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PUT A DONK ON IT… During the pandemic, humans realised that nature is actually quite good if you have the chance to expose yourself to it. A long walk can be restorative. A picnic by a lake is a fine way to spend an afternoon. One man in Denbighshire is aiming to capitalise on society’s new-found love for the great outdoors by setting up a donkey trekking company after a successful trial period this summer. Matthew Davies has lodged plans with the local council seeking permission to use 30 acres of farmland in Moel Famau Country Park as a place where people can come and take a stroll with donkeys. Documents lodged with the application extol the virtues of the venture and the animals that make it. “The covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to spend time outdoors enjoying nature. In addition, spending time with animals has proven to help combat mental health issues. Donkeys are a very placid and tame animal which will subsequently aid the whole experience for guests.” 

MY WAY ON THE HIGHWAY... As if opening a new restaurant in a new city was not stressful enough, steak outfit Gaucho is also having to deal with threats from the local council. The popular Argentinian eatery opened on Water Street last week, welcoming meat lovers from across the city. However, concerns about the positioning of two innocuous-looking planters have spoiled the party somewhat. Liverpool City Council’s highways team has posted a notice on Gaucho’s door demanding the planters be moved, or else. It seems the restaurant went down the ‘ask for forgiveness not permission route’. Rules are rules. 


GIVE AWAY… The battle of the Metro Mayors takes place tonight as Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and Mayor of Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram go head-to-head in a DJ battle at Mayfield Depot in Manchester. Tickets cost £10, which seems like a decent price to see two middle-aged men sweating over a set of decks, but if you can’t stretch to that there may be another option. Capital & Centric co-founder Tim Heatley has bought 250 tickets to give away for those who have no money and nothing better to do tonight. If Heatley does not manage to give away all of his tickets, it won’t matter. All the money will go towards the charity A Bed Every Night, which seeks to help tackle rough sleeping in Greater Manchester. 


RUNCORN PRIDE… Ramboll associate Rob Shoard won over the crowd with original song “Runcorn” at Morgan Sindall Construction’s annual Open Mic night at The Cavern Club in Liverpool. The ode to the industrial town had the entire club singing along by the end with its catchy lyrics (“Runcorn! Everybody loves Runcorn! It’s where the chemicals come from. Everybody loves chemicals!”). But the real highlight of the evening? The £1,800 that was raised for Alder Hey Hospital Children’s Charity.

Climat view Covino c PNW

Climat officially opens on Monday. Credit: PNW

ROOF VIEWS… A new wine-focused restaurant is opening Monday in Manchester. Climat comes from the team behind Chester’s Michelin-favourite eatery Covino. The restaurant is setting up shop on the roof of Bruntwood Works’ Blackfriars building and has some stunning views of the city. We had a sneak peek of the restaurant last night and were decidedly impressed. Located just a stone’s throw away from the Place offices, Climat just may become our go-to after-work spot.

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