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In Review: Accidental Death of an Anarchist

2/10/08: First staged in Italy in 1970, Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Morte accidentale di un anarchico) is based on real events of the time in that country – in particular, the ‘accidental’ death of anarchist Giovanni Pinelli after a bomb exploded in the Agricultural Bank, Milan.

Peace Campaigner to Speak in Lancaster

2/10/08: When the “Free Gaza” ship recently broke through Israel’s blockade of Gaza to deliver much needed medical aid, the passengers included committed activists of all ages, nationalities and professions.

Overspend Fears Over Bypass Plans

1/10/08: North Lancashire based transport campaign group Transport Solutions for Lancaster and Morecambe (TSLM) has written to County Councillors across Lancashire this week, advising them of the increased liability of Lancashire's taxpayers, and the hold on the county's transport budget for many

Traffic Management Cheaper than Bypass, says expert

26/9/08: Concerned that vital Department for Transport appraisal guidance has not been followed in planning for the planned Heysham M6 Link road, and the fact that there is no clear statement as to what the costs really are, local campaign group Transport Solutions for Lancaster and Morecambe (TSLM) engaged

City Council Rejects Fluoridation of Water Supplies - Again

26/9/08: Lancaster City Council has voted to tell North Lancahire Primary Care Trust that they do not want artificial fluoride added to the drinking water of residents in this district. A full report Can be found here on the Council web site (PDF). .

Call for Mental Health Unit Plans to be Scrapped

26/9/08: Green Party County Councillor Chris Coates has called for Lancashire Care Trust (LCT) to scrap their plans for new mental health unit at Royal Albert fields, off Ashton Road in Lancaster, and to start the site selection process again.

Five Stars for The Ashton

26/9/08: Lancaster's new Ashton Hotel, which opened back in July, has just received its official rating from Visit Britain and achieved the highest star rating, making it the only five star accommodation in the city.

Autumn exhibition at Williamson Park

26/9/08: Williamson Park has announced the return of Andrew Stafford to the Williamson Gallery with his exhibition of new paintings. The exhibition, which runs from September 28 to November 16, contains 32 paintings, mainly landscapes, but also portraits and still-lifes.

Help bring about change an hour at a time

26/9/08: Do you have an hour to spare and skills that can be used to help others? If so, why not share your time and talents with members of your own community by becoming a member of a Time Bank.

Howden Jones at The Platform

26/9/08: Local musicians Kate Howden and Paul Jones will be playing at The Platform, Morecambe on Friday 17th October. Doors open 8pm tickets £10 from The Box Office 01524 582803. "We’re now working on our sixth Album which is due for release that night," the pair told virtual-lancaster.

Lancaster's Litter Problem not helped by Planning Laws

26/9/08: Yet another late night fast food outlet looks set to get retrospective planning permission next month from Lancaster City Council, even though concerns have been raised about the possibility that granting the license will add to noise and litter problems in the area.

Girls should seize the opportunity of HPV protection

26/9/08: Justin McCracken, the Health Protection Agency’s Chief Executive, today urged parents to encourage their daughters to take up the offer of vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) Types 16 and 18, the strains of HPV that cause 70% of cervical cancers.

Alternative Lancaster Map Online

25/9/08: Whether you're newly arrived in Lancaster or already a resident of our thriving metropolis, the newest, latest and greatest Blue Map v4 of Lancaster is a brilliant resource for anyone looking for some of its hidden gems of alternative culture.

One Planet Festival Planned

23/9/08: Lancaster's Town Hall will host the One Planet Festival between Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th October 2008, an event designed to highlight the issues surrounding climate change and to offer advice about practical action that people and communities can take to reduce their environmental footprint.

The Launch of 'The Round'

19/9/08: Dukes theatregoers now have to get used to a new vocabulary – The Rake (‘main theatre’ as was), and ‘The Round’: the small studio theatre behind it, which was square but which has now been nicely rounded (complete with comfortable seating), sound-proofed and expanded, but is still as intimate as ev

Free Book of NorthWest Short Stories

9/9/08: Author Stuart Maconie is currently writing a series of short stories about England's Northwest, from the breathtaking scenery of the Lake District and the cosmopolitan cities of Liverpool and Manchester to historic Chester and the cultural charms of Lancaster.

Heroes of She Single Launch at The Dukes

9/9/08: Lancaster band Heroes of She, the winners of the BT competition for the best band in the North West and whose fans include the CEO of one of the world's leading creative organisations, launch their debut single at a special gig at The Dukes, Lancaster, on 20 September.

Ridge Lea Petiton - Last Day to Sign

9/9/08: Local author Andy Diggle has been in contact, noting Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust proposal to try to sell off Ridge Lea Mental Hospital to property developers and then build a whole new facility on a wholly inappropriate greenfield site, instead of properly redeveloping the existing locatio

Brian Kennedy returns to The Platform

28/8/08: Brian Kennedy, one of Ireland's most successful ambassadors of music, will make a welcome return to The Platform in Morecambe on Friday 19 September.

High Tea on St. Leonard's gate!

28/8/08: Lancaster' Carnival of Culture grroup is inviting locals to High Tea on the "lawns of St.

A Brief Encounter with Doctor Who

28/8/08: 200 science fiction fans enjoyed a "Brief Encounter" with Doctor Who star Colin Baker on Bank Holiday Monday (25 August 2008) on Carnforth railway station.

On Yer Bike (For Free!)

26/8/08: Fancy taking up cycling but don't have a bike? Then Lancaster City Council's Cycling Demonstration Town Project Team might just have the solution for you.

Compensate Residents for Traffic Chaos, says Councillor

20/8/08: As thousands of commuters have been left fuming in traffic with the closure of of Back Caton Road as part of the work on the Kingsway development, local residents haven't had it easy, either.

Carnforth Swimming Pool Coses for Improvements

20/8/08: Carnforth Community Swimming Pool is to undergo improvement works and as a result the swimming pool will close on Monday 25th August 25 for two weeks, reopening at 6.30am on 8th September.

Folk at the Gillow: September Dates

20/8/08: ((with thanks to Tony Cooke): Here's the line up for folk events at the Robert Gillow on Upper Market Street, Lancaster, for September: Thursday 4 September: Hard Times Hard Times comprises Andrew Service (bass), Gordon Johnston (banjo, mandolin, guitar) and Laurie Johnston (everything) – all

Doctor Who's Brief Encounter in Carnforth

8/8/08: Colin Baker, who played the Sixth Doctor Who in the 1980s, is visiting Carnforth, Lancashire for a special bank holiday event. Colin will meet and greet fans of the series at Carnforth Station's Doctor Who-themed shop 'The Tardis' on Monday, 25th August.

Corrie comes to Morecambe for Charity event

19/7/08: Famous faces from the world of TV soaps are ready to show off their soccer skills in Morecambe later this month.

Conservatory earns prosecution for Carnforth couple

19/7/08: Lancaster City Council has successfully prosecuted a couple from Carnforth for failing to comply with a planning enforcement notice.

Folk Music at the Robert Gillow: June 2008

28/5/08: Here's the Robert Gillow folk listings for June 2008 Thursday 5 June: Hard Times Hard Times comprises Andrew Service (bass), Gordon Johnston (banjo, mandolin, guitar) and Laurie Johnston (everything) – al

Bypass Gets Go Ahead

8/2/08: The Secretary of State has decided to give planning permission for the Heysham-M6 link road. A decision on funding the road (estimated to cost around 160 million) will be made separately by the Government.