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WH SMITH EXCITEMENT IN SALFORD

Star date: 29th May 2010 

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CAN WE CONTAIN OUR JOY IN SALFORD?

Oh my word! Oh my Lord! Oh my gosh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh!!! I nearly wet my knickers when I received the latest update from MediaCityUK… Yes, a company that isn't backed with wads of cash from North West Development Agency is actually going to move into the place!

So which company is moving into MediaCityUK? Is it Google? Is it Disney Studios? Is it Pixar? Nah… To quote my MediaCity News bulletin "WHSmith is to open a kiosk"… How can we ever live with such excitement?

Click here for more knicker wetting joyous details of the deal…

added Saturday, May 29, 2010  

 
 

SALFORD KIDS HIGH RISK AGAIN

Star date: 28th May 2010 

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SALFORD COUNCIL CAN'T EVEN SPELL `SAFEGAURDING' NEVER MIND DO IT!

So, after all that happened last year – and the year before, and the year before that and the year before that etc – over the shocking state of Salford City Council's dire attempts to safeguard our kids, the subject is still `HIGH RISK' according to the latest Council `Strategic Risk Register'.

Not surprising really because the Council can't even spell "safegaurding"…Oh, and confidential Child Protection reports are being left on the streets too!

Full stury hear…

added Thursday, May 27, 2010  

 
 

SALFORD PRECINCT SOLD

Star date: 12th March 2010 

MARY BURNS ON THE PRECINCT

Salford Precinct, spiritual shopping homeland for proper Salford people, has been flogged off to secretive Isle of Man developers for £40million.

The last owners, Prime Commercial Properties, couldn't wait to get the place off their hands when plans for a huge Tesco superstore based across the road were announced last year. So why the sale?

Come with this cynical old fishwife, gaze into my crystal ball and see the future of Salford Shopping City – to give it its posh name…

Just click here…

added Thursday, March 11, 2010  

 
 

BBC LAUNCHES MEDIACITYUK JOBS

Star date: 13th February 2010 

From MARY BURNS PAGE…

BBC LAUNCHES NEW JOBS WEBSITE…IN TEESSIDE

The BBC launched its new jobs website for Salford MediaCityUK yesterday at its Connect and Create Conference at Teesside University to an audience of "academics and students"…

You might have thought that the least they could have done was launch the site in Salford – hope this isn't a sign of things to come…

Full story here…

added Saturday, February 13, 2010  

 
 

MARY BURNS AWARD WINNERS 2009

Star date: 15th January 2010

SALFORD STAR MARY BURNS AWARD WINNERS

Salford City Council, Hazel Blears and Peel Holdings have been declared the undoubted `winners’ in the Salford Star Mary Burns Awards 2009 – affectionately known as the MARYS.

Salford’s longest ever live awards ceremony, which began on the net before Christmas and finally concluded today, saw 40 awards given out for “stupid statements, dodgy dealings and iffy activities over the past 12 months”.

Thousands of net readers surfed onto www.salfordstar.com to see Salford City Council pick up a massive 15 MARYS for everything, including the `Uncle Joe Stalin Award for Open and Democratic Government’ and the `Go Stand In The Corner’ Award For School Building.

Hazel Blears MP weighed in with 7 MARYS, including the `Error of Judgement Award’ and the Hypocrite of the Year Award.

Other winners included Peel Holdings (4 MARYS), NWDA (3 MARYS), Central Salford URC (3 MARYS) and Urban Splash (2 MARYS)…

For the full list of winners and links to all the Awards click here…

added Saturday, January 16, 2010  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL SCHOOLS MESS

Star date: 18th November 2009

MARY BURNS

£140,000 TO SORT SALFORD'S SCHOOLS OUT!

The Council can't close St George's and don't seem to be able to add up when it comes to the other Salford schools, so what does it do now? Yep, chuck around £140,000 at the problem by employing outside consultants to clear up the cack…

Full story here…
 

added Wednesday, November 18, 2009  

 
 

BBC SALFORD JOBS

Star date: 3rd October 2009

MARY BURNS

SO WHERE'S THE BBC JOBS FOR SALFORD?

The BBC has announced that only 45% (234 out of 519) of its rank and file staff – those earning between £18,000 to £50,000 – have decided to make the move to Salford, in line with around 45% of its top earning luvvies who decided earlier in the year to move north. That sounds like loads of jobs for Salford people….er, maybe not.

Click here for full story.

added Saturday, October 3, 2009  

 
 

SALFORD PRIMARY PLANS

MARY BURNS Back to School Special 2008

21 Salford Primary Schools To Be Shut?

Going…knowing they’re going…or gone. Salford  Council’s fab new proposal for `Every Child Matters’ is to bulldoze or merge a quarter of the primary schools in the city…based on figures that are “an art rather than a science”, according to the Council’s own Assistant Director of Resources, Mike Hall. And there’s some really weird art being created…surreal, cubist…definitely minimalist!

Incredibly, the report of the Lead Member for Children’s Services to a meeting (which was not open to the public) states that the “projected effect” of the proposals in the first five years would lead to “potential overcrowd” in Weaste, Seedley, Langworthy and Ordsall. Well it would do if you shut five schools in the area and replace them with two new ones. Derrr…

added Tuesday, September 22, 2009  

 
 

SALFORD MEDIA CITY UK

Mary Burns

VIDEO FUN IN GHOST TOWN

There’s an ace new video just been released promoting Media CityUK…

added Friday, September 4, 2009  

 
 

SALFORD PROMS IN THE PARK

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£££££££s In The Park

When Chris de Burgh steps out at Buile Hill Park a week on Saturday (12th September) for the BBC Proms In The Park perhaps he should be singing The Council In Red, as I can reveal that this year's Proms event is set to lose Salford Council over £140,000…

added Friday, September 4, 2009  

 
 

SALFORD EDUCATION SPECIAL

Mary Burns

EDUCASHUN…EDUCASHUN…EDUCASHUN!!!

You couldn't make it up! 

And this is absolutely true...

added Sunday, August 23, 2009  

 
 

SALFORD UNIVERSITY PHUN

Mary Burns

`Disreputable' Student Gives Testimonial For University

The University of Salford recently drummed out lecturer, union rep and PhD student, Gary Duke for `bringing the University into disrepute' and making "malicious" and "damaging remarks". So what better way to promote the University than to use Gary's testimonial saying that studying there is "stress free and a continuing pleasure"?

Hmmm…

added Wednesday, August 19, 2009  

 
 

SALFORD SEAT DECLARED MARGINAL

A Mary Burns Exclusive!

Hazel’s Seat To Be Declared `Marginal’ By Labour

A Labour Party insider tells me that Salford has nowbeen declared “a marginal constituency” for the first time in…well, ages! People say you could stick a red rosette on a donkey and it’d get elected in Salford, but it seems that the Labour Party itself no longer thinks so. …

added Tuesday, August 4, 2009  

 
 

HAZEL BLEARS EXPOSED

Star date: 25 May 2009

MARY BURNS ON THE LEAST BIGGEST SURPRISE IN SALFORD!!!

Amidst all the current scandal surrounding Hazel Blears, the latest revelation will come as absolutely no surprise to anyone in Salford…

added Monday, May 25, 2009  

 
 

HAZEL BLEARS EXPENSES SCANDAL

WORDS THAT COME BACK TO HAUNT YOU

Oh dear!  People have been dragging up Hazel's past and kind of chucking it in her face. So here's some more, courtesy of Mary Burns

added Thursday, May 21, 2009  

 
 

MARY BURNS - HAZEL BLEARS SOLVES POVERTY

Superhazel is now going to solve all our problems…

Poor Hazel's digging a deeper hole every time she opens her gob. Today she's launching a new document "supporting those communities where the most severe poverty…persists."

Obviously not her tv room then.

 

added Tuesday, May 12, 2009  

 
 

MARY BURNS - BEIRUT TO GET MEDIA CITY

Media Cities Now Ten A Penny!

No missus, don’t laugh…Noooooooo…
Beirut is the latest place that’s talking about getting a media city.

added Sunday, May 3, 2009  

 
 

MARY BURNS - MEDIA CITY WANTS OLYMPICS BASED IN SALFORD

RUNNING THE 300,000 Metres!

MediaCityUK is lobbying like mad to have the 2012 London Olympics coverage based in Salford…

added Friday, May 1, 2009  

 
 

MARY BURNS - SALFORD COUNCIL ABSENTEES

OUT TO LUNCH!

Following news this week that Salford Council has the highest average overall sickness rate amongst Greater Manchester Councils, council tax payers will be pleased to know that this morning the Council will really be addressing this problem – or maybe not…

added Wednesday, April 29, 2009  

 
 
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