This is the Place: how a poem gave voice to Manchester’s grief

John Gardner, Anglia Ruskin University In the midst of the pain, the capacity of poetry to connect with people was illustrated by Tony Walsh. Walsh’s poem “This is the Place”, which was recited to thousands of people attending a vigil for the victims of the massacre in Manchester, highlights the […]

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a reminder that we are now at critical threat level …

Deputy Chief Constable James Vaughan said: “As part of the ongoing investigations into the terrorist incident in Manchester on Monday night; the Prime Minister has announced that the independent Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) have raised the UK threat level from ‘severe’ to ‘critical’.  As a result of this decision, Operation […]

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Be aware – WannaCry ransomware

Action Fraud has received the first reports of Tech-Support scammers claiming to be from Microsoft who are taking advantage of the global WannaCry ransomware attack. One victim fell for the scam after calling a ‘help’ number advertised on a pop-up window. The window which wouldn’t close said the victim had […]

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Brits go abroad knowing around 8 words of the language

The average Briton will jet off on their holiday this year, knowing only EIGHT words of the country’s language, according to a new study. That said, this is rather more than I knew when I visited Gothenburg earlier in the year and Warsaw last week, so I can’t complain. Researchers […]

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Ten reasons why we should all love cyclists

Keep rollin’. Shutterstock Seamus Allison, Nottingham Trent University Cyclists globally are much maligned by drivers who may never have thought about the many benefits they provide. In fact, cycling as a form of truly sustainable transport is increasingly the focus of attention by governments seeking solutions to multiple societal problems. […]

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Thinking of Manchester

Woke in the night to discover, as did many of you, that there had been a deadly attack at the MEN (Manchester evening News) Arena, a popular venue for events, especially concerts. I’ve lived and worked in Manchester, both for many years. The MEN is a place I’ve been to […]

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