Having a Laugh

Need one after a dismal evening at the City of Manchester Stadium yesterday.

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Absolutely Fabulous

The day starts with a couple of (relatively) routine meetings, the first with the Chief Executive of New East Manchester about a couple of prospective projects there, the second a regular meeting of an Executive Members task and finish sub-group overseeing the merger of the Council's personnel and organisational development functions.

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Inspiration and Aspiration

Spent all of yesterday afternoon at SportCity. The first hour was with the Prime Minister who spent some time in the City of Manchester Stadium talking to half a dozen of our rapidly increasing number of apprentices (of which more later).

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The Variety Club

frank clements Says: 25/02/2010 I wouldn’t want your job thanks,........................ A comment made a couple of weeks ago. It's true that being Council Leader can be quite dispiriting at times but there are far more pluses than minuses.

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Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. How do we get more young people to take these subjects at GCSE, A-level, and degree level? One way is to give youngsters a real taste of how exciting these fields are and the sort of career prospects they would have. That is what The Big Bang, the UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair, currently on at Manchester Central is all about.

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Big Bang

Talking about Metrolink and what has become a collection of medium-sized bangs, but with the same endpoint as the original Big Bang, a greatly enlarged network adding Ashton, Rochdale and Oldham Town Centres, Didsbury, Manchester Airport and Wythenshawe to the destinations served.

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Past and Future

A busy day yesterday ended with an Innovation Boardroom session in the NoiseLab on Market Street. One of our tasks in the Manchester city-region is to stimulate innovation at every level.

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Still Catching Up

Highlight of Monday was a visit (in my role as the City Council's design champion) to two of our increasingly numerous new schools. The first, Irk Valley Primary, is in my own ward of Crumpsall, although it serves a much wider catchment area, sitting as it does on the Crumpsall, Harpurhey, Cheetham boundary.

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Catching Up

Catching up on last week first! Suppose I could pretend it was all this week but won't as this blog is about open and transparent government.

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