|Newsletter 1998 Week 4|
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Some weeks are quiet for local news items, and some are busy: This has been a busy one, so let's launch into the stories, in no particular order.
The smiling face of Libyan former law student Nagat Tornish (who was once in an English class of mine) featured on the front page of Thursday's Evening News after the Home Office decided she wouldn't be deported after all. Her parents brought her here when she was 14 for treatment for arthritis. There had been a campaign to allow her to stay.
And this weekend, Arshad Mahmood saved the life of his one year old daughter thanks to a new American-style "Stay-on-the-line" medical advice service. A trained assistant gave step-by-step instructions on how to resuscitate the child after she experienced breathing problems.
Six people collapsed in a pub in Bolton with symptoms apparently caused by drug use. Police were called to Crompton's Mule pub, Bradshawgate and the six were taken to Bolton Royal Hospital where they were put under observation.
An intensive radio ad campaign on local radio stations such as Galaxy and Key 103, warns young people of the dangers of ecstasy. How many are taking heed of the advice is unclear
Another teenage girl was raped in Wythenshawe over the weekend. Police are appealing for more information on the person who assaulted the 16 year old. And in Wythenshawe Civic Centre, a 14 year old girl was shot at with an air rifle. She was taken first to Wythenshawe hospital, then Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, where surgeons are trying to save her sight.
There are plans for a new Manchester children's hospital, to be located next to Manchester Royal Infirmary. It will replace Booth Hall and the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, and may be named after Princess Diana.
After Stuart Hulse, 36, of Lowton, was jailed for life last week for the murder of Shirley Brown, MP Ann Winterton has called for tighter restraints on "hard porn". Hulse reportedly carried out the attack and murder after watching a violent pornographic video.
Gay rights activists are campaigning for the convictions of 7 men who were found guilty, in Bolton, of gross indecency in a video. Activists say they wouldn't have been charged if they had been heterosexual.
David Beckham and Victoria Adams, alias "Posh Spice" have announced their engagement. The £18,000 a week United player will marry the Spice Girl in about a year, with the other Spice Girls acting as bridesmaids. Victoria didn't make herself very popular with Mancunians last year after reportedly criticising the shops here and calling the city "boring".
US electrical retailer Tandy is going to close 10 stores in the North West, including those at Stretford and Salford, which should mean that the Manchester Ardale shop will remain open. Despite this negative news, North West firms have reported buoyant export figures for the last quarter of 1997, with a third of manufacturers reporting increased sales.
A Rochdale microlight builder helped achieve an aviation world record: Colin Bodill from Nottingham touched down in Australia after 49 days and landing in13 countries, breaking the world record for a microlight flight from London to Sydney. The craft was built by Main Air Sport, of Rochdale, and the money raised will go to the Diana Memorial Fund.
An airliner ran into difficulties on a flight from Atlanta to Manchester yesterday. After the Captain reported problems with the flaps, ground crews prepared for an emergency but the plane made a fast, but successful landing.
Two important anniversaries are coming up this year. It's fifty years ago since the National Health Service was founded, and there are going to be commemorations all over the country.
Also, the 17th of June of this year will mark 50 years since Manchester University's "Baby" the first computer in the world, ran her first program. Manchester is to be promoted as "Digital City", and many computer people will be jetting in for the celebrations. And this week, the Business Computer Systems Show will be taking place at GMEX, with Yours Truly doing some reporting and photographs. Have a look at www.bcss.co.uk to find out what's happening.
Also have a look at the Manchester Civic Society later this week for news of the redevelopment of Piccadilly Gardens. Are part of the gardens to be sold off and used for a new office block? This week's Flashback, to the 16th of Feb 1965, looks at Piccadilly Plaza, Manchester's first piece of post war redevelopment.
I'm replacing the Pub Quiz this week with a tiny taster of entertainments currently on offer in and around Manchester.
VIRGIN CINEMAS Stockport and Salford Quays are showing Titanic, Tomorrow Never Dies, The Full Monty, Spiceworld the Movie and many others. A similar selection is on offer at the ODEON Oxford St, ARENA 7 in the Nynex Arena Complex, Victoria Station, WARNER VILLAGE, Reebok Stadium Bolton, and at various suburban cinemas, including the ROXY Hollinwood, Ashton-under-Lyne Metro and the Urmston Curzon.
Jim Davidson continues at the PALACE THEATRE with John Virgo, Victor Spinetti and Melanie Stace in Dick Whittington. At the OPERA HOUSE, Candle in the Wind honours the memory of Diana Princess of Wales. The ROYAL EXCHANGE, still at the Upper Campfield Market, Deansgate, continues with Present Laughter, by Noel Coward. After Torvill & Dean's recent appearance at the NYNEX ARENA, you can see the Manchester Giants play there for only £2.
On Manchester's TV screens, local news is provided by Granada Tonight on ITV and Northwest Tonight on BBC1, with frequent news updates. Coronation Street, London soap Eastenders and 60's drama Heartbeat are at the top of the national ratings - drawing between 15 and 20 million viewers.
Manchester radio stations include BBC local radio station GMR, Galaxy 102 and Key 103 FM, now available via the Internet. National stations include BBC Radios 1-5, Jazz FM, Classic FM and Talk Radio.
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Re: Pub Quiz
Is this the pub that was petrol bombed?
Yes, it was the Grants Arms. The pub was firebombed, but the owners have rebuilt the pub, which was recently given an award
H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y MWN
Congratulations Aidan on a fabulous first year, Manchester is truly a world class city reaching the world via this site. Your work is outstanding and I eagerly await each weeks newsletter as I know it will remind me of home. Keep up the good work.
Rich Cook "Crackers, we've forgotten the crackers!" (my 3 yr old is a big Wallace & Gromit fan)
Your new front page and news about Manchester is superb. As and old Mancunian who has spent most of his life abroad, and having lived in the U.S.A. for the last 26 years it is nice to be able to keep up with news. As a young boy in Manchester during the blitz your recent article brought back memories of seeing houses on fire in the street we lived in and walking round the center of Manchester and seeing all the bombed out buildings.
Regards F.E. Pearson
As an ex Manchester lass who has lived in the states since 1974, I have the greatest time roaming through your photographs. They bring back good, old memories. Only a minor complaint, I wish all the photos were identified. Please keep taking more. How about more suburbs, especially around the Hayfield, Edale area. We can't have all visitors thinking that Manchester has not countryside.
Excellent work and many thank you's.