Sport Radamel Falcao played for the Under-21s this week – and failed to impress Louis van Gaal

Radamel Falcao played for the Under-21s this week - and failed to impress Louis van Gaal

The perfect watering hole

What’s your idea of the perfect beer garden? Is it beside the sea or in the heart of the city or countryside? Help us find the best and you could win a VIP trip for two to Ibiza

That Day We Sang, Manchester International Festival: Opera House

At times, the centrepiece of a Manchester International Festival devoted to original works felt very familiar. Close your eyes and you're hearing Victoria Wood singing at her upright piano when her doleful heroine, Enid Sutcliffe, finally lets herself go. "You won't have a bunch of sex tricks, you won't hum like a Scalextrix, when Enid is your name...."

Hacking fears boost NCC

The rise of so-called "hacktivism" has helped the IT group NCC, with pre-tax profits rising a fifth to £17.3m in the year to the end of May.

Paul Heaton debuts 'longest pop song ever'

At this year's Manchester International Festival, sometime Beautiful South and Housemartins singer Paul Heaton debuts what's being billed as the longest pop song ever. "The 8th" promises to be so much more than that, though. It's a theatrical performance, an ensemble concert and a suite of interconnected narratives and themes. Or "one song, eight different melodies," as Heaton has it.

Court rejects call to reverse judgment on police bail

The highest court in the land has dismissed an attempt to suspend a legal ruling which has left the police bail system in chaos, hampering investigations and threatening thousands of prosecutions.

Dr Dee, Palace Theatre, Manchester<br/>The Crash of the Elysium, MediaCity UK, Salford<br/>Biophilia, Campfield Market Hall, Manchester

Damon Albarn's opera makes an ambitious attempt to resurrect the spirit of a once important Elizabethan courtier

Raids target men over child sex exploitation

Police were carrying out a series of raids this morning against men involved in the sexual exploitation of teenage girls.

Hospital sorry for corridor death

A mental health trust has apologised to the family of a patient who died in a hospital corridor.

Oldham: A town still divided?

The Oldham riots raised ugly questions about segregation. Ten years on, Ben Chu argues that the problems were always more nuanced &ndash; but that the town, along with Bradford and Burnley, is learning the lessons of its past

City defender Tour&#233; to appear before FA hearing

The Manchester City defender Kolo Touré faces a Football Association hearing at Wembley today, charged with testing positive for a banned substance believed to be found in a dietary supplement.

Bad news for celebrity seeking Twitterati

Yesterday&rsquo;s Mail on Sunday led on a story about a journalist (who cannot be named) being reported to the Attorney General for criminal contempt for naming one of the two footballers (who cannot be named) in a tweet.

Jerseys, knickers and anklets of 1934 inspire City's Wembley shirts

A long-forgotten telegram found in Umbro's vaults helps Manchester City to honour their FA Cup final heritage

Online House Hunter: Searching for good news

Each time a house price index is published I pore over it in the hopes of finding stability in these variable times.

Tips and deals of the week: 24/04/2011

The Tent

Try the new inflatable tent range, the Vango AirBeam. Just pump it up and peg it down – Vango says it takes less than five minutes.

Find out more at vango.co.uk

The 100 Words That Made the English, By Tony Thorne

What a great idea for a book. Thorne gets his lexical portrait of the English off to a good start with "actually", defined as "a timid conveyor of a contradiction", though he might have included the warning given by Felix Leiter to James Bond when 007 was about to impersonate an American that the use of "actually" was a dead giveaway of Englishness. (The same applies to foggiest, as in "I haven't got the", which appears here under "foggy".)

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