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Something for the weekend (December 5-7, 08)

You'd better watch out, you'd better not cry...7,500 Santa Clauses are coming to town. Plus, it's the yummy mummies.

Published on December 4th 2008.

Something for the weekend (December 5-7, 08)

Pharoah dynamics
DID you know, that in Victorian times, cat mummies were so common they were sold by the ton? Around 400,000 were imported into Liverpool in the 1850s to be used as fertiliser, or should that be purr-tiliser.

Anyhow, this startling fact, which adds a whole new meaning to the term pussy galore, can be gleaned with stacks more in the World Museum's major new gallery which looks at the incredible world of the pharaohs and the remarkable culture that built the pyramids and the Sphinx.

“Ancient Egypt” - OK, it does what it says on the tin - opens Friday Dec 5 and contains 1,500 fascinating exhibits from the museum’s world-class collections. One of its great treasures – the vividly-coloured battle belt of the last great Pharaoh, Rameses III – a kind of sartorial Mr T of his moment, is going on display for the first time since before the Second World War. Dating from 1180 BC there is nothing like it even in King Tut's tomb.

Curator Ashley Cooke says: “No other civilisation in world history has captured the imagination quite like ancient Egypt. All they left behind continue to exert an endless fascination. The World Museum Liverpool is in a prime position to tell the story as we have one of the finest collections anywhere.”

Adds the blurb: “Only between five and 10 per cent of people could read and write – even some pharaohs may have been illiterate." Well obviously, otherwise they wouldn't have drawn all those funny pictures would they? Talk about hieroglyphics.
*Ancient Egypt, World Museum, William Brown Street, L3. Opens Friday Dec 5. Free: Tel 0151 478 4393.

Dashing through the rain
IT'S back for Christmas, one more time. No, not the round-robin Threshers voucher in your email, but the 5K Santa Dash. Over 7,500 besuited Santas are expected to take to the streets in the fourth annual event this Sunday, walking, running and ho-ho-hoing their way around the city centre circuit.

The delightful 'dash' raises always-needed funds for the Clatterbridge Cancer Research Unit and its groundbreaking work to improve survival rate of patients within Merseyside and Cheshire.

Don't worry if you're not feeling up to the run itself, you can still line the streets giving your financial and moral support. It is a very good Claus.
*5K Santa Dash, Sun Dec 7, begins @ the Liver Buildings at 11am. Register at the Up and Running store on Bold Street. Entry, £15, includes a Santa suit.. Call 0151 709 1413

Power house
THE Zanzibar is the only place for fuzzy-haired, harmonica-loving blues fans on Saturday night as the Company Store presents a folkin' good line up of local “rock n roll soul” outfits.

Former La's bassist John Power, that's him in the picture, tops the extensive bill with his infectious, upbeat, acoustic-cum-electronica mix. Rapidly emerging local trio The Sixteen Tonnes will undoubtedly be in a fine position to provide a polished support set after warming up the nation's larger venues for The Zutons on their UK tour last month.

Be sure to arrive early as The Lost Brothers will be performing their Simon and Garfunkelesque magic and fresh folk hopeful Lylea Salass takes to the stage for her first live set. All in all, a gig gala not to be missed.
*The Company Store present John Power and Guests @ Zanzibar, Sat 06 Dec, 8pm, tickets £7, available from Zanzibar and Probe Records.

Carmen's gear
DON'T lose all hope if you prefer to be surrounded by a little less grimy denim in your evening out, we bring you operas. Ellen Kent and Amphitheatre Productions are presiding over not one or two but three epic operatic productions to the Liverpool Empire stage this weekend, before Cilla and co arrive for panto.

Tonight they're taking us down the backstreets of Paris for the romantic ride of La Boheme, whereas on Saturday it's Carmen as you've never seen it before with bull fighters and a brass band parading through the venue into the Seville bullring to start this must see performance. Carmen guest stars international flamenco dancer Sam Quy, as seen at the Royal Opera House, accompanied by the well known Spanish flamenco singer Fernando de Sevilla. Marvellous.
*Ellen Kent and Ampitheatre Productions present La Boheme (Fri 05 Dec) and Carmen (Sat 06 Dec) @ the Liverpool Empire, shows begin 7.30pm, to book tickets, visit www.liverpoolempire.org.uk

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DigDecember 4th 2008.

The Sixteen Tonnes are absolutely superb. They're somewhere in between The Soggy Bottom Boys from O Brother Where Art Thou? and The Zutons. Caught them a while back in St.Helens Citadel warming up for John Power. I thought they were much better than the main man himself. The Silk Traders are another great local band. If you like Led Zep you'll love these lads too.

Cleo SayersDecember 4th 2008.

Ho ho ho. That's a nice asp

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