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Edition No. 109

Date:- 26 July 2003

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Chernobyl children visit Pleasureland in style!

PLEASURELAND WILL roll out the red carpet on Thursday 31 July when a group of children from Belarus visit the Southport amusement park. 

The trip has been organised by the Chernobyl Children Life Line group in Bolton, who have been working on behalf of victims of the Chernobyl disaster for over 10 years.

Children will be looking forward to a fantastic day out, with rides like the TRAUMAtizer and Lucozade Space Shot providing no end of excitement. As an added bonus, the group will arrive in stretch limousines kindly donated by a Bolton company. 

However, there is more to the trip than just having fun, as the area around Chernobyl is still highly radioactive. These recuperative visits not only serve to entertain the children - just one month spent in a "clean" environment can boost their immune systems and give them a better chance in life.

Pleasureland Marketing Manager Stephen Christian was quick to praise the organisation, saying, "The value of the work done by Chernobyl Children's Lifeline and other groups can't be measured. The disaster was 15 years ago and isn't in the news anymore, but the people of Belarus live with the effects every day of their lives. We hope the children have a day out to remember, and we look forward to many more visits"

Letter to Editor...

Help me find Walshy.

I AM looking for Washy (first name martin) who served with me in Germany. He was in THE ROYAL CORPS OF TRANSPORT at 1 ADTR 4 sqn. He will be about 29/30 now.  I lost contact in 1994 in Gutersloug at 2CS regt RLC. He is from Southport and I hope some one knows where he is. Please contact me (Phil Morris) on

DELAY ON Main Line?

DEAR Editor, delaying the upgrades to the West Coast Main Line? You can't be serious!

Tom Winsor's (The Rail Regulator) proposal to delay improvements to the West Coast main line is preposterous, illogical and un-business like. 

He surely can't be serious if he believes that pausing improvements to our West Coast Main Line will be a good thing and will really save money in the long term. The growth and profitability of businesses in Liverpool and other destinations along this route are being penalised by the inefficiency and inadequacy of Network Rail to get things right. What is required is a Rail Regulator that will ensure a proper capitalisation of Britain's railway network, not a plan to delay matters further.

Value for money is not about saving £2bn by postponing upgrades for a year, value for money is getting our West Coast Main Line running fast, safe and efficient as soon as possible. 

It is easier and faster for us to get to some of Western Europe's capital cities than it is to get to our own. Improving the West Coast line is a matter of the utmost urgency and I call upon Mr Winsor to re-think his proposal.

Please join me and other business leaders in fighting this and in pushing for the improvements to be undertaken without any further delay.

Yours sincerely, Mr Roy Morris DL - Group Chief Executive, Rathbones and Chairman of The Mersey Partnership


FLATULENCE may raise an eyebrow or two in a given situation but seldom is it thought of in a way to comprehend the science of the human body.

A forthcoming exhibition beginning today and running for 4 months ending in early November heralds an unlikely but coarse free exhibition named Grossology:- The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body splats at Liverpool Museum.

Using sophisticated animatronics, interactive exhibits and hard science, Grossology, based on the children's best-selling book, explores the good, the bad and the downright ugly ways the human body works.
Visitors will be welcomed by a robot named 'Her Grossness' to the exhibition, before they participate with the comical hurricane of flatus that will greet families and members of the public during the 3-month show aimed at educating children. 

Visitors will are to engage the 'tour de nose' - an insight into why we sneeze among many other previously less discussed faculties of bodily functions that most would seldom sniff at.

Liverpool Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool. Admission FREE.

Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm.

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