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Weekend what to do - 12th-14th February

Chinese New Year - but not in Liverpool; When one becomes Wii, roller skating, Haiti benefit and Dreadful hours, all flagged up in the next couple of days

Published on February 12th 2010.

Weekend what to do - 12th-14th February

DON'T go looking for any dragons or firecrackers on Nelson Street this Sunday, because there aren't any.

While the billions of Chinese the world over will be celebrating the new year of the tiger with a bang over 13-14th February, in Liverpool, we will just have to wait another week.

Why? Well, there have been various mutterings about there being no health and safety available to look after the event, which normally sees tens of thousands of Chinese and non-Chinese people packing the streets in what is Europe's oldest Chinese Community.

One very helpful city council spokesman told us it was because it was Valentine's Day. When we expressed true astonishment, we were informed that next weekend is the tenth anniversary of the Chinese arch.

So this item is called the weekend what not to do (ie turn up for Chinese New year in Liverpool, this weekend). But perhaps if you can't wait, or when you have finished rubbing your eyes, you can catch a bus over to Manchester, or a slow boat to China, where the party and kung hey fat choi zhu nian will be in full swing on the proper date.

And although it pains us to say it, while the Mancs may not have a stall at the Shanghai Expo this year, they do have the Yang Sing.

Do you want to be my Player Two?
‘tis the season and all that for the lovebirds among us. This weekend, Hallmark will reign supreme. In fact, passing one card shop recently there was a sign advertising ‘Three Valentine’s Day Cards For The Price Of One’. Is this an offer for people hedging their bets perhaps?

For those of you facing a lonely day watching a re-run of Love Actually, FACT is offering you chance to stop twiddling with your joystick on your own and take up the challenge of meeting potentially like-minded people at a gaming day.

Held in conjunction with the ongoing Space Invaders exhibition, other attractions are available for games lovers and lovers alike such as a turn on a giant NES controller (one for the retro fans there) and a special Wii challenge.

Local actor Paul Duckworth is the compere for the evening and may well be doing his best to play Cupid.

*Mario & Juliet – An Alternative Dating Night For Games Lovers @ FACT Sunday 14th February.Entry price (public): £4.00/£3.00 (FACT Members & concessions). Doors open: 15:30 until 17:30.

Love-skate relationshp
“The first time that I met my mate was in the roller rink where I went to skate...” or so said Goldie Lookin’ Chain anyway. Yes, that perennial staple of the 1970s and 80s, the roller disco is back with gay abandon.

The aim here is to put the fun back into the usual night out. Instead of standing around listening to god awful music blasted out at Guantanamo Bay, interrogation style levels, this time you can do that whilst, well...rollerskating! At least you’ll be able to get to the bar quicker.

Feel free to bring your own skates, but those of you that abandoned them in the cupboard under your parent’s stairs there are up to 600 pairs from sizes 2 to 12 available at a hire price of £4 for the night.

*Superfunk Roller Disco @ Liverpool Guild Of Students – Saturday 13th February. Starts from 9pm - 1am at Liverpool Guild Of Students. Admission is £4 NUS / £6 others.

Help Haiti nightAid, money, assistance and suchlike are all still required.

As a result of spate of benefit gigs, charity drives and other fundraising events have occurred. Most notably the release of a Simon Cowell backed single featuring a cavalcade of ‘talent’.

However, it’s at a local level where things can get both more involving and more interesting.

The Zanzibar has put together a neat little package that runs from 1pm on the Sunday until 1am the following morning.

Featuring 20 of the finest local acts Liverpool has to offer, including The Temps, Metro Manila Aide and Marc Sutherland the night also features a raffle, plenty to drink and a chance to put your money towards a good cause. How could you say no?

*Haiti Benefit @ Zanzibar, Seel St – Sunday 14th February.0151 707 0633

Dreadful Hours, in name only
Tmesis Theatre have developed a strong reputation both nationally and internationally for their innovative, groundbreaking, visually stunning and thought provoking physical theatre work.

We’re back to see Tmesis in their latest production, but this time at the Liverpool Everyman. Dreadful Hours differs from previous Tmesis productions in that it includes ‘spoken word’, however, it’s still packed with the energetic physical performance that we’ve come to expect from Yorgos & Eli. Here’s what they say…

“When one hour’s dinner can seem like years, yet years seem to pass in a heartbeat…”

Javier Marzan directs what is sure to be a wonderfully inventive production full of dark humour and striking visuals.

A pre-show discussion has been organised with the writer, Chris Fittock, at 6.30pm before heading in to see the show.

*The Dreadful Hours @ Liverpool Everyman Theatre - Saturday 13th February, Contact the Everyman for tickets. Tel: 0151 709 4776 £12.50 (£10 concs)

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DigFebruary 11th 2010.

Lord Ralph Mayhew and Swiss Tony?

AndyFebruary 11th 2010.

Hang on, so Chinese new year is a week late

PatioFebruary 11th 2010.

HelloThought this might be the best site to ask. We were wracking our brains t'other day to come up with as many of the 'Higson's Characters', apparently there were 26!!Here's a few, great if anyone can come up with more if not them all..POLLY TEK/PIERRE HEAD/LORD STREET/BELLE VALE over to you...

Richard Kelly DriveFebruary 11th 2010.

Lord Street is the bet person to tell you about that

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