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<b>Monday 2 February:</b> Chinese New Year, attempted murder of police officer, Boyle on the boil and let it snow

Published on February 2nd 2009.

A 25-YEAR-OLD MAN has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of a police officeer. The man, a suspected rapist, ran over the plain-clothes officer after the man had failed to make a court appearance on the rape charge. The police officer’s injuries are not life threatening – the offender largely missed him, running over his foot.

THE REGION’S best-loved director Danny Boyle has been named best director by the Directors Guild of America for Slumdog Millionaire – his tale of a Mumbai boy from the slums made good. This is seen as a sign that Boyle could pick up an Oscar as well. Only six times in the 60-year history of the awards has the winner failed to take an Oscar for best director.

HARD WORK, appropriately in these troubled times, is a chief characteristics of those born in the Year of OX. This year’s Chinese New Year celebrations attracted large crowds into Chinatown as the city again hosted its dancing and prancing 180ft dragon. There were firecrackers, balloons, candy-floss and gift stalls in Britain’s second largest Chinatown as well as stage performances and a concluding firework display.

CONFIDENTIAL OFFICIAL COMMENT. Manchester Confidential is running odds on who will be the first whinging local authority figure or radio guest to complain about the region’s lack of preparation over the snow. We say less gritters, more snow, subsidies for sledges. By the way more of the white stuff is anticipated for Greater Manchester over the next few days – now calm down on Deansgate Locks.

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6 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

emma graceFebruary 2nd 2009.

I wonder what Sajid would make of the Chinese New Year celebrations?

HANSOM builder of the Holy NameFebruary 2nd 2009.

Is the Brick Man rant full?New postings are not loading.

emma graceFebruary 2nd 2009.

yes...and highly inappropriate of course...

JonathanFebruary 2nd 2009.

I also quite liked right on the main drag of Faulkner Street the 'Chip Shop' van which put me in mind of old Kowloon.

scoteeeFebruary 2nd 2009.

Over-powering no doubt Ms G.

AvoFebruary 2nd 2009.

Candy-floss, the cornerstone of every Chinese New YEar celebration.

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