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Articles from February 8, 2019

£2,556 - Average Sum Owed by Mancs in Loans
THE amount owed by people in Manchester in unsecured loans has jumped by more than a tenth in just two years.Across the UK, unsecured borrowing is at its highest level on record, with the Office for National Statistics blaming rising debt for stalling...
Aiming for Glory in Europe
EEP calm and carry on!KThe British motto holds very true for the Eurovision Song Contest, which we gamely take part in every year, hanging onto the dream that one day we'll win again.Our 1997 success with Katrina and the Waves seems an awfully long time...
Alexandra Goes Red for Annie
SHE'S been a big hit with fans since she arrived on our screens last year - and Coronation Street star Alexandra Mardell looked completely different as she walked the red carpet in Manchester with a new red hairstyle. Alexandra, who plays bubbly hair...
Best of the Rest
HUMPBACK WHALES: A DETECTIVE STORY BBC2, 9pm THIS engaging nature documentary begins with some striking footage.As film-maker Tom Mustill and his friend Charlotte Kinloch are paddling in a sea kayak on a whale watching trip in California, a 30-ton humpback...
Blueprint Will Deliver Better Bus Services
VIEWPOINTS Write to: Viewpoints, M.E.N, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Avenue, Oldham, OL9 8EF Or email: viewpoints@men-news.co.ukI WRITE to you in response to the Mayor's article on his proposed council tax increase, which he claims will tackle declining...
Blues Are in Good Kompany during Captain's Absence
VINCENT Kompany is still the man to whom Pep Guardiola turns when he feels his City team is in need of leadership.When the Blues suffered a double blip against Crystal Palace and Leicester before Christmas, it was the big Belgian that the manager drafted...
Brexit 'Fuelling Anti-Semitic Attacks'
A SHOCK report paints a bleak picture of anti-Semitic 'hooliganism' on the streets of Greater Manchester.Figures reveal there were 250 attacks on Jewish people in the region last year.Incidents included a little boy having his skull cap ripped off and...
Compete for Title Next Season Lingard: United Will
JESSE Lingard believes United are in the right shape to fight for the Premier League title again next season thanks to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.United have not won the league since Sir Alex Ferguson's last season in charge, when they lifted the trophy in...
Crafting an Electric Future
WHITE van man - or woman - will never be the same again when an all-electric van from Volkswagen hits the road. It will change the way van delivery and courier drivers go about their daily business when the German brand's rst all-electric Crafter van...
Dear Council Bosses, Please Don't Build on Green Belt
A BOY of 10 has written a heartfelt plea to save the land where he rides his beloved ponies from being transformed into a huge 'garden village.' .The revised Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, would see around 2,790 homes and 175,000sqm of employment...
Dianne, I Miss You More Than You Can Ever Imagine
CLOSE friends and family paid their respects to Dianne Oxberry at a private funeral service.The much-loved BBC North West Tonight presenter died aged 51 from ovarian cancer in the Christie Hospital on January 10.Her funeral took place at St Mary Magdalene...
Diogo Is a Boy with Dalot of Ability
DENIS Irwin says he has been surprised by the speed with which Diogo Dalot has adapted to the pace of the Premier League since his £19 million arrival from Porto last summer.The 19-year-old has made 10 appearances for Manchester United this season in...
Dzeko: Derby 'Humiliation' Powered Us to Title Win
EDIN Dzeko says City's famous 6-1 derby win against United in 2011 spurred them on to win their first Premier League title.Dzeko scored twice in the victory that is remembered by City fans as the moment the power balance shifted in Manchester.And now...
Equality & Diversity
SINCE 2005, the month of February has been dedicated to LGBT History Month in the UK - an annual awareness campaign dedicated to promoting equality and diversity.Throughout the month, there are various initiatives which aim to raise awareness, educate...
Every Week a Whole New Batch of Exciting Gigs Go on Sale
HE steady stream of fantastic live shows continues to flow into Manchester.TAnd this week, as Manchester Arena celebrates welcoming 30 million visitors since it opened in 1995, it's a truly exciting time for music in the city.This week's tickets include...
Ex-Salford Owner in Bid for New Club
FORMER Salford owner Marwan Koukash is leading a bid to establish a new rugby league club in Liverpool.The millionaire racehorse owner, who relinquished control of the Red Devils just over 12 months ago, is keen to get involved in the game once more...
Festival Spotlight on Salford
NOT Quite Light festival is returning to Salford for its third year, bringing together art, debate, music and architecture.This year that includes a food event from GRUB, night walks through the city's streets, and a cocktail making masterclass.Founded...
Five to Try in Feb
POSSIBLY THE MOST BEAUTIFUL RESTAURANT IN MANCHESTER IS AMONG THE NEW OPENINGS THIS MONTH... BUT THERE'S SOMETHING TO SUIT EVERYONETHE bleakness of January is behind us, bank balances have been replenished and dining out is back on the menu.Manchester...
Fury over Pheasant Shoot at Nature Reserve
CONSERVATIONISTS have reacted with anger over a pheasant shoot on a 'fragile' nature reserve.Lancashire Wildlife Trust say the 'dangerous' shoot was held on trust land at Astley Moss, on the border between Wigan and Salford.They believe the incident,...
Gang Asked Student: 'Is Phone Worth Your Life?'
A GANG of thugs who terrorised students during a three-week robbery spree asked one horrified teenager: "Is your phone worth your life?" Another was told: "Give me your coat or you'll get slashed."Derice Hendrickson, 18, Shamun Hawksworth, 20, and Dante...
Had We Not Split, We Would Have Risked Our Friendships
Pop-rock band Busted talk to LUCY MAPSTONE about feeling uninspired by current chart music, and how they are determined to knock The Greatest Showman off the number one spotUSTED'S Matt Willis is not impressed with the current state of the music charts.BHe's...
'Health Centre Squat Has Saved Our Lives'
THEY'RE the squatters who are taking on the NHS, fighting to stay in the old GP surgery they now call home.Around 14 rough sleepers are currently bedding down in the building on Church Street, in Eccles, Salford.They've been there since early November...
Holiday Firm Director Quits
ONLINE holiday company On the Beach is on the search for a new chairman and a non-executive director.The news comes after former chair Lee Ginsberg abruptly resigned as a non-executive director.Mr Ginsberg's exit from the board 'to focus on other time...
Important to Respond at the DW
IT'S great to be back at Wigan Warriors.Returning as head coach for the club I once played for is strange but exciting.Last week, we opened Super League XXIV against St Helens. Unfortunately we lost, but there was a lot to be optimistic about.I sat down...
Is Double Trouble?
THE PETER STREET KITCHEN OFFERS A SPLIT MENU WITH BOTH MEXICAN AND JAPANESE DISHES SERVED SIDE BY SIDE... BUT DOES IT WORK?LONG before Jose holed up at the Lowry, Sven made himself at home at the Radisson. The Swede spent nine months living in a £1,500...
I Think There's Space in the World for Two Conversion Therapy Movies
Boy Erased depicts the true story of a young gay man pressured into attending a conversion therapy programme. Director and star Joel Edgerton tells GEORGIA HUMPHREYS about bringing a memoir to life and why he was determined to get people of the calibre...
'It's Never a Good Thing to Feel Too Comfortable'
IT'S safe to say that Neneh Cherry is not a big fan of the short-attention, next-fix-please mindset of the music industry. Ahead of her latest UK tour, which arrives at Manchester's Albert Hall next week, the Swedish-born, London-based pop maverick has...
James as Fonny
KiKi Layne as Tish Rivers and Stephan Hunt IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK (15) HHHH H OSCAR winner writer-director Barry Jenkins proves Moonlight was no fluke with his sublime adaptation of the novel penned by James Baldwin, which charts a love story against...
May and Juncker Hold 'Robust' Talks
THERESA May held "robust but constructive" talks with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker as she sought changes to her Brexit deal yesterday.Mr Juncker underlined that the Withdrawal Agreement thrashed out between the EU and Mrs May would...
MP Says Mayor Should Make Bid for Bus Firm
ANDY Burnham has been urged to buy up Manchester's struggling First Bus company in a 'once in a generation' bid to improve services - after suggestions the firm would be withdrawing from the city region.First, which runs the vast majority of services...
Music in the Key of Sea
You've worked on the Abba show, been Shirley Bassey's musical director and you're presently working on the George Michael tour. How does working on the Blue Planet II arena shows compare? THE common denominator is the commitment and passion that one...
New NQ Hotel Plan Revealed
AN IMAGE of a new restaurant and four-storey hotel in the heart of the Northern Quarter has been released.Developer Agecroft has released details of the scheme on 52-58 Thomas Street.Much of the current site was demolished last October after council...
News Identical Twins Killed Themselves at the Same Time
IDENTICAL twin brothers were found hanged from the same tree in a park in a tragic suicide pact, an inquest heard.The bodies of Neil and Paul Micklewright were found by a dog walker in Davyhulme Park, in Urmston, at about 8.40am on Tuesday, July 31,...
News 'Mastermind' Was Caught after Using Work Computer in £73,000 Scam
A DELUDED debt-ridden council worker - who fancied himself a 'criminal mastermind' with a foolproof get-rich-quick scheme - funnelled more than £70,000 to pals so they could write-off loans and pay for cocaine and sex.Matthew Ravey diverted cash from...
Ole Has Instilled Belief in Rashford, Says Cole
ANDY Cole believes consistent selection and a return to basic principles have allowed Marcus Rashford to shine under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's tutelage at Manchester United.The 21-year-old has netted six goals in ten appearances under United's caretaker...
Outbreak of Equine Flu Shuts Down All Racing
THERE will be no racing in Britain until February 13 at the earliest, the British Horseracing Authority has announced.An outbreak of equine flu has caused a six-day shutdown, with racing's rulers set to make a further assessment on Monday as to when...
Pankhurst's Dreadnought Goes on Show
A RARE Sylvia Pankhurst volume is set to be displayed at a library in Salford.The Woman's Dreadnought has been acquired by the Working Class Movement Library, located on The Crescent, following a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.It was edited...
Parklife - 1909 Style
A HEATON Park event dubbed the 'Edwardian Parklife' took centre stage in a new TV series.The BBC's Great British Railway Journeys, hosted by Michael Portillo, visited the park to learn about how, in September 1909, Prestwich shop keeper William Grimshaw...
Pep Hails 'Exceptional' De Bruyne Impact from Bench
PEP Guardiola hailed Kevin De Bruyne for his 'incredible' nine minutes in the vital win at Everton.The City midfielder was a surprise presence on the substitutes' bench as the Blues boss opted for Ilkay Gundogan and David Silva as his attacking midfield...
PSG Star Set to Be out for United Clash
PARIS Saint-Germain could be without star midfielder Marco Verratti for next Tuesday's Champions League clash against United.Neymar has already been ruled out of both legs of the last 16 clash after injuring his foot and Verratti may now be a doubt for...
Red Hot for Kouli
UNITED are continuing to monitor Napoli centre-half Kalidou Koulibaly and Milan Skriniar of Internazionale ahead of the summer transfer window.United are also tracking Joachim Andersen, of Sampdoria, as they prioritise a centre-back signing that eluded...
Red Hot for Kouli
UNITED are continuing to monitor Napoli centre-half Kalidou Koulibaly and Milan Skriniar of Internazionale ahead of the summer transfer window.United are also tracking Joachim Andersen, of Sampdoria, as they prioritise a centre-back signing that eluded...
Reds Finally Witnessing the Top Pog
THROUGHOUT the course of the first half of the season, Paul Pogba struggled under the leadership of Jose Mourinho, with the two characters seemingly clashing both on and off the pitch.Often, the public blame that Mourinho tried to focus in the direction...
Reds on Course to Hit 2,000 PL Goals
UNITED are on course to become the first team in Premier League history to score 2,000 goals.The Reds currently sit on 1,973 goals and should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team keep scoring goals at the rate which they have been since the Norwegian took charge...
Soap Watch
EMMERDALE ITV, 7pm MARLON is frustrated that Paddy is avoiding the truth about Bear Wolf and resolves to go to the wrestling convention and confront him.Paddy is avoiding the truth Meanwhile, after knocking herself out, Maya is en route to hospital for...
Sound Judgement
SOUND JUDGEMENTTHE LATEST ALBUM RELEASES RATED AND REVIEWED SPIELBERGS THIS IS NOT THE END HHHH H IS this it? Has the rule of electrobedroom pop started to wane? I'd put my money on Norwegian garage band the Spielbergs hoping that's the case.It's been...
Squad Depth Vital in Fight on Four Fronts
CITY'S 'terrible' month is going perfectly so far. Wins over Arsenal and Everton have them back on top of the Premier League table, but by the end of February they will have played league, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Champions League fixtures and we'll have...
'Staffy' Dogs TASERED after Fighting during Walk
TWO dogs had to be Tasered by police when they started fighting while out on a walk with their owner.The 'Staffy type' dogs, who were both on leads, started attacking each other during an evening walk with their owner through Moss Side.Officers were...
Still Pretty Awesome
ALIGHTNING bolt fashioned from coloured plastic construction bricks almost strikes twice in The LEGO Movie 2. Set five years after the awardwinning first film, Mike Mitchell's briskly paced, uproarious and imaginative sequel is set in a post-apocalyptic...
Stuck in the Middle
MORE than a quarter of adults who look after children as well as ill or elderly relatives have mental health problems.New analysis from the Office for National Statistics shows that 22 per cent of the general population struggle with their mental health...
Superb Bernardo Can't Offer Sane Presence on Wing
¦ WING PROBLEMS AFTER the Community Shield win at the beginning of the season, Pep Guardiola was so thrilled with Bernardo Silva that he referred to Manchester City as Bernardo plus ten.He repeated it ahead of the Everton game and nobody that has seen...
'Supercar' Crashes on Test
THIS is the moment a 'supercar' crashed on a test run at Bolton University.The drama unfolded outside the multi-million pound National Centre for Motorsport Engineering.Footage shows the dark-coloured sports vehicle accelerating towards the university...
Telling the Human Story of a Superhero Family
THE year is 1989. At the 12th hour of the first day of October, 43 women around the world suddenly find themselves nine-months pregnant and immediately give birth.Piquing the interest of an eccentric billionaire, seven of the babies are adopted.Each...
WATCH AT HOME Three to See
Missed it at the cinema or on TV? We round up the best streaming and DVD releases of the weekthe hate you give (12) ..... ADAPTED by Audrey Wells from Angie Thomas's young adult novel, The Hate U Give is an emotionally charged drama, which rages against...
Welcome to the Week Ahead
TOMORROW Comedy / Ken Cheung Quirky young stand-up Ken Cheung first came to prominence when he won the Funniest Joke Award at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe: "I'm not a fan of the new pound coin, but then again, I hate all change". If you enjoyed that zinger,...
We'll Play Rugby Ahead of FA Cup Tie!
NEWPORT County striker Padraig Amond has joked that the League Two side should ensure a rugby game is played at their Rodney Parade ground ahead of their FA Cup fifth-round tie against City a week on Saturday.Middlesbrough joined Leicester City on the...
WINE with Andy Cronshaw
I'VE never held back in my admiration for the wines made by the Marimar Torres estate in California.And this column will be no exception as I recommend three new vintages of wines which have become mainstays of the Marimar Russian River Valley vineyards...
Woman Made 339 Abusive Calls to 999 Operators
A WOMAN who called 999 hundreds of times only to abuse the operators' race and gender has been jailed.Monika Osinska, 34, from Salford, has been locked up for 12 weeks after her persistent abuse towards call handlers.Police said none of the calls were...
Writing Their Own Rulebook
BACK in 2015, Scottish band Chvrches - a trio consisting of a female vocalist and two male musicians - offered a rather troubling insight into how the music industry had tried to mould them in order to maximise their popularity."We could have sold 200,000...
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