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Edition No. 108

Date:- 19 July 2003

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THE show that re-creates those fabulous sounds that you remember so well is set to return at the end of August with the tribute show The Imposters.

The Ultimate 60's Show takes on the guise of the most popular bands of the 60s', which has a repertoire that includes Cliff and the Shadows, The Rolling Stones, The Monkees, Dave Clarke Five, The Who and of course the greatest pop band of all time - The Beatles.

Authentic sixties style guitars and Vox amps, with fabulously re-created 60's costumes are part of the set and it promises to be one of the best 60's re-production shows in a long time.

The Ultimate 60's Show starring the Imposters is at the Liverpool Empire Theatre for night only on Sunday 31 August. For tickets call Ticketmaster on 0870 606 3536


A NEW guide published to help architects and developers make Liverpool a premier European city for urban design has become part of the drive by the national Commission of Architecture and the Built Environment to create buildings in the city.

Liverpool City Council is pushing national bodies such as the English Heritage to adopt a coordinated approach to the challenges and opportunities that face the city during the 21st Century to shape the physical character of new buildings, streets and public places during the forthcoming facelift the city is to receive as part of new investment.

Councillor Beatrice Fraenkel, the Council's Urban Design Champion, said:- "The Urban Design Guide is intended to set the standards for high quality urban and architectural design across the City - whether in the city centre or the suburbs. The Guide will assist developers in achieving high quality design to enhance the quality of the city as it grows and changes, which will complement existing heritage buildings. Good design enriches the social and cultural environment." 


KIDS in care in Liverpool have helped set up their own website and message boards so they - and their foster carers and social workers can keep bang up to date.
And at the same time nearly 600 computers have been sent out to residential homes and foster homes to make sure everyone can get online.

The pioneering £1.1m scheme is called C-NET and will be launched by Liverpool City Council will ensure 600 computers to residential homes and foster homes to ensure greater access to the internet. 
Young people helped develop the website giving information on everything from health to leisure, education, news and events. 
Julia Porter service manager at St Gabriel's children's home, in Woolton said, "I can't believe the difference these have made. We have children here ranging from three-years-old to 18 and they all take turns. They mostly use the computers to do homework, and in the time we have had them school results have shot up. It's fantastic!"

There are around 1,000 children in care in Liverpool. The scheme funded by a government grant called Invest to Save, which is for 'genuinely innovative' projects, in which Liverpool received the fourth largest grant in the country. 

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School run turns into cultured stroll

CHILDREN in Liverpool are set to swap road rage for a cultured stroll - highlighting the issue road safety for children heading towards school. 

While London has opted for congestion charges, Liverpool is launching the UK's first cultural Walking School Bus - with local poets, musicians and historians as guest "conductors" to attract and enlighten passengers.

Piloted at Blueberry Park, JMI in Dovecot the Walking Bus scheme devised due to the city's successful European Capital of Culture bid encouraging projects tackling social issues. 

The first Walking Bus set off on July 16, picking up 15 pupils on the mile-long route, with entertainment provided by local poet Sue Gieling and musicians from Live-A Music. On arrival, the pupils rehearsed a song for an inter-active CD, which features road safety games also devised by them. Creating the CD has been part of a six-month project in which Blueberry Park pupils also explored their community by foot to research, interview and write stories to illustrate a Walking, Talking Bus road safety book. 

Pupils produced a series of 500 stories, with the help of professional authors and illustrators. A selection will feature in the book, CD and on a website as part of a major road safety launch in every Liverpool school in September. 

In addition, Liverpool city council is looking to roll out the walking bus initiative across the city when the schools return. 

Councillor Peter Millea, Executive Member for Regeneration, who will be joining the first walk, said:- "Tackling the school run is a massive problem for parents, motorists and pupils up and down the country. This Walking Bus is a step in the right direction. 

Not only is it a safe option, it also provides youngsters with the best start to the day. A bit of exercise and some cultural stimulation benefits pupils as well as teachers. Moreover, drivers should be in a better mood with less traffic to navigate too."

Project co-coordinator Jacquie McKenzie said:- "Road safety is a big issue in Dovecot and the way we have tackled it has really fired people's imagination.

The Walking Bus has been a big hit with both parents and their kids. It gives parents time to get to work with less stress and with the knowledge that their children are getting to school safely and healthily. The kids love the idea of not being stuck in a car in a traffic jam and having guest conductors. They have been writing and talking about road safety. Now they are walking the talk.

More than 300 adults and 240 children have been involved and the level of enthusiasm and creativity in the stories and CD has been truly inspiring. I would not be surprised if, in the future, some blossom into professional authors and poets." 

Sue Woodward, Liverpool's Creative Director, said:- "The Walking Bus is a fantastic example of how we can use culture to find new solutions to age old problems and make Liverpool a cleaner and safer place to live, visit and work.

I know the kids had great fun learning about their community, how to interview and write, devise games and singing, which is exactly what learning should be about. The fact that they are helping to save lives and reduce stress on our roads as a result is a massive bonus."

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