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City news in 250 words: Monday 4 April

New Airbus takes off, April Fools cons, Cathedral opens, Manchester football ascendent

Published on April 4th 2011.

City news in 250 words: Monday 4 April

VIRGIN ATLANTIC’s new Airbus A330 fleet was launched with a flight from Manchester Airport to Orlando. The giant new plane took off from Manchester this weekend ahead of the airline's opening of a new service to Las Vegas on Sunday. Around a hunderd jobs have been created in the Manchester area as a result. Each plane is worth (out of 10 ordered) is worth £1.4bn.

APRIL FOOLS’ DAY works. Confidential’s story about Heston Blumenthal opening a restaurant in Chorlton Library called Chorlton:Heston (click here) fooled people over the weekend. One email of several the editor got was ‘I popped down on Sunday to see what conversion activity was going on. Even asked a passer-by if they knew anything about it. I only twigged when I re-read the article. I feel so stupid.” Confidential feels very happy about this.

MANCHESTER CATHEDRAL is to have more regular guided tours. One of the city’s most beautiful interiors is shamefully ignored by many city residents and workers. Yet it’s from here the whole city sprung. It also has some of the finest medieval woodwork in the country. Now twice every month on a Monday at 2pm, Blue and Green Badge Guides will be showing the highlights. Tours start today at 2pm, just turn up, £6 (£5).

CITY WON, United won, Balotelli smiled, Rooney scowled. Manchester is first and third in the Premier League. City smashed Sunderland 5-0, United came back from two stupid penalties to win 4-2. Good news for profile and international reputation.

THIS WEEK IN 1990: A riot over poor conditions began at Strangeways Prison Manchester, lasting 25 days. An inquiry recommended major prison reform.

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