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Something for the Weekend (05-07 September 08)

Blimey! There's a massive arachnid on the loose. Heather Smith explains more...

Published on September 4th 2008.

Something for the Weekend (05-07 September 08)

La Machine
The giant mechanical spider that crept from the demolition of Concourse Tower is expected to wake today. Scientists have since taken the creature to be tested outside the Echo arena.

Rumour has it that spiddy isn’t going to like the constant white-coat invasion and could make a run for it. Great news arachnophobes? The tunnels are thought to be safe but the streets and buildings of the city will be involved in a breathtaking 3-day theatrical get away. We’re expecting a giant web and fire to feature somewhere along the way and hope that the female won't be laying any eggs!

If it's as good they tell us it will be, La Machine is not to be missed. It's not disappointed so far.

La Machine will make its way around the city over the weekend. To keep updated with the route and story, visit www.lamachine.co.uk

Science Explosion
The BA Festival of Science gets underway this weekend and to kick off the jam packed programme, the World Museum will become an extravaganza of all things scientific.

The free event will run all over the weekend, giving you and the kids a chance to create your own big bang and get stuck in to all sorts from fossil-digging to rocket-firing (with supervision). There will also be opening talks and demonstrations over the weekend with popular TV presenter, Adam Hart-Davis.

The festival runs to the 11th and promises to answer the questions that have been bugging you for years. The scientific related ones anyway. Who knows why you can't find love.

BA Festival of science: Science explosion @ the World Museum, Sat 6th – Sun 7th Sept, 10am-4pm, free. For the full festival programme, visit www.the-ba.net

The Volt
The Volt is a lively organisation dedicated to bringing Liverpool’s music community together through regular gigs with local bands. As well as building a fan base, the Volt can give bands direct help from industry professionals, which will hopefully push them onwards and upwards.

Topping the bill at the Cavern this Sunday is Wrexham’s husky-voiced acoustic gem Polly Mackey. The ever charming Lyons and Tigers also bag a slot in the afternoon’s impressive line up.

All ages are welcome to the event which looks like a promising platform to showcase our decent, up and coming bands.

The Volt @ the Cavern Club, Sun 7th Sept, 1pm-6pm, £3, for more information, visit www.myspace.com/

Southport Air Show
Southport will extend their annual air show this weekend to celebrate 90 years of the RAF. The increased flying activity will include role demonstrations from the RAF themselves, a Chinook that will lead a fire power demonstration on the beach and everybody’s favourite, the red arrows.

Should you want to find out more about what is whizzing around over your head across over the 2 days, the air show village should be able to help. You will find interactive displays along with trade stands, simulators and other activities that should entertain the kids. You can see what it takes to fly a Robinson R22 helicopter and even book a hovercraft trip on the beach.

Southport Air Show @ Southport coastline Sat 6th- Sun 7th Sept, site opens 9am-6pm with the flying programme running 1pm-5pm

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DigSeptember 4th 2008.

I stand corrected. Everything I've read so far reads Princess. I've even been on the La Machine site and didn't notice. What a machine it is. I was at the Echo Arena yesterday and was hugely impressed with La Princesse. Impressed with the music too. Like an outdoor symphony. Can't wait to see her wake, walk and whatever else. I've heard some people complaining about La Princesse saying arachnophobes will be terrified. Just to let them in on a little secret. It's a big robot, not a massive spider!

Hildebrand StaggersSeptember 4th 2008.

It says "La Princesse" on the 'La Machine' web-site! See here: (www).lamachine.co.uk/

DigSeptember 4th 2008.

Actually it's just La Princess. I know it's a slight contradiction in Anglo French terms but that's what it's supposed to be. The people who built The Olympics Birds Nest Stadium have built a giant cobweb in Liverpool. Coincidence? I think not. Unfortunately I can't remember where it. I would appreciate it if someone could remind me. Also I read recently that Tate are in the process of raising £400,000 to build a giant crystalline web above the Albert Dock with a large spider in the corner. I'm not sure what the residents and businesses in the vicinity think of that but I think at night that would be a sight to behold.

StaggersSeptember 4th 2008.

Never fear, Dig old man! It is easy to be influenced by the habitually poor spelling of the Echo/Post! What a weekend they have chosen to hide the bad news that these staunch champions of thick-headed, intolerant, "scouse" ridiculousness have decided to desert Liverpool for printing presses in Manchester! After all it won't improve the appalling spelling and grammar!

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