That Friday Feeling

By Mike Ashworth | July 18, 2014

Just things that have piqued my interest etc during the last week or so…..

Chanced upon Northern Soul dancer girl Levanna Mclean on Youtube. Very cool. Check her out.

Dont know how this passed me by last month. DJ Jazzy Jeff and Mick Summertime Mixtape vol 5 (2014). Jazzy’s site. Listen. Download

Popped along to Big Busk’s “little busk” in Church Square, got to meet a few of the Friends of Victoria Park crew, lovely people. Looking forward to the main event on 19th.

Yes, it costs money to run the Red Arrows display team however I wouldnt axe them. Their is something quintessentially British about them. Puts a smile on people’s faces, pride in our Country and all that. Things you cant really put a price on at all. Story.

I see that Gary Barlow and the other stars involved in dubious tax dodging schemes are now blaming the advisors using a “I dont know much about money, finances, honest guv” approach. I dont believe them for one moment!

Members of govt buggering kids? well they’ve fucked with everyone else!

How to tie a tie, who knew their were so many ways!

Chatting to @mattrashcroft about acid house, techno and lots of other housey related stuff and stumbled across this Larry Heard interview on Youtube

How Merseyside MPs respond to your pleas for help not great stats for #sthelens MP’s #TheyWorkForUs

No wonder ppl are hacked off with EU especially when it comes to more human rights nonsense like this

This is a pretty cool video. aerial views of Carr Mill Dam in St helens

Picked up tkts for Much Ado About Nothing at Central Library. Looking forward to this. We have a really cool Arts Team at the Library who’ve been responsible for putting on lots of great things.

Another successful #sthelenshour on Twitter. Report and stats Storify

Reading about the Tory cabinet reshuffle, reported as being so Cameron can bring in a raft of female MP’s. If you’re a power hungry / ego driven politican it really doesnt matter what your sex is at all…..

The Eiffel Tower looks amazing, lit up for Bastille Day.

Homeless man attacked.  The most disturbing thing about this is that not a single person lifted a finger to help.

Jeremy Kyle pepper sprayed in #Magaluf. What do you know, Karma does work….

People who talk at you for ages and ages, all about them, never about you, but when they do finally show any interest in you, they turn it into something about them. Isn’t “communication” wonderful.

A Scientific Guide to Hashtags: How Many, Which Ones, and Where to Use Them

Here’s what a Twitter conversation looks like in real life Be careful with all those #

8 Social Media Mistakes to Avoid in 2014

If same criteria applied to elections as some propose for industrial action, Parliament would have ZERO MPs.

Loom band dress sells for £170,00 on ebay. Hmmm, I have a suspicion the seller will be opening an “unpaid item” dispute case on ebay very soon. Then again, perhaps their is some politican out there who thinks the 12 year old is included in the price?

When someone writes on their twitter bio “views are my own” i wonder why they write it, who else’s might they be?  Some might think it’s online, it’s twitter, it doesnt really matter. But it all matters. You are what you do, say, write, stating that this is a “personal account” still means ppl judge you in respect of other things you may do.

I can’t get my head around what is going on with the people who run #MerseyHour on Twitter. One moment they are sending rude tweets in response to questions, then they want to do a St Helens special on their regular #MerseyHour, then Mike, the founder sends a ton of direct messages rather than an email as requested to explain exactly what was intended. Then next day one of the other Team, Dom I believe, deleted all previous messages explaining what they wanted to do as it was “unacceptable correspondence”. Life is too short to waste time with people like this.

A shed in St Helens has made the list of finalists for Shed of the Year 2014

I wonder if this casual approach to bowls “barefoot bowling” would take off in UK?

When I keep reading that an organisation has no agenda / hidden agenda, time and time again, I start to think “really, are you sure, me thinks you proclaim this far too often”

Had a great meeting with the St Helens Chamber of Commerce. Hearing more about the programmes they run and support they offer, so I can help better inform those I meet of such things. Opportunity in the future to become a Mentor as well. I’m looking forward to that.

Arthur Baker tune from 1979 Cant put no price on love resurfaces, and it’s awesome! Story

I really wish the Chinese Buffet in Bridge Street, St Helens would sort out the ripped and tatty banners on the outside of it’s building, it really does the building and their business no good at all. I’ve told them a few times about this yet they’ve done nothing about it.













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North West Is Best

By Mike Ashworth | July 16, 2014

Positive news stories that have caught my eye, mostly Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Liverpool, Merseyside, St Helens and surrounds.


Big Feature: World has come to Liverpool to do business, says UKTI’s North West director. Echo.

People in Merseyside happier than the national average, claims new report. Echo.

Balloon-covered taxis and their generous drivers took blind and sensory impaired children on huge day out. Echo.

Plan to turn city’s ‘forgotten space’ into arts venue. MEN.

Beetham Tower architect Ian Simpson designs new luxury apartment block in the Northern Quarter. MEN.

Famous scene of Beatles on Liverpool town hall balcony re-enacted for homecoming anniversary. Echo.

£1m skate park network coming to Liverpool. Echo.

‘It’s long overdue’: Rochdale is finally going to get a statue of Gracie Fields. MEN.

Phil Redmond returns to land of the scouse wedding. Liverpool Confidential.

Liverpool actor Paul McGann picks up honorary fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University. Echo.


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That Friday Feeling

By Mike Ashworth | July 11, 2014

Uncle. Has stage 4 Cancer, visited him at Burrswood care home in Bury, great place. Discovered that my grandad Clifford Scull had written lots of poems in addition to being a pretty good painter. Might have to look at putting together an ebook of his work, for no other reason than it will be cool for others to see and read his work.

The The Lord Raglan pub at Nangreaves, Bury does an amazing roast. And fabulous scenery too.

Hacienda Tales. Popped along to Central Library in St Helens recently to see a performance called Hacienda Tales. Chaucer’s pilgrims made their way to a Canterbury cathedral; the ones in this play to a very different cathedral in Manchester, the Hacienda. I was very impressed. And we got to see it before it headed off to Mancheter Fringe and then Edinurgh Fringe. If you get a chance make sure you go and see it. I reckon we could be a good proving ground for others who want to do similar. Hats off to the Arts team, and to Sophie Tickle and her organisation LIAC Concepts for the production. You can follow  them on Twitter. HaciendaTales. LIAC Concepts.

Olde England pub. This is a rather wonderful pub in St Helens Town Centre. Great selection of ales. Top staff.

Another successful #StHelensHour on Twitter. Stats. Storify.

St Helens Reporter ignores lost child. I was in the Library the on Wednesday 9th. A lady approached me, asking me to keep an eye our for her son, as she couldn’t find him. I had a look around some of the book units to make sure he wasnt hiding, I then, saw a small boy approach the St Helens Reporter who works from a desk there, he asked the man if he’d seen his mum. The man just ignored the kid, kept on working, and the kid wandered off. I found the woman told her which direction the boy had headed off in, and they were quickly reunited. Thankfully the story had a happy ending

United Utilities kill geese. Apparently workers at the firm have been terrorised by Geese recently, so they got permission to kill them, all 60 of them! What bastards. I’m sure their must have been a more humane way of dealing with them. In a separate story United contributed a large sum of money to upkeep of Mersey Forest, so that’s all OK then eh!

A lovely thankyou. It’s great when you can introduce someone to another person and great things happen. In this case it’s a local band Moss and Jones, and organisers of a festival. Read all about them and me here.

Android phones. I thought that a hard / factory reset on an android phone would delete all data. Seem I was wrong. Story here.

Mugged off. At elections Labour promised to sort out litter problems in St Helens. We now have some of the worst litter problems I’ve seen for a while. Also a new youth facility promised for Town Centre whilst youth workers jobs are under threat from budget cuts.


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Pharrell vs Northern Soul

By Mike Ashworth | July 11, 2014

Northern Soul girl Levanna Mclean dances to Pharrell’s Happy.

Love it!


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North West Is Best

By Mike Ashworth | July 10, 2014

Positive news stories that have caught my eye, mostly Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Liverpool, Merseyside, St Helens and surrounds.


World’s largest-ever Viking longship set sail for Merseyside today. Echo.

Fashion student lands placement with the House of Holland. St Helens Star.

Comedian Johnny Vegas to be honoured by Edge Hill University. Echo.

Chancellor pledges £14m to Parkside’s transport links. St Helens Star.

Caring youngsters volunteer to clean up cemetery vandalised by gang of youths. Echo.

ECHO Regional Business Awards winners share their delight on the night. Echo.

Best in digital recognised at Big Chips Awards 2014. MEN.

Festival Gardens in Liverpool wins educational award. Echo.

5,000 jobs on the way in £470m bonanza for transport, science and education across Greater Manchester. MEN.

City Region receives £230million from Regional Growth Fund. Liverpool Express.

Tour de France hits Rochdale for ONE minute… and brings £1m to the local economy. MEN.

Driving instructor Samuel L Jackson gets phone call from Hollywood namesake. Echo.

“The results of our latest survey bring more good news for the St Helens economy”. Echo.

New £1m cycle path to be created in Salford. MEN.


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North West Is Best

By Mike Ashworth | July 2, 2014

Positive news stories that have caught my eye, mostly Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Liverpool, Merseyside, St Helens and surrounds.


New Balance, the sportswear and athletics brand, is to open a new European HQ in Warrington. MEN.

Haydock Park victory celebration for racehorse Steve Prescott. St Helens Star.

The contemporary artist behind a planned ‘chess set’ sculpture has revealed plans to get local people involved in the artwork. MEN.

New ‘urban bazaar’ plan for mothballed Cains Brewery. Liverpool Confidential.

Liverpool’s St Johns Market £2m refurbishment move closer. Echo.

Our pride: Merseyside’s most tireless female campaigners honoured. Echo.

Inspirational Rebecca is crowned M.E.N. Mum Of The Year at a ceremony full of winners. MEN.

Watch: Hero kickboxer rescues family from blazing home after booting down door. MEN.

War hero Andy Reid’s mission to inspire. St Helens Star.

Manchester becomes European City of Science. MEN.

In pictures: Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle comes alive with street art. Echo.

Brave Joe to take on run mission for blind ex-service men and women. Echo.

WATCH: Manchester’s answer to street magician Dynamo is a hit with city’s shoppers. MEN.

Urban Splash smash through £100m mark. MEN.

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MerseyTravel – No Respect For The Elderly

By Mike Ashworth | July 2, 2014

Yet again I find myself writing about the plight of an elderly citizen of St Helens, my mum, 85, and her bad experiences with public transport.

Yesterday on her way to St Helens Hospital she boarded the 28 bus in St Helens Town Centre. She had no sooner began walking from bus driver position to a seat she had spotted near the front of the bus, when the driver set off.  She had to make a grab for something to prevent herself being thrown to floor, and in the process wrenching/twisting her arm and knocking her hip and leg.

The bus was running late so presumably the driver was trying to make up time with this clever act!

Thankfully a nurse on the bus rushed to help my mum, preventing her from from ending up on the floor, and helped her to a seat.

Bus drivers should not drive off until elderly passengers are seated.

Update: I’ve spoken to MerseyTravel via Twitter who have informed me that in actual fact they dont run this service, its operated by Nip-On Transport on their behalf. Nip-On Transport is I believe owned by Hattons Travel of St Helens.

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More Great Music Discovered Via Treme

By Mike Ashworth | June 26, 2014

I can’t tell you how many new bands, tunes i’ve been exposed to over the years that Treme ran, loads!

I’ve just got round to watching the final season and this tune is a MONSTER! Raw, hard, funky, elements of hip-hop, go-go, jazz it’s got it all.

Trombone Shorty – Hurricane Season.


You can follow shorty on twitter right here


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