Health Hero Awards

By Mike Ashworth | April 23, 2014

Who’s made a difference to your health?

From your next door neighbour to your doctor, celebrate the person who’s been there for you.

Boots are sponsoring the Daily Mail Health Hero Awards, in association with ITV’s This Morning, giving you the chance to honour someone whose dedication has helped you, or someone you know.

You can nominate anyone you feel has made a difference to you, or a loved one, even if they don’t work in healthcare. It can be a reassuring midwife, an attentive pharmacist, a considerate carer, or simply a supportive friend.

To nominate your Health Hero, all you need to do is tell them, in your own words, why you think they should win the award.

You can nominate by either filling in a form at any Boots store that has an opticians or pharmacy, or at the Boots website, or on the Daily Mail website.

Nominations opened on April 22 and close on May 20.

Your nominees will be narrowed down to a short list by a team from the Daily Mail. A judging panel, including members from The Daily Mail, ITV’s This Morning and Boots will then choose five finalists to attend an all expenses paid gala in London on June 26th.

At the gala, the winner will be announced and will receive a holiday as a prize to reward them for their outstanding care.

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Are UKIP Sticking Two Fingers Up At St Helens Local Economy?

By Mike Ashworth | April 23, 2014

Sometimes it’s just the small things that reveal the most.

In this case its the latest UKIP leaflet in St Helens.

After giving it the once over and determining that their was very little of interest, aside from photos of John Beirne at local landmarks, I noticed the info at the bottom of the leaflet.


John Beirne claims to care a great deal about St Helens however he hasn’t even gone to the bother of choosing a local printing firm to produce the leaflet. It’s like sticking two fingers up at our local economy, at a time when it needs all the help it can get!

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North West Is Best

By Mike Ashworth | April 23, 2014

News stories that caught my eye, mostly positive ones as well.

Mostly Manchester, Greater Manchester, Liverpool, Merseyside, St Helens and surrounds.


‘Five star restaurant for Cunard Building’. Liverpool Confidential.

Big Feature: Merseyside ‘bright sparks’ who are doing the business. Echo.

Liverpool regional economy among best in England. Echo.

Group ‘humbled’ after raising funds for city flyover feasibility study. Echo.

Jobless numbers fall across Merseyside. Echo.

A bolt from the brew: Non-profit coffee shop smashes fundraising target. MEN.

Community volunteers to recreate great Sunlight Send Off. Echo.

Liverpool buildings among the winners at the Royal Institute of British Architects awards. Echo.

Easter appeal sees Manchester hospice receive 6,300 knitted chicks. BBC

Help make me the proudest Scouser in London, says Liverpool-born entrepreneur. Echo.

Rowetta starts Spinningfields duck race and helps thousands raise £20k for cerebral palsy charity Brainwave. MEN.

Twisting his melon: Bez celebrates 50th birthday with all-night rave. MEN.

Stunning portrait of Sir Alex Ferguson created with names of 218 United players he managed. MEN.

TV star Sheridan Smith rocks The Dovey with impromptu Dolly Parton cover. Echo.

Manchester rapper MC Tunes debuts second album Damage By Stereo 23 years late. BBC.

Darkstar Laser in St Helens shortlisted for Liverpool City Region Tourism Award. St Helens Star

Retro adverts could be used to improve Rochdale’s image. MEN.

The carbon-fibre streamlined ARION1 has been designed by students at Liverpool University looking to break the pedal-powered speed record. Mirror

Visitors to Piccadilly Gardens wheel soar by a third. MEN.





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Westfield Festival 2014

By Mike Ashworth | April 23, 2014

Sunday 8th June, the Westfield Street Music Festival will be happening in St Helens.

Bars, pubs and clubs along Westfield Street will be hosting lots of rather cool bands, musicians etc.

The line-up so far looks rather good.

Follow Westfield Festival on Twitter and Facebook


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By Mike Ashworth | April 23, 2014

Their has been a lot of chatter over the last few days following the article in the Mail On Sunday which suggested Foodbanks were being abused.

I never take a story in the press at face value and like to do a bit of research of my own, it’s what more of us should do really, never believe everything you are told.

You could be forgiven for thinking that foodbanks are a sign of the times, a result of the cuts being made by the Government etc.

I don’t doubt, their has been an increase in foodbanks, or maybe it’s just that they are reported on more, I’m not sure, but they are certainly not anything new.

The first foodbank was launched in 2000 by the Trussell Trust and they developed and launched the food bank social franchise in 2004. Both of these events occurred whilst we had a Labour Government.

So what can I say about the above fact? Well, it appears to me that successive governments have failed the people of our wonderful Country. Vote for any of them if you like, if you really think it will make a difference, the eveidence would lead me to think it doesnt.

We should have no need for foodbanks in this wonderful country of ours.

Reinstating the social fund and crisis loans would be a good way to alleviate need, but you have to look at bigger picture. Some people are doing quite nicely of the back of the “Market in Poverty”.

Go and have a rummage around the internet and see how much the people at the top of the foodbank tree take home every year, I did, and discovered the following article. In the comments section, the following…..


Over the last two years (2011-12) Mould and his wife have received over £150,000 in wages, salaries, emoluments, consultancy fees and rent payments from Trussell Trust.

The rent payments go to Mould’s wife who bills the Trust for office space she leases to it in Salisbury.

Mould has also set up a private company, Chris Mould Limited, through which Trussell Trust has paid him more than £30,000 over the last two years, for “management consultancy” services.

A further sum of £1700 was paid last year to “Chris Mould Support”, “for the support of Chris Mould in support of his role as trustee”

Nearly two thirds (over £600,000) of Trussell’s income is currently being spent on staff wages, etc.

Since the Trussell frontline workers are all unpaid volunteers, that sounds like an awful lot of money on the wages bill.

It’s not clear why but Trussell also holds modest investments in the oil and gas industry, including stock in British Petroleum and Shell Oil.

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North West Is Best

By Mike Ashworth | April 16, 2014

News stories that caught my eye, mostly about the North West.

Mostly Manchester, Greater Manchester, Liverpool, Merseyside, St Helens and surrounds.


Spinningfields square set to stay for good. MEN.

Liverpool firm that is leading the way in teaching kids how to handle money. Echo.

Community garden being built in the back alleys of Pocket Nook. St Helens Star.

Seven North West businesses receive £23 million from Regional Growth Fund. BDaily Business News.

20 facts about Oasis’ Supersonic 20 years after its first release. MEN.

Thirty fascinating aerial pictures of north Manchester from the 1920s, 30s and 40s. MEN.

Liverpool fourth best tourist destination in UK, says TripAdvisor. Echo.

Sutton man’s devotion to honouring St Helens Pals who were victims of WW1. St Helens Star.

Johnny Vegas bangs the drum for musical talent in St Helens. St Helens Star.

Sefton Council set to offer loans to small Companies. Sefton Council.

Wirral Chamber of Commerce set to help create hundreds of new businesses. Echo.

1000 volunteers needed for International Fesitval of Business. IFB

Manchester Evening News writers, website and newspaper up for top awards. MEN.

Artists plan to revive empty King Street – with not-for-profit coffee shop. MEN.

Piccadilly Gardens: It’s just TOO popular, says city leader. MEN.

Port Sunlight River Park nears completion as new public park to offer spectacular Liverpool’s waterfront views. Echo.

Liverpool music prize The GIT Award reveals Lapsley as One To Watch winner. Echo.

Dub dance act Forest Swords takes Merseyside music’s GIT Award. Echo.

Warrington set to build an £8.5m business incubator in town centre. Echo. MEN.

There is a new way to explore Heaton park this summer – on a Segway. Echo.

Trainee guide dogs take to the skies – with a little help from Virgin. MEN.

Star sales executive Jane Ball flies the flag for St Helens in Washington DC at Gannett Awards. St Helens Star.

Deaf entrepreneurs making a big impact. St Helens Reporter.

Top award for St Helens boozer saved from last orders. St Helens Star.

Knighthood for The Iron Men of Crosby beach creator Antony Gormley. Echo.

Liverpool One pop-up shop honoured with award. Echo.

Port of Liverpool to rival Tilbury for importation of vital building materials. Echo.     

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North West Is Best

By Mike Ashworth | April 9, 2014

News stories that caught my eye, mostly about the North West.

Mostly Manchester, Greater Manchester, Liverpool, Merseyside, St Helens and surrounds.


Northern Rail to start electrified mainline services from Liverpool to Manchester. Echo.

Watch as Merseyside man does world’s highest bungee jump…backwards! Echo.

Co-op set to transform Manchester with £800m injection. MEN.

Man to run 40th marathon, two years after brain haemorrhage. MEN.

St Helens plant hire venture secures £25k funding from Merseyside Special Investment Fund. Echo

A new online matching service launched by North West firm to help small Companies access loan opportunities. Website

Hero schoolboys kick down door of burning house in bid to save man from suspected arson attack. MEN.

Sir Alex Ferguson takes up teaching position at Harvard University. MEN.

Fully booked: Gerard’s Park business hub home to 21 businesses. St Helens Star

Owner of Liverpool’s newest landmark hotel hails its speedy creation. Echo.

Supermum promised her dying friend she would look after her six children and two foster children. Mirror

Liverpool – Steven Fletcher’s poem on the greatest city in the world. Echo.

Shameless estate tower blocks ‘recycled’ as area renovated. MEN.

Alien invasion at the Dream? Artists create stunning photos at Sutton Manor. St Helens Star.

St Helens library launches ebook lending service. St Helens Star.

Celebrity single launched to raise funds for Brian Epstein statue. Echo

Campaign for new Metrolink line – down Princess Parkway. MEN.

New book reveals story of Manchester’s real-life Sherlock Holmes. MEN.

Promising young Liverpool chef, 15, has scooped a national catering award. Hospitality & Catering News.

A brand new Liverpool music, entertainment and film festival has won support from pop icon Will.I.Am’s charity foundation. Echo.

St Helens Chamber start-up support scheme helps to create 84 new businesses. Echo.

Liverpool city centre bar Oh Me Oh My to open a rooftop venue overlooking the Mersey. Echo.

Labour would create ‘Minister for the North West’. MEN.

Giants to take over Liverpool’s Newsham Park for summer showcase. Echo.






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Don Logan

By Mike Ashworth | April 5, 2014

Sometimes it would be great to retort as Don Logan does in this scene from the film Sexy Beast.


Or the rather more explicit version



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