Monthly Archives: August 2016



Go Big or Go Home’ Competition with Elddis and Practical Caravan Magazine

You and your family could become our very own ‘Roving Reporters’, enjoying the all-new Avante 866 all 2017 Season long and writing about your adventures in Practical Caravan each month!


Sleeping a family of up to six, this new model boasts an enormous lounge, a colossal diner and a hulk of a kitchen. This is BIG news for caravan-loving families!


At the rear of the caravan Elddis has cleverly designed a definitive kids-zone, complete with large (of course!) bunk pods and cafe-style seating for gaming, movies and tea parties … and alongside this is a light, bright bathroom/dressing-room to cater for the whole family.

Competition Competition

All that’s missing is YOU!

Tell us about your family and why you should be our Elddis Avante 866 ‘Roving Reporters’ for Practical Caravan – and this all-new caravan could be yours to holiday in through 2017 Season!

How to Enter:

Go Big or Go Home! Tell us (in 150-200 words) why you would be the best Roving Reporters for Practical Caravan and Elddis.

And don’t forget to attach a fun family selfie to show us who you are!

Good Luck!


The Mickflieg Daily August 3rd 2016

There Have Been Protests Outside This Jobcentre Every Week For Two Years | VICE | United Kingdom

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McDonald’s staff raise funds for funeral of Bradley Moore – McDonald’s staff have raised more than £1,000 to help cover the cost of Bradley Moore’s funeral after he was attacked outside the restaurant. Father-of-four Bradley, 43, suffered serious injuries a…
Wayne Rooney appears on £50 note ahead of his testimonial – United captain Wayne Rooney has been depicted on a £50 note – by the same artist who painted a God-like Eric Cantona presiding over Class of ‘92 stars in a Renaissance-style setting. Acclaimed Manc…

‘Hercules’ anti-terror robocops to patrol British streets in wake of deadly terror attacks – Hundreds of heavily armed ‘robocops’ are being sent by police onto Britain’s streets in a bid to strengthen security in the wake of a spate of deadly terrorist attacks across Europe. 600 “Hercules”…

X-ray shows what Strangeways prisoner had hidden inside his body – This extraordinary image lays bare the lengths inmates will go to to smuggle phones behind bars. The X-ray revealing a mobile phone a Tameside gangster had inserted up his backside was taken at HMP…


Watch Emirates plane crash-land in Dubai with 275 people on board – An Emirates flight from India with 300 people on board has crash-landed at Dubai’s main airport, sending black smoke billowing into the air and halting all traffic at the Middle East’s busiest airp…

Dad nearly bleeds to death after stabbing himself while making curry – A dad-of-two accidentally stabbed himself in the groin making chicken curry – and almost bled to death. Chris Sharples severed his femoral artery – the main blood supply to the lower limb – in the …

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Stockport-born author is in the running to win the Man Booker Prize 2016 – The debut novel of a Stockport -born author has been long listed for the prestigious Booker Prize. Wyl Menmuir’s first book The Many is one of 13 in the running to claim one of literature’s most pr…

Mum’s desperate plea to help find toddler’s ‘irreplaceable’ teddy – A mother’s mission to find her daughter’s much-loved toy has got celebrities involved in the search. Charlotte Hernandez, 27, was on her way to Lanzarote with her partner and 16-month old daughter …

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Family pay tribute to man murdered in Ashton-under-Lyne

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Sheyna Mitchell – The family of a man who was murdered in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, have paid tribute to him, saying he was “harmless” and loved by all who knew him. Four boys, a 12-year-old and three t…

Police forces face two-year wait for extra firearms officers – Counter-terrorism teams could be waiting up to two years before the extra 1,500 firearms officers promised to combat an attack are operational, a police group has warned. Chairman of the Police Fed…

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Apply For Funding | Forever Manchester – Please contact our awards team on 0161 214 0940 or email to discuss deadline dates, eligibility and criteria and to receive guidelines and an application pack. We curre…

Supermarket signs up to Salford office development – Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s has signed up at the landmark Embankment office scheme in Salford. The 2,850 sq ft convenience store will open on the ground floor of 101 Embankment by the end of the …

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First Drive: 2016 Kia Niro First Edition – Kia’s first hybrid on UK sale is also part of the popular ‘crossover’ class of compact SUVs. That puts the Niro into two of Europe’s biggest growth areas. It has a lightweight aluminium bonnet, tai…

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Lily’s blog: Boy, 12, appears in court for murder!

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Lilian Michael – A 12-year-old boy charged with murder blew a kiss at his weeping mother as he appeared in court this morning. The child is one of four boys who have now been formally charged over the killing of Br…

Is Uber actually cheaper than other taxi firms in Manchester?

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National Water Quality Month - August


National Water Quality Month is an annual designation observed in August.


Make an effort to keep your water sources clean. Using non-toxic house products, not dumping things other than water down storm drains, and not flushing medication down the toilet or sink are just a few things you can do to keep the water in your area clean. Post on social media using #WaterQualityMonth to encourage others to do so as well.

August 2016 is Peach Month

Peach Month

Ronald Reagan, when President of the United States of America, proclaimed August “Peach Month” and called upon the people of the United States to incorporate this nutritious fruit into their diets, and call upon interested groups to celebrate this month with appropriate programs and activities. Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 11:05 a.m., June 16, 1982.

The peach (Prunus persica) is a species of Prunus native to China that bears an edible juicy fruit also called a peach.

It is a deciduous tree growing to 5–10 m tall, belonging to the subfamily Prunoideae of the family Rosaceae. It is classified with the almond in the subgenus Amygdalus within the genus Prunus, distinguished from the other subgenera by the corrugated seed shell.

The leaves are lanceolate, 7–15 cm long and 2–3 cm broad. The flowers are produced in early spring before the leaves; they are solitary or paired, 2.5–3 cm diameter, pink, with five petals. The fruit is a drupe, with a single large seed encased in hard wood (called the “stone” or “pit”), yellow or whitish flesh, a delicate aroma, and a skin that is either velvety (peaches) or smooth (nectarines) in different cultivars. The flesh is very delicate and easily bruised in some cultivars, but is fairly firm in some commercial cultivars, especially when green. The seed is red-brown, oval shaped and 1.5-2 cm long. Peaches, along with cherries, plums, and apricots, are stone fruits (drupes).


National Watermelon Day August 3


Watermelon is the perfect fruit to enjoy on August 3rd.  It is also National Watermelon Day. Enjoyed by many, it is a favorite at summertime events such as picnics and fairs.  Watermelon is 92% water, which is why it is so refreshing.

Watermelon is a vine-like flowering plant originally from southern Africa. Its fruit, which is also called watermelon, is a special kind referred to by botanists as a pepo, a berry which has a thick rind (exocarp) and fleshy center (mesocarp and endocarp). Pepos are derived from an inferior ovary and are characteristic of the Cucurbitaceae. The watermelon fruit, loosely considered a type of melon – although not in the genus Cucumis – has a smooth exterior rind (usually green with dark green stripes or yellow spots) and a juicy, sweet interior flesh (usually deep red to pink, but sometimes orange, yellow, or white).

The fruit was likely first cultivated for its ability to hold plentiful water in a desert landscape, especially since the wild melon was bitter or tasteless.  Seeds and art found in tombs of Pharaohs are substantial evidence of the watermelon’s value. Cultivation and breeding brought out the better qualities of sweet and tender fruit we enjoy today.

Watermelons can grow enormous, and you will find competitions across the country which award prizes each year for the largest one.  The Guinness Book of World Records states that the heaviest watermelon weighed 262 pounds. To learn more refreshing watermelon facts, check out


Enjoy a slice of Watermelon today and celebrate with the rest of the country! Post on social media using #NationalWatermellonDay.


National Grab Some Nuts Day August 3


There are many “nut” days throughout the year such as National Almond Day, National Pistachio Day, National Pecan Day but August 3rd embraces them. It’s National Grab Some Nuts Day!

These little bountiful nuggets contain wholesome nutrients, have a long shelf life and can be quite portable. They add a nice crunch to snacks and desserts as well as savory meals.  National Grab Some Nuts Day might seem a little squirrelly, but then again it’s the right time of year for it.  Go nuts and grab a few or a lot!


Do not forget to grab a handful of your favourite flavour of nuts today! Post on social media using #NationalGrabSomeNutsDay.

This Day in History August 3rd

This Day in History

  • 2011 Died: Bubba Smith, American professional football player and actor best known for his role as Moses Hightower in the Police Academy films.
  • 2010 Popular riots started in the city of Karachi, Pakistan following the assassination of Raza Haider, a member of the Parliament of Pakistan.
  • 2008 Died: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist, historian, teacher and dissident who was awarded the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • 2004 The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty reopened after being closed following the September 11 attacks. The statue itself reopened in 2009.
  • 1998 Died: Alfred Schnittke, Soviet and Russian composer considered one of the most influential composers of the mid-20th century.
  • 1995 The Airstan Ilyushin Il-76TD transport aircraft with Russian nationals on board was captured by the Taliban near Kandahar, Afghanistan.
  • 1992 Born: Karlie Kloss, American fashion model who was a Victoria’s Secret Angel. She is regarded as one of the top models of the 2010s.
  • 1979 Died: Bertil Gotthard Ohlin, Swedish economist and politician who was awarded the 1977 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.
  • 1979 Born: Evangeline Lilly, Canadian actress and author best known for her roles as Kate Austen on Lost and Tauriel in The Hobbit series.
  • 1966 Died: Lenny Bruce (stage name of Leonard Alfred Schneider), American stand-up comedian, satirist and social critic noted for his obscenity.
  • 1966 Born: Gizz Butt (born Graham Anthony Butt), British musician best known for playing the guitar during the live performances by The Prodigy.
  • 1958 The world’s first operational nuclear-powered submarine USS Nautilus became the first watercraft to reach the geographic North Pole.
  • 1946 Santa Claus Land (now Holiday World & Splashin’) opened in Santa Claus, Indiana. It was the world’s first themed amusement park.
  • 1942 Died: Richard Willstätter, German organic chemist who was awarded the 1915 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his study of plant pigments.
  • 1941 Born: Martha Stewart (née Kostyra), American businesswoman, author and TV personality, the founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.
  • 1929 Died: Emile Berliner, German-born American inventor primarily remembered for the development of the disc record gramophone.
  • 1926 Born: Tony Bennett, American singer of jazz, show tunes and traditional pop standards, painter and philanthropist. He has won 18 Grammy Awards.
  • 1923 Born: Jean Hagen, American actress best known for her role as Lina Lamont in the 1952 musical comedy Singing’ in the Rain.
  • 1904 Born: Clifford Donald Simak, renowned American science fiction and fantasy writer honored with three Hugo Awards and with one Nebula Award.
  • 1903 Macedonian rebels proclaimed the short-lived Kruševo Republic which is seen today as a prelude to the independence of modern Macedonia.
  • 1903 Born: Habib Bourguiba, Tunisian statesman and politician who served as the first President of the Republic of Tunisia from 1957 to 1987.
  • 1879 Died: Joseph Severn, English painter and a personal friend of the famous English poet John Keats. He is noted for his portraits.
  • 1877 Died: William B. Ogden, American businessman who was the first Mayor of Chicago and the first president of the Union Pacific Railroad.
  • 1872 Born: Haakon VII of Norway, King of Norway from 1905 to 1957. He was the first king of Norway after the dissolution of its union with Sweden.
  • 1811 Born: Elisha Otis, American industrialist and inventor who founded the Otis Elevator Company. He invented a safety device for elevators.
  • 1795 The Treaty of Greenville was signed, establishing a boundary between Native American territory and lands open to European settlers.
  • 1778 The opera house La Scala was inaugurated in Milan, Italy. The premiere performance was Antonio Salieri’s Europa riconosciuta.
  • 1721 Died: Grinling Gibbons, Dutch-British sculptor and wood carver known for his work in England, including Saint Paul’s Cathedral.
  • 1601 The Battle of Guruslău was fought during the Long War. The Habsburg Empire won and took Transylvania out from the Ottoman suzerainty.
  • 1492 The first voyage of Christopher Columbus began. He departed with three ships (the Santa María, the Pinta and the Niña) from Palos de la Frontera.

Holidays Calendar for August 3, 2016

Freedom Day in Equatorial Guinea

One of the public holidays of Equatorial Guinea falls on August 3. This is Freedom Day, that is also known as Armed Forces Day. It’s annually celebrated on the anniversary of military revolt in 1979.

Anniversary of the Killing of Pidjiguiti in Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau annually observes the public holiday of Anniversary of the Killing of Pidjiguiti on August 3. This memorial day commemorates the victims of the Pidjiguiti massacre in 1959.

Independence Day in Niger

Niger annually celebratesIndependence Day on August 3. This public holiday marks the day, when Niger gained independence from France in 1960.

Flag Day in Venezuela

Many countries around the world celebrate Flag Day on a date, that is specific for every nation. For instance, Venezuela observes this holiday on August 3.

Arbor Day in Niger

Niger is one of many countries facing environmental problems and soil erosion. Planting trees helps stop desertification, that is why Arbor Dayis celebrated in Niger. The trees planting events are annually organized on August 3.

National Watermelon Day

August 3 is National Watermelon Day. This is the perfect occasion to go on a picnic or throw a pool party and indulge yourself with sweet and tasty summer fruit.

The Mickflieg Daily August 2nd 2016

‘Thor’ from @MCMComicCon tells how he fought off drunken group – If you’re going to pick a fight you’d be wise not to mess with Thor – son of Odin, King of Asgard and guardian of the nine realms. But that’s exactly what a group of drunken men did when they appro…

Police called over second suspected attempted child abduction – A young boy has managed to escape after a man tried to drag him inside a van. Police are investigating the incident which happened in Reddish, Stockport, on Saturday afternoon. Three young children…

Meet Slimming World’s man of year and find out how he shed 8 stone – A church minister who was shamed into losing weight at a family wedding has been crowned slimmer of the year. Danny Crosby, 44, a Unitarian minister from Altrincham, weighed more than 20 stone and …

Travellers allowed to illegally camp on industrial estate for two weeks – A row over who should take action has allowed travellers to camp illegally for two weeks at a busy industrial estate, it is claimed. Companies at Agecroft Enterprise Park are furious with Salford c…

Family pay tribute to man murdered in Ashton-under-Lyne

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Man with knife arrested after police drama in Moss Side – A man armed with a knife was arrested following a dramatic incident on a residential street in Moss Side. The man, who was discovered with a number of injuries, was found brandishing a knife when o…

The Old Grapes is to close – you’ve given us your memories – Yesterday we brought you news of another pub set to close in Manchester city centre – The Old Grapes on Little Quay Street . Nestled just off Quay Street, not far from the old Granada Studios. The …

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The danger of political Islam in Britain – Britain has historically discriminated against being ruled by someone deemed to be of a dangerous or religiously radical conviction. In 1701, the Act of Settlement was passed specifically to prohib…

Thieves steal thousands of pounds worth of gardening equipment from park – Thieves stole gardening equipment worth thousands of pounds – including chainsaws – from an Oldham park. Council chiefs are appealing for information about the break-in at Alexandra Park after a co…

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Family of man killed by careless driver on M6 say they forgive him – A family has forgiven a careless driver who killed a grandfather but escaped a prison sentence. Clark Greenwood, 62, from Ashton-under-Lyne , was seriously injured when a Ford Focus in which he was…

Senior nurse suspended after allegedly grabbing woman’s wrist and dragging her to dying father’s bedside – A senior nurse who allegedly grabbed the wrist of a woman and dragged her to the bedside of her dying father has been suspended. The Nursing and Midwifery Council found Elizabeth Milne guilty of mi…

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This Day in History August 2nd

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mickflieg – This Day in History 2005 Air France Flight 358 en route from Paris, France, to Toronto, Canada, crashed at Pearson Airport in Toronto. All passengers and the crew survived. 1998 Beginning of the Se…

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Protesters from Stockport NHS Watch make their point outside Stepping Hill Hospital – Campaigners were outside Stepping Hill to protest against the huge cuts being made and raise concerns about the affect on the borough’s health. Stockport NHS Watch are angry at news of 350 jobs bei…

This is why the cost of filling up your car could be about to drop

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These huge pipes should save parts of Salford from flooding – Thirty-six of these huge four-tonne concrete sections will soon protect hundreds of homes from flooding is being carried out in Worsley village. The Environment Agency are strengthening Worsley Bro…

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This Day in History August 2nd

This Day in History

  • 2005 Air France Flight 358 en route from Paris, France, to Toronto, Canada, crashed at Pearson Airport in Toronto. All passengers and the crew survived.
  • 1998 Beginning of the Second Congo War (sometimes referred to as the African World War or the Great African War). The war ended in July 2003, when the Transitional Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo took power.
  • 1990 Iraq launched the invasion to Kuwait by bombing is capital, Kuwait City, thus beginning the Gulf War. The war ended in February 1991.
  • 1985 Delta Air Lines Flight 191 en route from Florida to Los Angeles, USA, crashed at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. 136 of 152 passengers and 11 members of crew died.
  • 1980 The Central Station at Bologna, Italy, was attacked by a terrorist. The terrorist detonated a bomb, killing 85 people and wounding more than 200.
  • 1978 Died: Antony Noghès, French businessman, best known as a founder of the Monaco Grand Prix, one of the most important and prestigious automobile races in the world.
  • 1977 Born: Edward Furlong, American actor and singer, who rose to prominence after performance in Terminator 2: Judgment day (as John Connor). He also starred in American Heart, A Home of Our Own, American History X.
  • 1976 Died: Fritz Lang, Austrian-American director, producer, and screenwriter, most famous for films that include the groundbreaking Metropolis and M, that he had made before he moved to the United States.
  • 1973 Died: Jean-Pierre Melville, French actor, director, producer, and screenwriter, a prominent person of the French Resistance during World War II. Produced in 2008 documentary Code Name Melville reveals the importance of Jean-Pierre Melville’s personal experience in the French Resistance.
  • 1951 Born: Joe Lynn Turner, American singer-songwriter and guitarist, known for works with numerous hard rock bands, Rainbow, Fandango, Deep Purple, Mother’s Army, Hughes Turner Project. Currently he is the vocalist for Rated X group.
  • 1947 A British South American Airways Avro Lancastrian airliner crashed into a mountain during a flight from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Santiago, Chile. The wreckage would not be found for over 50 years.
  • 1941 Born: Jules A. Hoffmann, Luxembourg-born French biologist and academic. In 2010 he shared Nobel Prize with American immunologist and geneticist Bruce Beutler for their discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity.
  • 1939 Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd wrote a letter to President of the USA Franklin D. Roosevelt, urging him to begin the Manhattan Project to develop a nuclear weapon.
  • 1934 Died: Paul von Hindenburg, German field marshal and politician, the 2nd President of Germany. After his death presidency in Germany was abolished and Adolf Hitler became Führer of the state.
  • 1932 Born: Lamar Hunt, American sportsman and businessman. He promoted soccer, basketball, tennis, ice hockey and American football in the USA and became the principal founder of the American Football League and World Championship Tennis.
  • 1932 Born: Peter O’Toole, British-Irish actor of stage and film. He rose to fame playing T. E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia (the role brought him an Academy Award nomination). He is also known for roles in films Goodbye, Mr. Chips, The Lion in Winter, Becket, The Stunt Man, My Favorite Year.
  • 1923 Died: Warren G. Harding, American journalist and politician, 29th President of the United States, who served in office from March, 1921 till his death. His presidency featured many scandals, earning him bottom-tier ranking from historians.
  • 1923 Born: Shimon Peres, Polish-born Israeli politician, the 9th President of Israel, serving in office from 2007 till retirement in 2014. His political work was awarded with Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 for the peace talks that he participated in as Israeli Foreign Minister, producing the Oslo Accords.
  • 1922 Died: Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish-Canadian engineer, inventor and innovator. His best known invention is telephone, that he patented in 1876.
  • 1922 A powerful and disastrous typhoon hit Shantou, Republic of China. More than 50,000 people were killed, making it one of the deadliest known typhoons in history.
  • 1921 Died: Enrico Caruso, Italian tenor. He sang to great acclaim in major opera houses of Europe and the USA. From 1902 to 1920 he made 290 commercially released recordings, that are still available today as digital downloads.
  • 1905 Born: Myrna Loy, American actress and singer. She rose to fame after playing the role of Nora Charles in The Thin Man (1934). Although she’s never been nominated for a competitive Academy Award, she received an Honorary Academy Award in recognition of her extraordinary qualities in screen and off.
  • 1892 Born: Jack Warner, Canadian-born American production manager and producer, one of the co-founders of Warner Bros. in 1903. After foundation of company he became its president and driving force.
  • 1870 The world’s first underground tube railway, Tower Subway, opened in London. The tunnel was closed in 1898 and todays it’s used for water mains.
  • 1834 Born: Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, French sculptor, best known for designing the Statue of Liberty, that is situated in New York.
  • 1820 Born: John Tyndall, Irish-English physicist and mountaineer, who is widely known for his study of diamagnetism. He also made discoveries concerning realms of infrared radiation and properties of air.
  • 1810 Died: Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier, French inventor. Together with his brother Joseph-Michel he invented hot air balloon. They also succeeded in launching the first manned ascent, carrying Étienne into the sky.
  • 1788 Died: Thomas Gainsborough, English landscape and portrait painter, noted for his technique and speed, that he applied paint. His most famous works are Portrait of Mrs. Graham, Mary and Margaret: The Painter’s Daughters, The Morning Walk, and Cottage Girl with Dog and Pitcher.
  • 1644 Died: Bernardo Strozzi, Italian painter of Baroque era. He is known for many paintings, that were influenced by Franciscan teachings. His best known works are Saint Christopher, The Piper, Saint Lawrence distributing Alms.
  • 1610 Henry Hudson sailed present-day Hudson Bay, thinking he had made it through the Northwest Passage and reached the Pacific Ocean.
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