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Edition No. 211

Date:- 24  July 2005

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YOUNG and old are joining forces to capture Liverpool memories in an exhibition, then breathe life into them with a performance. Destination Liverpool looks at the past experiences of older people who will produce an art exhibition, while young people breathe life into the memories in a drama production. The youngsters will also discuss the history of Liverpool's docks and explore their own dreams as part of the project, supported by the Liverpool Culture Company's Creative Communities initiative. Workshops will start next week at St Bride's church in Toxteth, and run until August the 5, when a performance and exhibition will be staged there, open to the public.

Project manager Alicia Banffy said:- "People of all ages can identify with the history of Liverpool, the older people will be remembering their first hand experiences, and the younger people will be interviewing them and bringing the memories to life in a more physical way with drama. Young people will also work in their hopes and dreams into the performance so both sides will learn a lot about other generations." A documentary will also be made of the whole process and final performance.

Chairman of the Liverpool Culture Company Professor Drummond Bone said:- "Often culture can bring great insight into the so-called generation gap, and this project shows how an innovative approach can be used to bring different age groups together."


SUPERNAN, Lynda Holmes, has bought a bike – ready for a 250 mile marathon in searing heat, along the River Nile!

Lynda will be getting on her bike for charity and is aiming to raise more than £2,500 for the Women for Women Appeal. The appeal, chaired by Professor Robert Winston, will use funds to train women scientists and clinicians of the future and pushing the boundaries of medical knowledge to improve women’s health and premature babies.

100 women will take part in the Nile Cycle Ride which takes place over five days this autumn.

BACTA, trade association for the coin-operated amusements’ industry, is supporting Lynda in her bid to raise over £2,500 for the appeal. BACTA North West Region chairman, Barbara Thompson, said:- “The North West Region is delighted to make a donation to this special appeal for women. Having studied the itinerary, which includes five days’ cycling, I should think Lynda will be relieved to achieve Day 8, which is a free day for relaxation in Luxor!”


TAXPAYERS could face a triple whammy if they fail to meet the self-assessment deadline looming on 31 July 2005, warns ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants). This statutory deadline is for the submission of late returns, late payments and payments on account.

Chas Roy-Chowdhury, Head of Taxation at ACCA explains:- "July 31 is of most significance for those taxpayers who missed the main 31 January deadline to get in their tax return for the 2003/4 tax year. Those laggards will have already been fined £100 for missing the first deadline - and if they miss the 2nd deadline at the end of this month they will suffer another £100 fine. But that is not all. 31 July is also the deadline for paying the 2nd instalment of income tax that was due on January 31, for those people who pay on account. This applies to those who do not have at least 80% of their income taxed at source, or whose tax payable is less than £2,000. Lastly, anyone who fails to pay all the tax due by 31 July will suffer a 5% surcharge on their entire bill." 

Chas Roy-Chowdhury added:- "People should ensure that their completed returns are submitted as quickly as possible. At this late stage, documents should be handed in at the tax office if at all possible - and remember July 31 is a Sunday so they should do it by next Friday, the 29."

If you feel totally overwhelmed by self-assessment you should seek professional advice now. You can, for instance, find a Chartered Certified Accountant by looking on the ACCA website at:- 

Suspicious behaviour - Lance Lane, Wavertree

MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing for witnesses following a man attempting to coax a 13 year old girl into his car on Friday 15 July 2005.

The girl was walking her dog along Lance Lane at 4:45pm, and she became aware of a car parked 50 yards into ahead. As she passed the car a man asked her to get into the car and then threatened her. She escaped by running into a nearby shop, the man the drove away into Daffodil Road.

The man is described as Mediterranean looking, about 30 years of age, with an average build and short black spikey hair. He had a clean shaven face. and was wearing sun glasses and an orange top. His car is described as a white or silver older car, possibly a Mercedes, and the registration is thought to have included the following letters and numbers:- N 44 X E G.

Detective Inspector Sandra Dean said:- "This was a frightening experience for the girl, and we are keen to talk to anyone who was in the area at the time. I would like to reassure people that while an offence of this nature is very serious, it is also thankfully rare."

Patrols have been increased in the area and anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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