Sport Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he had not spoken to Sir Alex Ferguson since taking over at Cardiff City

Solskjaer said he had not spoken to Sir Alex Ferguson since taking over at Cardiff City

Online House Hunter: Here is the news...

There are many resources available online to help you find your next home, but the local newspaper can prove to be one of the most beneficial.

'Limitless' microscope to aid virus research

An optical microscope that uses light and is so powerful that it can capture living viruses and be used to view the working biological machinery that keeps human cells alive has been invented by British scientists.

Smith: McCoist news can give Rangers a boost

Walter Smith hopes the news that Ally McCoist will be replacing him at the helm in the summer will provide Rangers with a timely boost ahead of their Europa League tie against Sporting Lisbon tonight.

Landlord CSC to vote against JJB rescue bid

JJB, the beleaguered sportswear chain, has suffered a further blow after one of the UK's largest landlords said it would not support its plan to stave off administration.

Four-year-old stabbed several times

A four-year-old girl found dead next to her seriously-injured mother had suffered multiple stab wounds, a post-mortem examination has revealed.

Hoy denied sprint gold by Kenny

Britain's women won the opening final of the Track World Cup last night but there was to be no gold for four-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy in Manchester.

Girl found dead with injured mother

A four-year-old girl has been found dead and her mother is in hospital with serious injuries, police said today.

The News Where You Are, By Catherine O'Flynn

Catherine O'Flynn's prize-winning debut What Was Lost was set in the dystopian world of a Midlands shopping mall. In her second novel, it is a regional TV studio that becomes the symbol for mass culture gone sour.

Leading article: Public inconvenience

When Manchester announced that it intended to achieve necessary spending cuts by closing, among other things, all but one of the city's public lavatories, it looked as though the city council was merely accelerating the lamentable trend observed in so many of Britain's towns and cities, where the public convenience is fast becoming extinct.

Woman, 92, attacked on doorstep

A robber kicked a 92-year-old woman in the head and left her bleeding and badly injured on her doorstep.

Manchester to sack 2,000 council staff

Two thousand council workers will be made redundant in Manchester over the next year, bringing the total jobs cull caused by Coalition spending cuts to 114,000 across 145 councils.

Zack, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

There cannot be many plays in which the hero is a waddling, bearded ne'er-do-well who is dissed by his family and pushed around by all. Harold Brighouse's 1920s comedy Zack (less well known than his earlier Hobson's Choice) has such a figure at its heart.

Blackpool: Potential transfer targets

Ian Holloway will have to be creative with limited funds during the transfer window. The Blackpool boss has already ruled out offering 'crazy' deals to keep players that will be out of contract in the summer.

Tin Soldier, Royal Exchange Theatre Studio, Manchester

"Sometimes a song is better than a tear; sometimes a song can rescue us from fear," which is certainly the case with the catchy score in this vivid production of Noël Greig's dark but gripping take on the tale of the steadfast Tin Soldier. The story of the one-legged misfit, moulded – along with 25 apparently perfect tin soldiers – from an old metal spoon, was originally an 1838 tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

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