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The abandoned Belle Vue Showcase cinema looks creepy after seven months of closed doors

It looks so sad.

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Mark Gardener

The Belle Vue Showcase cinema is somewhat of an iconic venue in Manchester, however, it is set to be demolished very soon. 

The news came earlier this month that the cinema would be demolished to make way for a new secondary school.

The school, ran by the co-op, is planning on having its first Year sevens students in next September in temporary buildings.

The actual new school is set to be finished in 2023. 

Mark Gardener
Mark Gardener

The iconic cinema first opened its doors in 1989 boasting a huge 14 screens in the entertainment complex.

Closing its doors back in March, the cinema has now been abandoned for a good seven months and is starting to look seriously creepy. 

Mark Gardener
Mark Gardener

The timeline for demolition hasn’t been given yet but parents only have until 5pm on November 2nd to apply for their child’s place in the new school. 

Once the grounds of Belle Vue zoo and amusement park, the area will definitely have some stories to tell.

Mark Gardener
Mark Gardener

The Belle Vue Showcase cinema was one of the first multi-screen complexes to open up, bringing American films, no queues and car parks to fit a 1,000 cars – it was unlike anything that had ever been seen before when it first opened back in 1988.

Back in February this year when rumours began to circulate the cinema would be closing, Mark Barlow, general manager at Showcase Cinemas UK, said: “As the leader in UK cinema innovation, Showcase Cinemas remains committed to operating a cinema in Manchester and as such are in active discussions about future opportunities for a new, state-of-art cinema in the city.”

If you’re going to miss this iconic venue, the company are said to be looking into a new unnamed location for another cinema. They added that they ‘remain fully committed to the city’. 

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Heart launches radio station playing only Christmas songs for the next two months

Music to my ears, literally.

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The radio station will be playing Christmas songs 24/7.

How early is too early? Last Sunday marked the official launch of its seasonal channel, Heart Xmas – a radio station which will play only the greatest feel-good festive hits, non-stop, 24/7.

As the clocks turned it was time to say goodbye to what seems to have been a very long summer and hello to the festivity.

With less than 60 days to go until the big day, Heart’s Christmas music will be available to listen to whatever the hour of day on DAB Digital Radio and Global Player.

Expect all your favourite artists to be played, from Mariah Carey, Wham! and of course Bublé, helping bring some much-needed cheer into 2020.

After the 2020 we’ve had, we suggest you tune into Heart Xmas right now and not turn it off until January.

Andy Everett, Managing Editor of Heart, said: “With the nation turning to radio for light-hearted escapism and comfort, we are thrilled to bring listeners some festive feel good cheer earlier than ever before this year as we launch Heart Xmas today!

Heart Breakfast’s Jamie Theakston added: “It may be October, but we’re kick-starting our Christmas countdown on Heart earlier than ever before!” 

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Couple convert shipping container into their very own summerhouse

This is amazing!

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After being quoted £25,000 for a summerhouse, the Groom family took things into their own hands for a huge DIY-project over lockdown.

Dawn Groom and her husband Darren worked super hard during lockdown to create a stunning outdoor cabin for just £5,700, a fraction of the price they would’ve paid for a brand new one.

The family completely transformed a former site portable cabin into a large playhouse for the summer, which is ready to be transformed into a cosy winter cabin coming as we come into the colder months.

Dawn, who is a carer for their daughter, told LatestDeals.co.uk “About two years ago my husband wanted to create a bigger summerhouse for our daughter Lois, 13.”

Dawn Groom

While looking, he came across container conversions which are getting quite common in other countries as lower-priced living accommodation.

“Once he was hooked on the idea, he spent months talking me round because frankly they are ugly! I couldn’t imagine that a big metal thing could look nice in our garden.

“After lots of research, we decided that instead of using a shipping container, it might be cheaper to use an ex-site cabin.

“They come with insulation, ceiling, lighting and electrics already installed. This would be costly and time-consuming to install so would save us a lot of labour.”

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Dawn added that their pair had been searching for the ideal site cabin for a while, in the end they purchased the perfect cabin from a company that trades in used building site machinery.

As soon as it arrived, the guys got to work with cleaning and preparing it for a stylish renovation.

We filled and tidied all the wall panels ready to be painted. The floor needed a lot of work as it was quite uneven from water leaks.

“Once levelled, we used vinyl plank flooring. The outside was sandblasted by someone we found on Facebook Marketplace.

“We couldn’t afford the roof to be done with our budget so my husband used a hand grinder to do the roof himself, then together we painted the whole of the outside.

“We wanted to swap the windows but we realised this would be an absolute job to do so I bought some cheap window film and painted over all the brown plastic frames.”

Dawn Groom

The family gave a breakdown of the overall costs, the cabin cost £3,000, the doors were £1,200, the sandblasting was £450, the paint was £260, the furniture and accessories were £550, and the flooring was £260.

Which is a significant amount less than their original quote of £25K!

Have you taken on any big DIY projects over lockdown? Let us know! 

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Dives to the Titanic will be open to the public from 2021

What an amazing experience.

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For the first time in 15 years, private dives will be allowed to the Titanic wreckage.

A company called OceanGate Expeditions are offering private dives to regular people to visit and look at the remnants of the ship that sank in the famous 1912 catastrophe. 

More than 1,500 people lost their lives with the ship sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1912.

Speaking to Bloomberg, president of the company Stockton Rush, said three dozen people have already booked for the first six dives early next year.

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Stockton explained that ‘all the bones are gone’ in the wreckage. They said: “There are no bodies down there. There are boots and shoes and clothes that show where people were 100 years ago, and that is very sombre.”

It’s a little more of a strenuous application process than your usual holiday activities.

The website states they are looking for ‘citizen scientists’ to join their crew as ‘Mission Specialists’ and examine some of the 300 unique species of sea creatures on the Titanic.

The website reads “Mission specialists are adventurers and citizen scientists who support the expedition through various sub-nautical and oceanographic roles”

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You’ll have to fill out an application where you’ll be asked about your height, weight and if you’re prone to seasickness or claustrophobia. 

Once approved, you’ll have an interview over Zoom or Skype and if successful you will be offered a position as a Mission Specialist Crew Member. 

As you might have guessed, this once in a lifetime experience comes with a MASSIVE price tag.

The eight-day sail will set you back $125,000 (£96,368.75). You’ll get a single dive of the 25 nautical mile wreckage that will last six to eight hours.

If you’ve got the dollar (and the b*lls), apply here

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