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Arrests Follow Homophobic Attack Against Two Men for Singing Songs from the Musical 'Wicked' - VIDEO

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A man and a woman have been arrested following the vicious homophobic assault last month on two gay men in Manchester, England, reports the Lancashire Evening Post.

The November 1st attack started because the victims - 25-year-old Jean-Claude “Jo” Manseau and 19-year-old Jake Heaton - were singing songs from the musical Wicked.

During the attack, up to 20 people punched and kicked Manseau unconscious. 6a00d8341c730253ef01bb07a4b8af970d-200wi

Police have confirmed that a 20-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man are in custody and being questioned on suspicion of a homophobically-aggravated assault.

Detective Constable Tim Greenwood said:

"We are still appealing for people to come forward with information and I would urge anyone who witnessed the attack to speak to police.

"The victim was attacked in a busy place and someone may have seen something and have some key information that could help our investigation."

Manseau has said the attack “destroyed every bit of confidence I have...I don’t know when I’ll feel safe to go into Manchester again. My face is going to be scarred for life. That has upset me.”

A lesbian and gay choir staged a mass singalong on the tram network in Manchester last month to show support for Manseau and his friend Jake Heaton.

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UK: Manchester Choir Stages Tram Singalong After Homophobic Attack - VIDEO

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A lesbian and gay choir staged a mass singalong on the tram network in Manchester, England last night to show support after two gay men were targeted in a homophobic attack by a group of approximately 15 men, reports The Guardian.

6a00d8341c730253ef01bb07a4b8af970d-200wiThe November 1st attack started because the victims - 25-year-old Jean-Claude “Jo” Manseau and 19-year-old Jake Heaton - were singing songs from the musical Wicked.

The Safe to Sing (#SafeToSing) event started with about 80 singers boarding trams in the city center to belt out tunes including ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story and Petula Clark’s ‘Downtown’.

Volunteers gave out rainbow coloured cupcakes from a box marked “Cake Not Hate” as the tram driver explained over the PA what was going on.

Manchester Lesbian & Gay Chorus (MLGC) members disembarked at Piccadilly Gardens, where Manseau and Heaton were attacked two weeks ago.

The choir were joined by the Hallé ensemble, the Manchester Community choir, Blackburn People’s choir, the Manchester Bach choir and other groups from the north west.

Although neither of the victims felt up to attending the event, Jo’s mother, Jacqueline said:

“To think that all these people have come out tonight for my son. It’s just a pity the rest of the world isn’t so kind.”

She added that her son is still “in a bad way” but was really touched at the action.

Manseau has told the Manchester Evening News that the attack “has destroyed every bit of confidence I have. It will be a while before I go anywhere on my own. I don’t know when I’ll feel safe to go into Manchester again.”

MLGC co-chair Kath Fox said the event was “a way for us to reach out to Jo and Jake and to assure them we will defend the right to safe passage on public transport for all people, especially those from the LGBT community. Out of the ugliest circumstances, the most meaningful and powerful messages emerge and that is what we hope to achieve with Safe to Sing.”

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UK Men Beaten in Homophobic Attack for Singing Songs from the Musical 'Wicked'

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Two men were beaten in a homophobic attack by a group of approximately 15 men prompted because the victims were singing songs from the musical Wicked on a tram from Bury to Manchester, the Manchester Evening News reports.

AttackTheir singing at first caused a passenger on the tram to attack them verbally, but they were followed when they got off and assaulted by a larger group "called over" by the passenger in Piccadilly Gardens.

The attack happened shortly before 1 am, reports the paper:

Jean Claude, a 25-year-old retail assistant, from Bury, told the M.E.N. how the attack had left him ‘shattered’.

He said: “It has destroyed every bit of confidence I have. It will be a while before I go anywhere on my own. I don’t know when I’ll feel safe to go into Manchester again.

“They split my forehead, my lip, broke my nose. My eyes are black and swollen. My ribs are painful, I can’t move much. My face is going to be scarred for life. That has upset me.”

Jean Claude said he cannot remember anything from the moment the gang of 15 men approached.

But pal Jake, from Radcliffe, told how he saw the group stamping on his friend while he was lying on the ground.

Police are investigating the incident.


Body Found In Canal Of Manchester, UK's Gay Village

ManchesterGrim news out of England. A body was discovered Sunday floating in the canal in Manchester's gay village. The Manchester Evening News reports:

Police were called to Canal Street on Sunday afternoon – after a couple on a barge are believed to have reported seeing a human body in the water.

Officers dismissed original reports that it was wrapped in a black bag but said it was too early to say whether the death was suspicious.

Bob Ramsbottom, 56, landlord of the New Union pub on Canal Street said: “We were upstairs on Friday night at around 10.30pm when we heard a very big splash.

"I looked out of the window – we saw someone walking away over the bridge. In nine years, there has been quite a few bodies found in this canal."

It is unclear at this time whether the splash Ramsbottom heard is connected to the discovery of the body. Though eyewitnesses claimed the body was in a bag, authorities suggested the bag happened to be floating near the body and had perhaps become tangled with it at the time of its discovery.

Divers were dispatched to retrieve the body and the canal was partially drained. Police are currently performing a postmortem which will help determine the cause of death in addition to how long the body was in the water.


Ancient Egyptian Statue Mysteriously Starts Turning in British Museum: VIDEO

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So, this is wild: a nearly 4000-year-old Egyptian statue in the collection of England's Manchester Museum has recently started to spin slowly in its display without any help from the outside world.  Gawker has the details

time-lapse video released by the museum shows the 4000-year-old relic of Neb-Senu slowly turning around inside its case without any apparent assistance from the outside world.

Found in a mummy's tomb some 80 years ago, the statue has been kept encased at the museum ever since.

Its current caretaker, Campbell Price, was the first one to notice the strange phenomenon, and says he first realized something was off when he found the statue askew, reset it, and then found it askew again the following day.

According to The Telegraph, British particle physicist Brian Cox--known for his frequent appearances on the BBC--thinks the statue's movement is being caused by differential friction.  Price isn't buying that theory, The Telegraph reports:

[Price] went on the cast doubt on Prof Cox's explanation: “Brian thinks it’s differential friction, where two surfaces - the serpentine stone of the statuette and glass shelf it is on - cause a subtle vibration which is making the statuette turn.

“But it has been on those surfaces since we have had it and it has never moved before. And why would it go around in a perfect circle?”

Price's explanation?  "In Ancient Egypt they believed that if the mummy is destroyed then the statuette can act as an alternative vessel for the spirit," he told the paper. "Maybe that is what is causing the movement."

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Man's Body Found in Canal in Manchester UK's Gay Village

An unfortunate mystery in Manchester, England:

ManchesterThe man, thought to be in his late 20s or early 30s, was spotted in the water near Canal Street by a passer-by at around lunchtime on Saturday. Cops say it is unclear whether foul play was involved and are studying CCTV for clues. They do not know the man's identity, when he died, how long he had been in the water or what he was doing in the area at the time. They hope members of the gay community can help solve the mystery. The man's body was discovered at about 1.50pm near Aytoun Street and Minshull Street, near to the Village.


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