National No Smoking Day

National No Smoking day is a campaign spearheaded by the British Heart Foundation and has been running since 1983.

This year’s campaign focus on ex-smokers who achieved “V for Victory in the battle against smoking.”

Stephen Commissiong from the Bridgewater trust described the day as being about more than just stopping smoking and that the day should be for people to look at their lifestyle choices

Figures published by Action on Smoking and Health show that 22% of women and 27% of men are ex-smokers and two thirds of current smokers would like to stop.

Wigan Bouncer Waxes Chest for Charity

A Wigan bouncer had his chest waxed to raise £500 for Wigan And Leigh Olympic Wrestling club.

Stefan Gradwell, 46, Oldhall Street, Ince, was raising the funds needed to send young wrestlers to America.

The trip will see the wrestlers heading to Missouri, America, for two weeks to complete rigorous training and compete with local wrestlers.

“The quality of wrestlers is generally better in America” claims Stefan whose son, 14, wrestles for the club.

His son is one of the few being chosen to go on the trip and Stefan has decided to pay to chaperone the trip and see his son in action.

The trip will cost him £750 for the tickets, funded by himself, with the team staying with local families who have agreed to accommodate the team.

Whilst he’s more used to working the doors of clubs, including places like Surfer’s Paradise and The Village On The Green, Stefan says he doesn’t mind doing something unusual saying “It was about finding something that caught people’s attention so they’d donate more.”

Stefan claims the chest wax was his wife’s idea and says that people have been “excited” to see it take place, something he says is down to seeing him “in pain and agony more than anything else.”

The chest wax is part of a club effort with various other fund raising events having taken place including a ladies night and bag packs at local supermarkets, in an effort to reach the clubs total goal of £12,000.

The money raised will also go towards sending a selected few to the Commonwealth Games were they have been chosen to compete.

National Libraries Day Sees New Scheme For Wigan Youngsters

As part of National Libraries Day a scheme has been launched to give  children a helping hand on their first steps to becoming regular readers.

Wigan Leisure And Culture trust has teamed up with Wigan Council’s registrars to make sure every baby whose birth is registered in the borough will recieve a library card.

Wendy Heaton, at WLCT which manages the town’s libraries on behalf of the council said : “By providing children with library cards from day one, we can help start them on an exciting journey to learn about the joys of reading.”

The current library cards all feature pictures taken by graduates of Lensflair, a free digital photography course held at the library which teaches basic photography skills as well as tips to help people get the most out of their cameras.

Councillor Paul Kenny, Cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “There is a great relationship between our local libraries and their customers, and I am really impressed by the innovative ways we are reaching the community through schemes like these.”

If you’re interested in Lensflair, or one of the libraries’ other services like the WorkClub then click here.

 

Boy Bands Vs Girl Groups: Who’s really the most popular?

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Everyone knows the real battle of the sexes boils down to music. The rivalries of boy bands vs girl groups has been around almost for decades but now it’s time to crown the real winner. Who sells more records is it the boy bands that have millions of screaming fans or is it the iconic girl groups who inspire generations?

AND THE WINNER IS…… BOY BANDS!
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Whilst some of the best selling boy bands might seem out dated (here’s looking at you The Osmonds) and some of the girl groups still seem to be featured in the media, like TLC finally getting their own biographical film, there’s no denying the figures. Boy bands simply sell more records! Even I was shocked to see that current phenomenon One Direction weren’t on the list, maybe it’s because of the recent increase in piracy (or maybe I’m just making up excuses.)

Sorry girls, you put up a good fight, but this crown is placed firmly on the heads of the boys.

(Information sourced from here & here)

Britain And Bad Weather: People Give Their Opinions

With winter just around the corner and snowy weather already on its way I decided to ask people for their opinions on the way Britain as a country seems to come to a standstill when the snow hits. The overwhelming view was that we should be better prepared to handle the weather, especially given its frequency in recent years. Between 1971 and 2000 the UK got on average 33 days of snow fall or sleet a year yet last year the bbc reported that nearly 5000 schools closed because of the weather.

So if the bad weather looks set to hit where you are soon make sure to stay safe! The met office offers regular updates on the weather and hazard warnings so keep vigilant.

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A UCLAN Student’s Views On 53 Degrees

Uclan’s student bar 53 Degrees came under scrutiny year after the police called for a council review of its licence, despite its popularity with students and locals alike. Given this I decided to find out what real students thought of the club to see just how popular it really is.

Street Style Manchester

This week I went to Manchester see what fashion choices people made and how high street fashion looks on real people.

Natalie can be seen wearing River Island pants with a black top from Topshop and styled with a leather lipsy jacket.

Natalie can be seen wearing River Island pants with a black top from Topshop and styled with a leather Lipsy jacket

Jessica is wearing a lowcut black jumpsuit from Primark

Jessica is wearing a low-cut black jumpsuit from Primark

Eilis styled a Topshop jumpsuit with a Primark bag and a gold necklace, also from Topshop

Eilis styled a Topshop playsuit with a Primark bag and a gold necklace, also from Topshop

Beth paired a pair of Primark pants with a Missguided top and a Miss Selfridge bag

Beth paired a pair of Primark pants with a Missguided top and a Miss Selfridge bag

 

Elizabeth chose her top and pants from Topshop then chose a bag from Accessorize to finish the outfit

Elizabeth chose her top and pants from Topshop then chose a bag from Accessorize to finish the outfit

Jess wore a white dress from Missguided and a River Island jacket with a George Necklace

Jess wore a white dress from Missguided and a River Island jacket with a George Necklace

Eleanor paired a River Island top with River Island pants and a Cherokee necklace

Eleanor paired a River Island top with River Island pants and a Cherokee necklace