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GOOD FEED…The opening weekend of GRUB, the new weekly food fair at U+I’s Mayfield will be run as a fundraiser for those affected by the Manchester Arena bombing. The fair, which begins on Friday 9 June and is free to attend, will provide a series of fundraising activities and a contribution from every drink sold. So there’s your justification for a good booze-up next weekend. The food fair will operate every Friday and Saturday from 12 noon to 10pm and every Sunday from 12 noon to 8pm, on Baring Street close to Piccadilly Station.

 


Lighthouse Bird Feeder Alfresia

AIRBNBEE… The housing supply shortage isn’t just confined to people… Why not help your garden critters and give them a VIP experience? Outdoor living specialist, Alfresia, has launched a selection of handmade luxury bird and insect ‘hotels’ in a range of shapes and sizes. So now you can treat your chaffinches and starlings to a seaside experience in a lighthouse feeder. Find just what you always needed here: www.alfresia.co.uk

 


Zaha Hadid Google Doodle THING

ARCHITECH… Google’s ever-changing Doodle this week took an architectural turn, honoring the 13th anniversary of Zaha Hadid’s win of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004, the first woman to ever scoop the accolade. Hadid passed away last year, and is remembered by Google as “shattering glass ceilings, and designing some”. There’s also an interactive exhibit of her work to explore on Google Earth… https://www.google.com/doodles/celebrating-zaha-hadid

 


WONDERWALL… If archaeological excavations and Roman brickwork float your boat, Cheshire West & Chester Council’s latest video is for you. CWAC lifts the veil on the work taking place underneath the wrapping at Chester’s historic Northgate steps. The video shows the extensive propping that has been needed to support the walls since the steps were removed, as well as Roman archaeology, medieval masonry and untouched early 19th stonework.

 


Jeremy Deller Installation

TOUGH LOVE… For those perplexed by the appearance of billboards across Liverpool, including Lime Street station, stating boldly that former manager of The Beatles “Brian Epstein died for you”, these are set to remain in place until 16 June, as part of the city’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller designed the posters, and accompanying moody black-and-white photos of Epstein, to remind viewers of the manager’s cultural impact, calling him “a martyr for pop music, dying for its cause so that it could live”.

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