Coronation Street actor Andrew Lancel accused of child sex abuse

From today's Mail Online.

Andrew Lancel who played Frank Foster in Coronation Street, has been accused of indecent assault on a victim under the age of 16 The alleged offences are believed to date back to when he was a trainee actor called Andrew Watkinson

Last night he tweeted: 'Your support means the world. Have faith.'

Speaking to The Sun, his lawyer said Mr Lancel 'strenuously denies the allegations'.

Solicitor Stuart Nolan said: 'Mr Lancel was invited by police to co-operate with an inquiry by one complainant about events that allegedly took place over 20 years ago. He is confident his innocence will be established in the fullness of time.'

30. The hardest part ...

... about blogging daily is simply making myself sit down and do it.

There are so many other things claiming my energy and my time. It's often 9 or 10 or 11 at night  before my mind quiets down enough to think about writing.  But it's a discipline like any other.  I'm always glad to write and always glad to read what others have written.

It's been fun, but I'm glad the month is over, and there will be no daily challenge for me in December. There's just too much going on! 

My Coronation Street 2012 - by Flaming Nora

The action on-screen in Coronation Street this year hasn’t been too hot (Who am I kidding? It’s been dire!)

However, while this year I reckon Corrie’s been spoiled by too much, including St Ella and surrogacy, my personal Corrie 2012 hasn’t been bad at all.  In fact, it’s been better than anything on-screen and I thought I’d share some of it here on the Coronation Street Blog.   Feel free to share your own Corrie year too by leaving some comments below.

January 2012

A weekend in Manchester to clear away post-Christmas blues with my first visit to the Lass o’Gowrie pub, to see Coronation Street 1968 Live!

This wasn’t just one of the best Corrie experiences I’ve had the pleasure of being part of, it also ranks up there as one of the best theatre experiences ever. 

After lunch with friends who are also Corrie fans, we watched a cast assembled by legendary Coronation Street casting director June West, and this included some ex-Corrie actors. One of them - Dave Dutton - has even been in Corrie in 11 different roles!.  All of the cast worked their magic close-up and personal with the audience, acting out two classic Corrie episodes written by Jack Rosenthal from 1968. Jack’s widow Maureen Lipman was at the event which supported the charity Myeloma UK.

It was an amazing evening and a wonderful event – read all about it here - and the best part is it’s happening again next year.  Follow @thelassogowrie on twitter

April 2012

Fat Brenda: The Stage Show took the Harrogate Theatre by storm. It starred ex-Corrie actor Steve Huison (Eddie Windass) as Fat Brenda, the Siren of Streetcars and it was Corrie comedy gold. Fat Brenda's life story was ghostwritten by playwright Joe Parkinson and if Corrie has any sense, they’ll sign Joe up sooner rather than later to join the scriptwriting team.  

After we’d already bought tickets to one of the two nights of Fat Brenda’s Harrogate show, we were given complementary tickets for the other night and so went back to see it all over again. It was even better second time around.  After two sell-out shows in Harrogate, Fat Brenda took her one-man stage show to Manchester where Corrie actors and ITV bosses were wooed. It was beltin! 
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June 2012

To Yorkshire for a week-long holiday where we met up with fellow bloggers Rebecca and Fat Brenda (plus Mrs Fat Brenda, Master Fat Brenda and Baby Fat Brenda).  We caught up on all things Corrie over lunch with a really good gossip.

November 2012

Our blogger Tvor flew in from Canada and made the journey north from Manchester with her Salford sweetheart to stay overnight with us.  I met Tvor online at least 10 years ago and have met her many times since. Quite simply, without Tvor and her support this blog would not exist. We showed her the hot-spots of Sunderland (yes, we do have some) and introduced her to the delights of a breakfast bacon stotty.  Read Tvor's Coronation Street Blog.

And so, to 2013 when we already have two visits to Manchester lined up for January.  One of those visits is a return to the Lass o’Gowrie pub. This time it’s to watch Corrie episodes from the 70s being acted in the pub and to attend the Corrie-fest and meet other Corrie fans.  Details of all that can be found here.

And the second visit to Manchester in January... well, I can’t tell you about that just yet. But let me tease you with this… there's going to be some amazing blog posts afterwards from our team here at Coronation Street Blog towers!

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Alan Halsall wins Favourite Soap Star in TV Times Awards

Alan Halsall, who plays Coronation Street's Tyrone Dobbs has won Favourite Soap Star in the TV Times Awards 2012. 

It's a very well deserved award. Alan's been nothing but excellent on Corrie since his arrival as Tyrone back in 1998.   His recent portrayal of suffering domestic abuse at the hands of crazy Kirsty has been superb and raises awareness for those going through it in real life too.

For a full list of winners, have a look at TV Times on Facebook.

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State of the Street - November 2012

I was away for part of November so it was a bit of a rush catching up with my notes even though I did get to see Corrie all month due to the fact that I was actually in the U.K.

Lewis is playing the long game, I think, in his quest for revenge against Gail for her role in splitting up he and Audrey. I have an idea where it's going.

Leanne is settling for Mr. Right Now instead of the one she really wants, you remember him? The one that broke her heart over and over? Nick knows down deep that he's living in Peter's shadow but he's desperate to have any piece of her she's willing to give.

Kirsty's violence is getting more intense and her remorse is disappearing rapidly. where's it all going to end? Wedding bells or the clang of the Grim Reaper? And is Tyrone going to be the ultimate victim or is Fiz?

Read more about it in State of the Street.

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WestConnex = cars = out-of-date

"Car as the sole focus of transport is past its use-by date" says the New South Wales Minister for Transport during the week in effect rubbishing the daft draft proposal from Infrastructure NSW

Finally we have somebody from this government clear-headed enough to tell it as it is - the car is finished, the car is over, the car is toast!!!!

Sense at last!!! Go, Gladys!!!

(...& OMG we're having so much fun with the Christiania!!!!)

Fab Photo Friday - November 30th 2012

It's Friday again so it's time for this week's fab Coronation Street photo. This week saw the funeral of Bill Tarmey and so in tribute here's a great picture of Jack and Vera enjoying a day at the races.

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The Audrey Roberts noise

The Audrey Roberts noise, as found on YouTube today. It's silly, of that there's no dout. It also made me smile and as it's Friday I thought I'd see if it made other Coronation Street fans giggle too.

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Spot the Corrie prop - November 30th 2012

Last week's prop poser was very hard and there were a couple of good guesses for places we don't see very often but nobody spotted that the crazy clock is in the very rarely seen back room at Barlow's Bookies.

We've got another timepiece this week, that's hopefully a bit easier to recognise. Just tell us where on Coronation Street you would find this Mackintosh-style clock.

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Video preview of tonight's Corrie - David spies on Lewis

Here's a sneak video preview from tonight's Coronation Street.

Gail is having a family meal. Lewis wants to say thank you to the Platts for their kindness and David is invited as well. He moans to Audrey about it and he doesn't want to go. Audrey asks him to spy on things for her instead and she goes off to find out what Nick thinks of it all.

Read the full double episode preview here.

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29. The best thing about NaBloPoMo ...

Actually, the prompt for today is "Tell us about three new blogs you found this year."

I made it a point to go to the "soup page" -- where NaBloPoMo participants would put up links to their posts -- and read what others had written. I tried to select three or four different blogs every day, but sometimes I was just too tired at the end of the evening (which is when I found myself writing my blog entries).

I was disappointed at how many people didn't follow the daily prompts, because part of the fun for me was reading how different people approach the same subject.  I was discouraged at how many really bad blogs are out there; "bad" is, I suppose a little unfair.  I was discouraged at how many blogs I had no interest in reading once, let alone returning to.  I think many of them would not have been started if Pinterest had existed when they were started -- there were countless crafty blogs and recipe blogs and helpful hints blogs, all with the same cookie-cutter style of writing and all with the same so-cute scrapbook appearance.  I found them tedious and uninteresting.

Even so, I did find a few gems among the participants ...

Tara, at Faith in Ambiguity, writes beautifully about subjects that interest me.  Come on, y'all know me: How could I not click on a blog link with that title?  She wrote a heart-wrenching post about another person's loss on Thanksgiving Day and a giggle-inducing one about her encounter with David Sedaris

Isobel, at What a Witch, writes powerfully about subjects that matter. The categories on her sidebar are varied, but this month she's been writing a lot about racism in this country and what it's like to be a Person of Color in the South (specifically, in Florida). She has gripped me with her passion and her knowledge and her facts (remember facts?). 

That's only two blogs, and the prompt calls for three. If my eyes weren't already drooping, I'd tell you about GingerSass and RedDirtKelly and PurpleDreamer and Tamara and LittleMissAttitude and a handful of others.  But for now, my friends, this will have to suffice.

Sneak preview of tonight's double Corrie - Fri 30 November

Coronation Street, Friday 30th November 2012 at 7.30pm

TOMMY AND FIZ NEARLY DROP TYRONE IN IT. Fiz assures Tyrone he’s doing the right thing and encourages him to stick to the plan before heading back to work, her first day since her accident. The girls welcome her but Kirsty wastes no time picking a fight. Rob and Michelle call Fiz and Kirsty into the office and warn them not to cause any further aggro. Fiz decides to work through her lunch break to avoid Kirsty. Tommy calls into the factory to discuss his concerns for Tyrone, he’s still nervous but Fiz is confident the plan will work. However when Kirsty walks in and demands to know just what Tyrone’s going to sort, Fiz and Tommy are like rabbits caught in the headlights!
TINA SEEKS HELP FROM OWEN. Tommy’s frustrated that he’s still unemployed so Tina asks Owen to employ Tommy as a labourer now that Jason’s left. Owen agrees and Tina’s delighted. But how will Tommy react to news of his new job?
RITA’S HUMILIATED IN THE BISTRO. Over lunch at the Bistro, Rita confides in Emily that Dennis is spending money like water since he started using his cash card. She’s wary of broaching the subject with Dennis for fear of emasculating him. Emily’s sure the novelty will soon wear off but when Rita’s card is declined at the Bistro how will she react?
Elsewhere Gail fusses around Lewis, waiting on him hand and foot. There’s a frisson between Jason and Stella as he arrives for work at the Rovers. Stella tells Jason she’ll have to put his job through the books but when Jason admits he has no idea about paperwork will Stella offer her services?

Friday 30th November 2012 at 8.30pm

TYRONE ASKS KIRSTY TO SET A DATE FOR THE WEDDING. As Fiz and Tommy freeze in horror Kirsty demands an explanation. The girls arrive back at the factory to find Kirsty in a stand-off with Fiz. Kirsty hurls insults at Fiz who bites back and the pair have to be pulled apart. The factory’s in uproar with Kirsty and Fiz both refusing to work together. Tommy’s sent for Tyrone to calm things down and he arrives with Ruby to find Kirsty accusing Fiz of trying to break up her relationship. Kirsty wants to know if he can explain Fiz and Tommy’s secret chat. Faced with an audience, Tyrone turns on Fiz, accusing her of pursuing him and trying to seduce him. Taking her cue, Fiz falls on her sword and admits she tried to steal Tyrone from Kirsty. Everyone’s scandalised as vindicated Kirsty is triumphant. But when Rob and Michelle sack Fiz for gross misconduct, citing all the disruption her antics have created in the factory, will Fiz stick to her story and accept her fate? Meanwhile Tyrone apologises to Kirsty for keeping Fiz’s harassment a secret and begs her to marry him straightaway. Will Kirsty agree or has Tyrone’s plan been rumbled?
TINA’S PREGNANCY GRATES ON TOMMY. Tommy’s cooked Tina a meal to thank her for sorting the job with Owen. But when Tina’s morning sickness and tiredness put a dampener on the evening Tommy struggles to hide his annoyance.
RITA CONFRONTS DENNIS’ SPENDING. Rita learns the bank blocked her card as a security measure due to an unusual spending pattern. She’s relieved that the account hasn’t been emptied. But when Dennis returns from the shops laden with bags Rita condemns his extravagance. Jolted Dennis resolves to get a job.
Elsewhere Stella gives Jason book-keeping advice and commiserates with him over Maria. She tells him the right girl will come along for him soon. David and Kylie are unimpressed when Lewis lays on a takeaway as a thank-you to Gail.

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The Palestinian What?

Well, here ya go. We all get the point; its real.

Sixty five years to the day after the UN voted for the partition of Mandatory Palestine – a move the Jews accepted and the Arabs rejected -- the same body overwhelmingly voted Thursday to grant the Palestinian delegation there the upgraded status of non-member observer state.

"The moment has arrived for the world to say clearly: Enough of aggression, settlements and occupation," Abbas said to the packed UN General Assembly.

"We did not come here seeking to delegitimize a state established years ago, and that is Israel; rather we came to affirm the legitimacy of the state that must now achieve its independence, and that is Palestine," he said.

"We did not come here to add further complications to the peace process, which Israel’s policies have thrown into the intensive care unit; rather we came to launch a final serious attempt to achieve peace," he said. "Our endeavor is not aimed at terminating what remains of the negotiations process, which has lost its objective and credibility, but rather aimed at trying to breathe new life into the negotiations and at setting a solid foundation for it based on the terms of reference of the relevant international resolutions in order for the negotiations to succeed."

Abbas said that the Palestinians will accept no less than "the independence of the State of Palestine, with east Jerusalem as its capital, on all the Palestinian territory occupied in 1967, to live in peace and security alongside the State of Israel, and a solution for the refugee issue on the basis of resolution 194."

Abbas said nothing about immediately resuming negotiations with Israel without preconditions, though he did pledge to "act responsibly and positively in our next steps, and we will to work to strengthen cooperation with the countries and peoples of the world for the sake of a just peace."

Abbas, who called the resolution a "birth certificate of the reality of the State of Palestine," used the recent fighting in Gaza to frame his request for the statehood upgrade and painted both Israel and its birth in demonic colors.

"Palestine comes today to the United Nations General Assembly at a time when it is still tending to its wounds and still burying its beloved martyrs of children, women and men who have fallen victim to the latest Israeli aggression, still searching for remnants of life amid the ruins of homes destroyed by Israeli bombs on the Gaza Strip, wiping out entire families, their men, women and children murdered along with their dreams, their hopes, their future and their longing to live an ordinary life and to live in freedom and peace," he said. .

"The Israeli aggression against our people in the Gaza Strip has confirmed once again the urgent and pressing need to end the Israeli occupation and for our people to gain their freedom and independence." Abbas continued, obviously not mentioning the rocket and missile bombardment of Israeli cities from Gaza.

"This aggression also confirms the Israeli Government’s adherence to the policy of occupation, brute force and war, which in turn obliges the international community to shoulder its responsibilities towards the Palestinian people and towards peace.

The Palestinian people, Abbas said, "miraculously recovered from the ashes of Al-Nakba of 1948, which was intended to extinguish their being and to expel them in order to uproot and erase their presence, which was rooted in the depths of their land and depths of history."

In Abbas' telling of history, "hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were torn from their homes and displaced within and outside of their homeland, thrown from their beautiful, embracing, prosperous country to refugee camps in one of the most dreadful campaigns of ethnic cleansing and dispossession in modern history."

Israel's ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, dismissed the move as empty symbolic posturing, that will change nothing tangible on the ground, but push the chances of securing a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians into the distant future.

Among the few states that voted against the move, were the US, Canada, the Czech Republic, Micronesia, and the Solomon Islands.

The resolution was presented to the General Assembly by the representative of Sudan, who called this a victory for the "values of truth."

Staunch European allies such as Germany and the Netherlands, who opposed Palestinian admission into UNESCO last year as a state, were among those who this time only abstained. And other friendly countries, such as Italy, voted for the move.

The vote took place on the annual "Observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

Senior diplomatic officials voiced deep disappointment at the EU vote. Up until a few days ago, when France declared that it would support the move, senior officials held out hope that the EU might abstain as a bloc, something that would have deprived the Palestinian Authority of a moral victory.

One senior official said that the recent fighting in Gaza tipped the European scales, with the Europeans worrying that if PA Authority President Mahmoud Abbas would not gain some kind of diplomatic victory, he would loses all stature and authority.

"Had the vote taken place before the Gaza operation, the EU would have voted differently," one official said.

The Prime Minister's Office had no immediate reaction after the vote, but has made clear in recent days that it would free Israel of its obligations under the Oslo accord since Jerusalem views the move as a blatant violation of the underlying principle of those agreements: that all outstanding issues be resolved through negotiations, not through unilateral actions.

Israel's immediate reaction is expected to be the deduction from tax transfers it makes to the PA each moth of some NIS 800 million the PA owes to the Israel Electric Corporation. Further steps are expected if the Palestinians use this new status and try to join other UN bodies or, as a result of their enhanced status, attempt to haul Israel or Israelis before the International Court of Justice or the International Criminal Court on war crime charges.

Hours before the vote, Netanyahu – realizing that Israel was facing a stinging diplomatic defeat -- said that regardless of how many vote against Israel, "no force in the world will get me to compromise on Israel's security."

He also said no force in the world could sever the thousands-year-old tie between the Jewish people and the land of Israel.

Netanyahu said that the decision will "Not change anything on the ground. It will not further the establishment of a Palestinian state, but will make it more distant."

Netanyahu's comments came while touring an exhibit of recently declassified documents marking the upcoming 35th anniversary of Anwar Sadat's visit to Jerusalem at the Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem.

"Israel's hand is always extended in peace, but a Palestinian state will not be established without recognition of the state of Israel as the state of the Jewish people, without an end-of-conflict declaration, and without true security arrangements that will protect Israel and its citizens."

Netanyahu, who said that none of the conditions he reiterated are even mentioned in the Palestinian's UN resolution, said that peace is only achieved through negotiations and not by unilateral declarations "which do not take into consideration Israel's vital security and national interests."

Netanyahu recommended not being impressed by the applause that will likely be heard later at the UN.

"I remember the international community's applause that the government of Israel received when it decided to unilaterally withdraw from Gaza," he said. "We got applause and then rocket fire. We left Gaza, and Iran entered, exactly like what happened in Lebanon."

Netanyahu said he would not enable another Iranian base to be established, this time in Judea and Samaria, a kilometer away from Jerusalem.

"It does not matter how many will vote against us, there is no force in the world that will cause me to compromise on Israeli security and there is no force in the world able to sever the thousands year connection between the people of Israel and the Land of Israel," he said.

Into the South Island

A fair bit has happened since I was at Ocean Beach, Havelock North. Travelled down to Masterton and stayed with Franky for a few days. She helped me out with a flat tyre (had to buy a new jack in Masterton)then took me out to Castlepoint to see the light house and a walk up around behind the beach.
From there it was off to explore Lake Wairarapa and maybe a chance to fly off the southern coastline. But no such luck, the wind was fearsome, but no good slope was accessible from where I was (another spot named Ocean Beach). I did get a photo looking over towards the coast out towards Cape Palliser with great looking white cliffs. And a morning pic of sunrise over Lake Wairarapa.
The next day I woke up in the South Island - it's been 34 years since I was here under my own steam, as it were. First job was to drop off a bag of lead-head nails for Franky's flatmate Rodger at his property at Linkwater on the Great Charlotte Sound Road. He allowed me to camp on his place at Cullenville Road - site of an old goldmining town in the 1890's. So I dragged out the gold pan and tried my luck in the river - no gold came leaping out of the pan at me, but I have saved some samples for closer inspection later. Also tramped up the valley along the old miners trail and came across an old firplace - that's my pan on the mantlepiece.
Have also been to the Rimutaka Incline and Fells engine museumn in Featherston, and Stonehenge, Carterton. Am posting this from the Blenheim library before heading south.

UK Border Agency attempts 'daylight robbery'

(Photo: BN4 taken by Abby van Balen, Salar de uyuni, Bolivia)

Not needing her full-on winter woollies in South America, BN4 left a small bundle for me to post to the UK in time for her Christmas sojourn there.

Duly despatched at the begining of October, I was amazed to see the parcel returned to Scone this week.

Apparently the UK Border Agency have seen fit to apply custom charges to imports into the EU with a value over £15 for VAT and also to apply import duty to all items valued over £135. Moreover imported gifts valued over £40 sent between private individuals are also to attract VAT...WTF

None of BN4's items were 'new' or 'for sale' or actually 'imports' - none of them! - so they certainly did not warrant the impost of £105.01 ($161.45) that was required to be paid by my English family so that the parcel could be claimed. Unsurprisingly the parcel was not collected, and it has now made its way back to Australia.

Putting BN4 and her lack of winter clothes for Chrissy aside for a minute, what about the actual season of giving itself? Will there be customs charges for the cookbooks that I've sent to the UK family this year? Is the UK government that desperate for cash they've directed the UK Border Agency to ensure they squeeze every available last penny from any poor international sucker who still posts gifts to their family? - international gift giving might have to stop!

Who are the UK Border Agency anyway? - and why do they bother themselves with the minutiae of parcel post? Exactly what have family parcels got to do with border security? Surely their state of the art UK Border Agency scanning equipment could have informed them very quickly that they were dealing with a small bundle of used woolly clothes - certainly a pair of spectacles might have assisted and/or taking their gloves off, and judging from the condition of the box when it arrived in back my kitchen, the UK Border Agency have clearly left no mitten unturned in their quest to discover undisclosed international trade.

...and while I'm musing on this matter, who are Parcel Force Worldwide? - whatever happened to the 'Royal Mail' that we knew and loved?

Sigh - bring back Postman Pat

Moshiach and His Bat Made in China

Read the following presented article very carefully. It cleverly shows answers to big questions:

Why is the EU in debt? - They have no Central Bank [thanks to empirical paranoia] and thus can't handle the international pressure and need for stability.

Why is America in debt? - America is collapsing under the same decree on the EU, only is lasting longer. The EU was created to compete against America.

Who is on top? - China! They have a model of success that is sending them near the top. It is clear that America / Obama is leading America into a Chinese [communist] philosophy of re-growth. It is also clear that Romney [and his Chinese attack comments] had a similar plan of taking on China with the Amero concept, a united North America].

Who is winning? - Israel! When you have read the article, realize that Galus China will never happen, as they are in a compulsion repetition of "finally winning" syndrome. Israel is the only country on earth that is able to implement China's victory strategy, and they are, and they are winning. America is trying, but it will never be able to achieve what Israel can. God simply designed Israel to succeed in this day and age; perhaps the future will hold a different hand, but for the time being, Israel owns 2012 and beyond.

In other words: Welcome to Pax Judaica. The only challenge will be to turn it into a Kedusha enterprise.
Zionism is the blood that fuels the animal, our job is to turn blood into Light. Zionism has led the way, but one must not forget, the Torah of Eretz Yisrael, Torah Zionsim, digs back most recently tore the students of the Vilna Gaon [to name one example].

May the Jewish People merit a true Zionism, and merit to hear the Kol HaTor in our Land.

****I will highlight key points that relate to Israeli successful implementation.

People's Daily Online:

The report of the 18th CPC National Congress proposed to speed up the formation of a new mode of economic development by focusing on enhancing the new driving force of innovation and relying more on domestic demand, especially consumer demand for economic development and thus outlined a clear roadmap for our country to achieve economic transformation.

Experts said that we should stick to the roadmap, firmly grasp the strategic basis of "expanding domestic demand", substitute the new engine of innovation for the traditional elements, and gradually bid farewell to the traditional model of development to realize China's economic transformation.

Transformation is the key to China's economic rebirth

Since the Reform and Opening up, China has created an economic miracle with an average economic growth rate of above 9.8 percent over 34 consecutive years, ranking the world's second-largest economy in 2010.

However, with changes in the elements that support China's economic development, the traditional unbalanced, uncoordinated, and unsustainable extensive growth mode has come to an end.

Economic circles unanimously agree that China's economy has entered a period of major transition where transformation is the key to China's economic rebirth.

President of China Reform and Development Research Institute Chi Fulin said that China's economic growth is at a historical inflexion point to converse from high-speed to medium speed. The economic slowdown since 2011 reflects the short-term economic fluctuations as well as long-term trend of economic growth. Only by releasing the huge potential demand and accelerating the transformation of development mode can we cope with the changes in the pattern of domestic and international economy.

Economic commentator Ma Guangyuan believes that as international economic downturn led to deterioration of China’s foreign trade conditions, China must transform its economic development model as soon as possible.

Facing the test of “middle-income trap,” China needs to get rid of the development mode that extremely relies on investment and exports to fuel economic growth, lacks technological innovation, and has low consumption, backward service industry, vague boundary between markets and the government and slow pace of urbanization, and enter a stage of modern economic growth. Therefore, the 18th CPC National Congress has an epoch-making significance to arrangement of economic transition, Ma said.

Economic restructuring is the key of striding over the middle-income trap,” said Zhang Monan, an associate research fellow with the Economic Forecasting Department of the State Information Center.

Zhang pointed out that it must comprehensively adjust the growth pattern and economic structure to achieve economic transformation, including using innovation to promote supply growth and tapping domestic market potential

Reliance on innovation and domestic demand to achieve economic transformation

Innovation is the requirements of scientific outlook on development and transformation of economic development mode,” said Li Yiping, professor of Renmin University of China. He pointed out that the progress of world economy needs innovation, so does Chinese economy.

Deputy Dean of the Academy of Macroeconomic Research at the National Development and Reform Commission Wang Yiming also stressed that Chinese economy must rely on innovation to realize a transformation from emphasizing scale expansion to focusing on promotion of quality and efficiency.

The 18th CPC National Congress pointed out that as the strategic support of improving social productive forces and overall national strength, scientific and technological innovation must be placed in the core position of national development, concentrating the whole society’s wisdom and strength on innovative development.

Ma Guangyuan said that the concept is unprecedented, clearly showing the courage and determination of China to say goodbye to investment-driven development mode in the past.

About the role of expanding domestic demand in changing the mode of economic development, the 18th CPC National Congress said, “We must firmly grasp the strategic basis of expanding domestic demand to accelerate the establishment of a long-term and effective mechanism and unleash the consumption potential.”

Fueling consumption is the strategic focus in expanding domestic demand. Chi Fulin said that China is still in a rising stage over the next 10 years and owns huge consumption potential. As long as the consumer demand can be effectively released, it is possible to maintain a moderate growth rate of 7 percent to 8 percent in the next 10 years. 

Notice how all of the red highlights [China's hopes] are being successfully implemented by Israel - in uniform. Israel's demographics, reality, nationalism, philosophy, government, etc, make it the perfect chemistry for Pax Judaica. Equally notice how America will never again be able to recapture the chess pieces it lost off the board.

One must assume that there is a tremendous guiding light behind Israel. We are not here for naught; the Light of Moshiach is ready to shine through the darkness. Just as a light shines brightest before darkness, the galus shines brightest before its demise.

As the Ramchal says: One Kingdom must not trespass another. The Kingdom of Galus is nearing its end, seen by its magnificant glow.

With that you can be sure, Moshiach is next and close by.

****Israel’s economic growth should start picking up in the first half of next year thanks to a boost in external demand, the OECD concluded in its biannual economic outlook on member states Tuesday. Output growth is projected to drop from 3.1 percent in 2012 to 2.9% in 2013 (incorporating a 0.2 percentage-point boost from the new Tamar offshore gas field), but then rebound to 3.9% in 2014, the report said.

******...and in America: The Fed said today that seven of 12 districts reported “either slowing or outright contraction in manufacturing” as some contacts “expressed concern about the outlook for 2013, in part, due to the uncertainty regarding the outcome of the fiscal cliff.”

The Men of Coronation Street - Then and Now

One criticism I do have about the 21st Century Coronation Street is the apparent reliance on casting supposedly good looking younger actors regardless of the role they are required to play. I'm nudging and pointing at the fairly recent additions of Ryan Connor (II) and Carla's brother, Rob Donovan. I am sure they are both perfectly nice guys, but so far their characters have both been hugely lacking. For me, the alarm bell was ringing as soon as those publicity photographs of them in the boxing ring surfaced. What was that all about? Personally, I'd have backed Elsie and Ena in the ring over those two any day!

This all got me thinking of how times have changed. The past twenty years or so has certainly seen a marked increase in these kind of casting announcements, although I think the current trend really began with the arrival of Adam Rickett as Nick(y) Tilsley. Remember him?? However, it wasn't always this way. Who were the Coronation Street pin ups in the early days of the show? Was there a Tommy, Ryan or Jason for the 1960s audience? Let's see how they compared.

I suppose we have to start with the Peter Pan of Weatherfield, Mr Kenneth Barlow. The original Corrie youth, he did rebel against his family and fought for what he wanted out of life. He also had more than his fair share of the ladies (and continues to do so). However, could he really be considered an early Corrie pin up? I have my doubts. Ken was soon married off, although that didn't stop him creeping down the ginnel for assignations with, well, anybody. He was also a bookish intellectual, leading mother-in-law Blanche to describe him once as "the poor-man's Melvyn Bragg." Enough said.

So who else was there? The original Street bad boy Dennis Tanner, as portrayed by Philip Lowrie. When we first met Dennis he was giving Mum Elsie cheek, while also revealing he had recently been in prison. This is more like it. However Dennis quickly became a comedic character, dabbling in show business. Perhaps now they are married Rita can go back to t'Gatsby with Dennis as her agent? That would give him a job, as the powers that be are obviously so keen for him to have one! Sorry, he is ruled out for that bathing in front of his mother thing. Who would do that? 

There was also Len Fairclough. A real rough diamond. A man's man. Builder Len was popular with the Street ladies, from Bet Lynch and Elsie Tanner to the woman who eventually tried to tame him, Rita Littlewood. As macho and brutish as Len undoubtedly was, we never saw him without his vest, and quite rightly so. I don't think we would ever have seen Len doing a spread for Attitude magazine. Moving on!

Finally, there was of course Ray Langton. Watching old episodes, I have grown quite fond of our Raymond. He first appeared in Corrie as a delinquent in the mid-60s before returning and becoming a more responsible, if still wise-cracking character. Ray did indeed have quite  a twinkle in his eye back in the day, however there is one thing he cannot be forgiven for, ever. He will always be partially responsible for the monster that is Tracy Barlow. That certainly knocks a couple of points off as far as I'm concerned!

So what are your views on the casting of today's Street hunks? Do you have a particular favourite or someone you cannot abide? And how do you think this has changed since the early days of Corrie? 

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Coronation Street: What is Lewis up to?

Last night's Coronation Street had me in fits of giggles when Lewis sat down on the Bistro floor, chucked the tray of glasses all over and yelled in agony, pretending he'd slipped. 

Gail, of course, fell for Lewis' lies, helped him home and laid him down on her sofa, tending to his every need so that she can assuage some of her guilt at the way she sided with Gloria to show Lewis up as a love cheat in front of Audrey - and failed.

I can understand Lewis feeling miffed over Gail and Gloria's prank but as he's now not seeing Audrey in a romantic sense, I can't understand why he didn't just pack his bags and go.  He's clearly decided to stay to make Gail's life hell - but just what is he up to?  Last night we saw him trouser a couple of Gail's bank statements "Kerching!" so is he intending to rob her blind? I can't imagine Gail's got much in the way of savings though. 

It's an intriguing storyline and one I'm loving right now, especially when the camera pans on Lewis' face after each time he winds up Gail. All he needs is a moustache to twirl and an evil laugh and he'd be perfect pantomime villain. Oh, he already is.

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New Zealand Corrie fan club - where no-one's a fan

There are many Coronation Street fan clubs around the world where people get together to discuss our favourite soap.  So when I heard about a Coronation Street fan club in New Zealand I was a bit surprised to hear that no-one's a fan.  

The Coro Club has been formed for people to meet while their partners are at home watching Coronation Street!

The Coro Club was formed by Jim Cross, Mick Glew and Bob Newcombe who said they were tired of the weekly routine of their partners watching Coronation Street because the programme seemed to run for ages and they preferred to spend their time engrossed in "deep and meaningful conversation".

Members have been meeting on Tuesday evenings in the Sprig and Fern in Milton St for the last four years. Jim said the Coro Club had a hard core of seven members but they could get anywhere between six and 20 people attending on a Tuesday night.

The Coro Club have their own table in one corner of the pub and members also use the occasion to exchange any surplus produce they may have, such as homegrown vegetables.  Find out more here.

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28. The worst trip I ever took

So many to choose from ...

Was it the time Nick and I went to visit his family and I got in trouble for not being able to read my MIL's mind?  He and all three of his siblings were going to have lunch together -- which didn't happen very often since they were scattered around the country at that point -- and they invited me to join them. Of course! I said.  We were still relatively newly married, and I was delighted to be included and eager to please.  My MIL asked me to go shopping with her instead.  I declined, because I had made a previous commitment that I wanted to honor. She pressed me and I stood firm, not wanting to disappoint my new siblings. (Ha! Little did I know ...)  Later that afternoon, the younger sister said to me, Why were you so stubborn with Mom? Didn't you get the hint that it was just supposed to be us at lunch?  Ummm... no, I didn't. Unbeknownst to me, my MIL had decided it should just be her four children, and I was not getting the message. If anyone had a particular agenda for me to follow, it would have been best to just come out and tell me. I'm amenable that way.

Or maybe it was the time Nick and I went to visit his family, and his mother dragged him to see their quack chiropractor for his sinus infection.  No antibiotics, thank you. Instead, the chiro put Nick through the wringer, so that he couldn't walk easily for 2 days. He also gave Nick some concoction -- which my MIL insisted he drink for cleansing purposes -- that left Nick with miserable bowels for the same 2 days that he was sore and stiff from the "manipulation." That was the last time we ever went to visit Nick's family, because he swore he'd never go back to Kansas.

Or maybe it was the visit to see his family during which I found out that my in-laws had, in fact, received the payout from his retirement account and had kept the money, rather than giving it to me or putting it in trust for his children.

Or maybe it was the trip during which my MIL forgot that my sons are, in fact, her grandsons.

So many possibilities that I don't think I can choose just one. Whichever trip was the worst I ever took, I can tell you this: It included my in-laws.

Marcus and Maria - gay controversy rages on

While Marcus and Maria are getting on with things, the controversy rages on about whether this scenario is realistic or not.

I read this today and I thought it was very well thought out and defended the situation quite appropriately. It reflects my feelings on the subject pretty much bang on. It's about rules and labels and how maybe your sexual preferences aren't the be all and end all of who you really are.

They also pose the question as to why it's more accepted if a straight character experiments with someone of their own sexual persuasion. If that's not questioned quite as closely, why should a gay character not fall for someone of the opposite sex? It might not happen all the time, but it *does* happen.

Even Charlie Condou, who plays Marcus, admits "Even I had a relationship with a woman in my mid-twenties, and I was too scared to talk to my gay friends about it at the time because of their reactions to it."

The writer of the piece says "The writers of Coronation Street itself are, if anything, posing questions about the elasticity of sexual orientation and identity, and what happens to Marcus and Maria’s relationship should be of greater focus, not the relationship itself." and I agree.

Ultimately, I think the relationship between Marcus and Maria will not work out. For one reason, Maria *always* falls for the wrong man and for another, as much as Marcus probably does love Maria, I think he's in it for the wrong reasons. Family is the draw here for Marcus, I'm sure and that might not be enough to go the distance in a relationship that he's not altogether comfortable in.

Time will tell.

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ITV Job Vacancy: Action props person for Coronation Street

This just in from ITV Jobs

As our Action Props Person for Coronation Street, you will familiarise yourself with scripts, preparing continuity notes to ensure future integrity of action props you will ensure all props within your domain are in place for production filming whether on location, on the lot or in the studio.  Assisting our Art Director on shooting days, you will be responsible for both compliance and aesthetic issues during production.
Our Action Props Person will have a strong knowledge of TV production and an understanding of character profiles when choosing props.  As you will be working closely with a variety of people within the production team and actors alike, you will have exceptional interpersonal skills and resilience.  With a creative flair, you will be confident to act up to the role of Art Director if required.  You will also have a high level of computer literacy and a relevant knowledge of Health and Safety and Food Hygiene. 

You must have previous experience of working in a drama studio environment and due to the very nature of this role, confidentiality and discretion are a must. Demanding filming hours, mean that a flexible approach is essential.
If you’re up for the challenge, in a role where no two days are ever the same, apply now!

Wonder if they'll need to be good at our Prop of the Week competition? Just wondering...
Fixed Term Contract – 12 Months
Closing Date – Monday, 3 December 2012

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WIN! Bottle of Corrie champagne for Christmas

The lovely people at Gone Digging have given the Coronation Street Blog some fantastic personalised Corrie prizes for fans to win in time for Christmas this year.  

This week one lucky Coronation Street fan can win this personalised bottle of Coronation Street Champagne!

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this great prize is to answer the two following questions correctly and email the right answers to me at with CHAMPAGNE in the subject line. One winner will be drawn at random from all correct entries received.

Deadline for entries is Sunday 2 December at 12 noon. UK entries only for this one, please. (Sorry, overseas fans). Over 18s only.

Please include on your entry the FULL PERSONALISED MESSAGE and NAME you'd like included on your prize.

Here are your questions, good luck!  Entries from MoneySavingsExpert, Loquax and all other competition entry websites will not be included in any of our competitions.

Q1: On the Gone Digging website, name one of the football teams named in their range of personalised football books.

Q2: On the Gone Digging website how much does the personalised Coronation Street Spoof Magazine called Corrie Gossip sell for?

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ITN coverage of Bill Tarmey's funeral

Coronation Street actor Bill Tarmey's funeral was held yesterday.  And ITN news have some very moving footage of Coronation Street's Samia Smith (Maria Connor) giving her tribute to Bill at the funeral.

Bill Tarmey's family have asked that donations are made in his memory to Brain Tumour Research

A fundraising page has also been set up at for people to donate to the charity.

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The Torah's Secret of Hadar and Mehitavel [Hat Tip "Doc"]

לא וְאֵלֶּה, הַמְּלָכִים, אֲשֶׁר מָלְכוּ, בְּאֶרֶץ אֱדוֹם--לִפְנֵי מְלָךְ-מֶלֶךְ, לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל. לב וַיִּמְלֹךְ בֶּאֱדוֹם, בֶּלַע בֶּן-בְּעוֹר; וְשֵׁם עִירוֹ, דִּנְהָבָה. לג וַיָּמָת, בָּלַע; וַיִּמְלֹךְ תַּחְתָּיו, יוֹבָב בֶּן-זֶרַח מִבָּצְרָה. לד וַיָּמָת, יוֹבָב; וַיִּמְלֹךְ תַּחְתָּיו, חֻשָׁם מֵאֶרֶץ הַתֵּימָנִי. לה וַיָּמָת, חֻשָׁם; וַיִּמְלֹךְ תַּחְתָּיו הֲדַד בֶּן-בְּדַד, הַמַּכֶּה אֶת-מִדְיָן בִּשְׂדֵה מוֹאָב, וְשֵׁם עִירוֹ, עֲוִית. לו וַיָּמָת, הֲדָד; וַיִּמְלֹךְ תַּחְתָּיו, שַׂמְלָה מִמַּשְׂרֵקָה. לז וַיָּמָת, שַׂמְלָה; וַיִּמְלֹךְ תַּחְתָּיו, שָׁאוּל מֵרְחֹבוֹת הַנָּהָר. לח וַיָּמָת, שָׁאוּל; וַיִּמְלֹךְ תַּחְתָּיו, בַּעַל חָנָן בֶּן-עַכְבּוֹר. לט וַיָּמָת, בַּעַל חָנָן בֶּן-עַכְבּוֹר, וַיִּמְלֹךְ תַּחְתָּיו הֲדַר, וְשֵׁם עִירוֹ פָּעוּ; וְשֵׁם אִשְׁתּוֹ מְהֵיטַבְאֵל בַּת-מַטְרֵד, בַּת מֵי זָהָב. מ וְאֵלֶּה שְׁמוֹת אַלּוּפֵי עֵשָׂו, לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתָם, לִמְקֹמֹתָם, בִּשְׁמֹתָם: אַלּוּף תִּמְנָע אַלּוּף עַלְוָה, אַלּוּף יְתֵת. מא אַלּוּף אָהֳלִיבָמָה אַלּוּף אֵלָה, אַלּוּף פִּינֹן. מב אַלּוּף קְנַז אַלּוּף תֵּימָן, אַלּוּף מִבְצָר. מג אַלּוּף מַגְדִּיאֵל, אַלּוּף עִירָם; אֵלֶּה אַלּוּפֵי אֱדוֹם, לְמֹשְׁבֹתָם בְּאֶרֶץ אֲחֻזָּתָם--הוּא עֵשָׂו, אֲבִי אֱדוֹם. {פ}

31 And these are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom, before there reigned any king over the children of Israel. 32 And Bela the son of Beor reigned in Edom; and the name of his city was Dinhabah. 33 And Bela died, and Jobab the son of Zerah of Bozrah reigned in his stead. 34 And Jobab died, and Husham of the land of the Temanites reigned in his stead. 35 And Husham died, and Hadad the son of Bedad, who smote Midian in the field of Moab, reigned in his stead; and the name of his city was Avith. 36 And Hadad died, and Samlah of Masrekah reigned in his stead. 37 And Samlah died, and Shaul of Rehoboth by the River reigned in his stead. 38 And Shaul died, and Baal-hanan the son of Achbor reigned in his stead. 39 And Baal-hanan the son of Achbor died, and Hadar reigned in his stead; and the name of the city was Pau; and his wife's name was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, the daughter of Me-zahab. 40 And these are the names of the chiefs that came of Esau, according to their families, after their places, by their names: the chief of Timna, the chief of Alvah, the chief of Jetheth; 41 the chief of Oholibamah, the chief of Elah, the chief of Pinon; 42 the chief of Kenaz, the chief of Teman, the chief of Mibzar; 43 the chief of Magdiel, the chief of Iram. These are the chiefs of Edom, according to their habitations in the land of their possession. This is Esau the father of the Edomites. {P}

These verses in the Torah are the root of all modern Kabbalistic thought, as they express in secretive terms the formation of creation, a process known as "Shvirat HaKelim" - The Breaking of the Vessels.

The 8th King, Hadar and his wife Mehitavel represent the level of repair, and thus didn't die. The Mekubalim all relate to us that the symbolism within "Hadar" the 8th King is to be compared to Moshiach and the Messianic Age. His wife carries the gematria that in some terms is the most significant in Kabalah: 97.

97 is the combined gematria of ס''ג and ב''ן which is 63 and 52, which represent male and feminine, thus 97 is their union, which the Arizal says would spawn a new "ס''ג" or 63. This would be akin to the progression into the Messianic Age, an age of Binah, or Understanding.

What I found to be interesting,, and posted several times is the notice that there have been 8 PM's of Israel since Rabin's assassination. The year of which he died, it seems the Zohar hints at being a year that geulah began on faint levels, a liberation from Erev Rav. He began the Erev Rav onslaught against Israel by really pushing forward "Land for Peace." Thus ever since it has been Erev Rav aggression against Holy Liberation in the background, that would culminate with Moshiach. In this case, Hadar and Mehitavel.

In this case, [in English] the verse would read: 

וְאֵלֶּה, הַמְּלָכִים, אֲשֶׁר מָלְכוּ, בְּאֶרֶץ אֱדוֹם--לִפְנֵי מְלָךְ-מֶלֶךְ, לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל
 "and these are the "kings" that ruled in the Land; [a proxy of] Edom [i.e. Erev Rav] Lifnim / Inside - Lecha / to you - malach - ruled / Livni / Yisrael

Notice, Livni makes the whole connection work in the counting, and that she is oddly returning now. Yisrael would be the last "king" that ushers in the Messianic Kingdom [while not being Moshiach himself].

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To resolve contradictions [with Bibi davka] let's now explore the chracter Hadar according to the Seforim.

  • The Hadar of the Pshat in the text is of the Klippah, i.e. my take on Bibi. This is because he is a King of Edom. This is strengthened by the allusions to money being worthless and hinting at an oil based economy.
  • In Kedusha it represents the Highest Chesed, that which fixes the world, i.e. the evil from the breakage.
  • Hadar represents the ו''ק the level of Zeir Anpin
  • Hadar is the concept of the 7th madreiga, Malchus leading into the 8th [Hadar] which is Keter on this level.
  • Hadar implies that Chesed will return, as the creation/breaking was from a strong din, i.e. a missing upper triad of Keter Chochmah and Binah.
  • We learn from this how creation exists; physicality is "Mazal" - Jewish as a garment of light.
  • As was mentioned, the "97" concept is the repair of Worlds.

These are the Kabbalistic allusions and main points to Hadar;  the Messianic allusions are equally important.

One interesting note amongst the commentaries, is one of the Rashbam.

"We are not exact according to "pshuto" [as opposed to pshat] in names [in reference to Hadar] so much."

Unfortunately, this is often learned in a poor way, leading to severe misnagdic thought, i.e. that names are not important.

First of all, he says lefi pshuto, rather than pshat. He isn't saying that names don't have simple meaning, he is saying it is not required to spend time learning peripheral Torah  from allusions in names, in a style of exegesis like Rashi, lefi pshuto.

The implications of this, are two-fold: that as I said, people think that names have no meaning - which is not what he said, and, that it can be implied that Kabbalistic thought should not be darshened out from names. Most of the Arizal's kabalah is in fact derived from the chochmah of names. [for example 208 = Isaac; 26 multiplied by 8, which kabbalistically has meaning]

What I believe he is really saying, is that we will not further ourselves in understanding of the text by over-exploring, or drawing from other sources that are brought in. In regards to the text and flow, a name is a name. However that does not mean that names are devoid of meaning or that kabalah can not be learned out from the Biblical characters, as the Arizal often does.

The problem that is seen here is a lack of learning skills to analyze the Rashbam clearly, which leads to bad philosophies in learning. To make this go full circle, that rationale is a direct tribute to the Erev Rav/Katan dynamic that hates the truth and seeks to destroy Am Yisrael.

The 8 Kings are an example of this, with the 8th King being a "different" type of Kli, yet still "Edomic." [in Klippah]

The true Hadar of Kedusha and the light of geulah will rid the world of the Erev Rav/Katan, and restore the truth of Torah. The Vilna Gaon says very clearly that Kabalah and Name Meanings usher in the geulah. He also goes on to glorify the kabalistic glory of Hadar, which can mean Glorified in one of its meanings.

As Hanukah is fast approaching, one of the main points of the winter chag is this concept of Hod V' Hadar, Majesty and Glory.

The mushel to explain it [Rav Hutner] is the following: see a beautiful reed in its setting....along comes a terrible storm of which the reed waxes and wanes; will the reed survive it - one must wonder!...some time later, the reed is still seen standing erect, undaunted. certainly it was beautiful [hod] - but now, I know all that went into his beauty - and he lives on, despite his life - Hadar! [we have re-visited his beauty, for he was then beautiful, and now all the more so, as if it has returned - "Hadar" to his innate beauty - "Hod"]
Such were the Jewish People against Greece.

Hod V' Hadar

May we see Hadar in all of his/its Hod, on Chanuka ...and all the more so in the light of Geulah.

חג שמח

27. Languages I don't speak

Yesterday's prompt was about languages we speak; today's asks what language I would speak if I could.

I would love to speak and read Arabic fluently.  My church has its historic roots in Antioch, in the part of present-day Turkey that is nestled down into Lebanon. While I know what the liturgical Arabic is saying, it would be nice to know exactly what it says. (Our services are about 80% English, 15% Arabic, 5% Greek.) My parish has many Palestinian and Lebanese and Syrian members. I would love to be able to converse easily with the older parishioners whose English is only limited. 

And I'd like to be able to go back in time and have a real discussion with the old farmer about the virtues of tomatoes.

Sneak preview of tonight's hour-long Corrie, Weds 28 Nov

Coronation Street, Wednesday 28th November 2012
Hour-Long Episode at 7.30pm

WILL TYRONE ACCEPT FIZ’S LIFELINE? Tyrone takes painkillers while Kirsty makes him swear not to see Fiz anymore. Alone a tearful Tyrone contemplates his bottle of pills until Ruby’s crying brings him out of his trance. Tommy’s surprised when Tyrone calls him and asks his help. Explaining that he’s reached the end of his tether, Tyrone begs Tommy to drive him to the coach station so that he and Ruby can flee before Kirsty returns from work. Tommy tries to dissuade Tyrone from leaving, but Tyrone insists it’s the only way he can keep Ruby. At the station Tommy bids Tyrone an emotional farewell. But when Fiz hears of Tyrone’s plan she insists Tommy drive her to the station as after visiting Citizens Advice she’s found a solution. As an oblivious Kirsty heads to the Rovers for an after work drink, Fiz and Tommy dash to the station. Stopping the coach they persuade Tyrone to get off as Fiz explains that the best way to keep Ruby is to marry Kirsty as he will get parental responsibility of Ruby, giving him a father’s rights. He can then fight Kirsty for custody. She warns him that absconding will get him into big trouble and hers is a better long-term solution. Will Tyrone agree to return home or is Kirsty about to arrive back at No.9 to discover Tyrone has done a runner with Ruby?
GAIL TAKES IN AN UNEXPECTED HOUSE GUEST. Tired of David’s constant talk of children, Kylie volunteers them to mind Hope and Joseph. David’s surprised, unaware of her ulterior motive. As David struggles to cope with Max, Joseph and Hope, Kylie suddenly announces she should be at work and leaves frazzled David to babysit alone. Meanwhile at the Bistro cunning Lewis stages a fall, pretending to injure his back on Gail’s recently mopped floor. Blaming herself for Lewis’ injury, Gail insists he should stay at No.8 while he recovers so she can look after him. Lewis accepts, delighted his plan is coming together. David’s furious that Gail’s invited Lewis to stay in Max’s room. Gail tells him it’s her house and she will decide what guests she has to stay. But what would she think if she knew what Lewis was up to!
OWEN TAKES REVENGE ON JASON. Owen’s furious to discover that Jason has resigned and taken on Stella’s bathroom repairs as his first solo project. When Jason then calls at the yard for his tools he can’t find them. Owen acts dumb but Jason accuses him of stealing them in revenge for poaching the Rovers job. Stella’s outraged to hear Owen’s confiscated Jason’s tools and warns Owen that if he doesn’t return them she’ll report him to Trading Standards for his extortionate quote. Will Owen concede defeat?
ELSEWHERE Dennis exercises his debit card in the Rovers by buying drinks for Beth, Kirsty and Tracy. Rita’s annoyed to find him getting tipsy and marches him off home.

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Coronation Street fan of the week - Stephanie in New Zealand

It's Wednesday and time to meet another Corrie fan of the week. 
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Who are you and where are you from?
Stephanie, I'm from New Zealand

How long have you been watching Corrie?

I've been watching for about 10 years. I started watching when I was 6 believe it or not and still watching it at 16 years old. I don't miss an episode!

Who are your favourite female and male characters and reasons why.
My favourite male character is definitely Liam Connor. It was so sad to see him go but I love him! He's gorgeous and such an amazing actor! I also like Steve McDonald, he always makes me laugh! My favourite female character would have to be Becky McDonald or Maria Connor, they are amazing actresses. They've both done big story lines too.

Favourite storylines over the years.

I liked the tram crash! Pity so many got injured and died but it was very exciting and intense! I like the storyline of David and Becky'ss sister getting together 

What would your fantasy Corrie storyline be?
Tracy leaving or actually being nice for a change.

Have you any snippets or news about meeting any of the Corrie cast, or trips to the set, etc., that you'd like to share?
I Skyped Eddie Windass! It was so nice of him to do that for me!

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