Pennine Waterways explains:The Manchester and Salford Junction Canal is Manchester's almost forgotten waterway. It was built in 1839 to link the River Irwell and the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal to the Rochdale Canal. The canal was less than a mile long, with 4 locks and a tunnel below the Deansgate area. It was built to let boats get between the Irwell and the Rochdale Canal without having to pass through the Bridgewater Canal's Hulme link, the tolls for which were high. The canal was never a great success as it never carried as much traffic as anticipated, partly because ...

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I googled Jack Bond, the former Lancashire cricketer this evening, only to find that he died last month. Bond was Lancashire's captain in the early 1970s when they were the most feared one-day side in the country. He was batting far down the order by then, but his leadership was central to their success. And he was a fine fielder. The video above shows the catch he took to remove Asif Iqbal when he looked certain to win the 1971 Gillette Cup (the premier one-day trophy in those days) for Kent. You can read more about Bond's career in his ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Mon 5th

Farewell Norman

I was in Ryton this morning for the funeral of Norman Callender, former Lib Dem Councillor for Ryton, Crookhill and Stella. Norman was elected in 1992 and retired in 2011. He was popular in his ward and was a great servant of his constituents. He will be greatly missed.

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Coming up on 5th October is the very first live show for Never Mind The Bar Charts (and, if it goes badly, the very last one too... so make sure you don't miss out!).

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Lovely Sam West (perhaps foolishly) asked if anyone else had done as many franchises as Christopher Lee. So that's playing the same character across multiple films. We've got Sir Lee up to 7, possibly 8: Dooky in Star Wars Dracula Saruman in LotR/Hobbit Fu Manchu De Rochefort in the 70s Musketeers movies Sherlock Holmes Death in animated Discworld And, if his character in The Wicker Tree turns out to be Lord Summerisle - the character is credited as "Old Man" - that puts him on arguably 8. The nearest we have found so far are Eddie Murphy and Samuel L ...

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In an unusual move for a "quality" daily newspaper in the United Kingdom, The Times of London has called on the new Home Secretary, Priti Patel, to investigate the paper's findings in its investigation into alleged Qatari sponsorship of Islamist fundamentalism and has argued that the British government should isolate Qatar if the tiny Gulf [...]

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Second paragraph of third chapter (apologies for the scatological content): "Get me the soap," mum would squeal if we dared mention constipation. We would then be made to squat over the toilet whilst she softened the soap in warm water and rubbed it on your arse. To much relief, the old bowels would immediately open up and let loose the last ten days of gunge. My mother would look on triumphantly as if she had waved a magic wand or plunger. There wasn't much time to contemplate dignity, the remedial soap was just accepted as was the fact that your ...

I ran the London some of the things I did to get myself there and around 26.2 miles

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Some things are very much less than the sum of their parts. My cooking, for example. But the cooking of Delia Smith is a reminder that sometimes combining ingredients in the right way produces results which are very much more than the sum of their parts. The workings of first past the post provides a tempting target for would-be political cooking. If we can just add this party's vote share here to that candidate there... and a landslide can be conjured from what would otherwise be a series of losing vote shares. But success is far from guaranteed. Indeed, I've ...

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack

The Lower Leas Park is one of the gems of Folkestone - stretching from Radnor Cliff in Sandgate to the Leas Lift in Folkestone, the park is multi-award winning, well loved by locals and visitors alike and a great place to spend time. However, like all great attractions, its important that the park lives in harmony with its neighbours, and some of the success of the park has had a negative impact of neighbours over recent years. I, and other councllors and local residents, have raised these concerns repeatedly with Council Officers - I even took Folkestone and Hythe District ...


Have been to solicitors', and been through all the paperwork and signed all the bits I need to sign. So, in terms of what I need to physically do, we are ready to exchange contracts... However... (you knew there was going to be a however, didn't you?) ... There's a small snag. The vendor had been having a boundary dispute with the house around the back. This, we were told, had all been resolved and the paperwork was done and everything. The paperwork is... not quite complete. My solicitor says, entirely reasonably, that she will not exchange contracts until the ...

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New data obtained by the Liberal Democrats from HM Treasury shows less than 3 in 10 exporters to the EU are ready for a 'no deal' Brexit. Figures suggest most will not be ready until the beginning of 2021. In a no-deal Brexit, businesses that currently only trade with EU countries will need to apply for an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number to trade goods into and out of the UK. HMRC uses this number to identify the business and collect duty on their goods. Various business lobbying organisations have been warning for months of a serious lack ...

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[IMG: [personal profile] ] magister was giving the dogs their morning meal. They get tailored dog food in the form of about 2/3 kibble and 1/3 wet food. James distrubtes the requisite amounts into the requisite bowls. Puts bowl down in front of Roxy, who immediately starts to inhale the food like she's starving, as usual. Puts bowl down in front of Spike. Spike looks at bowl, looks up at James in horror, refuses to eat. James: what's up with YOU? Me: * looks * Me: You've not mashed it up, you've just put it in in a lump ...

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Mon 5th

Leeds Pride

... was yesterday. And remains my favourite Pride. I was chatting to a local journo on Twitter this morning and it helped to crystallise my thoughts as to why Leeds is my favourite Pride: it attains the hugeness of Manchester or London, but it manages to retain the open, homemade feel of smaller prides - and I'm glad to see the organisers are committed to maintaining that. It's a fine line to tread and they've managed it every year, despite the thing growing and growing. There's some security, but it's not ridiculously over the top. The March is organised in ...

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Mon 5th

A very British coup

I have returned from a ten day holiday, mainly in Austria and Hungary to find my country with a very different government in charge. There has been no election. The new government has even not been tested by our democratic representatives in parliament, and will not be for at least another month. Such is the ... Continue reading A very British coup

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How did we win the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election? To state the obvious, people changed their vote between 2017 and 2019. Contrary to most of the comment in the press from both Tories and Liberal Democrats, the main reason we won was not because of a remain alliance. The numbers are very clear. We gained 14.3% of the vote between 2017 and 2019. Where did those votes come from? They certainly didn't come from the Conservatives. The vote for the 'pro-Brexit' parties (CON, BREX and UKIP) stayed remarkably stable: they took exactly 50% of the vote in 2017 and 50.3% ...

Posted by Richard Taylor on Liberal Democrat Voice
Mon 5th

My tweets

Sun, 12:09: RT @AlisonBaker01: Will nobody think of the white people? Sun, 12:56: RT @Ian_Fraser: . @eddiemair dismantles "Britannia Unchained" co-author Liz Truss over the consequences of austerity on @LBC Sun, 14:48: RT @JohnGPeet: I find this new epithet bizarre. The European Council (elected heads), including UK, unanimously approved the backstop in De... Sun, 14:52: DUP's Foster backs 'patriotic list' of ways to prevent break-up of UK - Scots and Irish Nats' ideology fatally erod... Sun, 15:31: A Month in the Country, by J.L. Carr Sun, 16:05: The Netherlands brings in unworkable burqa ban "the ...

I'm always happy to promote local history events and this looks to be one to check out between the 23rd September and 16th November:- Poster for Made on Merseyside Exhibition at Kirkby Gallery Click on the poster to be able to read the text on it. And here's a map showing how to access Kirkby Gallery:- The Frank Hornby Heritage Center, based in Maghull's Meadows Leisure Center, is pleased to be lending some items to Kirkby Gallery as one part of this exhibition will cover the Binns Road Meccano Factory in Liverpool and its products.

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus

What should the Liberal Democrats do about Boris's freeports idea? It is alleged that 85,000 jobs will be created. What is a freeport? It is a simple idea as old as customs duties themselves. Countries designate an area of land accessible in some way from outside their territory, as outwith their national boundaries for the purposes of customs, taxes and regulations. This means the freeport is a quasi-foreign territory free of all taxes and inspections, even though physically it is inside the host country. The point is that goods or materials can come into the territory without paying any duties ...

Posted by Paul Reynolds on Liberal Democrat Voice

Among those who got in touch with me after my previous post last week (thank you, Paul!) were a number who disliked the way I had adorned the title with the word 'Boris'. I tend to agree with them. It isn't that the word is particularly offensive – what they didn't like was the slap-on-the-back [...] The post Being on first name terms with the Prime Minister appeared first on Radix.

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DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 5 AUGUST 2019 West Marketgait (at Ward Road) - southbound offside lane closure on Saturday 10 August (9.30am - 3.30am) for Scottish Water work. Forthcoming Roadworks Kirsty Semple Way - closed on Saturday 17 August for crane lifting operations. Abbotsford Street (junction with Blackness Road) - closed for one week from Monday 5 August for footway works on Blackness Road.

Police should reduce fear, not create terror Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey has criticised Home Secretary Priti Patel as "out of touch" for her comments about the police making people "literally feel terror". Responding to Priti Patel's interview with the Daily Mail, Ed Davey said: The Liberal Democrats want many more police so they can catch criminals, prevent crime in the first place and work in our communities to help people feel safer - and it's a shame Priti Patel didn't back our campaign for more police these last four years. Yet Priti Patel's notion that making people ...

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Democrat Voice

This week's episode of the podcast is now up! This one's on "Train Kept A-Rollin'" by Johnny Burnette and the Rock 'n' Roll Trio, and how a novelty song about cowboys written for an Abbot and Costello film became a ... Continue reading →

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