"LIVERPOOL IS THE BIRTHPLACE OF MORE BANDS WITH NUMBER 1 RECORDS
THAN ANY OTHER CITY ON THE PLANET!"
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
'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 act ‘Delta
Fiasco’, singer songwriter ‘Eugene McGuinness’, Spank
Records act ’28 Costumes’, Glastonbury Festival performers
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.”
CHANGE YOUR LIFE, GET INVOLVED
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 2007 AND NATIONAL WORK FROM HOME DAY
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
Further information about Work Wise UK can be found on the website (www.workwiseuk.org).
Letters To Editor:- "RAF
"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,
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
TRUST IN YELLOW
COACH TO ST ALBANS
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
FAST FOOD NATION GETTING EVEN FASTER
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.”
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
“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
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
“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
The research of 1361 people was carried out between 2-13 February
2007 by an online survey through 72 Point.
* 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