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Take a look inside the creepy abandoned Belle Vue Showcase cinema

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Mark Gardener

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

The news came late last year 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 by September, although they’ll be placed in temporary buildings.

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The new Co-Op Academy Belle Vue school is set to be finished in 2023, and a first glimpse of what it will look like has now been released. 

Newly released documents show a modern L-shaped building, which will be split into three different ‘zones’, including a two-storey sports block – complete with a sports hall, auditorium, and drama studio.

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 2020, the cinema had been left abandoned all last year and started to look seriously creepy. 

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Mark Gardener

The timeline for demolition hasn’t been given yet, and parents had to have applied for their child’s place in the new school by November 2nd last year – in case you were wanting to. 

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 1989.

Back in February last 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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Stockport restaurant recognised with new ‘Green’ Michelin Star

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Where The Light Gets In has been given a ‘green’ Michelin star, the only recognise the region received this year. 

The Stockport restaurant by Sam Buckley became one of 23 businesses in the UK and Ireland to receive the brand new accolade.

The new ‘green’ star celebrates sustainable gastronomy practises and recognises the restaurants who are leading the way in sustainability. 

Where The Light Gets In has a daily-changing menu created with ingredients on hand each day from sustainably-sourced seafood to fruit, vegetables and herbs grown on the restaurants own farm. 

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Diners sit down to order the £65 menu with no idea what they will be easting until their food arrives.

Tucked away in an old coffee warehouse in Stockport, the 30-seat restaurant had already racked up a whole range of accolades as well as rave reviews from locals and national restaurant reviewers.

The virtual Michelin event hosted last night by Davina McCall saw the likes of L’Enclume in the Lake District, and Hypha in Chester receive the Green Star. 

Greater Manchester’s only star belongs to Mana, the Ancoats-based restaurant that brought the first star to the region since 1977.

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Where The Light Gets In opened the restaurant adapting their offering in lockdown to offer provisions each week. You can grab everything you need for a slap-up three-course meal complete with recipe cards for inspiration on what to make.

There are also breads and pastries made-in house by baker Rosie Wilkes plus a wine cellar complete with sommelier so you can be guided to the perfect wine for you.

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Get an exclusive discount on a 3-day virtual holistic retreat in Ibiza this weekend

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Two of Ibiza’s most respected holistic wellness organisations are hosting their first ever virtual retreat this weekend. 

Guaranteed to uplift your spirits and transport you to the sunshine of Ibiza, Ibiza Retreats and Transformation Station are hosting ‘Human R’Evolution, their first ever virtual festival. 

This extra special collaboration is set to benefit anyone across the globe and hopes to make wellness guidance accessible to all.

The virtual retreat taking place this coming Friday 29th January until Sunday 31st January will give people the opportunity experience the calming magic and unique spirit of Ibiza at home. 

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Founder of Ibiza Retreats, Larah Davies, emphasises the necessity to heal the body and mind throughout the pandemic.

The retreat will aim to provide guidance on how to better mental wellbeing through holistic mind-body practices. 

You can expect one-to-one wellness coaching, daily, professionally taught creative and intuitive flow and Kundalini yoga classes, which are hosted in incredible Ibiza locations, guided meditations, visualisations, yoga nidras (self-healing deep-sleep support), restorative yoga, nutritional guidance, MET (Tapping – Emotional Freedom Technique), Wim Hof workshop and sound healing. 

There will also be an ongoing support network for participants plus practise tools and techniques that can be incorporated into daily lives.

The three-day retreat will usually set you back €149 but you can get an exclusive discount using the code ‘FINEST’ at checkout to make the retreat €99.

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Pets could need vaccines to help stop spread of Covid-19, scientists say

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Scientists explain that cats and dog could need vaccines to help control the spread of coronavirus.

A separate rollout to vaccinate pet cats and dogs against Covid-19 may be necessary. It’s not clear how many and cats have been infected and if symptoms appear at all they seem to be mild. 

The University of East Anglia has found that coronavirus can infect a wide range of species including cats, dogs, mink and other domesticated species.

In an editorial published in the journal Virulence, scientists from the Norwich-based research facility wrote that the evolution of the virus in animals followed by the transmission to humans ‘poses a significant long-term risk to public health’.  

They added: “It is not unthinkable that vaccination of some domesticated animal species might be necessary to curb the spread of the infection,”

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One of the writer’s, Cock van Oosterhout, professor of evolutionary genetics said dogs and cats can contract coronavirus but there are no known cases of them carrying it on to humans.

He said: “It makes sense to develop vaccines for pets, for domestic animals, just as a precaution to reduce this risk.

“What we need to be as a human society, we really need to be prepared for any eventuality when it comes to COVID.

“I think the best way to do this is indeed consider the development of vaccines for animals as well.”

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He added that Russia has ‘already started to develop a vaccine for pets’ despite ‘very little information’ being about. 

Denmark’s government last year culled millions of mink after it emerged hundreds of Covid-19 cases in the country were linked with coronavirus variants associated with farmed milk.

Editor-in-chief of Virulence, Kevin Tyler, said: “The risk is that… it starts to pass as it did in the mink from animal to animal and then starts to evolve animal-specific strains, but then they spill back into the human population and you end up essentially with a new virus which is related which causes the whole thing all over again.” He added that ‘it’s not an obvious risk yet’. 

Professor van Oosterhout wrote the editorial along with Professor Tyler ad the director of the Earlham Institute Neil Hall, and Hinh Ly of the University of Minnesota.

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They wrote: “Continued virus evolution in reservoir animal hosts, followed by spillback events into susceptible human hosts, poses a significant long-term risk to public health.

“SARS-CoV-2 can infect a wide range of host species, including cats, dogs, mink and other wild and domesticated species and, hence, the vaccination of domesticated animals might be required to halt further virus evolution and spillback events.

“Whilst the vaccination campaigns against SARS-CoV-2/ Covid-19 are being rolled out worldwide, new virus variants are likely to continue to evolve that have the potential to sweep through the human population.”

The added that to keep coronavirus under control, in particular the more transmissible virus strains such as the UK variant, more people need to be vaccinated.

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“Vaccination against a viral pathogen with such high prevalence globally is without precedent and we, therefore, have found ourselves in uncharted waters,” they wrote.

They have called on the government to consider strict control measures such as masks and social distancing to reduce the evolution and spread of new variants. 

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