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Date:- 03 March 2007

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BIRTHPLACE of some of the most prolific, inspirational and conquering artists to grace the charts and dominate the music business in the last century, Liverpool continues to keep it’s finger on the pulse, with a hotbed of buzz bands and breaking talent emerging.

The crème de la crème of the freshest North West flair venture across the Atlantic to showcase at the prestigious South By South West music festival in Austin, Texas to showcase ‘Liverpool Sound City 2007’. With the aim of exposing American music fans to the latest musical acts emerging from the region, Liverpool Sound City hits the Latitude 30 Degrees music venue on Saturday March 17 2007.

'Hot Club de Paris’ 2006 debut album, Drop it ‘Til It Pops has been championed by some as one of the best debuts of 2006. Recently wrapping a tour with Dirty Pretty Things, the band is preparing to take on the US with their 3-part folk harmonies backed by twitchy, jazzy, Marxist hardcore punk.

Counting Serge Gainsbourg, Marlena Shaw, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee and Nina Simone among her influences, Candie Payne’s sound brings to mind modernized 60’s pop. 2006 saw her release 2 critically acclaimed singles; “Take Me” and “All I need to Hear.”

New must see act The Wombats create unassuming charming pop music that has garnered them much praise from those in the know. "A must-see next time they're in town as they begin the fast track to rock 'n' roll superstardom,” declared Chart Magazine of Canada.

Also becoming ambassadors flying the flag state side for the thriving North West scene are electronica indie rock actDelta Fiasco, singer songwriter Eugene McGuinness, Spank Records act28 Costumes, Glastonbury Festival performers The KBC, NME darlings Wax Planet, and the intricately layered Working for a Nuclear Free City.

Liverpool Sound City 2007 has been co-ordinated by Dave Pichilingi (Project Director) in association with the Music Development Agency and Merseyside ACME.  “There is a rumour (that I think is true) that if you are not in a band in Liverpool then you either manage one or you used to be in one and you now drive a taxi cab. According to latest statistics at least 3 million people saw The Beatles play The Cavern. Urban myths are abound. One true fact is undebatable is we make damn fine music in Liverpool. As they say in Texas ‘always have, always will.

It’s essential to show the world that Liverpool is continuing to invest in our heritage by making great music and exporting it! We are the only place in the world that is consistently producing hit records and innovating the music industry. An opportunity like South By South West is an unmissable date in our diaries.”


A VIBRANT group of young people is recruiting members to express their thoughts on Liverpool’s Capital of Culture celebrations for 2008.  The Liverpool Culture Company’s Youth Advisory Group (YAG) was formed almost a year ago and is now giving new young people a chance to get involved. Members currently advise on major cultural plans, have hosted fringe events at party political conferences, helping at a 2012 Roadshow with an Olympic theme, plus much more.

Liverpool City Council’s Leader, Cllr Warren Bradley, said:- “The success of the YAG in the relatively short time it’s been running is testament to the hard work of both the young people and the Culture Company. It’s so important to recognise the opinions and views of young people as they will reap the rewards of the legacy of what we are doing culturally.”

To become a member of the YAG, all you need to do is fill in an application form available by email.  The deadline for applications is 29 March 2007. Please note that available places on the YAG are limited.

The Liverpool Culture Company’s YAG co-ordinator, Diane Clayton, said:- “Young people have approached all the consultations we have asked them about with such enthusiasm and intelligence, that we’re really proud of the progress of many of the members and what a great contribution they have made to Capital of Culture plans. We look forward to welcoming new members to carry on these great debates about Liverpool”.


WORK Wise Week this year will run from Wednesday 16 May 2007 to Tuesday 22 May 2007, and will include National Work from Home Day on Friday 18 May 2007.  Work Wise UK is a national not-for-profit initiative to promote ‘smarter working’ practices such as flexible, remote and mobile working, and working from home. It is supported by a number of leading organisations including the CBI, TUC, British Chambers of Commerce, BT and Transport for London. The objective is for half the working population, some 14 million workers, to have had the opportunity to work smarter by 2011.

In 2006, Work Wise Week, including National Work from Home Day, was a huge success, prompting over 85 television and radio interviews, and upwards of 500 articles and news stories. This year media interest is expected to be even stronger.

Work Wise Week 2007 will start with a summit at the QEII Conference Centre in London where Ministers and business leaders will review the progress of the first year of the campaign. The following days of the week will include separate focuses upon the impacts of smarter working on the environment, on transport, on staff welfare, and on the employer through higher productivity. There will also be several regional events around the country following the same themes.

Further information about Work Wise UK can be found on the website (

Letters To Editor:- "RAF Woodvale."

"I have just visited the RAF Woodvale website which brought back some interesting memories. My first ever flight was from RAF Woodvale. I was a member of 156 Squadron ATC and attended summer camp at RAF Fazakerley in 1957. We were taken to Woodvale during our weeks training for an air experience flight in an Avro Anson (NL 248).

Of particular interest was the existence of the RAF Thermal and Humidity Flight visible across the other side of the aerodrome. The reason for the interest was that each morning whilst waiting for the school bus in Stourport on Severn we had the pleasure of a Spitfire flying down the Severn valley at fairly low level. The aircraft had a red spinner and was nicknamed “Rudolf” (we thought there was only one). Once the Spitfires were retired the duty was taken over by Mosquito’s but whether they were also based at Woodvale or not I never found out. Generally speaking we found the sound of two Merlins at least as good as one Griffon!"
Kind Regards, David Whitefoot

Editors note:- "Thanks for your email. I'm glad it has brought back memories for you. I do not know if the Mosquito was at Woodvale after the Spitfires at the airbase. We will try and find out for you."


T.I.Y. will be running a coach to what is a huge game against St Albans on Saturday 10 March 2007.  The price will start at £20 for TIY members £23 Non Members. This price will reduce if over 30
travel.  Coach departs Ainsdale, The Arion 7.40, Birkdale, The Crown 7.50, The George 7.55 and Haig Avenue at 8.00am  Bookings can be made in the Club Shop on any matchday or by ringing Rob Urwin on 07790041514.


IT GIVES a whole new meaning to fast food but the average mealtime in British homes has been reduced to a mere 14 minutes and 27 seconds, according to a new study.  And with 3 in 4 adults not even bothering to chew their food properly, the combination could be a major factor in the nation's obesity epidemic, claim experts.

Nutritionists are convinced that it is not just what we eat, but also HOW we eat that is adding to the country’s weight problem.  They recommend that we take time over our meals, chew each mouthful properly and concentrate on what we’re eating – rather than doing other things at the same time.

But, as the main meal of the day is often wolfed down in front of the TV or PC, the food hardly touches the sides for many, the research for trade body Great British Chicken has revealed.  The study of more than 1,300 adults was commissioned in advance of the campaign group’s Roast a British Chicken Weekend on 3-4 March, to explore how healthy the nation’s eating habits are.

Dinner table distractions

Now, 79% say they eat in front of the TV regularly and 20% admit to eating while using a computer.  Meals are also regularly consumed while reading, texting, or even talking on the phone, and only 16% say they commonly eat a meal while doing nothing else.  And 46% admit that they sometimes eat a meal and then realise they have no idea what it had tasted like.

Jane Clarke, one of the country's leading independent nutritionists, says:- “The brain can really only acknowledge one activity at a time. So if you eat in front of the TV, the likelihood is that you won’t notice, nor appreciate, the food you’re putting into your stomach – which makes it more likely that you’ll over-eat.”

Speed eating

The study found that less than 10% of adults take longer than half an hour over their food, and 69% finish their meal in under 15 minutes.

“We need to take longer over our meals,” recommends Jane. “Eating slowly gives your brain chance to receive signals of fullness – so you’re less likely to over-eat. It also gives your stomach warning to get ready for food, so digestion is made easier.”

Meals over 17 minutes shorter today

Yet this trend for speed eating seems to have emerged over the last generation.  Around 46% of those able to remember, believe that meals are now eaten faster than they were 20 years ago – when we were more likely to sit round the table as a family and talk through the day’s events.  And those claiming mealtimes are now shorter say that 2 decades ago, on average, dinner used to last 17 minutes and 28 seconds longer.

Chew your food more

The study also revealed that most people don’t chew their food properly, with 15% chewing each mouthful just twice or less before swallowing, and only 24% chewing food more than 5 times as recommended.

“I recommend that we chew 6-8 times per mouthful, although some experts suggest up to 20 times!” says Jane. “Chewing is important as there are little stretch receptors in the jaw which acknowledge how many times you chew and send signals to the brain. So the more times you chew, the more signals the brain receives, and the more full you feel."

Weight and age impacts eating habits

The study also showed that those who consider themselves to be overweight are also more likely to eat food in front of the TV and to sprint through their TV dinners.  Around 1 in 10 of those who are overweight finish their meals in 5 minutes or less, compared to just 7% of those who aren’t overweight.  And 86% of those who are more than a stone overweight say they regularly eat while watching TV compared to 74% who are not overweight.  Yet it is young adults who are guilty of being the biggest TV dinner fans – and with 88% of under-21s eating in front of the box, the obesity epidemic looks set to increase.

"Good eating habits are amongst the most important and life changing things that we can teach a child,” said Jane. “By following a few simple guidelines, we can improve our digestion and our body will be better able to recognise when we’re full – so we’re less likely to over-eat."

Sally Gunnell says bring back family dinners

Sporting legend Sally Gunnell, who is encouraging the nation to enjoy a sit-down meal for ‘Roast a British Chicken Weekend’ on 3 March 2007 to 4 March 2007, comments:- "The dinner table is one area where you don’t get a gold medal for finishing first. I bet we've all rushed a meal and barely tasted what was in it.  But it is not good for us and it would be great if, this weekend, we could get everyone to sit down with friends and family and take time over a proper meal without the TV blaring away."

Jane Clarke’s 7 sensible eating tips:-

1) Eat slowly - this gives the brain chance to register fullness and improves digestion

2) Chew your food properly - around 6-8 times per mouthful

3) Don’t watch TV or do other things while eating - the brain can only really acknowledge 1 activity at a time, so you’re more likely to over-eat

4) Juggle tastes and textures during a meal - the brain switches off if you feed it the same signal over and over – again making it more likely that you’ll over-eat

5) Enjoy your food - by savouring each mouthful, the brain receives a flood of ‘I’m enjoying this’ sensations and is more likely to register fullness

6) Don’t feel you have to clean your plate - learn to recognise when you’re full and stop eating

7) Make time for a Sunday roast! - not only does it combine all the valuable food groups – protein, carbohydrate and a wealth of other nutrients – but it’s also a meal we tend to spend more time over

The research of 1361 people was carried out between 2-13 February 2007 by an online survey through 72 Point.

Regional highlights:-

* The regions with the highest numbers of people who are NOT overweight are the South East (40% not overweight) and the South West (37% not overweight)

* The regions with the highest amount of people overweight by MORE than a stone are the North West (37%) and Scotland (36%)

* The North West had the highest number who watch TV while eating (85% compared to 79% national average). The South East and Wales had the least (71%)

* The North East had the highest amount of people who use a computer while eating (24% compared to 20% national average)

* London had the highest number who read while eating (22% compared to 18% average)

* The South East had the highest number of people who talk on the phone (19%) and text (16%) while eating

* Overall the North West is the worst region for distractions – just 12% of people usually don’t do anything else while eating

* Scotland had the highest number who eat their meal in five minutes or less (17%)

* The South West and Wales had the least who eat in five minutes or less (4%)

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