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Publication date:- 2018-06-01

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1st Merseyside Branch of the Tramway and Light Railway Society talk of 2018

ON Monday, 15 January 2018, within the Rathbone Room, at The Greenbank Sports Academy, on Greenbank Lane, Liverpool (L17 1AG), the Merseyside Branch of the Tramway and Light Railway Society will be holding a talk called:- "Story of Crosville Motor Services Limited." This talk will be presented via the Chairman of Online Transport Archives, Charles Roberts and starts at 8.00pm. Refreshments will be served during the interval. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to your company. Cost is just ₤2.00 per head, per person. If you do not already know, Crosville Motor Services Limited became 1 of the major bus groups prior to 1966, with origins back as far as 1857. The real story begins between 1906 and 1911 and is a fascinating insight into the birth of a family concern, whose bus empire, based in Chester, extended from North West England to most of North and Mid Wales. Its most lucrative area, unsurprisingly, was Merseyside.

Southport satirist hits top spot on book charts

A former energy analyst from Southport has hit the jackpot with hilarious debut novel. That has been published via Publish Nation, Peter Rauth's brilliantly observed political satire:- 'The Day I Stopped Worrying' and 'Learned to Love Berkeley Hunt,' has been met with a string of 5 star reviews. The riotous romp through the corridors of Westminster, the White House, and the Kremlin has also stormed into Amazon's highly competitive satire charts. But the 50 year old writer has yet to win over his wife, Pamela.

Peter explained:- "I gave The Day I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Berkeley Hunt to 4 people to read before it was published. 3 of them liked it and 1 didn't, that was Pamela. She hates the book. The Day I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Berkeley Hunt is based on my experiences. As an analyst I have had experience of dealing with civil servants, politicians, lawyers, accountants and senior investment bankers and so chose to satirise my experiences in dealing with them. Good satire, in my humble opinion, requires there to be an element of truth in the writing, and indeed, speculating on things 1 suspects to be true."

The Day I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Berkeley Hunt highlights the corruption, lies and ineptitude of the politicians wielding power. As well as the greed of vested interests who hold sway over them.

Calamitous, and often hilarious, mistakes and mishaps are never far away in this highly accomplished debut novel.

Despite highly believable characters and intricate, twisting sub plots, Peter admits he prefers to write under the influence.

Peter added:- "I can write anytime and anywhere, but preferably when I'm drunk. My greatest achievement has been learning to write as well when I'm sober."

Since the release of:- 'The Day I Stopped Worrying' and 'Learned to Love Berkeley Hunt' it has received almost entirely 5 star reviews from readers.

Claire Highton Stevenson, author of Romance Novels, described Peter's 1st book as:- 'satire at its best.' She added:- "Witty and entertaining... if political satire is your bag, this will certainly be worth a read."

James O'Connell, former paratrooper, wounded Falklands War veteran, and author said:- "Great read, if you enjoy a wacky political farce, of the likes of 'New Statesman' or 'Yes Minister'. It's a nonpartisan political parody, I really enjoyed the characters, but not sure what the likes of Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and the Clintons will make of the them. It will make you laugh out loud and will keep you engrossed from start to finish, a real page turner... (P's there has to be a sequel) "

Children's author, Barbara Navarro, described the novel as:- "An acidly satirical take on today's over the top political world that astonishingly mirrors and deftly distorts to hilarious effect the true life shenanigans we hear about daily. The characters in this well drawn political theatre of the absurd are unforgettable! "

Peter is currently considering writing a sequel.

Merseyside Police welcome sentencing of teenager for attempted robbery in Bootle

MERSEYSIDE Police have welcoming the sentencing of a teenager, for attempted robbery, in Bootle, July 2017, in which a man, his pregnant female partner and their dog were targeted. 18 year old, Ethan Taylor, from Seaforth, was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment after pleading guilty to attempted robbery, at Liverpool Crown Court, on Wednesday, 3 January 2018. We are told that on Friday, 7 July 2017, the victims were walking their dog on Seaforth Road when they were approached by 3 unknown males, who demanded an iPhone from the female victim. This was refused and the man and woman were assaulted and their dog was snatched and dumped in a nearby garden. Following enquiries, Taylor was identified as the ringleader and was arrested and charged with the offence.

Detective Constable Danny Pimbley, from the investigation team, said:- "It is pleasing to see Taylor removed from the streets for the foreseeable future, and I want to express our enormous praise to both victims, who fully and bravely supported our investigation throughout. Thankfully there were no lasting injuries, but to set upon a couple, and particularly a pregnant woman, in order to try and steal a phone, is nothing short of disgusting. The victims would also like to thank the prosecuting barrister, Henry Riding, for the sensitive way they were helped through the court process. We will always support victims of crime in a sensitive and compassionate way, ensuring they are able to come forward and see the perpetrators brought to justice."

In her Victim Impact Statement, the female victim said:- "This whole incident has made me feel scared, sick, and nervous. I have experienced a lot of unpleasant incidents in my life and this has raised so many emotions. This time I am not a victim, I am a survivor."

Liverpool quartet Karuna release follow up single:- "Roundabout"

INDEPENDENT band Karuna are set to release their 2nd official single, in February 2018. The band combines a diverse number of influences to create something uniquely their own.  "'Roundabout' explores the common frustrations of today's modern workforce who face limited job satisfaction, highlighting the menial existence of the under represented. The Liverpool based Alt rockers may be new faces on the block, but already they have come up with a sound quite distinct from anything else that can be heard in the City." - The Culture Journal.  "With stunning vocals, a tight band, poetic and easy to relate to lyrics, as well as a clear passion for their craft, Karuna is a band to watch for." - Bryon Harris, Indie Spoonful.  To hear the track, click on here:- here.

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