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Saturday 19 May 2007

Reports problems to your local council with Neighbourhood Fix It

The Neighbourhood Fix It website is an effective way to highlight and report problems in your local neighbourhood.

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Filed under: Environment,Politics — GS @ 2:21 pm
Thursday 26 April 2007

The scaremongering over terror threats is growing…

…says person who read Home Secretary John Reid’s latest attempt.

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Filed under: Politics — GS @ 3:06 am
Sunday 25 February 2007

My Richard and Judy experience

Channel Four is in the news again over yet another possible scam. This time involving the You Say We Pay quiz on the Richard and Judy programme.

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Filed under: Personal,The media,TV & film — GS @ 2:24 pm
Friday 9 February 2007

‘Snow chaos’ doesn’t hit Manchester. Hundreds of thousands severely not affected by lack of weather disruption

Looking out of my high-rise window across the whole of south Manchester, the only snow I can see is about 15 miles away on the hills of the Peak District and some more further east on the hills near Stalybridge…

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Filed under: The media — GS @ 7:34 am
Monday 13 November 2006

Liberation 91 protest, Manchester, UK 1991 (video)

Don’t believe the big fibs that are put around by commercial vested interests today. They make out that Manchester was some kind of gay wasteland before Canal Street took off in the early 1990’s.

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Filed under: Documentary,LGBT,Manchester,Politics,With video — GS @ 1:15 pm
Tuesday 7 November 2006

Why Guy Fawkes night is dreaded by many in inner-city areas of Britain

In Britain, 5th November is Bonfire Night. When it’s traditional to let off fireworks and burn a dummy of Guy Fawkes who tried to blow up Parliament in 1605.

It’s supposed to be fun. A colourful spectacle. But for many people in inner-city areas this has become a time of year that they dread.

The other night, on some spare ground close to where I live, youths and children lit a large bonfire. It was close to houses. They used fireworks like guns, pointing them at head height and shooting them across the neighbourhood. Some of the kids were very young indeed and, though fascinated, were obviously afraid that they would be targeted and ‘shot’ by others.

The fire brigade arrived to put out the blaze but they seemed to be intimidated by the abusive youths. The fire crew didn’t leave the fire engine. In other areas there have been incidents where fire fighters were attacked.

They left and, soon after, returned accompanied by the Police.

The BritishPathe website has some vintage newsreel footage of children celebrating Bonfire Night in 1957 and 1959 at a cinema that is just a few hundred yards from this location. How things have changed.


Filed under: Documentary,Manchester — GS @ 3:18 am
Wednesday 25 October 2006

Questions that Manchester Pride, Marketing Manchester & the Manchester Evening News don’t want to answer

On 18 August 2006 I wrote to Manchester Pride with the following questions. I received a reply from Marketing Manchester, saying that I would get a ‘prompt reply’ just as soon as Pride was over. More than two months later I am still waiting…

Here is my letter:

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Filed under: LGBT,Manchester — GS @ 1:14 pm
 
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