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<b>Thursday 27 August:</b> Speed to Scotland, a baby antelope and Muhammed Ali in Manchester

Published on August 27th 2009.

A HIGH-SPEED RAILWAY LINE plan linking Scotland and London via Manchester by 2030, has been unveiled. Network Rail's proposed new line linking Glasgow with London, on which trains could travel as fast as 200mph, would also serve Manchester and Birmingham, cutting journey times by an hour. The government is now carrying out its own rail network review and will make a decision next year.

A RARE BABY ANTELOPE spends her working hours at Knowsley Safari Park but likes to get some respite in a spare-room in Whitefield. Sultana was born at Knowsley Safari Park but is being cared for by head keeper Emma Gatcliffe, at her home after being abandoned by her mother. After a four-hour feed, Sultana likes to play with Miss Gatcliffe’s poodle, watch some TV, and then retreat to the spare-room.

HUNDREDS OF FANS turned out in Hyde to catch a glimpse of Muhammed Ali. The boxing-legend visited Ricky Hatton’s gym for a look-around yesterday before attending a special dinner in his honour at Old Trafford. The boxer is here on a two-week tour of the UK, which is expected to be the last visit from Ali due to his failing health.

A MICHELIN-STAR CHEF has branded the government’s drinking laws “archaic”. The Abode restaurant chain, run by Michael Caines, was warned its tasting-sized measures were contravening the Weights and Measures Act. The chef said, "A lot of people don't want to drink 125ml at lunchtime. We, and the industry, are hugely frustrated by the current legislation”.

This ‘N’ That: Don't talk about yourself; the others will, after you're gone.

Taken from the free calendar available at This 'n' That, Soap Street, Northern Quarter. Wisdom rating: 6/10

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

Ali McGowanAugust 27th 2009.

Please, more fast rail - built ASAP. For a nation that pioneered the railways, we are a bunch of arses. Clapped out slow rickety trains on many lines - and many lines that are either too busy to handle trains at 200mph or lines that would fall to pieces if a train zoomed along them that fast. We should have a national high speed network... *stops dreaming and realises he has the power to change nothing :( *...

susieboo93August 27th 2009.

i can't wait until 2030 for a quick journey to glasgow - i've been driving between glasgow and manchester since 2000 and each time i drive as i can do it in less than 3 hours (ok i do speed a wee bit) but i do not see any advantage in taking the train at the moment....i hope the decision is positive and we get the link, even if i am dead by then and other people can take advantage of the service!

east lancsAugust 27th 2009.

Jinkies, having just endured the disgrace that is the Edinburgh-Manchester service yesterday, anything that speeds it up is welcome. Seriously, it was an horrendous experience; next time I'll go via Virgin to Glasgow, then skip across from there.

Abode fanAugust 27th 2009.

Yeah, I bet Caine's not happy. Those taster drinks he sells are almost as expensive as their full size counter parts. Is he worried about his customers you think or his profits?

CasAugust 27th 2009.

Isn't Japan considered to be the benchmark? That was privatised in the 80's.

PC PlodAugust 27th 2009.

susieboo93 - "speeding a little bit"? I make that an end to end average speed of 70+ mph :)

AvoAugust 27th 2009.

I was interviewed by Granada about the proposed rail investment and was on Granada Reports yesterday. Woohoo! Well that's my ten seconds of fame!

M30August 27th 2009.

Ridiculous that we have to wait 20 years for this high speed line. They've turned round a NS HiSpeed in around five years in the Netherlands. Bureaucracy in this country means that it'll take ten times that here. Transpennine Express should never have been allowed to operate the Manchester - Edinburgh/Glasgow services. It's worth going to either Preston, Wigan or Warrington to use the Virgin service. Renationalisation is the only answer.

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