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Edition No. 136

Date:- 24 January 2004

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ANIMAL MAGIC
New display of ceramics at the Lady Lever Art Gallery

ANIMAL Magic, a small display at the Lady Lever Art Gallery from 31 January to 16 May 2004, features a range of ceramics including stoneware, porcelain and earthenware dating from the eighteenth century to the present day. All have one thing in common; they have either been decorated with or made to look like animals.

Animals have been portrayed in art for as long as humans have known how to draw. Some artists use animal features and characteristics to symbolise myths and gods, while others are more interested in creating a realistic depiction of the creatures themselves. 

The artists represented at the Lady Lever Art Gallery have drawn influences from all types of mammals, insects and birds from wild, untamed beasts to domestic pets. King of the beasts in this display however is not the lion but the monkey, which dominates a whole display case with simian-inspired items including a delftware jug and a majolica teapot. 
Featured in this section of the display is the newly acquired Mother & Child, made in 2002 by Birkenhead artist Emma Rodgers. This earthenware figure was recently purchased with assistance from the Friends of National Museums Liverpool. Emma Rodgers said;- "I feel immense pride at having been given the opportunity to exhibit alongside work which has influenced me throughout my development as an artist, in the prestigious surroundings of the Lady Lever Art Gallery, which my mother first introduced me to as a child."

Presiding over the display is the popular painting A Select Committee by Henry Stacy Marks, a colourful portrayal of a meeting of parrots, which wittily satirises parliamentary meetings. Marks was passionate about birds, which he referred to as "creatures second only to women in beauty, of such gorgeous colour and form". This painting is a good example of the way he gave birds human qualities in his work.

Photographers and reporters are invited to the Lady Lever Art Gallery at 10.30am on Friday 30 January, when artist Emma Rodgers and curator David Moffat will be putting the finishing touches to the exhibition.

Lady Lever Art Gallery Port Sunlight Village, Wirral Admission FREE.  Open Mon to Sat 10am to 5pm, Sun 12 to 5pm.  Information 0151 478 4136

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Attempted Robbery at a Spar Shop in Birkdale Village

MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing for information about an attempted robbery in Birkdale Village.

At about 9:45pm on Wednesday 21 January, two men entered the Spar on Liverpool Road.

One man stood at the door and the other approached the counter and threatened the two women members of staff.

The staff refused to hand over the money and the offenders left the shop empty handed, heading in the direction of Birkdale Police Station. No -one was injured during the incident. 

One of the offenders is described as being about 5'2" tall, of slim build and aged about 18 to 20 years old. He was wearing a blue top with the hood up.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

FIGHTING CRIME THE BIG APPLE WAY

LIVERPOOL has been chosen to pilot a new scheme, which will bring American style justice to the heart of the community.

Home Secretary David Blunkett announced on a recent visit to the city, that Liverpool has been chosen to run the first Community Justice Centre in Britain, making it a frontrunner in crime prevention. 

Along with a new court, the building in North Liverpool will house a drug and alcohol action team, youth offending teams and representatives from the police and social services. Work will start next year. 

The head of the city council's community safety team and chair of Liverpool's crime and disorder partnership, John Sayers, is now visiting the Redhook Community Justice Centre, in New York's tough Bronx district, to find out how the scheme works stateside.

He said:- "Liverpool already has a reputation for finding creative solutions to crime. Our pioneering Citysafe Partnership is nationally recognised and that is one of the reasons we have been chosen to pilot this scheme." 

Community Justice Centres will enable ordinary people to play a bigger role in deciding how offenders pay for their crimes. Members of the public will get the chance to sit on consultation panels, where they will help decide on the nature and severity of punishments.

Councillor Flo Clucas said:-  "It's important we remember the victims of crime. If the Community Justice Centre acts as a deterrent to those thinking of committing crime, then it will have a great effect on the local community."

NHS Blunder to Compensate Hepatitis sufferers 

HEPATITIS C sufferers who contracted the disease through infected NHS blood are to receive at least £20,000 in compensation, Health Secretary John Reid announced earlier this week.

Those infected who have gone on to develop cirrhosis, liver cancer or have undergone a liver transplant will receive an additional £25,000. The scheme is to be implemented across the UK and is planned to start in April this year.

Mr Reid said he felt the patients should receive payments on compassionate grounds. 

"I believe that these are fair and reasonable payments and I hope that they will help alleviate some of the problems people who have been affected in this way are experiencing. 

I'm also glad that people who receive awards from the scheme won't have the worry of losing their social security benefits as a result"
he said.

An independent body is currently being set up to administer the scheme and arrange for the necessary benefit legislation to be amended. Those infected who have gone on to develop cirrhosis, liver cancer or have undergone a liver transplant will receive an additional £25,000. The scheme is to be implemented across the UK and is planned to start in April this year.

Patients still living who contracted the disease from NHS blood products before September 1991 are found to be the cause of the infection, will qualify for payment.

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