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<b>Monday 6 July:</b> Confidential to take spacemen around, X-Factor judges are wet not wimps and the Festival’s already a hit

Published on July 6th 2009.

MANCHESTER CONFIDENTIAL will today guide astronauts from the Discovery Space Shuttle around Manchester, to show them the delights of the city. Honest, this is true. Later in the evening there will be audience with the crew at MOSI at 7.30-8.30pm. Tickets are £8 adults, £4 children, £6 concessions and £20 for a family ticket. Visit www.mosi.org.uk to book.

X-FACTOR JUDGES did their bit for global warming on Friday, driving just 7 metres to Manchester Central. Staying in the Radisson Edwardian Hotel, Simon, Louis, Cheryl and Danni all chose to be chauffer driven to the first round of auditions than walk the few yards by foot; Minogue briefly stopping to sign a builder’s hardhat outside the former G-Mex.

IT WOULD APPEAR the middle managers at the BBC are suffering from ‘Londonitus’, after fewer than half agreeing to relocate as part of the corporation’s move north. Around 1,400 staff posts are to transfer from London to Salford’s MediaCity:UK, with only 109 out of the 261 senior staff ‘invited’ to move agreeing to do so. Beeb bosses have said the 42 per cent moving up north was “higher than expected”.

MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL has got off to a cracking start with a mix of the unusual and the inspired. ‘It Felt Like A Kiss’, the spooky drama in an abandoned office block, has been the first talking point. The Pavilion in Albert Square has proved a superb focal point for the Festival, and has already been adopted as a rendezvous point by Mancunians.

This 'N' That wisdom: Never call in a tiger to chase away a dog

Taken from the free calendar available at This 'n' That, Soap Street, Northern Quarter. Those curry masters are so very, very sagacious. How does this wisdom rate? 3/10

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

shinealightJuly 6th 2009.

...the witch story is also a few weeks old.

BenJuly 6th 2009.

Well what with vast amount of woodland still around in this country, we could do with clearing a few acres to be occupied by the up and coming steal trade boom!

BenJuly 6th 2009.

This steam train shenanigans is nothing but hot air!...See what I did there? No...ok...I'll die now

GregJuly 6th 2009.

Huh? These comments don't match these stories.

AnonymousJuly 6th 2009.

Steam trains? Those would be powered by wood or coal I assume? Very efficient, produce hardly any plumes of black smoke and are bound to be great for the environment. Hm

NancyJuly 6th 2009.

Wonder if those sailors dressed up as the Hamburglar to commit their crime?!

EditorialJuly 6th 2009.

Lordy lord folks sorry. But we had glitches with the witches and doubled up in unfathomable ways with the past. Now sorted. Today is today. Ta for pointing it out. Although maybe repeating interesting news from the past might be a way forwards. So tomorrow we've got all the scandal on Nero's orgy-fest, England invaded by Normans and steam train travel, will it ever catch on?

scoteeeJuly 6th 2009.

the two royal navy sailors story is giving me a sever bout of 'de ja vous'.has this not been covered a few weeks ago with an identitical piece?

BenJuly 6th 2009.

Slow news day in confidential land? Next we'll be getting some breaking news about the fall of the Berlin wall and an "as it happens" account of September 11th

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