Motorists have slammed a shopping centre car park after being fined up to £100 even though they had paid their ticket. They received charge notices after leaving their cars at The Peel Centre in Stockport, Greater Manchester, and some say it should now be known as the 'Peel and Steal Centre'. Drivers enter their registration number to buy a ticket, which is then matched with data from number plate recognition cameras. A row has erupted over The Peel Centre carpark in Stockport, Greater Manchester, (pictured) where drivers have been charged up to £100 for parking despite having paid their fare And the firm which issues the notices, Anchor Group Services, said it ‘was aware of an issue’ with the machines, which was triggered when they were upgraded in June. The company said it has been manually checking registration plates that have not matched up with data from the camera since the issue first came to light. But more users have come … [Read more...] about Angry motorists hit out at after getting £100 fines from shopping centre car park even though they had paid to leave their cars there
“I recently stumbled upon this article about Tony Hibbert signing for an unbeaten Sunday league team in 2017 and missing a penalty for them in a 1-0 defeat on his debut. Which other former professionals have extended their careers into Sunday league football after retiring,” asks George Jones. The smell of liniment oil and the thrill of almost being cut in two by a hungover centre-back would appear to be quite the draw for ex-pros as there have been a few turning out for Sunday teams over the years. “I remember Julio Arca, formerly of Sunderland and Middlesborough, playing for his local team Willow Pond FC in Sunderland for a period after he retired in 2013,” writes Robert Kelly. “He later played for South Shields at a higher standard.” Ali Tabari can go one better. He has a former Premier League player being managed by a former Premier League player in the pock-marked fields of Warwickshire. “My friend until recently played for a team near … [Read more...] about Which former pros have played Sunday league football after retiring?
England's 10 and 11 year olds are fatter than ever before, according to NHS figures that have today laid bare the nation's obesity crisis. A third of children in Year Six are overweight, and almost a quarter – around 150,000 youngsters – are deemed obese or severely obese. Children in poor areas such as Wolverhampton are four times more likely to be obese than those residing in Richmond or other affluent places, the data showed. The head of the NHS today said the shock statistics clearly show the Government is 'not on track' to halve childhood obesity rates by 2030. It comes after the nation's chief medical officer recommended a host of radical plans to tackle the growing obesity crisis, including a ban on eating on public transport. England's 10 and 11 year olds are fatter than ever before, damning NHS statistics today revealed. Almost a quarter of Year Six children are obese or severely obese Almost half (44.9 per cent) of all year six children in Barking and Dagenham … [Read more...] about A third of England’s 10 and 11 year olds are overweight, reveal shocking new figures amid obesity crisis
Lisa Stansfield, singer, songwriter I met my husband Ian [Devaney] in school when I was 14 and he was 15; we formed a band with Andy Morris, who played trumpet in the school band. We called ourselves Blue Zone and were like three little terriers, getting on the train to London and bugging record companies until someone took notice. Ian and Andy did the horns on Coldcut’s first album, and I sang a song with them called My Telephone. After hours we all went back in to the studio to see if we could come up with anything together, and the result was People Hold On, a massive hit. Because everyone said it would look clumsy with two bands’ names on, it was released as “Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield”. When we went back to our own music, they said, “Well everyone knows you as Lisa Stansfield now” and that was the end of Blue Zone. But I wanted my mates with me, even though it was my name on the record. That triangle of people was very strong. All Around … [Read more...] about Lisa Stansfield: how we made All Around the World
Liz Calder's love affair with Brazil began in the 1960s, when she worked as a fashion model and journalist in São Paolo. "I felt this was where I belonged," she says. "The heat envelopes you; [and then there are] the smells, the tropical vegetation, the gashes of red earth, and the racial mix which I find appealing." However, she spent the ensuing decades in London with an Amazonian parrot, Juju, as a voluble memento, and she listened to bossa nova to keep up her Portuguese. Then, two years ago, she co-founded South America's first literary festival, in the Brazilian resort and fishing town of Parati. Despite its remote location, midway between Rio and São Paolo, the Parati International Festival of Literature (Flip) last year drew 12,000 people. In Brasilia last November, Calder, its president, received an Order of Merit for services to culture from President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Since it was opened by Gilberto Gil, Brazil's culture minister and singing star, the … [Read more...] about Wizard talent