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04/19/2007


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."

Check out a time-lapse video of the spinning statue, AFTER THE JUMP...

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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.


Watch: Manchester Club Kids Do Gaga's 'Born This Way'

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The club-goers that make up the gay village in Manchester, England have put together this fun, energetic video of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way." There aren't any zombies, births or gapped teeth, but there is plenty of dancing. Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP.

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Former NBA Star John Amaechi Denied Entrance to Gay Bar for Being 'Big and Black and [Possibly] Trouble'

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Gay former NBA star John Amaechi tweeted yesterday that he was denied entrance to Crunch Bar in Manchester, UK (where he lives) after the bouncer said he was "big and black and could be trouble."

Pink Paper reports: Amaechi-headshot

"When Amaechi questioned the decision, the doorman said it was a 'private members' bar.' He then allegedly claimed that the New York Times best-selling author had been flagged up as 'trouble' on the gay village's shared security radio network. A spokesperson for the bar later told Amaechi's representative: 'Your group was stopped from entering the venue on Friday night as a message was received over the NiteNet radio system, (a system where several venues work together within the village, where they announce any issues they have with any customers), that your group had been argumentative and aggressive to another venue’s doorstaff. On interview with the staff who were present at the time, we are satisfied that there were no racism or bigotry comments as you suggest. All three staff who were present on the door at the time have been with us for over 14 months and none of them have ever displayed the attitude or characteristics you suggest in your email. You have clearly misunderstood the situation and perhaps justifying your exclusion that evening. We consider this matter closed now.'"

The other bars, VIA and Taurus, which use the NiteNet system deny there was any such warning about Amaechi's behavior.

According to the paper, "Amaechi's representatives have lodged a complaint with the Equality and Human Rights Commission along with a complaint to the Manchester City Council LGBT affairs director, Terry Waller and also with the Greater Manchester Police LGBT liaison office."

Read our recent interview with John Amaechi HERE.


Manchester Police Dept Raises Rainbow Flag Against Homophobia

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The police force in Manchester, England stands strong with the LGBT community, and raised the rainbow flag yesterday on the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO):

"Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney raised the rainbow flag at Chester House, the Greater Manchester Police HQ, saying there was 'still a great deal of prejudice to be tackled'. The Union Jack remained in place on the second flagpole outside the building in Old Trafford. It is the second year GMP hoisted the flags. Mr Sweeney said: 'This shows Greater Manchester Police's commitment to ensuring everyone can feel safe in Greater Manchester.  We know from the number incidents there is still a great deal of prejudice to be tackled, but we are determined to show our support for anyone who feels they have been targeted by hate crime.'"

Wouldn't it be nice if all cities were as supportive.


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