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Something for the Weekend (12-14 September)

Bikes on roads, fine abodes, Madonna and me, endangered toads. .. Heather Smith gives you the weekend lowdown

Published on September 11th 2008.


Something for the Weekend (12-14 September)

Support the Pool
This summer, we've adopted over 100 superlambs and a 50ft mechanical arachnid as our own. Why then, is there a distinct lack of Merseysiders willing to spare their time and cash to save one of our real, endangered species. The natterjack toad.

No experience is required for the Formby coast based conservation work, where vital pond-fencing and shrub-clearing is on the agenda, as well as the genuine feel good factor of doing something worthwhile.

As the programme ends, you won't have watch on woefully as they wander into the Queensway tunnel, or indeed be pitifully outbidded for the ownership. No, if you lend your time to the natterjack, the fantastic species has a greater chance of survival and you can label yourself a hero.

The British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) Natterjack Fencing at Formby, 13th-14th Sept and 27th-28th Sept, the two-day experience costs 100 and £60 for the one day, for more information and to book online, Click here or call 01772 204647.

Madonna and Me
Don't worry if you missed Tommy Kearney's terrific tale of love, loss and friendship in January because Madonna and Me returns to the Actors Studio until September 20th.

Originally refused funding in his home city, Kearney took off to London where his work received glowing reviews. It's only now in 2008, thanks to the tiny volunteer-run venue, that his work can finally play before a home crowd.

The Actors Studio, which boasts a busy autumn/winter schedule, will also stage the scouse premier of Kearney's Windermere at the end of the month, wrapping up a season dedicated to our lesser-known writing talent.

Madonna and Me @ the Liverpool Actors Studio, until 20th Sept, performances start at 7.30pm, tickets £12, £10 concs, call 0151 709 9034

Tour of Britain Finale
Since setting off in London six days ago, the Tour of Britain cyclists have peddled through 15 venues and some God-awful rain across the country. The 16 teams of six will no doubt be over the moon when the race comes to a close Sunday in a city-centre circuit.

The 2008 route is incredibly tough. Through eight stages the riders have challenged windy coastal lanes, narrow twists and steep climbs.

After a sprint through Southport, Formby and Thornton, the race is expected to end at The Strand around 2 o'clock. Pop down if you can and cheer along the brave Lycra-wearing clan. They'll be glad of the support.

Tour of Britain Finale, Sun 14th Sept, for more information and the route, visit www.tourofbritain.co.uk

Heritage Open Days
We all know that we're surrounded by the best buildings in the world. We see them all the time. It's not that often however, that we get the chance to go inside, look around and hear their magnificent stories.

Heritage Open Days return this weekend with an extended programme for 2008. Hundreds of volunteers give up their time, offer their knowledge and share their memories with anyone who is interested in what lies behind the wealth of architectural talent in our city.

Some 50 buildings of different age, style and purpose will open their doors over the next ten days to breathe a bit of new life into our local history. You'd be mad to miss out.

Heritage Open Days 2008, until 21st September, various venues across the city region, for more information and the event directory, visit www.heritageopendays.org

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Liverpool wagSeptember 11th 2008.

I thought this was Liverpool Confidential. Get back over the water you fool.

DigSeptember 11th 2008.

You going to get into another debate about Liverpool Liverpool Wag? I certainly wouldn't say Liverpool stretches from Wales to Southport. I can think of a few places in between. I could be on your side for a change regardless of your sex!

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