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Issue:- 26 April  2012

MIMICKING MICROSOFT

RESIDENTS in Sefton are being warned of a potential computer scam designed to con consumers out of money.  Trading Standards officers in Sefton have been alerted to the scam by a number of worried residents who received unsolicited telephone calls from someone claiming to be from Microsoft.

The caller asked the consumer if they were having problems with their PC, and if they were, he then asked them to follow his instructions by pressing a series of keys on their computer.

This then enabled the caller to gain control of the consumer's PC who later said the reason for the problems with the computer were due to the expiry of a Microsoft Licence.

The caller then advised them that they would need to pay more than £80 to renew the licence and were then asked to fill out a form in order to provide bank details.

Thankfully the consumers ended the call at this point and they did not part with any money. Trading Standards officers in Sefton are warning others to do the same if they are contacted.

Sefton Council Trading Standards manager, Andrew Naisbitt, said:- "In situations similar to this, please do not part with your bank details via the telephone.  If you are suspicious of the caller, do not follow their instructions and press keys to allow them to access your PC.  Always alert neighbours and friends of this scam to prevent from becoming a victim of crime.  If you are having problems with your PC, for peace of mind, always contact a reputable trader."

"We'll Meet Again" - The Diamond Jubilee Show

WE'LL Meet Again is the record breaking touring show presented by Duggie Chapman MBE. In 2011, it clocked up an amazing 10th year on the road and the acclaimed Britainís best matinee show is once again on its annual nationwide tour. This Wartime Cavalcade celebration show includes a celebration of the music around the time of the Queenís Coronation, to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.

With a new programme, here is a show for everyone who wants to be cheered up during these sombre days, and that means most of us! The regular show team return with a new comedy star Adam Daye from TV's "Who Do You Do" recalling the wonderful comedy radio stars of the period.

This season we also have the pleasure of introducing International singing star to our company, Marilyn Hill Smith from
BBC Friday Night Is Music Night. Marilyn has just concluded a year's tour with the West End Musical, The Sound Of Music, where she played "Mother Abbess" with enormous show stopping success. She will bring back the memorable songs of Dame Vera Lynn and Gracie Fields.

Debonair Tony Leyton returns with the unforgettable songs of Bing Crosby, and Donald Peers by special request.

Ace musical entertainer Andy Eastwood, acknowledged as Britainís best exponent on the ukulele features, both Formby favourites and classical pieces, never before heard on a ukulele. Andy also presents his tribute to French Violinist Stephane Grappele with swing violin melodies.

Versatile entertainer Mervyn Francis returns to host the show. With the fabulous music of The Martyn St James band, here is an afternoon show with a recollection of the days when the spirit of Britain was at its highest. Itís great fun full of damp-eyed nostalgia that leaves everyone with a warm and sentimental glow. So book early to avoid disappointment.

Davies says 'No' to new internet law

THE North West Euro-MP Chris Davies is joining his European Liberal colleagues to defeat legislation that could reduce internet freedom. The Lib Dem group in the European Parliament holds the swing 84 votes to ensure that ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) will not make it through the Brussels based assembly. The law was intended to prevent illegal downloading and copying of films and music; but concerns were expressed by free speech campaigners that ACTA could have been used by Governmentís to crack down on everyday internet use. European internet users have been lobbying MEPs against the proposed new law that could have affected the way Southport people surf the web. Davies told the media that:- "I have had thousands of emails from all over the North West about ACTA and its potential impact on ordinary internet users. Piracy of copyrighted work is wrong, but there are better ways of fighting it than making criminals out of everyone who goes online. Iím pleased that my political colleagues agree with my constituents that ACTA could have restricted freedom and should be thrown out."

Full Programme Announced for Annual Light Night Festival

FOLLOWING Liverpool's giant spectacular weekend of Sea Odyssey, thousands of visitors are expected to again descend on Liverpool this May for the city's annual arts and culture festival LightNight.

Over 50 of Liverpool's finest attractions and arts organisations have joined forces to offer a whirlwind night of exciting activities and events for everybody for LightNight 2012.

On Friday 18 May from 4pm until late, over 50 of Liverpool's best arts & heritage venues will throw open their doors offering over 70 free events to choose from including special underground tours, a mass sing-along, candle-lit labyrinth, fascinating exhibitions and open studios, Chinese arts showcase, architecture tours, ceildhs, spectacular light projections, street theatre, live music and lot's more.

The event is part of the Museums at Night initiative when galleries and museums around Europe open late, staging special events.

Christina Grogan of Open Culture, the LightNight coordinators said:- "LightNight is the city coming together, showing off the impressive cultural offer we have. LightNight starts at 4pm and doesn't stop until 4am, so there really is something for everybody. LightNight is a jam packed one night experience of what's on offer in Liverpool everyday of the year!"

The full programme is available online and from all participating venues. 

New (FREE) events announced:-

Late Night Ceildh at St George's Hall

► Artist Polly Morgan taxidermy demonstration Victoria Gallery & Museum

► Light & Sound Party at Liverpool Academy of Arts

► Chinese Arts Showcase at The Black-E

► A Bite of James & the Giant Peach at The Brink Liverpool

► Arena Studios & Gallery recreate Warhol's famous workspace The Factory

► Books with Bite Night! at News from Nowhere Radical Bookshop

► Favela! at The Royal Standard

► Things to Make & Do and Hub Artists open studios at Elevator

► LIPA Takeover at Liverpool 1

► Little Boxes of Night activities with as creatives

► Spectrum at Wolstenholme Creative Space

► The Spaces Between at Albert Dock

► Mersey Tunnel Tours

► Impropriety's Journey to the Yet Unknown at St George's Hall

► Rainbow Lights for Homotopia IDAHO 50 at the Active Learning Lab

► We Are Superheroes at Level Creative Collective

► Adult Youth Club at Camp & Furnace

► Screenadelica gig poster exhibition at Liverpool Academy of Arts

► Liverpool: Gateway to the World RIBA Architecture Tour

► Goes without Saying at Gourmet Coffee

► 21 Steps at Domino Gallery

► Art from the Square at The Gallery Liverpool

► Transition & Merseytravel's LightNight Cycling Trail + Dr Bike

► The Florrie Story & Choral Evensong at Anglican Cathedral

► Plus much more!

LightNight 2012 is funded by Liverpool City Council (Culture Liverpool), Arts Council England, 2020 Decade of Health & Wellbeing, Merseytravel, and City Central Business Improvement District (BID). It is coordinated by Open Culture.

More information about the 70+ events on Friday, 18 May 2012, go to:- lightnightliverpool.co.uk.

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