Project Jennifer
Name games at Liverpool's Project Jennifer

THING OF THE WEEK

SHOCK NAME… The £150m Project Jennifer in Liverpool has been rumbling through the planning and construction process for well over a decade now, so one might consider it pretty lodged in our collective consciousness. Time for a brand change? Think again. When selecting a name for a link road running through the scheme, developer St Modwen has gone for… Avenue Jennifer. A surprising choice there.

Salford Central Timekeepers Square

ECf’s Timekeepers Square, Salford

ACTUAL SHOCK NAME… Timekeeper, Vimto, and Carpino. No, they aren’t the names of courses on the latest avant garde restaurant menu, but rather the phases of homes being delivered within English Cities Fund’s Salford Central regeneration area. In case you had forgotten, Archbishop Francesco Carpino laid the first stone for a building that used to be on Oldfield Road, and now isn’t, because ECf knocked it down.

FESTIVE ADVICE… In case you’re not in the know, drones are THE must-have gift of 2016. Having gleefully unwrapped this gadget on Christmas morning, should your first urge be to fly it into a flight path, Manchester Airport has distributed “A Drone Code”, with some stern words: “They may seem like a harmless, fun toy… But use your common sense and fly safely, you could be prosecuted if you don’t.” Bah, humbug.

Northgate market square, storyhouse on right

Storyhouse sits within Chester’s Northgate development

LAST MINUTE GIFT… For those who aren’t into the extreme sports of drone-flying or venturing into shopping centres in the festive run-up, Chester’s new cultural centre, Storyhouse, which is due to open in spring 2017, is now offering vouchers for their opening season of shows: storyhouse.com/post/now-on-sale/gift-vouchers

QUIZ… Online estate agent eMoov has created an end of year property quiz, perfect for distracting yourself when the festive feuds over the Christmas dinner get a bit much. Some straightforward residential questions in there, but some trickier ones also slipped into the mix. How many housing ministers since 2010? Turns out, “too many to count” isn’t a multiple choice option… emoov.co.uk/news/2016/12/21/property-quiz-of-the-year/

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