SETTING PRESIDENTS…A giant sculpture of world leaders made up of electronic waste is on display at Stockport Exchange. The work of recommerce expert MusicMagpie and artist Joe Rush, Mount Recyclemore depicts Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The sculpture is meant to raise awareness regarding the rise of e-waste. Mount Recyclemore will be at the Stockport Exchange all summer long.

SKIP SHAPE…Has anyone noticed how warm it has been this week? Fights over fans and marinating in our own juices have been commonplace lately and in times like these, ingenuity is key. Innovate or melt into a puddle, as the saying probably goes. These lads from Bury Skip Hire had the right idea, turning one of their skips into an impromptu paddling pool. A great idea, provided you are up-to-date with your tetanus jab. 

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Credit: Eden Project North

GARDEN OF EDEN…Oversized birds and hanging baskets for humans form part of the hallucinatory plans for the £125m Eden North in Morecambe. The immersive visitor experience was passed over for funding at the budget, having asked for £70m to get the scheme off the ground. But ministers may yet hand over the requisite cash for the project, especially when they get a look at the latest images of the Bay Glade (above), one of four mussel-shaped biomes that make up the scheme. 

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NO NONSENSE…Birkenhead Market will be demolished as part of Wirral Growth Company’s plans to revamp the town. It is to be replaced with a smaller, more modern offer with a larger focus on artisan food and less emphasis on socks and underwear. Times change and towns must also adapt, and while the project will bring many positives, it will likely see an end to the kind of blunt, no-nonsense signage that can currently be seen pinned to several stalls, which is a shame.

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TAKING THE PLUNGE…In Liverpool, youngsters have caught the ire of some politicians for swimming in the docks to cool off, and dispersion orders to clamp down on the fun have been enforced with varying degrees of success. Cllr Nick Small, one of the main proponents of the orders, was then unceremoniously barred from a pub in the city because of his stance. The Little Taproom on Aigburth Road said the treatment of young citizens was unfair and that Cllr Small was no longer welcome on its premises. Good news has emerged more recently, though as Peel L&P announced an open water swimming facility would open at Princes Dock next month. That should satisfy everyone, then.

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Credit: Warner Bros Themed Entertainment, Thinkwell

CENTAURS, NIFFLERS, HIPPOGRIFFS, OH MY…Don your wizard cloak and have your wand at the ready, the Forbidden Forest from the Harry Potter books is coming to Cheshire. Setting up at Arley Hall and Gardens, the new woodland trail attraction will have guests encountering magical creatures, conjuring a Patronus and immersing themselves in the Potter world. Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience opens in October. Tickets start at £19 and go on sale on 29 July.

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