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<b>Wednesday 14 January:</b> Power cut pandemonium, Church cross over cross and the cost of Kaka

Published on January 14th 2009.

THE POWER CUT which left around 37,000 people without electricity yesterday is being investigated by United Utilities. An overhead power line failed yesterday morning, leaving the CIS, the Arndale Centre, Selfridges, Marks and Spencer and shops in the Northern Quarter and Corporation Street without power for around 45 minutes. Geraldine Walsh, a pricing consultant at the CIS, said: “We watched out of the window for the first 20 minutes the pandemonium that was Manchester without any traffic lights.”

CORONATION STREET BOSSES are in trouble after requesting a cross be removed from a church during filming because they thought it would be offensive to some viewers. Describing the request as a disgrace, The Rev. James Milnes, of St Mary's Church in Nether Alderley, Cheshire now plans to spend the £4,600 acquired from Granada for using the church on a handmade silver processional cross.

MANCHESTER CITY WANT KAKA. The club has reportedly offered £100m for AC Milan's Brazilian midfielder, plus a weekly wage of £500,000. The move could be the biggest transfer of all time. Mark Hughes told mcfc.co.uk: “There is a bit of a dance going on. People want to know what we are doing on a daily basis, so it’s difficult to go about our business quite quietly.”

300 NEW HOMES will be built on land currently occupied by the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. Most of the hospital will be demolished after it closes in June. Salford council is to lobby for the main admin block and the gatehouse, which were built in 1872, to be saved from demolition.
Campaigners want to preserve all the original `Nightingale' wards as well.

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

Chris BJanuary 14th 2009.

If Kaka signs for City I will gladly run the length of Deansgate naked on a Saturday afternoon! (South to North) Robinho was hoodwinked onto the wrong flight.. Kaka won't make the same mistake. I hope.. PS Not a sour red just in the real world. would be great to have some of THE best players in teh world currently on our doorsteps.. Ron, Torres, Gerrard, not forgetting the immense old-guard at utd.. and SWP and the gang at City.. Strange times.. Watch out for the youth of SCFC too. I can dream!

cping500January 14th 2009.

Power Cut nonsense.... it was a secret test for an alternative to the Congestion Charge.

redroosterJanuary 14th 2009.

A spokesperson for Kaka is reported to have said " he has always wanted to play for aa big club but sod that , two million a month , I,m ,aving some of that "

Reality CheckJanuary 14th 2009.

I'm with Eugene, surely if they want the scene set in a church in the English countryside, a cross could well be somewhere in view? Otherwise it could be a.....barn? castle? stately home? office? town hall? Might as well dispense with altar, candles, stained glass window etc. to make doubly sure it looks nothing like a church. Who was going to be offended, watching a scene in a soap opera set in a church?

scoteeeJanuary 14th 2009.

i'll have my camera at the ready Chris B haha12.11 AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani has confirmed that he met Manchester City officials on Tuesday to discuss the future of Kaka. Meanwhile, the Brazilian star's spokesman has declared that a move to Eastlands is not 'impossible'.

johnJanuary 14th 2009.

The power cut was very inconvenient for the shoppers in the town centre, both of them were said to be extremely annoyed

Utd FanJanuary 14th 2009.

AC Milans Galliani told Italian newspaper La Stampa: "We received an astronomical offer from Chelsea for Kaka." I can't wait for this one,he's going somewhere that's for sure!!! I love the premeiership it's the best in the world!

eugeneJanuary 14th 2009.

Bloody coronation street - who the ehck do they think they are? Yuo should be ashamed of yourselves, whoever at Granada asked for that. This is a christian country, and they were in a church!Oi, Corrie - sort it out!

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