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Issue:- 23 December 2010

A WEEK OF SNOW & ICE

IT is hard to think of Christmas without snow and yet with all the chaos and dangers it brings, you can not help but notice the magic that it creates.   Walking around the parts of Southport and Formby, our editor Patrick Trollope, witnessed people socializing far more than usual.  At one point in the week our editor was stuck on a train and even though it was cold and the train had no lights or heating for an hour, the atmosphere was oddly boyant.  One of the most striking things we witnessed and shot on video, was the illumination of the snow laden trees by a Merseyrail train.   As the train battled valiantly through the snowy landscape, it initiated massive silver flashes as its electrics arced.   That video will be on our video archive website Southport.TV very soon.



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Happy Christmas Readers

HAPPY Christmas to all our readers. This year, we can confirm that we are yet again putting our Santa Watch Webcam live, so your kids can keep warm and still see if they can spot Father Christmas on his rounds. The link will be activated on 24 December 2010 from around 2pm, with an image update taken every 30 seconds. To use the link please revisit Southport Reporter. You can log onto Mersey Reporter, Liverpool Reporter, Southport.TV or Formby Reporter to find the links as well. With the bad weather taking it's toll on air travel, Father Christmas has told us that:- "It is snow joke. Sorry, I had to say it… Yes, it might be hard flying conditions in the UK and across Europe, but I will be in the air. Please remember, if you have a fire, I will use my Cristmas magic to get in. I do not want to drop snow down the chimney and put out your fire. Even worse, I might land in it... Children, remember go to bed when your parents tell you to go or I will not be able to deliver. Ho, Ho, Ho, Happy Christmas to you all!"

Total Lunar Eclipse

ON the morning of Tuesday, 21 December 2010 lunar eclipse happened. Sadly, most on Merseyside could not observe it due to the weather. Just before the event happened Gerard Gilligan, Secretary of Liverpool Astronomical Society told us that:- "A lunar eclipse happens at full Moon, when the Sun, Earth and Moon line up and the Moon passes into the shadow of the Earth that is cast into space. The main part of the shadow is called the Umbra, and the outer part of the shadow is called the Penumbra. When the Moon is totally into the Umbra the Moon can turn a dark red to brownish colour. During the Eclipse The light from the Sun has to pass via the Earth's atmosphere, and the darker the eclipse the more polluted the atmosphere of the Earth. In the past the Moon has been know to complete disappear during this type of eclipse, following a major volcanic eruption." If you could see it, do let us know by emailing our newsroom via:- news24@southportreporter.com.

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This week's news in pictures

 

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Liverpool to open London Embassy
A healthier outlook for homes
BOGUS POLICE COLD CALLERS
Pedestrians reminded not to use the motorway as a short cut
Mum to be matron says get your flu jab
Letters to the Editor:- "The Ribble Valley"
City leads crackdown on dog fouling
VUE SOUTHPORT TO SCREEN LIVE BROADCAST OF BROADWAY STAGE HIT FELA!
POLICE APPEAL – WANTED ON RECALL TO PRISON
Businesses urged to get "bank ready"
Liverpool guide dog owner, Alan Briggs is driving blind for Guide Dogs

Southport Vue Film Showing Times

10 DAYS OF MARITIME MAGIC COMES TO NORTH WEST
Public confused by councils’ ice and snow priorities
Not One But Two Local Authors Sign Books!
Boxing Day Game Re-scheduled
Ryanair to maintain Summer 2011 capacity at JLA
LETTERS TO EDITOR:- "SEFTON COUCIL PARKING FINE RIP-OFF"
Rural North West may struggle to support ageing population
Christmas getaway begins at JLA
‘GROUNDBREAKING’ PAPERLESS ECO COMICS ANNOUNCED
Replica-Lambanana
Letters to the editor:- "Magull North Rail Station"
GET READING TO REWARD YOUNG TALENT
Forum urges firms to prepare for January VAT rise
NEW YEAR, NEW YOU, CHALLENGE YOURSELF WITH A MENSA IQ TEST IN LIVERPOOL
Chief Executive ‘hugely proud’ of staff
Merseyside Celebrity Photo Spot
Britain's first privately paid for city centre 'cop shop' is to open in Liverpool in the New Year
Pick up your bus pass closer to home
Liverpool residents not claiming the benefits they are entitled to
Conventional postal delivery service problems
Book Review:- "How To Keep A Pet Squirrel"
Sexual health searches boom in January
Air Ambulance Charity shop urgently need stock
Reminder - Free Christmas Day transport
CHRISTMAS CHEER FOR CHARITY
St John Ambulance helps out NWAS
CCTV images released in connection with Asda theft
FATAL RTC ON EAST LANCS. ROAD, VICTIMS NAMED
FILM REVIEW:- "TRON LEGACY"
Severe weather creates stock level crisis for BHF Shops in Merseyside
Don't forget Electrobank after Santa's visit!
MORE SNOW PICTURES
LITTLE GIRL REMEMBERED RAISIES CASH FOR SPORTS CENTRE WHERE SHE LIVED IN MEMORY OF RHYS
Youngsters entertain their elders
SCOTLAND TOP AND ENGLISH REGIONS BOTTOM FOR WINTER COMMUNITY SPIRIT
DO YOU HAVE THE BEST NEIGHBOURS IN BRITAIN? IF SO, WE WANT TO HEAR ABOUT THEM
Tron Legacy Christmas Readers Competition - EXTENDED!

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