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<b>Friday 2 January 2009:</b> What is it to be British, man on bail after accident and Cruz 101 fire

Published on January 2nd 2009.

WHAT IS IT TO BE BRITISH? This question will be debated by two of the sharpest brains in Britain on 12 February at the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing. Martin Amis and Mancunian Howard Jacobson will mull over how novels represent the nation, and how ideas of ‘Britishness’ have altered over the past half-century. Tickets can be purchased for £5 (£3 concessions) by calling Quay Tickets on 08704280785 or visiting www.quaytickets.com.

A 30-YEAR-OLD MAN has been released on bail after a fatal accident on Stretford Road in Urmston. In the early hours of Thursday morning a couple was hit by the man’s car whilst walking home. A woman in her fifties suffered serious injuries, and is in a critical condition, but a 49-year-man died at the scene.

CRUZ 101 had to be evacuated after a fire broke out in the early hours of New Year’s Day following the previous night’s celebrations. The fire started just after midnight at the gay nightclub off Princess Street in the city centre. Staff put out the blaze before the fire service arrived, no-one was reported injured. There will be an enquiry as how the fire started.

NON-LEAGUE DROYLSDEN have lost their appeal to stay in the FA Cup after their heroics against Chesterfield. The fact they fielded an ineligible player was deemed a clear breach of FA rules. Meanwhile Wayne Bridge remains a target for City’s Mark Hughes as he aims to strengthen his squad for the second half of the season.

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