M.E.N. Chief Reporter Neal Keeling has spent thirty years covering Salford. From the hard times that fuelled the city's gang culture, to the meeting at which Paul Massey earned the name 'Mr Big', Neal has covered it all. Here he looks back on his encounters with Paul Massey, the 'forgotten' riots that made the man notorious, and the tragic, violent, legacy of that era. "In the summer of 1992 simmering tension between Salford police and the city's underworld exploded. The trigger was the seizing by police of a high-powered Sierra Cosworth, suspected of being stolen. It was being driven by a lad local to Ordsall and was a prestigious vehicle - flair, speed, and kudos. Taking it off the streets - and rumours that the driver got a bit of beating from 'Dibble' - amplified a strained atmosphere between GMP's Salford division and young men dabbling in ram-raiding, car ringing and drugs. The Ordsall of '92 had plains of grim maisonettes and town houses built to re-house people from … [Read more...] about How a young Salford lad rose to become one of Britain’s most feared hard men
14 years guns n roses
1990 was also the year that Nelson Mandela was released from prison, Germany was reunified after the fall of the Berlin Wall and, away from the headlines, a computer nerd called Tim Berners-Lee was registering something called the World Wide Web. And it was the year that changed everything when it came to live music, festivals and the business of entertaining ourselves. It was 1990 when Féile first got under way and the Irish summer would be altered forever. Féile ushered in the idea of seeing multiple acts over the course of a weekend. It initiated the concept of the rite-of-passage festival, where you could let your hair down and forget your troubles for 48 or 72 hours. It created the notion of a destination event - one that you wanted to attend before you even knew who was on the line-up. Féile sowed the seeds for what would become Witnness and Oxegen as well as Electric Picnic and Longitude. And the multitude of smaller, specialist music festivals that dominate the … [Read more...] about The original Trip to Tipp: 1990 was the year of the first Féile
Desmond declares 'business as usual' Independent.ie The head of MCD, Denis Desmond has declared that it is 'business as usual' at the concert promoter following the sale of 50pc of the business to the UK firm LNGaiety, which Desmond jointly owns with Live Nation. https://www.independent.ie/business/irish/desmond-declares-business-as-usual-37227499.html https://www.independent.ie/business/article37227498.ece/737dc/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-08-18_bus_43366187_I1.JPG Email The head of MCD, Denis Desmond has declared that it is 'business as usual' at the concert promoter following the sale of 50pc of the business to the UK firm LNGaiety, which Desmond jointly owns with Live Nation. Mr Desmond said that the sale of MCD "is the logical step" after working in partnership with Live Nation in the UK through the joint venture firm, LNGaiety over the past 14 years. He said that the deal 'simplifies matters and makes life a little easier' but wouldn't be drawn on the value of the … [Read more...] about Desmond declares ‘business as usual’
The 28-year-old Donegal woman was found dead in Goa, India on March 14 2017. Local man Vikat Bhagat (24) is currently on trial accused of raping and murdering her. Bumblefoot is due to perform with Donegal band The Midnight Preachers at a charity gig in the Plaza, Buncrana on August 25. Speaking on his Facebook page, Bumblefoot said all the proceeds will go towards the McLaughlin family to cover the legal costs for the ongoing trial. The ex Guns N' Roses man is hosting a guitar camp on Inch Island between August 22 and 26. "Thinking of holding the first-ever Bumblefoot Music Camp up by the northern coast of Ireland at beautiful Inch Island (an island on the lake that inspired the song Amazing Grace)," he said back in July. "Will include classes on guitar, vocals, songwriting, business, gear, plus jamming & a gig for a local charity." Ms McLaughlin left on a backpacking adventure in February 2017. Bhagat, was charged under Sections 302 (murder), 376 (rape), 394 (robbery) and 201 … [Read more...] about Guns N’ Roses star to play Ireland charity gig in memory of murdered Danielle McLaughlin
Published July 26, 2018 As we all know, Iceland is currently in the midst of the worst summer ever recorded. But in the last week, spirits were raised as uncharacteristically good weather hit the city with a bang, boosting morale and bringing some much needed Vitamin D to the pale residents of Reykjavík. Temperatures reached highs of 14°C, with clear skies overhead and all were out and about enjoying what might very well be the last semi-ok day until next year. And while we were being sent good weather, the midwives’ tale finally ended. After more than 30 midwives resigned last month in response to the government’s refusal to raise their wages, women and men from all around Iceland came together this week in a social media campaign called #égstyðljósmæður, which translates to #ISupportMidwives. On Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, Icelanders shared how midwives had helped them through pregnancy, birth, and aftercare. These powerful posts … [Read more...] about What Are Icelanders Talking About?: Weather, Wages, All We Need Is A Little Patience!