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Manchester 250: Monday 9 July

Model bad behaviour and virtual desecration

Published on July 9th 2007.

GREATER MANCHESTER has been misled in a congestion charge leaflet which promotes road pricing as part of a package of transport improvements. The leaflet, which was sent to 2.5m homes, features four made-up case studies which claim to be ‘local people’. The pictures are actually models who live in the USA. It could be a fatal error by the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities.

MANCHESTER CATHEDRAL is calling for video games manufacturers to sign up to guidelines to prevent ‘virtual desecration’ of religious buildings. Sony issued an apology to Manchester Cathedral for using the building’s interior in a violent computer game. Cathedral lawyers are in talks over the request that the game, Resistance: Fall of Man, be withdrawn.

MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL continues to win plaudits after a heady weekend which featured clubbing extravaganza Industrial Resolution with Fatboy Slim and Sasha on Saturday and PJ Harvey, Happy Mondays and William Orbit on Sunday. Not everything is going to plan however, the first Industrial Resolution event on the Friday was spoiled by problems concerning drink ordering and the family event, the Great Indoors was considered by many to be worthy rather than fun.

SVEN GORAN-ERIKKSON is glad to be back in football after signing a three-year contract at Manchester City. The Swede, who was paid massive compensation by the Football Association for his time out the game said: “I have not followed Manchester City for 31 years, so I can't really talk about the past. But it is good to be here.”

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