the...
Gomes Is So Good!
guardiola considers french teenage star for first-team squad was snatched by Chelsea in a £57m deal. Guardiola also did not rule out City going back into the transfer market, even though at the moment they have no targets. "We will decide until the last...
Good Morning Britain Is Brave, Controversial and Combative, I'm Thrilled to Be Part of It
As she returns with another series of Eat, Shop, Save, Ranvir Singh talks to GEORGIA HUMPHREYS about bad diets, breakfast television and what it's really like working alongside Piers MorganEat, Shop, Save is back. What can we expect from series 2? IT'S...
Hart Makes Impression on Pep as He Joins City's Pre-Season
PEP Guardiola has praised Joe Hart's professionalism during pre-season training.And the City manager has made it plain that if the club cannot find a deal for the keeper - permanent or loan - he will be happy to keep him in his squad.Guardiola axed Hart...
Headline for 200 Story Sdgsdag Asdgsdg Row over Removal of Barrier to Create Road Link
OPPOSITION councillors are considering an appeal against a contentious decision to open a Wigan road link.The town hall's regulation committee last week voted to remove a barrier on Walthew House Lane to form a new access route to the Martland Mill Business...
How to Nominate for the National No2h8 Crime Awards 2018
THE National No2H8 Crime Awards 2018 is a celebration of those actively working to tackle hatred, intolerance and prejudice.If you know someone who has been active and exceptional in showing zero tolerance to hate crime, this is the perfect opportunity...
In Our Darkest Hour, the Spirit of Manchester Shone Though as a Beacon of Hope
THE morning of Tuesday May 23 is one I will never forget. Driving into Manchester city centre first thing in the morning, I felt sick to the pit of my stomach and didn't know what to expect. But as the day began, I began to hear the stories of what people...
It's All Here in Black and Fright
Inside and Limbo Nintendo Switch IN 2010, developers Playdead released Limbo - the tale of a young boy on the 'edge of hell' who sets out alone in search of his sister.Facing danger in many forms, the boy soldiers on as the forest gives way to a crumbling...
It's Doctor Hook as City's Music Icons Honoured
TWO Manchester music icons have been given honorary degrees by the University of Salford.New Order and Joy Division bassist Peter Hook has become Doctor Hook - with the award of an honorary doctorate.While former Stone Roses and Simply Red guitarist...
It's Granted - Lee Will Liven Up Old Trafford Dressing Room!
FRANK Ocean, ASAP Rocky, Big Sean...United's dressing room will get a welcome surprise when goalkeeper Lee Grant's pre-match playlist gets its first airing.Whether it is hip-hop, R&B, old-school garage, dubstep, drum and bass or house, the 35-year-old...
Jose's Long Glove Affair Means United Have a Strong Keeping Squad
JOSE Mourinho has presided over five contracts for United goalkeepers, but the announcement supporters are still awaiting is David de Gea's extension. The waiting should not last much longer.Any tweet which hosts the photo of him holding a pen in front...
Lescott Helps Prepare a New Blue Wave
JOLEON Lescott is helping to prepare the next generation of young Blues for professional careers.Former City defender Lescott, who was at the heart of Roberto Mancini's 2012 title winners, has taken up the role after some scouting work led to a conversation...
Liam Sparks Frenzy with Reunion Plea
OASIS fans have been teased for years.Will the supergroup ever get back together, or is it all just a definitely maybe? Swaggering frontman Liam Gallagher has hinted at a possible reunion before, but now he's come out and issued a direct plea to brother...
Little Gem of an Idea!
MANCHESTER'S office blocks and apartment towers are powering a regional economy like no other. That much is obvious. But could they also be growing salads? Experiments by an academic and a local property developer have revealed that city centre buildings...
Livingstone Lights Up Lancs in Roses Thriller
A RECORD crowd came to see Jos Buttler, and in the end were treated to a masterclass from Liam Livingstone and a thriller of a finish as Lancashire beat Yorkshire by one run off the final ball of their Vitality Blast clash at Emirates Old Trafford.The...
McKenna Already Having an Impact
PROUD Dave Garner reacted like any parent would when it is their kid's big moment. He shouted it from the rooftops. Or, as we all do nowadays, he posted it on social media.'Now it's been announced to his team-mates I can reveal that James Jimmy Garner,...
New Name for School as Co-Op Trust Takes Over
A ONCE struggling high school is changing its fortunes...and its name.Manchester Creative and Media Academy, in Blackley, will be known as Co-op Academy North Manchester from September.The high school was taken under the wing of the Co-operative Academies...
New Plan for the Factory Ready to Go into Production
SCALED-DOWN plans for Manchester's £111m new arts venue are to go before planners next week.The Factory - part of the new St John's on Quay Street's old Granada Studios site on Quay Street - had already been granted planning permission at the start of...
No One Should Be the Victim of Violence or Vile Taunts
GREAT Britain has a long and rich tradition of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.These rights are fundamental - not only to our democracy and to our success as a country, but to who we are as proud Brits.As the Mayor of London, I will always...
On the Surface We Look like a Pro on the Go
THERE are those who swear that the Surface is Microsoft's best ever product - a fantastic tablet that realises the dream of doing everything a laptop can with the added bonus of a touch-screen, stylus support, and an ultra-portable design.It's had one...
Pack Them In
AS HOLIDAY SEASON BEGINS, HANNAH STEPHENSON FLICKS THROUGH THE BEST BOOKS TO TO NAB FOR THE BEACH, PLANE OR POOLSIDESUITCASE packed for your summer hols? It's time to scan the bookshelves for some great reads while you're away.From sagas and dramas,...
Paedophile Football Coach Claimed to Be a Scout for City
A PAEDOPHILE football coach abused a young boy for three years after claiming to be a scout for Manchester City.William Toner, now 74, told the boy's parents their son had 'potential' after watching him play football in parks.But after he offered the...
Pep's Fears over Mental Burn-Out
PEP Guardiola is worried his World Cup stars might be suffering from mental burn-out when they return to training.The City boss has allowed his squad at least three weeks off following their adventures in Russia. And for those players who reached the...
Plan to Tackle Homes Shortage
A SCHEME to help residents struggling to find affordable homes has been launched by Trafford council.The council aims to tackle the borough's housing shortage by offering various housing types and urging developers to complete new schemes more quickly.The...
Popular Victor Faces Massive Season at Reds
WITH hours to go until the biggest game of his career, the World Cup final, Paul Pogba's phone buzzed. It was Victor Lindelof."Good luck, mate," the Whatsapp message read.Lindelof may have tasted the heartbreak of exiting the competition only a week...
Rain Is on Its Way at Last. but Next Week Will Be Dry
GREATER Manchester is bracing itself for heavy downpours this weekend.But don't worry, things are expected to dry up next week.Commuters were hit by showers yesterday afternoon.It came after extremely dry conditions across the country, with only 47mm...
Raise a Glass
I LOVE large format wines, such as magnums, for taking to parties, dinners and barbecues. They make a great showpiece for sharing around the table or popping in the ice bucket.That said I'm not quite sure how you'd get to a party carrying a Nebuchadnezza...
Real Tests Await Jose, and a Clash with Some Old Rivals
UNITED will face some old rivals during their tour of the States.They are warming up for the International Champions Cup with two games - yesterday's match with Club America in Phoenix and tomorrow's friendly against the San Jose Earthquakes at the Levi's...
Red Tape Means Stolen Van Could Be in Canal for Month
A STOLEN van dumped in a canal could be there for a MONTH, its owners say.The Volkswagen Transporter was found half-submerged in water off Wharf Street in Dukinfield.It was pinched from a Yorkshirebased company at the weekend before being abandoned in...
Robberies, Sex Offences and Knife Crime Rocket
ROBBERIES, sex offences and violent attacks have rocketed in Greater Manchester - and serious knife crime is at its highest in seven years.New figures show overall recorded crime in the region increased by 27 per cent in the year to March 31.Our communities...
Sanchez Will Fly Straight into United's Friendly Team
ALEXIS Sanchez could figure in United's second pre-season fixture against San Jose Earthquakes tomorrow.Sanchez was unable to travel to the United States last week due to a visa issue but he was scheduled to fly to Los Angeles yesterday and link up with...
Shady Dealings Need a Little Extra Effort
WHILE the mercury continues to rise, a shady spot in your outdoor space provides a welcoming retreat, whether under a canopy of trees or a pergola.Here, Mark Sage, head of horticulture at Wyevale Garden Centres (wyevalegardencentres.co.uk), offers some...
Show Buzz
SIR DEREK JACOBI, above, will be heard at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival next month... as part of a pub theatre company production.He has recorded the voice of old Hamlet for the world premiere of a new adaptation of Shakespeare's famous tragedy called...
Shy Williams Making Fast Progress at Reds
IT was nearly four years ago that a then 15-year-old schoolboy Ro-Shaun Williams traipsed around Hough End Fields in Manchester during the summer holidays for some photographs.He crouched down to strike the sprinter's pose but stayed stoic despite the...
Standing Firm in the Face of Hate
AS WE LAUNCH THE NO2H8 CRIME AWARDS 2018, ROS WYNNE-JONES EXPLAINS WHY WE SHOULD HONOUR THOSE FIGHTING HATE AND DIVISIONTHIS week started with the image of a young Muslim bus driver surrounded by a far-right hate mob. It ended with a man's conviction...
Sun, Sea and Sounds
THE fabric was far too flimsy for my liking but I resisted the urge to change into something more conservative and wrapped the bikini drawstrings around my neck. I finished the look off with a matching sarong and some towering wedges.Finally, after making...
Talking BETTING
CITY are odds on to retain the Premier League title - and until this week I fully expected it would be United mounting the biggest challenge.But I tell you what, and being a United fan this saddens me greatly, I think it will be Liverpool who will end...
Tech That
APPLE'S BACK TO SCHOOL OFFERS APPLE offers deals for students each summer and has just revealed its offers for 2018.If you're looking for a Mac, you can get up to £270 off eligible computers, plus a pair of Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones in the new...
Throw Some Shade with a Super Sun Hat
HOW big should a sun hat be? Well, according to the trend started by uber-cool French brand Jacquemus, as long as it creates enough shade for you and your entire family then that's just about right.The fashion house's extraordinary, 'La Bomba' straw...
Tin Star
IF there's ever been a good rule for Monday to Friday mealtimes, it should be Rukmini Iyer's. "Weeknight dinners shouldn't be s**t," says the food stylist and cook, over her homemade Bourbon biscuits. "They should be nice, but low effort."The 33-year-old,...
Top Tips for Safely Serving Food Al Fresco
WARM weather is an invitation to fire up the garden grill with family and friends, but every year there are barbecue's which end in cases of food poisoning.The common illness, which is caused by bacteria or other toxins hidden in contaminated food, can...
Tourist Cuts Short Hol after Robbery Terror
A TOURIST cut short his holiday to Manchester and said he was too scared to return after being attacked by a gang who preyed on victims late at night in Piccadilly Gardens.One of the gang, Rui Simoes, 21, has now been jailed for four years after being...
Travel News
BARGAINS AT BUTLIN'S has extended its 'up to 50% off sale' meaning summer break deals are available if you book before midnight on Tuesday July 24.With this deal a family of four can enjoy three nights at any of Butlin's three seaside resorts (Bognor...
Tribute to Crusader with Passion for Social Justice
A crusading housing boss and former councillor who took his own life has received a posthumous award from the University of Salford.In an emotional ceremony Paul Longshaw's daughter, Ella, accepted an Alumni Achievement Award, recognising her father's...
United Are Up against 18 of World's Best Teams in ICC Tournament
SO what is the International Champions Cup? The tournament brings together most of the world's biggest clubs for a pre-season competition played on three continents.The 18 teams - which include United, City Real Madrid, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain,...
Urgent Appeal to Fill Food Banks for Summer Holidays
AN urgent campaign has been launched to fill food banks across Greater Manchester.Charities warn that as the summer holidays start and school terms end, many vulnerable families will face crisis and hunger.The appeal comes as one food bank reveals recent...
Warnings Issued as Heatwave Helps Toxic Weed Make Comeback
TOXIC Giant Hogweed, a plant which can burn the skin and cause horrific blistering, has been spotted again in Salford.City chiefs are warning people to stay away from the plant after it was discovered at Clifton Country Park and along the River Irwell...
We Are Wired to Survive and Fight for What We Believe In
Orange Is The New Black has made waves thanks to its powerful themes, diverse cast and break-out stars. GEORGIA HUMPHREYS finds out from some of the cast why series six might be the darkest yet, plus what they've learnt from their roles in the prison...
Your Plants Die as Water Is Still Used for Fracking
VIEWPOINTS Write to: Viewpoints, M.E.N, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Avenue, Oldham, OL9 8EF Or email: viewpoints@men-news.co.ukMILLIONS face a hosepipe ban and sigh over their gardens and allotments facing drought; not everybody can run up and down...
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