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Old October 14th, 2005, 12:27 AM   #21
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It was Die Another Day actually, but your point still stands.
Halle Berry was born in Cleveland, Ohio - it was her mother who was born in Liverpool.
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Old October 15th, 2005, 06:23 PM   #22
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Halle Berry was born in Cleveland, Ohio - it was her mother who was born in Liverpool.
Oh(io) well never mind, I`m sure I read that her mother moved to the states when Halle was just a baby.....

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Old October 15th, 2005, 06:27 PM   #23
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Arrow Brooke Bond? No Typhoo! New owner switches Typhoo HQ to Wirral .....

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New owner switches Typhoo HQ to Wirral Oct 14 2005

By Sophie Freeman, Daily Post

THE Typhoo tea brand is to relocate its head office to Merseyside after changing hands in an £80m deal yesterday.

Premier Foods' tea business, which already produces packets of tea at a factory in Moreton, Wirral, will now be controlled from head offices at the site, after the division was sold to India's Apeejay Surrendra Group.

The whole management operation will be shifted from St Albans in Hertfordshire to Wirral, said Karan Paul, chairman of Calcutta-based Apeejay.

He told the Daily Post: "I think we've bought a well-established brand and a fantastic factory which I have visited.

"We're going to shift the head office to the site, which will involve bringing new jobs to the area in HR, Sales and Marketing, IT and Logistics."

Mr Paul said he didn't want to say, at this stage, the exact amount of jobs that would be created. Around 250 people are employed presently at Moreton in the tea blending and packing facility.

Apeejay will be buying Premier's entire tea business including London Fruit and Herb, Lift and QT.

Typhoo is the UK's third biggest tea brand after Unilever's PG Tips and Tata Tea's Tetley.

Premier's tea business achieved sales of £70.2m and operating profits of £11.2m last year.

Premier described Typhoo as a great brand but added that it would benefit from the focus and investment offered by a dedicated tea business.

Apeejay is well-established in the plantation side of the tea industry and is India's third largest exporter of tea.

"We are one of the leading suppliers to the UK and supply most brands sold in the UK," said Mr Paul.

Founded in 1910, Apeejay also has interests in hospitality, retail, shipping, financial services and property.

Premier, which also owns traditional quintessential English brands such as Branston Pickle and Bird's custard, said the sale of the tea business would be used to reduce debt.

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Old October 15th, 2005, 10:59 PM   #24
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Some rather dispiriting news from today's DP. That longstanding plan to build a new Art Deco-style apartment block in New Brighton on the site of the Queens Royal and Grand Hotels has been dropped. Both the original eight storey proposal and the subsequent six storey redesign failed to gain approval from Wirral MBC thanks to their being "too tall". The Queens Royal Hotel will now be demolished to make way for a four storey replacement (just 17 apartments!) whilst the derelict and rapidly decaying Grand will, unbelievably, be left standing.

The sorry scene this afternoon...



At least one truly horrendous eye-sore left in place, millions of pounds of investment thrown away, a chance to increase the local tax base wasted.....sure are some geniuses working in our local councils, aren't there?
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Old October 20th, 2005, 01:46 PM   #25
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Seems a shame to demolish The Queens - it's clearly the nicer building of the two. Anyway, some more postive news, the New Brighton Lighthouse is now safe - icliverpool
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Old October 21st, 2005, 06:26 PM   #26
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Exclamation New Brighton needs to grow UP!

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Some rather dispiriting news from today's DP. That longstanding plan to build a new Art Deco-style apartment block in New Brighton on the site of the Queens Royal and Grand Hotels has been dropped. Both the original eight storey proposal and the subsequent six storey redesign failed to gain approval from Wirral MBC thanks to their being "too tall". The Queens Royal Hotel will now be demolished to make way for a four storey replacement (just 17 apartments!) whilst the derelict and rapidly decaying Grand will, unbelievably, be left standing.

The sorry scene this afternoon...



At least one truly horrendous eye-sore left in place, millions of pounds of investment thrown away, a chance to increase the local tax base wasted.....sure are some geniuses working in our local councils, aren't there?
I must admit `Mo` I would hate to see either building destroyed - both should be kept and restored as nothing like them will be built in New Brighton again and I remember when they were both very busy.

Ideally they would both be kept and restored with adjacent developments of apartments etc that would jelp keep they as a viable business.

As I have previously said elsewhere `New Brighton` has itself to blame by shunning tourism and redelopments that would increase use and business in New Brighton - it chose to be one of Merseysides biggest retirement homes - but that only lasts for so long without new blood and spending power.

New Brighton could have a very bright future the beach and views are stunning and a few `Beetham type towers` with easy access to Liverpool etc would sell out.

New Brighton really must decide to repopulate - but it can still keep some of it`s charms!

Not named `NEW BRIGHTON` for nothing.

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Old October 21st, 2005, 06:37 PM   #27
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Exclamation Wake UP `NEW BRIGHTON!!!!!`

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Seems a shame to demolish The Queens - it's clearly the nicer building of the two. Anyway, some more postive news, the New Brighton Lighthouse is now safe - icliverpool
Lighthouse safe Oct 20 2005

By Kirsti Adair, Liverpool Echo

A MERSEYSIDE landmark has been saved from crumbling into ruins.

English Heritage has taken Perch Rock Lighthouse in New Brighton, from its 'at risk' register after four years of renovation work.

The 90ft lighthouse, which is only accessible across a moat at
low tide, has been a feature of the Mersey estuary for 175 years.

But after almost two centuries of being battered by the wind and seas, the grade II listed building was in a state of disrepair.

Its owner Norman Kingham, 83, from Wallasey, who bought the lighthouse in 1973 for £100 from Liverpool city council, spent more than £150,000 of his own money on renovations helped by a £25,000 grant from English Heritage.

English Heritage's historic buildings inspector Peter de Figueiredo said: "The lighthouse is one of the most elegant and important features of the Wirral coastline. Such buildings are few and far between and its preservation and maintenance has been a priority for us.

"The renovations mean the lighthouse can now be taken off our register of buildings at risk."

Mr Kingham said: "Perch Rock lighthouse is a hugely important part of Merseyside's history. It is the last emblem of England that thousands leaving Liverpool for America would have seen."

"I'm delighted that we've been able to restore it to its full glory for future generations to enjoy."

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This shows that it can be done - New Brighton Water front IMO is as worthy as Liverpool South and Central docks etc for immediate investment.

Just imagine having those sea views and looking back to the city.

Charm and modernity can go hand in hand - indeed enhance each other.

(I have a lot of time for Norman Kingham he put his money were his mouth is and also saved `Fort Perch Rock`in New Brighton. A great pity that so many of the great and the good who lived and live on the Wirral didn`t and don`t do similar!)

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Old October 22nd, 2005, 02:28 PM   #28
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Arrow Ray of hope for £75m resort plan ..... "Brighton of the North".

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Ray of hope for £75m resort plan Oct 21 2005

By Liam Murphy Daily Post Staff

THE £75m scheme to redevelop New Brighton could be saved after inspectors pledged to hold their inquiry early.

Wirral Council and developers Neptune feared that a lengthy public inquiry could prevent the Neptune scheme to regenerate the faded seaside resort from getting £13m in public funds.

But Wallasey's Labour MP, Angela Eagle, said she had won a commitment from the Planning Inspectorate that the inquiry into the Neptune planning application in New Brighton will open early in the New Year.

The controversial scheme, the biggest single project of its type in the borough's history, has split the community with backers saying it will revitalise the resort, but objectors claiming it will destroy what many treasure most about the former "Brighton of the North".

Angela Eagle said: "I wrote to the Deputy Prime Minister urging a speedy inquiry so that the development will not lose out on EU money if the application is finally successful.

"I was delighted to receive a quick and positive response from the chief executive of the Planning Inspectorate making clear that she understood the grant implications.

"She felt sure that an inspector to open the inquiry could be provided early in the New Year.

"Whilst this will need the cooperation of both the council and the developers, I am certain that both will be more than willing to assist."

Plans for the seafront include a new Morrisons supermarket to be built on part of the marine lake, a replacement lake, apartment blocks, a lido, restaurants and cinema.

Recently it was revealed that loss of the £13m in public funds towards the total cost of the scheme could mean vital work to revamp the resort's Floral Pavilion theatre would not be possible, potentially jeopardising its future.

Local councillor Pat Hackett was pleased that the inquiry could be held quickly, and said he had heard it might be in February.

He said: "Even a month earlier than expected could make all the difference.

"We are also trying to get the funding extended, just in case. Everyone is working furiously behind the scenes, but this is great news."

It is believed that if the inquiry can be completed quickly and if the inspector gives the scheme the go-ahead, then work could start next year to allow the scheme to qualify for the grants which have to be used by December 31, 2008.

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Old October 22nd, 2005, 06:46 PM   #29
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A couple of pictures I took from New Brighton today -

A view of Liverpool - once again proving that a cluster in the vacinity of Lime Street / Radio City Tower would work really well, and spread the skyline.


The restored Lighthouse in all it's glory -


A nice shot over the rooftops. Anyone know what this thing is?
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Old October 22nd, 2005, 06:51 PM   #30
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Not sure. Beyond making the obvious guess of saying a church of some sort.
Almost looks like a miniature of Lutyen's design for the catholic cathedral.
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Old October 22nd, 2005, 07:31 PM   #31
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A couple of pictures I took from New Brighton today -

A view of Liverpool - once again proving that a cluster in the vacinity of Lime Street / Radio City Tower would work really well, and spread the skyline.
That's a great view of Liverpool. You can see how City Lofts really bulks it out even though it's only 20 stories. Beetham West and Alexandra will fit into two gaps rather than block anything else out too
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Old October 22nd, 2005, 08:42 PM   #32
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The church with the big green dome - visable from Liverpool.

I could be wrong but I think it is,

New Brighton, St. Peter & St. Paul (Roman Catholic), Atherton Street. Founded 1881

I haven`t checked multimap but the name sounds about right?
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Old October 22nd, 2005, 09:00 PM   #33
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Yes, it's St Peter and Paul's. I remember being forced to go up the hill to attend early morning mass there every day during lent. Every morning. No wonder I am an atheist. Mass was in Latin in those days, none of this English nonsense. It has a pretty grand marble alter, but the rest was finished very cheaply and has an austere feel to it. It's a very cold church to spend time in, I love churches but have no affection for it, it lacks that atmosphere you sometimes feel in a truly spiritual place.

When you re-visit places from your childhood they often seem smaller, but I re-visted that church a couple of years ago and found it to be still immense. It is huge. In a way it is beautiful, in a rather depressed and secular way. The stations of the cross are good though. Worth a visit, but often locked. Go on Sunday. They probably ask you to touch the person next to you and sing a happy clappy hymn during mass these days.
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Old November 8th, 2005, 10:55 AM   #34
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Golf resort plan to cash in on back of Open return Nov 8 2005

By Kirsti Adair Daily Post Staff


AN EXCLUSIVE £70m golf resort in Wirral is a step closer to becoming reality after independent consultants said it was achievable.

The five star resort is centred around the Royal Liverpool golf club, venue for next year's Open Champion-ship for the first time since 1967.

The resort would be part of plans to make Hoylake the centrepiece of England's "golf coast".

The North West Development Agency (NWDA) has also pledged support to the scheme. The Hoylake Golf Resort would feature a landmark five-star hotel, a host of up-market recreational facilities, new roads and environmental improvements.

In March, the council commissioned consultants Jones Lang Lasalle to look into the feasibility of the resort.




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Outlining Hoylake's case, consultants returned a favourable report saying there was "indicative interest from golf resort and hotel operators and developers, a large golf catchment area in the region."


They also said there was no existing single North West resort at the top of the range market.


In a letter to Wirral council, NWDA executive Richard Tracey said he offered "broad support for the propos-al."


He said: "I would convey our will-ingness to engage further in supporting the strategic influencing needed to progress it."


The project also received backing from the Mersey Partnership which was fully supportive of the plans.


Director of tourism Martin King said: "In developing a five star hotel, using a famous world brand and associated recreational facilities the Hoy-lake Golf Resort offers a hub to develop the golf tourism potential, not just of Wirral, but of the whole region."


Graham Brown, spokesman for the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, said: "The Open championship coming up has really focused attention on Hoylake. We are still the new kids on the block really, but we have got to maximise opportunities to make the north west a premier golfing region.


"It would be fantastic to turn the area into a golf resort with five star facilities. Liverpool offers some fine hotels but there aren't the same standards in Wirral."


But Mr Brown said the project would have to be properly managed.


He said: "This is more than just providing a golf course and will need careful management."


The council now has to undertake further preparatory work to see whether an exception can be made to national green belt policy for the development, part of which would involve green belt land.


Wirral's director of corporate services Jim Wilkie said: "The potential of a world class golf resort of regional and national importance could have major positive benefits for Wirral.


"However, there is no guarantee of success with onerous challenges to be met and resolved."


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Old November 8th, 2005, 11:25 AM   #35
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Good stuff!

This is the sort of thing we need to attrract extra people to visit the city region. It's a good way for western Wirral to contribute to what the wider region has to offer.

Any ideas of what Runcorn can contribute, Blabber?
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Any ideas of what Runcorn can contribute, Blabber?
poisonous chemical clouds and nuclear winter

I suppose the Runcorn bridge is a good land mark- it's much bigger than the Tyne version. There's a dry ski slop in the town park. There are 70000 people (80% mutant) who can come and spend their giro in town- most of them already do.

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that two pints of piss and a bag of shite bollocks.
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that two pints of piss and a bag of shite bollocks.
Lol! I have seen 5 mins of an episode and it was terrible. I don't even know why they bothered setting it in Runcorn- and the people sound like Mancunions on it.
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Old November 8th, 2005, 11:41 AM   #39
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Not sure about the chemicals, but the nuclear winter sounds cool. We don't get enough snow these days.

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I suppose the Runcorn bridge is a good land mark- it's much bigger than the Tyne version.
A fact that not many people know. A very similar 'Did you know?' is the fact that the Liver Building clockfaces are larger than Big Ben's.

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There's a dry ski slop in the town park. There are 70000 people (80% mutant) who can come and spend their giro in town- most of them already do.
Never knew about the ski slope. In fact, I don't really know anything about Runcorn. Such things need to be advertised more often. If I ever need to break a leg, I'll know where to go.
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I hate Runcorn- if it wasn't for people being able to go to Liverpool for their nights out, shopping, etc. there'd probably be a really high suicide rate. Most of the people say "town" meaning Liverpool town- FFS. It's just a big chavvy blister on the anus of humanity. I'm lucky I have turned out normal.

Mind you, if you're interested in town planning and an exmaple of a 'good' new town then Runcorn ain't a bad example. Lots of wood land and a bus way.- and funny looking housing. I'm really struggling to think of anything good though to be honest.
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