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<b>Wednesday 9 December:</b> Police Christmas cards, Manchester and Salford share and Sea Hawk down

Published on December 9th 2009.


A MAN WAS INJURED AFTER AN EXPLOSION at the former Withington Hospital. The victim, a workman aged in his 40s, suffered injuries to his face, hand and back in a blast at the site in West Didsbury. An hour later there was a second explosion, believed to have been caused by the first. It is thought a workman cut through a gas pipe that he believed to be disconnected.

POLICE ARE TO CARRY OUT hundreds of raids today as part of a Christmas crackdown on thieves and robbers. After breaking down the doors of suspects, once taken into police custody they were handed a tongue-in-cheek Christmas card. Mimicking the M&S adverts, the cards show a sloppy microwave Christmas dinner awaiting thieves who are locked up over the festive period, with the message: “This is not just any Christmas dinner - this is a GMP custody suite Christmas dinner.”

PALACE AND LOWRY WILL SHARE THE SPOILS of the Royal Opera House’s planned move up north. Bosses at the Lowry Theatre warned they could be put out of business if the ROH was based in the Palace Theatre. Culture and council bosses have reached an agreement that will see Manchester staging performances by the Royal Opera, and Salford presenting ballet and dance from around the world.

A PUB HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN following two violent incidents in two days. The Sea Hawk in Old Trafford has been forced to temporarily close after a mugging inside the pub and a fight outside the day after.

This ‘N’ That wisdom: Don’t minimise risk. Maximise opportunity.

Taken from the free calendar available at This 'n' That, Soap Street, Northern Quarter. Wisdom rating 5/10

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

johnthebriefDecember 9th 2009.

Obviously not in the same league as the much-missed Peter Maturi, but there's a surprisingly well stocked kitchen shop in the Arndale market.

C 2 The GDecember 9th 2009.

Your right Ano its is a waste of space! Cheshire Oaks pisses all over it to be frank. Lowry could and should be amazing and compete with CO. I understand it has competition from Trafford Centre and Man Central. I do however think once Media City is up and running plus everything else thats happening round that area it will be re born

burt CodeineDecember 9th 2009.

Crikey it is...apologies! I have 'Flu' TM. Those strange, repetitive night dreams you have when ill have leapt into my day head. Never 'websurf' on drinks, drugs or illnesses.A lesson learned and a lemsip somewhere latent.I'll get me duvet...

TomDecember 9th 2009.

Blimey Burt, that's one hell of a stream of consciousness...

Burt CodeineDecember 9th 2009.

Me too Gordo...I can only hope another Costa/Nero or Greggs will open upon it's grave. It was Peter Maturi from Leeds originally wasn't it? There's always the Kitchen department in Kendals.Aye, it's pretty good if not quite in the same league as the aforementioned Deansgate store - if you happen to be in the 'area' (i.e. the outlet) then it's worth popping in. Anywhere that sells pizza stones, decent parmesan graters and other mad cooking objects gets a tick from me. No high end cooking pans mind (those beautiful, far too expensive for me, copper pans - 'Mauviel' I think) or anything approaching serious coffee gadgetry...actually come to think of it, and it's been been mentioned many times before, but a seriously good coffee shop/store is missing from our city - that applies to a coffee bar and a place which sells good coffee beans and equipment. I have to mail order my beans from Staffordshire (the exemplary Hasbeans) and for a proper decent cup travel to Roberts & Co in Mawdsley, Lancs (who used to run the coffee shop in the Royal Exchange). As for equipment - forget the obvious brands sold in dept stores for silly amounts of money and look out for the classic Italian companies...ahh, I'm dreaming and going off topic...a 'gaff' like Einsteins in Berlin right in the heart of Manchester would make my new year!Aye, it's pretty good if not quite in the same league as the aforementioned Deansgate store - if you happen to be in the 'area' (i.e. the outlet) then it's worth popping in. Anywhere that sells pizza stones, decent parmesan graters and other mad cooking objects gets a tick from me. No high end cooking pans mind (those beautiful, far too expensive for me, copper pans - Mauviel I think) or anything approaching serious coffee gadgetry...actually come to think of it, and it's been been mentioned many times before, but a seriously good coffee shop/store is missing from our city - that applies to coffee bar and a place which sells coffee beans and equipment. I have to mail order my beans from Staffordshire (the excellent hasbeans) and for a proper decent cup travel to Roberts & Co in Mawdsley, Lancs (who used to run the coffee shop in the Royal Exchange). As for equipment - forget the obvious brands sold in dept stores for silly amounts of money and look out for the classic Italian companies...ahh, a 'gaff' like Einsteins in Berlin right in the heart of Manchester would make my new year!

BlameDecember 9th 2009.

Wouldn't want you to be late for your next shift eh anon.

GordoDecember 9th 2009.

Bit of Groundhog day going on there Burt ;-)

GordoDecember 9th 2009.

Burt, is that Kitchen shop worth going for? I was upset when that place on Deansgate closed down, it always seemed to have what you wanted in it.

AnonymousDecember 9th 2009.

There has to be something seriously good happen to the Lowry Outlet because at the minute I think its a vacuous waste of space!Compare it to Cheshire Oaks and I feel the Lowry is an embarrassment! There is precious little designer stuff there and half the shops are empty! Come on guys - sort it out and get some decent shops in there otherwise I'm back off to Cheshire Oaks!!

A RealistDecember 9th 2009.

Plus the Toons store and the Cadbury shop isn't bad either.

Burt CodeineDecember 9th 2009.

Not expecting the Royal Opera news so early, barely peeking out from the sea of other stories...so is it definitely going ahead or is merely taken to the next stage following which it will find some way to quietly vanish?I guess the split site makes sense - Salford Quays definitely needs something culturally strong to bind it all together especially as the word city (media city) is now being used. The only thing making me visit the area now (once you've visited IWMN so many times) is the 'Kitchen Paraphernalia' shop in the Lowry outlet...

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