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<b>Thurs May 6:</b> Hicks: 'I've paid a terrible price'; Warren fights on; Twitter apology from Nick Knowles and death of council figurehead

Published on May 6th 2010.


Tom Hicks has revealed that the intended sale of Liverpool FC could take another two years.

Reds supporters are desperate for a change of ownership, but Hicks says: We've owned it three years. We won't own it for five.”

He maintains that he can still support the club, but owning has taken its toll. "I can still be a fan, but I’ve paid a terrible price,” he added. "I’m 64 years old. I don’t want that any more.”

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Curtis Warren is to take his fight against his conviction for a £1m cannabis plot in Jersey to the Privy Council, the highest court in the country.

Warren yesterday failed in an attempt to have his conviction quashed or years taken off his sentence in the Channel Island's Court of Appeal. Now he is to challenge the actions of the police operation to snare him later this year at the last court left.

Nick Knowles from BBC1's DIY SOS – has apologised after someone on a Liverpool building site sneaked onto his Twitter account and sent an abusive message to a fan.

Rhys Barter was shocked to receive messages calling him a "t***face" and "a**e". Knowles later apologised, saying he had been "sabotaged" after he left his computer unattended while filming in the city.

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Ray O’Brien, a key figures in the early regeneration of Liverpool has died at the age of 74.

He was chief executive of Merseyside County Council, second Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, presiding over the Pope's visit to the city in 1982, and was later chairman of Speke/Garston Development before being awarded the CBE in the Queen’s 2000 Birthday Honours.

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Shanghai'dMay 6th 2010.

As you'd expect, Liverpool has been well and truly Shanghai'd by its presence at Expo 2010. City spin merchants spoke of the 70m visitors to Expo, the £50m of business Liverpool's presence will generate for the city. Talk about Emperor Ming's New Suit, the people are really being taken for an expensive ride.Of course the great and the good will all head east, no doubt at no expense to themselves, to see the Liverpool Pavillion. Truth is, there is NO Liverpool Pavillion. The city is exhibiting itself in a themed pavillion, a bit like a market place of mixed exhibitors.That expected 70m visitors equates to almost 400,000 a day. Guess how many visited the 'Liverpool Pavilion' in the opening days - just 2,000 a day.It isn't even a business or a trade fair, but a Vanity Fair for China to show off to the world itself, and to create a feel good experience for the ordinary Chinese folk.Of course we have the inevitable 'independent analysts' who will produce facts and figures to show it was all worth while. I bet the people living in Dovecot and Norris Green and Everton will be made up their money is being spent on this faraway jamboree. Many local folk can't afford to eat from a Chinese takeaway, let alone fly half way around the world.Now the organisers are having to 'downgrade their expectations' for visitor numbers.Is it just me, or are you sick and fed up of the spin people and their imaginary messages. Sack the lot of them......

Nifty 250 editorMay 6th 2010.

We covered the Shanghai story in yesterday's Nifty 250 if anyone is interested. We also bothered to discover that the Chinese in general are being put off by the sky-high prices of food once inside the Expo. Five times the usual amount for a bun, apparently. Anyway, carry on.

Martha LonghurstMay 6th 2010.

A wash, a shave and a haircut wouldn't do him any harm either.

AnonymousMay 6th 2010.

I always knew we'd end up with Egg Fried Rice on our face.

AnonymousMay 6th 2010.

Oh stop being a spoilsport. Of course this will change everything.

RecountMay 6th 2010.

I read in Wednesday's Daily Post about the independent report from Scott Wilson saying the benefit to Liverpool from being at Expo will be anywhere from £5.5m to £47.5m. So will the consultants be happy to make up any shortfall, probably somewhere between £5.5M and £47.5M seems about right.

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