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<b>Friday 20 March:</b> Elbow and the Halle at MIF, view Manchester on Google and more bollard drama

Published on March 20th 2009.

MERCURY PRIZE WINNERS Elbow will perform alongside the Halle at this year's Manchester International festival. The event, which runs from 2-19 July, will include performances from De La Soul and the octogenarian phenomenon, Young@Heart Chorus, as well as reappearances from Damon Albarn, Lou Reed and Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta.

MANCHESTER'S STREETS can now be viewed from thousands of miles away using Google's Street View service. Google Map users all over the world can now receive 360 degree, street level images of the city, one of 25 to be included. Fears that the service - which uses face and licence plate blurring technology - will infringe user privacy were quashed by Google, who claimed it only gathered images on public property.

THE SAFETY of the rising bollards at Saint Mary's Gate and Corporation Street has been called into question after yet another vehicle has smashed into one, near Marks and Spencer. Council chiefs ordered a review after three people were hospitalised for minor injuries, when the Metroshuttle bus crashed into it. The bollards were installed two and half years ago, to reduce the number of pedestrian injuries.

DWAIN CHAMBERS' Olympic ban has denied him the chance to compete in this year's Great City Games, in May. An appearance from the European gold medallist has been ruled out, after it was decided places would only be open to those athletes preparing for London 2012. Chambers received a lifetime Olympic ban in 2003, when he tested positive for the performance enhancing drug, TGH.

This 'n' that wisdom*: Those who plant thorns must not expect to pluck roses

*Taken from the free calendar available at This 'n' That, Soap Street, Northern Quarter. Those curry meisters are so very very sagacious.

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marion rubinsMarch 20th 2009.

wow Elbow and the Halle!!amazing please send me tickets now!! Marion x

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