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<b>Tuesday 14 April:</b> Johnny Roadhouse dies, distracted drivers and Vimto revamped

Published on April 14th 2009.

MANCHESTER MUSIC LEGEND Johnny Roadhouse senior died on Saturday at the age of 88. The saxophonist behind the famous music shop on Oxford Road died in his sleep at Manchester Royal Infirmary following a short illness. The store has served famous customers like Paul McCartney, Oasis and Joy Division over the past 50 years. It will remain open.

SMART CARS WITH CCTVs attached, are being used to catch distracted drivers in a scheme by Greater Manchester Police. The new CCTV cars parked at junctions will monitor traffic and film anyone seen using their mobile phones, eating at the wheel, playing with the radio or applying make-up while driving.

THE COUNCIL is calling for remarkable women to be nominated for its Manchester Awards for Women. Individuals, community groups or organisations working hard to improve the lives of women in Manchester can apply for the seven categories in business, health, culture, environment, valuing older people, outstanding young woman and the Kath Locke Award promoting the role of women in public life. Nominations close on 24 April for the awards on 25 June.

SOFT DRINK VIMTO has undergone a £5m marketing campaign aimed at 14 to 16-year-olds. The Manchester drink aims to shed its children’s drink image and tap in on the “teen power” audience. It will come in a new 250ml ready-to-drink pouch designed to appeal to teenagers. Created by John Noel Nichols in 1908 in Granby Row, the drink is estimated to be now worth £35m.

This 'n' that wisdom*: those who want much are always in need

*Taken from the free calendar available at This 'n' That, Soap Street, Northern Quarter. Those curry meisters are so very very sagacious. How does this wisdom rate? Confidential rating: 8/10

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Big RobApril 14th 2009.

The CCTV cars could usefully be parked outside Kendalls on Deansgate, catching the many drivers who don't know what a box junction means, get stuck in it as the traffic halts, then go through the pedestrian crossings on red.

jimApril 14th 2009.

Can i please suggest that the CCTV cars park up under the Mancunian way at the turn-off for Medlock St. Every night on my way home I nearly end up in a crash because some people would rather go in the left-hand lane going on to the roundabout and then proceed to go right around towards Hulme. Sorry about the rant but it really pisses me off.....why don't they just queue in the correct lane like I have to.

jaybeeApril 14th 2009.

Strange, no report on the Moston by-election, wonder why?Couldn't have had anything to do with £abour losing 11% of its vote, the Cons down 400 votes or so and the Libs picking up the discontented Cons vote. Oh, I almost forgot, the BNP coming second with 815 votes, for 23.3%. Not bad for a first showing. Both £abour and the Libs spat their dummies out when the result was declared, such juvenile behaviour from our would be 'betters'.

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