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<b>Thursday 8 January:</b> Bolton vigilantes, Chorlton newsagent's defiance, beautiful churches and safe sneezes

Published on January 8th 2009.

A VIGILANTE ATTACK resulted in the death of a man in Bolton, Manchester Crown Court has heard. Scott Campbell, 44, plunged from his second-floor flat trying to flee a gang who believed he was a paedophile. The allegation that he indecently assaulted a child had been made hours earlier. All alleged participants in the attack deny manslaughter.

KAYS NEWSAGENT in Chorlton has been the target of a robbery. A shop assistant kept the robber at bay on Wednesday, with a cardboard box as he attempted to steal cash. He threatened to punch the woman but she blocked his way with the box. Detective Constable Louise Howarth, of West Didsbury CID, said: “She deserved enormous credit for sticking to her guns and not letting this thug anywhere near the till.”

SNEEZE SAFELY is the message being taught to primary school children in Didsbury. Pupils at Broad Oak Primary are being educated on how to blow their noses on tissues rather than their sleeves. The lesson includes a DVD about safer sneezing and aims to increase their understanding of viral infections.

WE HAVE BEAUTIFUL CHURCHES according to the book `Great Churches of the North West' which has recognised six Greater Manchester as among the region's most beautiful. Author, Matthew Byrne, picked a total of 26 churches for their architectural distinction, beauty, quality of sculpture, carving and stained glass, historic interest and dramatic setting. The Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, in Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester Cathedral, St Ann's Church in the city centre, St Leonard, in Middleton, near Rochdale, St Philip's Church, in Salford, and St Wilfrid's Church, in Standish, are all featured.

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

Michael WestJanuary 8th 2009.

Sneezing Safety

emma graceJanuary 8th 2009.

Am I reading this right...a DVD about safer sneezing? Are they for real?!?

emma graceJanuary 8th 2009.

Now Scoteee, have we been on Wikipedia...?

scoteeeJanuary 8th 2009.

Well “A1” in shipping terms was the highest standard that insurers would give to a ship both before and after it spent a month at sea. If a ship came back in A1 condition then it was valued far higher than one that was being insured after a few bashings and therefore valued a ,"B" for example.Up to scratch refers to an old boxing term that was used before the 10 count. The rules of boxing changed a few times but in the earlier days a referee would use a sharp object and the boxer had the time it took from the start of a long scrape in the ground to the end (roughly scraped a yard which took around ten seconds)- to get up and start fighting again before being declared the loser.Pint of life anyone?

emma graceJanuary 8th 2009.

No...I don't know, but I am very intreagued if you wouldn't mind?

scoteeeJanuary 8th 2009.

Ever wondered why a suit jacket has three/four buttons on the outside of it's sleeve? Until later changes in fashion, they were originally place on the inside of the sleeve of the jacket. Child sailors given laborious work on the decks were called "Snotties" who wore plain jackets aboard 17th century ships. Due to bad diet they were consistently open to colds and sneezed a lot. A captain of one ship decoded to have sharp brass buttons sewn on the cuffs in order to stop the bad habit of wiping their noses on their sleeves. Maybe another reason we should just bring back uniform?!

scoteeeJanuary 8th 2009.

No not at all,I remmber that from a reallyy interseting history programme I saw years ago discussing naval terms their history and sayings regularly used but rarely know the meaning of...not sure you will find any reference to this Wikipedia Ms G.for instance do youi know the meaning of up to scratch or A1? I was doing things like this when you were all out having a good time and a real life.xxx

secret squirrelJanuary 8th 2009.

Savile Row tailors often refer to "surgeons cuffs" for working buttonhole cuffs.(So that they could be rolled up for the odd amputation etc.)

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