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10th February 2008
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Underground Manchester Re-visited
Published Tuesday 20th May 08 in Leisure, libraries and culture news

Back by popular demand, another talk on the mysteries surrounding Manchester’s underground city will be given by local historian, Keith Warrender in June.

Due to the volume of people who flocked to Central Library in April to hear the author of Underground Manchester: Secrets of a City Revealed, speak on the subject, Manchester Archives and Local Studies Library have arranged a repeat of the talk in a larger venue.

It will take place in The Friends' Meeting House, Mount Street, opposite the rear entrance of Central Library on Friday 6 June at 1pm.

In response to the popularity of the topic, it is essential for anyone wanting to attend, to book a ticket in advance by contacting Manchester Archives and Local Studies at Central Library on 0161 234 1979.

Councillor Mike Amesbury, Executive Member for Arts & Leisure said: "The mystery of Manchester's underground city has been a focus for many years and generates a lot of excitement and wonder. It is not surprising that Keith Warrender's talk has proved so popular and we're delighted to welcome him back to share his knowledge with even more people."

Keith Warrender will be illustrating his talk with photographs from his book, which records fascinating details of the tunnels, hidden rivers and other features of the city below our feet.

To reserve a free place contact Manchester Archives and Local Studies at Central Library on 0161 234 1979.

The talk will be held Friday 6 June 1pm - 2pm.

Media contact:

Claire Keegan, tel: 0161 234 4014

10th February 2008
64,290 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
The Circle Club debates Mediacity this Wednesday

The Circuit Series invite you to: The development of a Global Media Hub. Have your say?

Wednesday special at The Circle Club

Manchester is at the heart of the biggest media shake-up in the UK for decades. With te capital the development of sites such as Mediacity:uk and the relocation of five key BBC departments, growth over the next decade is going to be prodigious.

Topics for discussion will include:
What are the characteristics of other successful media hubs? Why is critical mass important to the development of a media hub? How do you create the conditions to support as someone once put it, 'a newly convergent industry that is still in a state of flux?'

Guest speakers:
Kip Meek, Chair of the Ingenious Consulting Network, and Brian Greasley, Managing Director at Mediacity:uk. Kip is a board member of Ingenious Media and Chair of the Ingenious Consulting Network. Brian Greasley is the MD of Mediacity:uk and a Senior International Executive with a successful track record in the mobile media industry across three continents around the world.

If you would like to eat on the night then reserve a table by contacting The Circle on 0161 288 8118. The delicious new menu can be found here

Free to Circle members, Rejuvenate, Manchester Digital and CIDS members, £5 to all others payable on the door, either way please RSVP your place to [email protected]

6:30pm, Wednesday 4 June at The Circle Club, Barton Arcade, Manchester

10th February 2008
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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
TIF lobbying groups to face off July 2
By Simon Binns

Members of the two Transport Innovation Fund lobbying groups will come face-to-face early next week at a Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce consultation event.

The meeting, which takes place at 8am on July 2 at the Palace Hotel in Manchester, will bring together representatives of the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority, Greater Manchester Momentum Group and United City to “present their opposing views, hopes and concerns for the future of public transport in Greater Manchester,” as well as discussing the congestion charge.

For further information and to reserve a place at the event, contact Patrick Prinsloo on 0161 237 4073 or email [email protected].

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Event @ Castlefield Arena on 25/26/27 July

Taken from:

Nokia Skate Almighty

It's summer, it's hot in the city and Nokia Skate Almighty is here, so let's rock 'n' roller skate.

There's DJ sets from Norman Jay MBE, Zero 7, Guilty Pleasures, Bodyrox, Seamus Haji, Alistair Whitehead and Graeme Park. So tell your skate mates, invite a skate date and trip the light fantastic at the ultimate roller disco.

Skate Almighty is rolling into London's Southbank on the 11th, 12th and 13th July, then onto Birmingham's Centenary Square on the 18th, 19th and 20th July and ending up in Manchester's Castlefield Arena on 25th, 26th and 27th July. Put your hands in the air and roller skate like you just don't care on the specially-created spectacular outdoor rinks.

If you don't want to skate you can still come and watch the DJs.

Sign up here for a pair of free tickets and guarantee your one-hour skate slot. Roller on...

10th February 2008
64,290 Posts
Discussion Starter · #9 ·
Belle Vue is Back in Town
Published Tuesday 9th September 08 in Leisure, libraries and culture news

Manchester’s Central Library is rolling back the years with a unique exhibition capturing the vibrant atmosphere of the Belle Vue Zoological Gardens of yesteryear.

Belle Vue's Back in Town is a unique insight into what was once one of the North West's premier tourist attractions, featuring an astonishing collection of original posters, postcards, circus programmes, zoo guides, souvenirs and other memorabilia from the collection of local historian Brian Selby.

Since opening in 1836, Belle Vue provided entertainment and excitement to millions until the zoo's closure in 1977, although the circus continued until 1982.

Many people today still remember with affection the popular outdoor dancing, fairground, Saturday night speedway, firework displays and gardens.

Councillor Mike Amesbury, Executive Member of Culture and Leisure said: "Belle Vue was an extremely popular tourist attraction and the display is well worth a visit to reminisce on a bygone era and celebrate the unique position that Belle Vue holds in Manchester's social history."

The exhibition runs until 17 October and includes fascinating Victorian artifacts including a series of original zoo guides dating back to 1880.

Belle Vue's Back in Town, Central Library, First Floor until 17 October.

Central Library is open Monday to Thursday 9am - 8pm and Friday and Saturday 9am - 5pm.

MEDIA CONTACT: Claire Keegan, tel: 0161 234 4014

10th February 2008
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Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Sounds interesting. Might have to partake in a couple of scoops. :cheers:

Bexley Square to host beer festival

19/ 9/2008

A HISTORIC corner of Salford will host Britain's first Belgian beer festival.

Bexley Square was the location for an infamous battle in 1931 when police baton charged hundreds of people demonstrating about unemployment - an incident featured in the classic film Love on the Dole.

Next weekend it will be invaded again by real ale lovers from throughout the country.

The three-day event is being staged by the award-winning New Oxford pub tucked away at one end of the square.

Just six years ago the pub was boarded up and looked doomed, and then it was close to being turned into it nearly became apartments.

But Tim Flynn and partner Paulette Scanlon have transformed it. into a drinking gem.

Last year it was voted Greater Manchester's pub of the year by the Campaign for Real Ale.

Tim said: "We will have 57 draught Belgian beers and 250 bottled beers. We regularly have seven draught Belgian beers on sale and their popularity is booming.

"It is an honour for us to put on what will be the UK's first stand alone Belgian beer festival.

"There will be 25 huge umbrellas going up and 100 chairs in the square. The council has said we can take over the entire square."

Wide mouth goblets and tall tulip glasses will replace traditional pint pots for the festival which runs from September 26 to 28.

Tim said: "It is the high quality of Belgian beers which appeal to people - as well as their strength. We will be selling lambics - vintage beer which has matured for years.

"Some beers will also be on sale for the first time in the UK. One - Serafijn Pallieter is being brewed just for the festival."

Some of the other draught beers available will include Chimay Tripel, Liefmans Frambozen, and Troubadour Obscura.

Wyn Reece, a distributor of Belgian beers, and an organiser of the festival, said: "There is a great passion for Belgian beer in the north west.

"Currently there are no specialist events so the only way to taste some of the more unusual beers has been on the back of CAMRA festivals. I felt these beers deserved a stand alone event.

"The pub has a private courtyard which leads out to a beautiful Georgian square through the side of the pub, so it should be a suitable location."

Trappist beers - brewed in a Trappist monastery by monks will tempt beer 'tickers' who travel from festival to festival to try different brews.

However, Tim and Paulette, who ran a bar in Kerry, Ireland, however will not be taking a tipple. "We never drink when we are working - and that goes for all of our staff," said Paulette.

10th February 2008
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Discussion Starter · #11 ·
Manchester hosts digital trade show | Print | Email to a friend
Friday, 19 September 2008
Manchester’s position as one of the country’s leading digital regions has been underlined with the arrival of a new trade show in November.

The Interactive Marketing Show at Manchester Central will be revealing the latest online and digital marketing technology.

There will be keynote speeches from MediaEdge, BBC and The Co-Op.

"Interactive Marketing 2008 will secure Manchester’s position as a key UK digital hub and offer an intimate and educated atmosphere for companies looking to understand the latest digital marketing technologies," said Event Director Michael O’Brien.

"Unlike many London-based shows, entry to the main venue and to all speaking events is free."

The event runs on 4 and 5 November and you can register on their website.

Interestingly we couldn’t spot any interactivity or web 2.0 on said website, not even a lowly RSS feed for updates...

10th February 2008
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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
CUBE to host winter show for RIBA Competitions
26 September 2008, 13:01

A new winter exhibition organised by the RIBA Competitions Office opens in Manchester's CUBE gallery in October showing a selection of housing project entries.

The varied choice of designs generated through architectural competitions will include:

the six shortlisted entries from the competition to develop 400 Student Residences at the University of Warwick
the seven shortlisted entries from the LEX, Walsall Waterfront development
the winning design for the Lawrenny Sustainable Housing Development in Pembrokeshire
the completed building project for the Elmswell 'Clay Fields' Affordable Housing project
the design development for the Bradford House competition as it nears completion
details of the new competition launched on behalf of Urban Splash for 250 market-priced and affordable family homes as part of the North Shore project area in Stockton-on-Tees
information on the recently launched Nationwide Student Sustainable Housing Competition
The exhibition runs from 17 October to 20 December 2008. CUBE is located at 113 - 115 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 6FB. Tel: +44 [0] 161 237 5525. Fax: +44 [0] 161 236 5815. Email: [email protected]. Admission to the exhibitions is free. The opening times are Mon-Fri 12-5:30pm, Saturdays 12-5pm and Sundays closed.

10th February 2008
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Discussion Starter · #13 ·
Free entry ticket available.

Welcome to the Northern Regeneration Summit & Exhibition
Now in its second year, Regeneration & Renewal will host the Northern Regeneration Summit & Exhibition at the prestigious Manchester Central.

This event brings together the public sector bodies offering development opportunities and the private sector investors which have the resources to bring them to fruition.

It will also attract the professional advisers who can help turn investment opportunities into completed schemes that benefit both investors and local communities.

The event has five constituent parts, each designed to bring private and public sector organisations together to create a unique networking opportunity.
Northern Regeneration Summit: A high level conference for paying delegates, focussing on how the North can attract the investment needed to realise its social, economic and environmental potential.

Northern Regeneration Exhibition: An exhibition showcasing regeneration and development opportunities in the North and the professional service providers who can help bring them to fruition.

Developers' and Investors' Forum: A series of free specialist seminars for developers, property investors, property agents, house builders, housing associations and end users.

Sponsored Workshops: Taking place throughout the exhibition will look in detail at specific regeneration opportunities available within the North of England.

Northern Regeneration Dinner: A networking event held at the Manchester Town Hall, where visitors, delegates and exhibitors will be able to meet and entertain both new and existing clients.

10th February 2008
64,290 Posts
Discussion Starter · #14 ·
I'm there. Time to get the Big SSC pro guns out. :)

South Manchester Reporter.

C-Charge showdown


IT’S one of the biggest decisions Manchester has ever faced. In just a few weeks residents will go to the ballot box to decide whether to introduce a Congestion Charging scheme that would transform the city’s transport infrastructure forever.

Some say this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to stop the city grinding to a halt, to improve our environment and give us a world class tram network. Yet others believe it will force the less well off from the roads and drive away business.

To help decide who’s right we have called together the key figures from all sides of the argument for a special one-off debate in the heart of south Manchester...and you’re invited.

The date for your diary is Thursday, November 13 and the venue is Parrs Wood High School at 7pm.

We want our readers to make the best-informed decision on this momentous issue so we are giving them the chance to grill the main players from the Greater Manchester Passenger Executive, the pro-Congestion Charging United City group and the anti-road toll Greater Manchester Momentum Group as well as the main political parties.

Chairing this battle of ideas will be Jim Hancock, former political editor at BBC North West and an ex-presenter of the corporation’s regional programme, The Politics Show.

Reporter editor Lawrence Matheson said: "This is the biggest issue to affect south Manchester in decades and it is vital that people get the chance to hear all sides of the debate before we go to the ballot box.

"This event has been arranged to give our readers a chance to have their say and grill those who are leading the debate around the future of Metrolink and the road toll.

"Parrs Wood School has outstanding facilities to host a prestigious event like this.

"We want residents, community leaders and business leaders to come along and take part - in fact, anyone who has an interest in the future of this city.

"We expect it to be a lively and engaging debate.

"I’ll see you there."

On Thursday, December 11 a postal ballot will be held across Greater Manchester to decide whether transport bosses should move ahead with their plans to charge drivers for entering and leaving different zones of the city during rush hours.

Motorists would be charged up to £5 per day - at today’s prices - for crossing the charging rings of the M60 and an inner ring-road. Charges would apply at peak times into and out of Manchester city centre.

If they get the green light to proceed it would spark a £3 billion injection in public transport that would see the Metrolink tram system extended to Withington, Didsbury Village, West Didsbury, Hough End and Manchester Airport. Manchester Withington MP John Leech has given his backing to the Reporter’s Big Debate.

He said: "I think a debate such as this is hugely important because it gives the opportunity to both sides of the debate to state their case clearly and gives residents the opportunity to ask questions and grill those behind the scheme.

"There has been a certain amount of misinformation on the issue, and although people know generally what the money would be for, a lot of people are in the dark about what it would mean for them specifically."

Representing the Yes campaign will be Rowena Burns, a Didsbury resident who is the chief operating officer of Bruntwood business services provider.

She said: "December’s transport referendum will be one of the biggest decisions we as Greater Mancunians will ever have to make.

"We have the opportunity to secure massive investment in our transport network, which would include an extension of the tram network through to Didsbury, Wythenshawe and the airport, new yellow school buses for our children, an improved, expanded bus network including significant improvements to the Oxford Road corridor, and much more.

"With so much investment on offer, it is vital that people take the time to attend this type of debate and join us in securing a sustainable, successful future for our city region."

Andrew Simpson, a director of property and transport company Peel Holdings, will speak on behalf of the Greater Manchester Momentum Group which is opposing the plans.

Mr Simpson said he was happy to take part in the debate as he believes congestion-charging and the TIF bid are important issues for south Manchester.

He said: "I think it is important that people have the opportunity to hear the arguments so that they can fully understand the implications of the TIF bid.

"We think this would be a bad scheme and will not provide meaningful benefits for our economy, our environment or our communities."

wind-up merchant
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Altrincham vs Oxford today 3pm kickoff. Altrincham can go 9th if they win, I've been told they have never been that high. £5 in if you have a United or City season ticket, I think its just me(United) and jrb(City) that have them. Am going as a one off since there is no football and I need to watch some football. You'll all welcome.

10th February 2008
64,290 Posts
Discussion Starter · #16 ·
Can I borrow it after you've read it please.(I'm a tight b******) I'll pay return postage as long as it's no more than the cost of the book.

Out now.


FORMAT: Royal paperback
EXTENT: 352pp
ILLUSTRATED: 16pp of b/w photographs

Out of the slums of industrial Manchester emerged a strange and
bloody cult that would terrorise the city’s streets for three decades.
Gangs of youths, violent and tough, launched a series of turf wars in a
brutal fight for supremacy. Calling themselves ‘scuttlers’, they fought
pitched battles that left scores injured or maimed. Soon the scuttler
and his moll were as notorious as any modern gangster.

The Gangs of Manchester is a journey into this long-forgotten
Victorian underworld. It traces the rise of the first youth tribes in the
smoke-blackened courts and alleys of nineteenth-century Manchester
and Salford and tells how they adopted a distinctive fashion and code
of conduct. They wore peaked caps tilted to display their long fringes,
flashy silk scarves, bell-bottomed trousers and brass-tipped clogs.
But the scuttler’s most prized possession was his thick leather belt,
adorned with gang insignia and wrapped tight around his fist.
The heavy brass buckle could shatter a man’s skull.

As the Grey Mare Boys battled with Holland Street from Miles Platting,
the Bengal Tigers and Prussia Street fought it out in Ancoats,
and Ordsall Lane and Hope Street waged guerrilla war in Salford,
they terrified respectable citizens and defied the police and the law courts.

Mob leaders became local legends. George Worthington led a huge
army from Bradford and Beswick. The infamous Bellis brothers held
sway over Greengate. And in the 1890s, the entire city held its breath
as a handful of leading ‘captains’ fought for the coveted title of
King of the Scuttlers. The Gangs of Manchester brings to vivid
life the first chapter in the history of the city’s enduring gang wars.

About the author:

Andrew Davies is a senior lecturer in history at the University of Liverpool. He specialises in the history of crime in modern Britain, and has published widely on gangs, crime and policing. He lived for many years in Salford, Greater Manchester.

Keep Changing.
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New tour for BBC Manchester

BBC Manchester is throwing open its doors in the New Year and offering people the chance to take a tour and have a peek behind the scenes of programmes such as BBC North West Tonight.

From 28 January, BBC Tours will offer visitors the chance to gain access to the rarely seen world behind the famous TV and radio programmes broadcast and produced from BBC Manchester.

BBC Tour guides will give an insight into the many programmes originating from BBC Manchester and the level of work it takes to get them from script to screen. They are also on hand to answer any burning questions relating to technical wizardry and the famous faces who have visited the building.

Visitors will have the chance to see the studio where Gordon Burns and Ranvir Singh present BBC North West Tonight, pop into BBC Radio Manchester studios and visit Studio 7 the home of the world famous BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

They will also be able to have a go at presenting the weather or even take part in a special recording of a radio drama complete with sound effects.

There will also be an opportunity to hear more about the BBC's move to the MediaCityUK development at Salford Quays in 2011.

BBC Tours, which will run regularly on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays last for approximately 90-minutes and ticket prices range from £4.50 to £5.50 per person.

Anne Rabbitt from Manchester's BBC Tour says: "Visitors will have the opportunity to sit in Gordon Burns' chair! Most people are used to seeing the BBC North West Tonight studio on their TV screens, it's a very familiar sight, so it's exciting to see the real studio. This is going to be a first class visitor experience and one people will be talking about for years to come!"

Bookings for a tour of BBC Manchester can be made by calling: 0370 901 1227* or callers from outside the UK should call: +44 28 9053 5904. Textphone number for hearing-impaired callers is: 0370 903 0304*.
Last chance before the site is redeveloped

sometime in the next 25 years.

10th February 2008
64,290 Posts
Discussion Starter · #20 ·
Just incase your thinking of getting a HDMI cable. I didn't know either. Just saved myself a few quid. No wonder the sales assistant was pushing the £30 HDMI cable when I bought the blu ray player yesterday.

HDMI Cables - Any difference between £10 and £100 Cable

With the release of many HDMI enabled equipment, especially the PS3, HDMI cables are becoming more of an importance.

This is to answer the following question most commonly asked:

"Is there a difference between an unbranded £10 HDMI Cable and a branded £100 HDMI Cable".

I've been asked this question many times myself. I thought I would write a short breif guide on ebay to clear some matters up.

The short answer is: NO

An expensive HDMI cable will make NO difference in the quality of your picture or sound.

This is because the way digital signals work. Not getting too technical, digital signals consists of ZEROs and ONEs (0's and 1's) travelling along the cable. A expensive branded cable is not going to make the 0s and 1s any brighter, vivid or sharper. Its just 0s and 1s. It just needs to travel from the source to the destination. Either it gets there or it doesn't.

With digital, you either get a picture or not, theres no quality difference. Think about your Sky digital box. Have you ever got a weak signal, picture fading etc... not really, you either have a picture or you dont.

Digital does not work in the same way analog does. Analog was subject to interferences, weak signals etc and therefore suffered quality loss as a result. A better quality cable may be needed for anlaog, but the principle does not apply to digital.

Mnufacturers are taking advantage of cosumers lack of knowledge about HD or digital technology. they use clever marketing technique for force you to buy their expensive equipment.

I such technique is "You have spent thousands of pounds on a HD Ready LCD TV, HD-DVD/Blu Ray, PS3 or any other electonics, why slimp on a HDMI cable"

Dont be fooled. I suggest you do your own research and discover the facts beforehand. There is a wealth of information on the internet, particularly many internet forums.
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