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Edition No. 147

Date:- 10 April 2004

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Liverpool shows off Culture plans

A delegation from Stavanger in Norway is heading to Liverpool next week to learn about the city's programme of events as European Capital of Culture 2008.

Nine representatives from the non-EU Capital of Culture will spend four days in Liverpool (Tuesday 20 April until Friday 23 April), meeting City Council Leader, Cllr Mike Storey, and Chairman of the Liverpool Culture Company, Sir Bob Scott.

The delegation of teachers from Gosen school in Stavanger will visit Liverpool's cultural attractions, such as National Museums Liverpool, LIPA, the Walker Art Gallery, the Everyman Playhouse and the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

The group who teach 13 to 16 year olds will also spend a morning at Gilmour Junior School where they will watch pupils engaging with the Friend Ship, Liverpool's interactive learning vessel which is on a voyage to each primary and special school in the city under the flag of Faith in One City.

The school's visit to Liverpool is being supported by Rolf Noraas, Head of the Department of Cultural Affairs in Stavanger.

Headteacher of Gosen school, Hilde Solberg, said:- "We are all very much looking forward to visiting Liverpool.

We have heard so much about the city's programme of events that supported the successful bid to become European Capital of Culture and how schools integrate culture into subjects across the curriculum.

I am sure that our trip to Liverpool will inspire us all."

Leader of Liverpool City Council, Cllr Mike Storey, said:- "I am delighted to be able to welcome our guests from Stavanger and I hope this visit will be the first of many links between us.

We have many exciting plans in place ahead of 2008 and it is no surprise that people from around the world want to come to Liverpool to see how we are preparing to deliver what we hope will be the best ever European Capital of Culture."

Sir Bob Scott, Chairman of the Liverpool Culture Company, said:- "Our programme of events as European Capital of Culture is well underway.

We have appointed directors of the Liverpool Culture Company, with the appointment of our artistic director to follow shortly and we are into the second of our themed years.

We have so much to offer and I'm sure our Norwegian visitors will return home thinking that Liverpool is well on course to deliver an outstanding programme as European Capital of Culture 2008."

Can you stomach the competition?

DO YOU have an extra-large appetite, an elastic stomach or just hollow legs? If so then you don’t want to miss Pleasureland’s first-ever competitive eating event, to be held in the Casablanca Entertainment Centre on Monday 10 May. We’re looking for Southport’s top eating machines to come along and show off their skills in a feasting frenzy!

The competition is free to enter; and will feature several competitive eating disciplines, including hot dogs, pizza, candy floss and ice cream. Applicants must be over 18 years old and are welcome to enter any or all of the events, although people are advised to consider their capacity carefully before entering multiple events!

Competitive eating is serious business in countries like the USA and Japan – the top competitors, known on the circuit as “gurgitators”, achieve cult celebrity status whilst the major events are even televised! In the early 1990’s the International Federation of Competitive Eating was founded to promote the sport across the globe. There are now over 150 events worldwide, encompassing such varied foodstuffs as oysters, chicken wings, pelemeni (Russian meat dumplings) and chilli!

As with any competitive event preparation is key, so for any budding gurgitators here’s the full list of events so you can plan your training!

Hot dogs (in rolls) – how many in 12 minutes; Candy floss – quickest time to eat 5 bags; Ice Cream – how much can you eat in 12 minutes (with a teaspoon); Pizza – fastest to eat a single pizza (Margherita – no other toppings)

Pleasureland General Manger Phil Pickett said, “It’s going to be a really fun evening - anyone can enter, whether it’s a team or just a solo competitor - all you need is a love of food and loads of enthusiasm! There haven’t been many events like this locally so I’m sure there are plenty of potential entrants out there”.

There’ll be prizes for the best performances, as well as a couple of surprise bonus rounds during the course of the evening. For more information, or if you’d like to enter (either as a team or an individual) call Pleasureland’s Marketing Department on 01704 532717.

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