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Rice dishes up chaos.

Byline: Mr Brocklebank

MANY were the complaints from motorists about the Liverpool Marathon closing off roads for runners. Coupled with the so-called transformation of the city's road system because of the Big Dig, it meant that traffic travelled at the speed of an asthmatic ant carrying heavy shopping. Yet if drivers believed that the Marathon caused chaos, just wait until US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrives. When Pope John Paul II visited, trunk routes like Aigburth Road were entirely closed. When Condi calls expect grid-lock from Kirkby to West Kirby.

IS CLLR Warren Bradley psyching himself up for this encounter? At Liverpool's full council meeting, riled by Labour amendments, he melodramatically ripped up his order paper and slammed it down. Cllr Joe Hanson quipped: "You can be fined in this city for dropping litter!" Remembering first to reinstate his trademark cheeky grin, Cllr Bradley replied that he had no wish to be fined and gallantly gathered up the pieces, proving you can't be too careful now in the age of CCTV

WITH the announcement that rock dinosaurs Status Quo will be playing at Knowsley Park for the first time "in 600 years", is the Earl of Derby eyeing up his historic estate with a view to becoming the Glastonbury Festival of the north? Mud baths all round.

IT IS revealed that 143 people were fined for dog-fouling offences in Liverpool last year. Lib-Dem councillors have requested to see a list who these offenders were. Mr Brocklebank would rather see a list of the dog breed involved. Doubtless toy poodles, Yorkshire terriers, Chihuahuas and other such breeds fill the list, as opposed to lurchers, rottweillers and Rhodesian ridgbacks?

SIR David Henshaw's retirement as chief executive on March 31 means that Liverpool CE designate Colin Hilton must be sworn in as returning officer by March 23 in time for council elections. Prior to Henshaw's appointment, head hunters scoured the world to find Liverpool a chief executive. Curiously, he was discovered working next door in Knowsley council. Before hiring expensive consultants again, should not the city council check that he is not already in the chief executive's office?

ANOTHER historic Liverpool landmark has bitten the dust. Dating from around 1730, the city's oldest house, No 31 Hanover Street, the home of Mr Brookes, merchant, Town Hall builder and slave trade dabbler, has been demolished to accommodate the new Grosvenor Liverpool One shopping centre. English Heritage refused to list the house and other bodies failed to support its preservation.

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 22, 2006
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