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Issue Date:- 16 June 2008


THE Forbidden Planet is about to be revisited, on stage at the Little Theatre. On Saturday, 14 June 2008, we got a chance to snap a few shots of the cast, as they explored the strange world of Southport! Written by Bob Carlton,  "Return to the Forbidden Planet”, is a fantastic play, which will be performed by The Waterloo and Crosby Theatre Company, from 18 June to 21 June 2008. To book your ticket call 0151 924 0231 or call in to the Theatre Box Office, on Hoghton Street, PR9 0PA..

Learning the lingo in Liverpool

HUNDREDS of Liverpool primary school children will be saying bonjour, hola and guten tag as they show off their fantastic foreign language skills next week! 

Around 400 young bi-linguals from 22 schools across the city will be dressing up in traditional costume and performing sketches, songs and plays in French, German and Spanish.

The event, to celebrate Liverpool’s pioneering language teaching programme in primary schools, is taking place on Tuesday June 17 at Hope at Everton.

Councillor Keith Turner, executive member for education, said:- “We have been working extremely hard to deliver quality language teaching in primary schools and it is paying massive dividends.  Children have a greater ability to pick up a 2nd language at an early age and our scheme will help improve the take-up of foreign languages at GCSE and improve grades.  The younger that pupils start learning to speak Spanish, French or German, the quicker they pick it up. It gives them a flying start to becoming fluent in a European language later on in life.  This event is a great opportunity for pupils to come together and celebrate their achievements.”

Liverpool was the 1st local authority in the country to introduce language teaching for pupils as young as three back in 2001.  Since then the award-winning programme has been rolled out to 125 schools, with eleven of them designated Centres of Excellence.  Secondary schools have commented on the high level language skills of youngsters who enter at year 7, as well as their enthusiasm and curiosity about other cultures. Some are being considered for early entry to GCSE.

Education experts from as far afield as Kenya, Poland, Spain and Chile have been to Liverpool to see the difference that it is making, and many other local authorities have followed the city’s lead.

Stuart Smith, executive director of children’s services, said:- “Liverpool's language revolution has caught the imagination of teachers and children.  We have put extra teaching resources into our primary schools and some have adopted innovative methods such as holding school assemblies in another language.  Today’s children are tomorrow’s employees and having a 2nd language is a tremendous advantage when entering the jobs market.”

Liverpooljazz... Raising the profile of live jazz performance

LIVERPOOLJAZZ in conjunction with the Beatles Story presents a series of four weekly jazz gigs at the new Starbucks Coffee Shop below the Beatles Story Shop, Britannia Pavillion, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3.

Featuring Liverpool’s fantastic MARTIN SMITH QUARTET. With Martin on trumpet and flugel horn, Rob Stringer on keyboards, Hugo Harrison on double bass and Tilo Birnbaum on drums. A line up of some of Liverpool’s finest mainstream and modern jazz musicians. These special gigs must not be missed.

Each 90minute performance will commence at 6.00pm and admission will be free.

These performances will be on:-

Tuesday 17 June 2008
Tuesday 24 June 2008
Tuesday 1 July 2008
Tuesday 8 July 2008

Great music, great coffee and snacks, great venue. Why not call in on your way home from work. There’s no better way to end a busy day than to listen to some cool jazz over a freshly ground coffee. And if you’ve never been before, the Beatles Story and their new shop are well worth a visit. One of Liverpool’s most popular attractions.

Pay&display opposite or three multi storey car parks close by:-
The Beatles Story Shop/Starbucks in Albert Dock is just over the road from the new Paradise Street bus station and shopping precinct. (don’t confuse it with Costa!)

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Creamfields Update!

"The first 100% authentic dance festival" - PETE TONG

WITH a decade of festivals under their belt, the ringmasters at Creamfields have announced 2 days of 10th anniversary celebrations on top of a world class line up that includes Kasabian, Fatboy Slim, Ian Brown, Paul van Dyk and Tiesto. Stepping outside of the big tops and exploring the site festival-goers will discover the Vintage Circus and Performers, Hospitality Area, Skateboarders, Farmers Market, Fancy Dress Clad Revellers, the luxury Boutique Campsite and so much more.

Set over 14 arenas in the stunning Cheshire countryside Creamfields will showcase the UK's best performance artists serving up constant entertainment throughout the weekend with the world's biggest artists playing the soundtrack to the hottest weekend festival ticket this summer. Creamfields was the first festival to emerge from a superclub and with a decade of experience the musical maestros will be showcasing weird and wonderful attractions to entertain everyone's interests.


All manner of creative troubadours will be bringing their magic to Creamfields this year creating a world of unique entertainment for when you want to explore the meadow away from the music. The Vintage Circus will transport us through time into a land of old-school fairground fun including Carousel, Swings, coconut shy and facepainting. This is no ordinary fairground, The Vintage Circus is a different world of good old fashioned fun and an exciting new addition to this years carnival themed festival! Experience the timeless excitement of the fairground, try your luck on the games and check out the modern day sideshows created by fellow festival goers!

The funfair and carousel will also be onsite spinning their creative mayhem, the rides will be circled by a host of incredible performers including trapeze artists, jugglers, showgirls and ringmasters. The jaw dropping acrobats will inspire many a dance floor adventurer to join in the performance, bring some juggling balls and marvel at the magicians...

On top of the old-school merry-go-rounds there will modern funfair extravaganzas complete with the waltzers, twisters and the rides you know and love.


This year be sure to check out the Farmers market, who will be offering an array of delicacies (and no doubt tasty samples) and mosey on over to the all new and improved Creamfields village which will be selling everything from fancy dress to airhorns!

The Pimm's blinged up but old school route master returns, set in it's own white picket fenced garden where you can sit down and chill out on oversized deckchairs and picnic blankets. The Pimm's bus is both a fully functioning bar where you can get perfectly served Pimm's every time, but the top deck is also a great place to go and get a birds eye view of the festival, decked out like an old gentleman's club with a convertible roof it's the perfect place for you to see all the action! Pimms will feature alongside the Jose Cuervo bar - the world's number one tequila to fire up the festival.

The Residents Bar have already announced they will be doing their bit for the 'Green Cream Dream' this year by having a biodegradable bar and running on wind power, but the line up is something special showcasing all the unsung heroes that Creamfields loves. The famous bar wizards will be working their magic with flair, after earning their stripes and even getting approval from Mr Nasty Simon Cowell! The bar wizards tricks are guaranteed to make you smile. The mixologists are amongst the worlds best and will bring style and panache to the party.


For the first time the BBC Introducing Bus rolls into town with some of radio 1's big names acting as conductors for some of the UK's freshest emerging talent, together with the newly refurbished MySpace bus this will without doubt be one of the busiest plots on site and perfect for when you get the urge to boogie on a double decker, expect some surprise performances on the day!


And if the UK's finest circus freaks can't keep you entertained, the daredevils at the Vert Ramp certainly can. King Ramps have a special show planned for Creamfields where the crème of British Vert skateboarding & BMX talent compete. Check out footage from last years display!


Streetwaves stage was borne from Liverpool's famous Mathew Street Festival and returns this year giving young musicians the once in a lifetime opportunity to perform at Creamfields. Taking their first steps into the music industry and gain valuable performance experience.


This years Creamfields Hospitality Enclosure will be hosted by the Hacienda and Cream. Hospitality ticket holders can enjoy the bright VIP tent complete with wooden floors, plush leather sofas and legendary Cream & Hacienda DJs on the decks. For one weekend only some of the original Hacienda crew will be brought back together for a musical reunion of the highest order including New Order's Peter Hook, Mike Pickering, Graeme Park, Dave Haslam, Andy Mac and Jon Da Silva to name a few.

The Vanity Vans will be on hand in the hospitality area with a fleet of pamper trailers, featuring hairdressers, beauty treatments and massages to add glamour throughout the festival. The Fake Bake trailers will also be on hand to top up tans if the sun is not on our side. And when the time comes to rest your weary legs, you can rock up to the boutique campsite, a haven away from site to chill with your friends in the Tipis, Beach Huts, Podpads or a simple tent! And just added to this years accommodation selection think canvas equivalent to the Mandarin Oriental.

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