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Articles from December 15, 2018

All Geek to Me
BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1 THIS brooding DC tale emerges from the Dark Nights: Metal, and sees Bruce Wayne come face to face with the horrors of the dark Multiverse.He discovers that not only did the Batman Who Laughs survive the battle with The Joker, but...
All I Want in My Stocking This Year. Is
Aapproaches, there are so many new books to put on those wish lists, from cookery inspiration to the latest nail-biting page-turners.And whether you're shopping for gifts or looking to stock up your own reading pile, who better to ask for inspiration...
Ask the Expert
QTHE children who live in the house next door always appear dirty and seem hungry and I know my neighbour leaves them on their own a lot, despite the oldest only being eight. I don't want to get her into trouble, but I really do feel I shouldn't ignore...
A Vintage Adventure
ATEQUILA sunset retreats from the skies over the vineyard as Ken Forrester unfurls his passion for wine in terms worthy of one of his acclaimed vintages.The seasoned winemaker travels the world as the figurehead of his award-winning brand, most noted...
Belle Vue Boss Reveals Aces Line-Up for 2019
BELLE Vue Aces have announced their line-up for next season after revealing the final five members of their team.Director of speedway Mark Lemon had already confirmed Max Fricke and Kenneth Bjerre as their two senior riders for 2019.And they will be...
Blue-Dolph!
CITY teams have taken time out of training this week to spread some Christmas cheer in hospitals across the city.Pep Guardiola and his first team players were at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital on Thursday to surprise youngsters - with Kevin...
Brothers to Share Vintage Moment against Bordeaux
BROTHERLY love will not stop Sam and Luke James from being forthright with each other as the pair look to continue to build on their centre partnership for Sale against Bordeaux today.Sharks welcome the French outfit to the AJ Bell Stadium for the reverse...
Cheshire Rivals and Ammies in FA Trophy Fixtures
ONLY Salford City, Altrincham and Stockport County have made it to the first round of the FA Trophy, and the latter two have been drawn to face each other at Moss Lane today.The Cheshire rivals will not play each other in the league until Boxing Day,...
City Launches Bid to Host ATP Tour Finals
MANCHESTER is hoping to pull off a huge coup by landing the ATP Tour Finals.The prestigious end-of-season tournament - which sees the top eight male tennis players face off - is to be held at the O2 Arena in London through to 2020. That deal could be...
Corrections and Complaints
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...
Council to Splash out Another £280,000 on Pool Expansion
COUNCIL bosses have agreed to invest a further quarter-of-amillion pounds to ensure a longdelayed expansion to Hyde pool can progress.Members of Tameside's executive cabinet opted to increase the budget for the extension of the leisure facility by a...
Dad's Heartbreaking Tribute to Boxer Trent
THE dad of tragic boxer Trent Warburton moved a crowd of hundreds to tears as he read an emotional poem at his funeral.Terry Warburton bravely spoke to a packed service of at least 500 people at St Mary's with St Patrick's church in Oldham.Earlier, the...
Dad's Vile Slur in Brawl with Boy, 15
A DAD who assaulted a 15-year-old and called him a 'black ****' in a brawl has walked free after a judge accepted that it was a 'heat of the moment' attack.Dale Hart, 29, threw punches at the 15-year-old after he thought the boy had accidentally pushed...
Disgraced Ex-Blues Ace Caught Drink-Driving
A DISGRACED ex-Manchester City footballer who was locked up for killing a brother and sister in a road smash is facing jail after being caught drink-driving following a night out at the Christmas markets.Courtney Meppen-Walter, 24, was found to be more...
Don't Get Exhausted Finding Cheap Parking
DESPITE the expanding tram network, two major railway hubs and Europe's busiest bus route, Manchester is still very much a car city. Many visitors from near and far often prefer to use a vehicle to travel into the city centre for work or pleasure, despite...
Double Injury Boost for KDB and Aguero
KEVIN DE BRUYNE and Sergio Aguero could return for City against Everton today after coming through training.Both players have come through two sessions without feeling any discomfort and they could hand Pep Guardiola a major boost as he deals with an...
Emmeline Reaches out to a New Generation
A STATUE of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst has been unveiled at St Peter's Square in front of thousands of people.It is the first statue of a woman in Manchester since Queen Victoria was unveiled in Piccadilly Gardens in 1901.The bronze statue by sculptor...
Feisty May's Final Push for Brexit
BRITAIN is to have talks with the EU over the coming days about how to obtain "further assurances" which might persuade MPs to back the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, Theresa May has said.In a press conference at the end of a European Council summit in...
Football Club Complaining to Police over 'Kettling' of Fans
A FOOTBALL club will be complaining to Greater Manchester Police after a group of around 80 fans were sent home before their match with Stockport County.Chester FC supporters had travelled by train for the Vanarama National League North clash at Edgeley...
Friends Re-UNITED as Fergie Meets Class Act
SIR Alex Ferguson was surprised by members of United's Class of '92 at The Ivy in Manchester city centre.Former United players Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt all arrived at the newly opened restaurant in Spinningfields before their...
General Knowledge Quiz
1. In Greek mythology which many-headed monster was killed by Heracles as one of his 12 labours? A Gorgon B Hydra C Medusa D Phoenix 2. Which unit of magnetic flux is represented by the symbol Wb? A Webbrosis B Weber C Wab D Wibricity 3. To which island...
Goater: Sterling's Smiles Ahead with His Reaction
CITY legend Shaun Goater says Raheem Sterling is a 'winner' for his reaction to the alleged abuse he received at Chelsea, and hopes by speaking out the winger could have created a watershed moment in football.Goater was talking at the M.E.N.'s Talking...
Guardiola Believes Kev Injury Could Be a Blessing
PEP Guardiola believes Kevin de Bruyne's absence in the first half of the season could have helped City.The Belgian was superb last year, driving the club to their third Premier League title in seven seasons with a relentless string of outstanding performances.He...
Hate Sprouts? Growing Your Own Might Change Your Mind
RESEARCH suggests Brussels sprouts could disappear from the Christmas dinner plate by 2020. But gardeners who grow them say the flavour of a home-grown sprout is so much more intense than shop-bought and an essential accompaniment to festive fare.So...
Heroes Save Man Who Threatened to Leap off Bridge
POLICE have thanked the 'unsung heroes' who helped save a young man from taking his own life.The harrowing incident took place at a bridge on the A666, Bolton, at around 5pm on Thursday.A man was threatening to jump but members of the public 'physically'...
I Avoiding Defeat at Anfield Now Primary Target
JOSE Mourinho hasn't taken much from the Sir Alex Ferguson playbook when it comes to the style of his United team, but he has read the chapter about trips to Anfield.While Ferguson's teams are generally remembered for fast, free-flowing football, that...
If Brexit: It's Not Too Late to Achieve Something
VIEWPOINTS Write to: Viewpoints, M.E.N, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Avenue, Oldham, OL9 8EF Or email: viewpoints@men-news.co.ukEVEN at this late stage of the game, Theresa May could achieve something for this country which would mean that her premiership...
I'm at a Time in My Life Now I'm Not Going to Do Anything I Don't Enjoy
Dame Joan - always the personification of glamour - is soon to embark on a final onewoman tour At 85 you are as glamorous as ever. What is your secret? MOISTURISER. I have a jar next to my sink and whenever I wash my hands or my face I apply it... and...
Injuries Sure to Force 'Some' Players out of Anfield
JOSE Mourinho says some of United's nine injured players are certain to miss tomorrow's crucial trip to Liverpool.Seven injured players remained in Manchester as the Reds lost their final Champions League group game in Valencia, where Marcos Rojo was...
Keep Happy This Christmas
IT MAY be the season to be jolly, but many parents will agree that Christmas can be anything but. With the pressures of buying presents, cooking, cleaning and keeping the kids entertained, stress seems to pile up as the weeks go on.But this is no good...
Latics Looking to Bounce Back after Midweek Cup Loss
FRANKIE Bunn has challenged his Oldham side to continue their impressive league form, despite being knocked out of the Checkatrade Trophy by local rivals Rochdale on Tuesday night.The Latics face another derby today as they host in-form Bury in League...
Making Tess Up for Strictly Is So Much Fun, It's Not like Work
AS FANS of Strictly Come Dancing will know, the contestants' make-up can be pretty extreme. From glittery eyes to bold blusher and even bolder lips, it's a look that doesn't always translate to real life.But there's one person on Strictly whose make-up...
Masterminds
1. In which country did the UN climate summit take place this week? 2. The first underground rail service in the southern hemisphere was opened in 1913 in which Latin American city? 3. In 1941 who was the Japanese emperor who gave approval for the start...
M.E.N. Readers Desperate to Help Homeless This Christmas
THE Manchester Evening news has been flooded with messages from readers desperate to help the city's homeless families this Christmas, after we revealed the scale of the city's crisis.At the start of the week we told of the appalling conditions facing...
'Most Undisciplined Player of All-Time'
JAMIE Carragher has labelled Paul Pogba 'the most undisciplined player of all time' ahead of tomorrow's Premier League fixture between Liverpool and United.Jose Mourinho's side travel to Anfield trailing the leaders by 16 points and know a negative result...
Mourinho: I Can't Wait to Finally Work on Tactics!
JOSE Mourinho admits he has not had any time to work on tactics with his team recently due to a busy game schedule.The United manager has been heavily criticised for his approach to a number of matches since joining the club, and admitted to MUTV there...
Must-See Shows
STRICTLY COME DANCING: THE FINAL TONIGHT, BBC1, 6.30PM ONLY four of the 15 couples remain and they will battle it out tonight for the coveted glitter ball. Favourites Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton; alongside Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev; Joe Sugg...
Once You've Got a Paper Crown on Your Head, Everything's Fine
Alexander Armstrong loves Christmas, and, as he gears up for the festivities, he tells GEMMA DUNN about his latest presenting role, and reflects on his own family festivitiesHERE'S nothing bah humbug about Alexander Armstrong - he can't wait for all...
Pep: City Can't Afford to Slip in Race to Title
CITY'S battle at the top of the Premier League with Liverpool is bringing back memories of Barcelona's titanic tussles with Real Madrid for Pep Guardiola.The Barca boss twice came out on top in thrilling title races with Real in La Liga, claiming the...
Pine and Dandy
Choosing your tree is the best way to get in the mood for Christmas. Here is all you need-le to know about the best fir for your familyHOLD on to your Christmas party hats. It's time for a whistle-stop tour of festive firs and splendid spruces so you...
Police Officer 'Ruined His Life' by Stealing Phones and Computers
A HERO policeman who 'threw it all away' by stealing phones and computers seized during investigations found himself accused of being a paedophile - and has now been locked up.Steven Halliwell, 43, was jailed for 12 months by a judge who told him 'your...
Politicians Talking Turkey
T'S TIME to deck Downing Street with boughs of holly... and festive lights and one of the biggest Christmas trees around.IThe Number 10 tree has been a regular fixture outside Downing Street for decades and everyone from Margaret Thatcher to Theresa...
Raise a Glass
HOLD on to your Christmas hats! If you love red wines with a bit of heart, depth, richness and ripe fruits which can comfort and hug, then I'm here for you.It would be wrong not to head to Bordeaux with a couple of wines that say "food, food, food".Grand...
Reds 'Far' from Being Built in Mourinho Way
JOSE Mourinho insists the current United squad is 'far' from becoming a team in his image.The Reds have experienced a rocky season and have already lost four Premier League matches, having also been knocked out from the Carabao Cup by Championship club...
Show Buzz
standing start for ben elton COMEDIAN Ben Elton, right, says he is looking forward to returning to stand-up after 15 years.The Godfather of modern stand-up says: "The last time I toured I was still smarter than my phone. Things have definitely taken...
Silva: It's Tough to Play at Etihad Whoever Pep Picks
EVERTON boss Marco Silva admits his side face a difficult task - whichever City side take to the field today.The Blues have David Silva sidelined, while Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero could make their returns to action and Fernandinho and John Stones...
Smart Cookies
BAKING with children always seems like an idyllic thing to do - especially at Christmas time. You can picture mum or dad guiding the small folk on what to do, while spoons are sneakily licked and festive tunes play in the background.The reality, however,...
Snowman Trail Is Even N-Ice-R Thanks to Kids
IT'S already proved to be a popular event, and the Walking with The Snowman trail just got even better.That's because 47 little snowmen have now been added after they were decorated by schoolchildren and local groups.Pupils from Salford schools are among...
Talking BETTING
I HAVE a sneaky feeling it is not going to be an Anfield annihilation as some fellow United fans fear.You should never forget it's a local derby as near as damn it - and literally anything can happen in a one-off game of this magnitude.I would rather...
Teething Trouble Is a Pain for Kids
PARENTS with teething babies and toddlers will only be able to buy gels over the counter at the pharmacy from now on.While the gels such as Bonjela, Dentinox and Anbesol are widely used by mums and dads, they'll no longer be available in shops and supermarkets.That's...
'Thanks for Blocking My Drive with Your Ambulance, ****Hole'
AN angry driver left a message, branding paramedics 'a***holes' for blocking them in as they fought to save a life.The note was left on the windscreen of an ambulance in Manchester as a crew treated a critically-ill patient.The person was miffed that...
The Best Festive Buys for the Gamer in Your Life
LIVING with a gamer when you're not one yourself can be a pain at the best of times, but Christmas can prove one of the worst. If you're looking to surprise them this year, allow me to give you some suggestions.Red Dead Redemption 2 (XBOX ONE, PS4) IT...
The Best Part of Getting a Job Is Getting a Job ... the Worst Part Is Then Having to Do the Job!
SHE WON OVER AUDIENCES AS MARVEL'S BRILLIANT AGENT PEGGY CARTER. NOW HAYLEY ATWELL IS STEERING HER CAREER IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION WITH HER FIRST 'BADDIE' ROLE IN A MAJOR BBC DRAMA. GEMMA DUNN FINDS OUT MOREHAYLEY ATWELL has described her latest venture...
Threat to Life Warning for Rare Freezing Rain
A SEVERE weather warning has been issued for Greater Manchester with fears ice could cause 'danger to life.' .Met Office experts say the amber warning - which is the second-most severe - will be in place over the weekend from 10am today to 6am tomorrow.Forecasters...
Three Jailed after Huge Drugs Bust
TWO brothers from Manchester and a man from Salford have been jailed after police smashed a multi-million pound drug-dealing network.Over a four-day crown court sentencing hearing, 26 people were jailed for a combined total of almost 173 years.Police...
Toffees Offer Plenty to Chew over for Pep
FOR all the grief Liverpool have caused Pep Guardiola, the City manager has rarely enjoyed himself against the other half of Merseyside.The 4-0 defeat at Goodison in January 2017 was - together with Leicester a month earlier - the nadir of his first...
Town Hall Team Is Driven to Act against Litter Yobs
DOZENS of penalty notices have been issued to drivers for littering as part of a crackdown, a Greater Manchester town hall has said.A tougher stance on environmental crime using new legislation has been enforced in Wigan since October.For the first time,...
Travel News
REVAMP FOR ICONIC HOTEL WASHINGTON DC's iconic Dupont Circle Hotel is set to relaunch in the spring as part of The Doyle Collection, following a massive makeover that means it will be home to some of the US capital's most sought-after rooftop suites.Top...
Trending
AQUAMAN WE'LL admit, we had our doubts about this big-budget superhero flick, starring Jason Momoa and Amber Heard, right, but what do we know... The movie, in cinemas now, set a record for pre-sale tickets in the US, beating Deadpool 2, Avengers: Infinity...
TV Films of the Week
1 GHOSTBUSTERS Tonight, Channel 4, 9pm DIRECTOR Paul Feig applies a gender reversal to an effervescent remake of the 1984 supernatural comedy. Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) hopes to secure tenure at Columbia University, but her academic future is thrown...
Tyne Team
JOHNNY VEGAS AND SIAN GIBSON REUNITE FOR DEATH ON THE TYNE, A SEQUEL TO LAST YEAR'S MURDER ON THE BLACKPOOL EXPRESS. THEY TELL GEORGIA HUMPHREYS WHY BEING FRIENDS MAKES FOR A GREAT ON-SCREEN PARTNERSHIP PICK OF THE WEEK DEATH ON THE TYNE Tonight, Christmas...
Up Your Game When It Comes to Gifts
ANKI VECTOR £199, FROM ANKI.COM LAST year Anki's Cosmo robot was the must-have gadget of the year. So they're having another go this year with a new home robot - meet Vector.He's full of personality, powered by some impressive artificial intelligence...
'We Will Give Bury Fans a Stable Club'
NEW Bury chairman Steve Dale and director Matt McCarthy say they're going to give the fans 'the club they've been craving' after taking over the club.Dale has bought the Shakers from previous chairman Stewart Day, who had been at the helm since May 2013,...
'When They Did the Post-Mortem, There Wasn't a Bit of Cancer'
A MOTHER who beat breast cancer and hanged herself in her daughter's wardrobe wrongly feared she would be struck down by a recurrence of the deadly illness, an inquest heard.Dental nurse Dawn Cheetham, 43, had overcome the disease with chemotherapy treatment...
Woman Sent Vile Images to 'Sex-Chat' Man
A WOMAN who downloaded hundreds of child abuse images and sent them to a man for 'sexual gratification' has walked free court.Laura Nixon-Corfield, 33, downloaded the indecent pictures showing children as young as one being 'sexually tortured' a court...
Young Footballer Died in 60ft Holiday Fall
A TALENTED young footballer died after falling 60ft from an apartment block during a lads' holiday to Benidorm, an inquest heard.Michael Jones, 21, had only been in the resort for a day when he suffered serious head injuries after falling backwards from...
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