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Edition No. 135

Date:- 17 January 2004

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AS we tighten our belts in January after Christmas over spending, spending yet more money on luxury meals dining out is the last thing on our minds. But Celebrity chef Brian Turner reminds us that adventurous food is not just for those that dine out.

As all Red Dwarf fans know Indian is the most popular foreign cuisine, well according to the fictional Liverpudlian character Lister. But it has been reviled that this rings true for budding North West chefs with Italian meals running a close second followed by Chinese food. Mr Rimmer would be shocked…. This fascinating fact was not brought to you be Cat from Red Dwarf, but it was revealed in a survey commissioned by British Quality Chicken. With the nations favorite - chicken tikka masala remaining the overall favorite British dish.

But when it comes to spending time in the kitchen, people in the North West are not work shy unlike the fictional characters in Red Dwarf. Just under half of the people in the northwest are prepared to stand over a hot stove for between one and two hours, and a further 19 percent are happy to spend more than two hours.

But when it comes to buying the ingredients, 50 percent of people in the North West spend £15 or less on a great night in! And when choosing the actual ingredients, however exotic the dish, 77% of them reveal that chicken is their favorite.

"I am not at all surprised,"
says Brian Turner, restaurateur and celebrity chef. "While we think we want something exciting and exotic to impress our loved ones, deep down, we also want to play it safe, and chicken is an excellent choice as it's easy to cook, versatile and wonderful to eat. It is important, however, to buy good quality British chicken so you know that you're getting the best chicken available - look out for the red tractor symbol or the Union Jack."

Remember this quote from Red Dwarf "Smegging Curry can be to hot!" 


THE MERSEY WATERFRONT has approved £500,000 funding support towards design enhancement of the Marine Parade Bridge project in Southport, Sefton. 

As the Northern gateway to the Mersey Waterfront's 120km of coastline the bridge provides a visual entrance from the North into the Liverpool City Region. This additional funding for the project, which is also funded by the Northwest Development Agency, will allow Sefton Council to pursue bold and visually stunning details to the new bridge.

Mersey Waterfront Chairperson and Commercial Director for Trinity Mirror Regionals, Sara Wilde said:- "The Mersey Waterfront project is really adding value to the presentation and attention to detail of this regeneration project in Sefton. The Marine Parade Bridge will provide a focal gateway to the Mersey Waterfront's northern entrance and it is important that it looks superb, day and night."

This is the latest funding from the Mersey Waterfront project to be injected into Sefton. In the Summer almost £250,000 funding was approved for the new Southport Pier Tram. Southport Pier is ranked as the second favourite attraction in Southport and this new tram will allow the increasing number of visitors to glide to the Pier to in comfort. 

The new tram will utilise the existing rails on the Pier and will run from the Pier Forecourt to the Pier Pavilion with an intermediate stop at Marine Drive.

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