Thursday, 23 March 2017

Chesney and Gemma - Yay or Nay?

With Sinead's future looking as if it has no place for Chesney in it, it's time to turn our thoughts to what Chesney might do next.

He could go to Portugal to visit his son Joseph and girlfriend Katy.  He could move out of the house he shares with Beth, Kirk and Craig.  He could... oh, let's face it, he's not going anywhere, is he? He's Chesney, he's dull and we like him that way.

But what he could do, and what I'm hoping will happen, is that the friendship he has with Gemma will blossom into something more.  She could be the making of him, and vice-versa too.

So - Gemma and Chesney, what do you say? Yay or Nay? I say a big cheesy Yay with extra chilli kebab sauce on top.

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Pat Phelan's house used for Coronation Street drug dealer

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog March 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Last night in Coronation Street we saw Adam Barlow sitting outside of the local drug dealer's house. It's a big house, a very big house, and I think we've seen it before.

If it is the same house, then Coronation Street have used the as Pat Phelan's home when he first appeared in the show with his wife back in October 2013.

It was also the house that Michelle's millionaire bi-sexual boyfriend Sonny Dhillon lived in.   Sonny was the one who had a fling with both Michelle and Sean and some of the action included outside shots of the house.  

I'll get me anorak.

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Corrie Canada sneak previews for March 27 - 31

Without further ado here is a brief sneak preview of what you'll see on  next week's Corrie in Canada.

Peter makes a surprising move to raise money. Chloe preys on Peter's sympathy. Ronan involves Tracy in Adam's "deal". Bethany wants Nathan to meet the family. He does, but has a condition to exact from her first. Later, Bethany gets into an uncomfortable situation. Leanne wants to let Steve see the baby. What will Nick think and do? Daniel gets good news but can't tell Sinead yet. Faye gets a painful birthday present. Michelle snoops and schemes. Maria's home and Gail has a Really Good Idea.

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

What's Daniel hiding about his mum, Denise Osbourne?

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog March 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Actor Rob Mallard, who plays Daniel Osbourne in Coronation Street, recently said in an interview "I'd love Denise Black to return to Corrie!"  You can read more on that here.

I'm also a fan of Denise Black and would love to see her back on the cobbles as Daniel's mum and Ken's ex-girlfriend.

But what is Daniel hiding about his mum, do you think?  We know that when Daniel first turned up in Corrie he said that his mum left him many years ago. But we don't know why.

And this week we saw Daniel give Sinead a gift of a blue stone necklace which had once belonged to his mum.

Are Corrie planting little clues about Daniel's mum with a view to her returning? Ooh, I do hope so.  And I hope we find out more about Daniel's past too. For this fan, he's one of the most intriguing and watchable characters that Corrie's had in a long time.

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Conversation Street podcast 242

Gemma and Michael's podcast for the  episodes that aired up to last night's Canadian Corrie can be heard here.

This week's podcast covers the most recent five episodes airing up to Last night in Canada. The aftermath of the reveal about Oliver's biological father is splattered all over the cobbles with a very, very angry Michelle intent on taking revenge. But wait, someone else has fallen pregnant as well, it's Sinead which is a shock to both her and Daniel. Bethany has taken advice and taken measures against getting pregnant. There's news and a rant from Gemma and a clip at the end of the Best Of Conversation Street as their entry into the British Podcast Awards.

Remember, you can also listen to Conversation Street on iTunes (leave a fab review if you do!)

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Vote for Conversation Street

Conversation Street, our favourite (and the only) podcast about Coronation Street is up for a British Podcast Award. There's a  Listener Choice award, too, that anyone can vote for. If you're a fan (and if not, why not!?) Vote for Conversation Street here until the 28th of April. You enter the podcast name in the search box then enter your name and email address. If you are in the UK and want a chance to win tickets to the ceremony, there's a box to tick.

Good luck, Michael and Gemma!

Conversation Street's weekly podcast is posted here on the Bluenose Corrie Blog the day after the episodes covered in the podcast appear in Canada so as not to spoil it for anyone. Currently that's on Wednesdays but when the UK episode schedule changes to add or remove an episode, that will change. We are two weeks and a couple of episodes behind the UK at the moment.

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

What if... Steve isn't the dad of Leanne's baby? (Speculation)

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog March 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Yesterday, we posted a blog after Coronation Street actor Jane Danson, who plays Leanne Battersby, was interviewed on ITV's Lorraine. Jane was talking about the future for Leanne now that baby Oliver's secret dad has been revealed.  You can read the blog post here.

Well, in one of the comments on that blog post, a Coronation Street fan said that they weren't convinced that Steve is actually the dad. 

Oh, now then!  That's got me thinking. 

Yes, we know that Steve slept with Leanne. Yes, we know that Leanne isn't best pleased about Toyah and Peter being a couple.  What we don't know for sure, or have any proof of, is whether Steve is actually the biological dad to baby Oliver. There hasn't been a DNA test done yet.

So, and here's the rub, my friends, do we think that Steve is actually the dad to Leanne's baby?

And if he isn't... could the baby be Peter's?!  I wonder...

I'm hoping our blogger Tvor and her magic memory of events in the show might be able to let us know if Leanne could have possibly spent time with Peter around, er, nine months ago?

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‘The Graffiti Club’, they called it

(This post was originally posted by Martin Leay on the Coronation Street Blog in March 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)

A couple of years ago, I wrote a Blog, “Too many nights in the ’açienda?” (still available here) in which I speculated about the Corrie characters that might once have frequented the Haçienda nightclub in Manchester city centre.

I didn’t realise, you see, that Weatherfield had a burgeoning club culture of its own in the early to mid ’80s. It took a recent trip down memory lane with Peter Barlow to bring me up to speed.

Peter Barlow said to Adam, when discussing the latter’s ‘right’ to Underworld: “Years ago, your Dad owned a club over the road. ‘The Graffiti Club’, they called it… it’s a medical centre now, so you’d best get yourself in there, demand they give you some of their drugs…”

My post in January 2015 argued that Peter Barlow probably would have visited the Haçienda. I based this assumption, which I still imagine to be true, on Peter’s age and his fondness for FAC 51 clothing, not to mention his general coolness. It seems Peter may also have hit the dancefloor of the Graffiti Club!

I’ve now discovered that exactly like the Haçienda, the Graffiti Club was opened on the site of a former warehouse. And Peter is right - Mike Baldwin and Alec Yardley bought the old building on Rosamund Street in early 1983. It was at the end of Coronation Street, opposite the Rovers, and the industrious pair planned to turn the derelict warehouse into a BANGIN’ nightclub and disco.

Being just six months old, my memory of what was happening in Coronation Street at that time is hazy. Surely, though… Baldwin - ever the entrepreneur - would’ve taken inspiration from what was going on over at Whitworth Street West. The Haçienda launched in 1982, so it seems reasonable to assume the Corrie scriptwriters were reacting to cultural events in Manchester.

The new Graffiti Club was also made physically possible by developments at Granada. In 1982, an almost full-size exterior street was built in the backlot on Quay Street. This allowed the producers to incorporate Rosamund Street into the set, and the additional building was the Graffiti Club.

Back in Weatherfield, with support from Len Fairclough and Alf Roberts, the council granted the appropriate ‘change of use’ planning permission and the club opened in September ’83. Its name came from a comment by Eddie Yeats; presumably a derogatory one.

I understand that Hilda Ogden worked in the cloakroom and Alec Yardley's nephew, Don Watkins, managed the place before disappearing with the money in January ’84. The Graffiti Club closed soon after.

It was revived in 1986, by Alec Gilroy, who I believe managed it as more of a Working Men's Club, on behalf of Newton & Ridley. There was a fire at the Rovers in June that year and the Graffiti became the place to be for a short while. Jack Duckworth even did a stint behind the bar… but the punters, and Jack, soon drifted back to the Rovers.

By December 1986, the Graffiti was losing money and the brewery sacked Alec Gilroy. The club shut for good and lay dormant until 1999, when the closure of the Granada Studio Tours enabled the Corrie set to expand and the abandoned Graffiti Club was turned into the Medical Centre and chippy.

So, for four short months in 1983-84, Weatherfield had its own bona fide nightclub. I wasn’t a conscious Corrie viewer at that stage of my life, so I’m going to need some help in picturing the scene.

Who made up the Graffiti Club’s clientele? Looking at the characters from that period, I’m guessing the triumvirate of Curly, Terry and Kev probably had a few nights out that started in the Rovers and ended up in the Graffiti.

What about Shirley Armitage, Sharon Gaskell, and Brian and Gail Tilsley? I can’t imagine Ken would have allowed Deirdre to go to a club owned by Mike Baldwin, though I bet the bright lights would have tempted her.

And what was the music policy? I’d love to know if they filmed many scenes inside the club and whether anyone can remember the sort of stuff they played?

Judging by this fantastic photo, it would seem Frankie Goes To Hollywood appeared there at some point in late 1983… perhaps the same weekend that they performed at the Haçienda.

The image above is taken from a leaflet advertising the Haçienda’s New Year's Eve party in 1983, and in all seriousness – Frankie Goes To Hollywood visited the Coronation Street set in 1984 and were pictured there by the Mancunian music photographer Kevin Cummins. Pretty cool!

With new sets being built at the Salford Quays site and even a new street, I wonder if there could ever be another club in Corrie, perhaps on this Kitchener Street that I’ve read about. ‘The Kitchen Club’, they’d call it…

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Monday, 20 March 2017

Corrie Canada weekly awards for March 13 - 17

Reality award: I do like it when we see a character like Liz who is normally made up, dressed up and hair done looking like most of us in the morning. A bit of makeup, yes, but hair in curlers and wearing comfy clothes.

BombMichelle Award: She lays a bombshell on Steve about another baby but her life ended up looking like the after effects of a very large bomb when she found out the truth.

Get your finger out award: David keeps going on about Max not being a Platt. He's been meaning to adopt that lad for years. What's he waiting for?

Hypocrite award: Ken Barlow who had a few punch ups over women himself over the years, usually with Mike Baldwin. He was standing on July ice when he was giving Daniel a hard time over the fight with Chesney. And the locked in punters for staying put while Michelle slags off Steve, insults Eva and drags her out by the hair when she stands her ground against Michelle. All for the want of a few free drinks, condoning increasingly bad behaviour.

Foot in Mouth award: Rita, gossiping about Steve fathering a baby with another woman, to Kevin. Ooops.

 Fashion award: Rosie might be in overalls, but she still accessorizes!

Red Flag, Raging Bull award: Michelle.

Sitting on the Fence award: Tim (see his line of the week below)

Musical Ambiance: Michelle playing Respect on the juke during the lockout.

Blast from the Past: Seeing Gail behind the cafe counter!

Method acting award: Ken Barlow. If it isn't "deer caught in the headlights", it's "utter confusion masked as disappointment", his other "go to" reaction/expression.

Lines of the week:
Eva "I'm going to prison. I don't want to look too glam" (you couldn't look not glam, babes!)
Yasmeen "You could start a fire with a spark that big"
Jenny "I thought we could take a few seconds to run a new project by you. I call it Blackmail" (Go, Jenny!)
Gail "Can't put this genii back in the bottle"
Michelle to Steve "I always knew you were an idiot, but you were my idiot"
Steve "We can survive this" Michelle "No. You killed us"
Gemma about a naked kebab "it seems a shame to have salad on your birthday."
Gail "I might not be able to stop my children getting into trouble but I can make sure they eat properly"
Mary "I was the only person strong enough to lift the carthorse's leg" (HA!)
Anna "Sally, I don't take pleasure in your family's problems. Just yours!"
Tim "I want a pint with me mate, and I want to support me mate's wife when he's being an idiot"
Sally on Rosie's Instagram content "I wish I could say I was more familiar with your face than your bosum"
Tracy to Steve "You normally keep the worst of your stupidity behind closed doors"
Daniel to Ken "We can't all go running away every time the going gets a bit tough" (ouch)

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Listen: Georgia Taylor reveals all about Coronation Street return

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog February 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Georgia Taylor is back with a bang on Coronation Street and she's been interviewed on the radio by Matthew Rolland.

In the interview, Georgia reveals all about returning to Corrie after 14 years ago. She talks about her friendships on the set and how close she is to Jane Danson, who plays her half-sister Leanne Battersby.

Georgia said she had been asked back at Corrie before, but it was just for a couple of episodes for Les and Cilla's wedding. However she was busy on other projects and had to turn the offer down at the time.

When she was told about her return storyline and Toyah's relationship with Peter Barlow, Georgia asked to meet Corrie producer Kate Oates to find out what the plans were for Toyah in the show. 

Georgia says she'd love to do scenes with Pat Phelan (Connor McIntyre) and Gemma Winter (Dolly Rose Campbell) and that she'd love to see her mum Janice (Vicky Entwistle) back on the soap too. She also talks about the fan reaction since Toyah's been back on the show.

It's well worth a full listen! You can hear the interview here. Georgia comes in at 27 minutes. 

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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Nuttall's Brewery mystery finally resolved

(This post was originally posted by Chewy on the Coronation Street Blog in March 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)

A few weeks ago, scaffold went up around Nuttall's Brewery, and we wondered what was going to be built in it's place.

Could it be Frescho's? Could it be a new shop?

Well, it seems that Friday night's episode gave us the answer at long last, and it's not quite as exciting as we all speculated.

It's actually just the brewery renovating itself, after all.

I hope its new look is different enough to notice on the outside of the building.

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Kym Marsh wins Best Soap Personality at TRIC Awards 2017

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog March 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Kym Marsh, who plays Michelle McDonald in Coronation Street, has been awarded a gong today at the TRIC Awards.

Kym scooped the Best Soap Personality award at the bash held in that London today.  Kym was at the awards do with Corrie cast mates including Rob Mallard (Daniel Osbourne), Tina O'Brien (Sarah Platt), Faye Brookes (Kate Connor) and Daniel Brocklebank (Billy 'the vicar' Mayhew).

The award for Best Soap went to EastEnders.

TRIC (the Television and Radio Industries Club) Awards are voted for not by a panel of judges or a committee, but by the many members of the Industry. 

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Sunday Comments March 19

Nick is most definitely feeling threatened by Leanne's decision not to put him on the birth certificate. It's been an ongoing state of mind for him during this pregnancy. David had a few choice words about being Max's dad though Max doesn't carry his name, all set up to give Leanne a few guilt trips. What's David waiting for, by the way? He's been saying he's going to adopt Max for years now. Anyway. It was all contrived to make Leanne change her mind about the birth certificate.

Michelle believes that Steve's grief is holding him back from seeing the new baby. Cue more guilt! Then she adds to it with a bombshell. She wants to get pregnant again! Shall we start calling her BombMichelle? Because by the end of the next two episodes, her life is going to resemble the after effects of a very big bomb. This wanting a baby thing is really doing Steve's head in at the moment and it's really far too soon to be even thinking about it even if he didn't have another secret child 50 yards away.

Gail's organized a welcome party for the baby. Today. The party superceded the appointment at the registry office for today. The timing felt a bit off. Steve booked a table for "early" and suggested 6:30 so they're at the Bistro about then, with the Platts all trooping in shortly afterwards. But Leanne and Nick were on their way to the registry office and were sideswiped by the party. Would the registry office even be open that late? Given that it would take some time to get there and get parked and inside, even if the office closed at 5, it would have had to be about 4 when they were heading out. It wouldn't take an hour and a half to fetch the baby buggy. Never mind...

Gail was in her element hosting the party and proud of what she thinks is her new grandchild. there are speeches while Leanne stands awkwardly seeing Michelle and Steve looking on. Michelle is holding up fine. Steve is the wobbly one. And when David unexpectedly put the baby in his arms, his face! His face just crumpled with love for that wee baby and he couldn't stop himself telling Michelle it was his son. Freeze Frame. Michelle saw the truth in Leanne's eyes and Leanne couldn't deny the truth either. Nick sees everything crashing down around him, just like he feared. The family is shocked. Gail's crack about people laughing at Nick bringing up someone else's child, though, at least got David's retort that he's doing the same thing as is Nick in a way, with Simon.

Michelle and Leanne had a dramatic and heart rending confrontation in the kitchen. I like that Leanne didn't say much and didn't defend herself much. She was wearing the responsibility but also tried to get Michelle not to give up on Steve. Michelle may never be able to forgive Steve, though, and in her situation, it's understandable. Leanne ended up with a bloody nose. Pretty powerful stuff. Outside, Nick looked triumphant. Steve might be the biological father but the baby is in Nick's arms. Steve is outnumbered by Nick and Robert both. Robert of course, is on Michelle's side because he loves her even if nobody else knows it yet besides Michelle.

But everyone else on the Street is soon going to know the secret too when Michelle came into the pub and blazed out the news. Their marriage is over and nobody watching is surprised. Michelle left the pub, Robert went looking for her, Nick went for a run. Right down the middle of the road.

I see Leanne has fallen back out with Eva again and Michelle is sinking into a major pity party. I know, I know, she's got reason but her rage and resulting behaviour is getting out of control, now. Typical Steve thinks he can get her to forgive him and thinks he can also be a dad to Oliver at the same time. yeah, like that's ever going to happen. At least, it hasn't a snowballs' chance if Nick continues to be in the picture but he's in a snit, too. Oh, I can understand that, in a way, because it's also just lit a bomb under the life he thought he was going to have as well. Nobody seems to be thinking about poor Leanne in the middle of all this, is anyone going to stand beside her in support?

Michelle's going for half of everything including the pub. That could be tricky since Liz owns half of it so Michelle decides to blackmail them by getting the Underworld van to block the main door so she can get in and lock Liz and Steve out. She ends up assaulting Eva and trashing the place to get her way but her lawyer did say it wasn't a cut and dried case that would give her a successful win. She might have her name over the door but there's no financial stake. I don't care if it's a soap, the law is the law. Now she's in Maria's flat. I didn't see her calling Maria to get permission though she did (probably) bully the key off Kirk.

Michelle tells all the punters why she's doing what she's doing. Seeing as she's got them all hostage, and not wanting to wave a red rag in front of a raging bull, they decide to take her side and order champagne for Rita's birthday, snacks, too. Outside, punters that can't get in are getting restless. Laughed at Tim who wants to support both sides, calling Steve an idiot but still thinking of him as a mate. He's right, though.

Eva starts to rebel and that causes Michelle to instantly insult Eva, Leanne and everything else. She treated Eva appallingly and it was totally uncalled for. And because Eva held her ground, Michelle tried to fire her and when that didn't work, she assaulted her, dragging her out the back door by her hair. Sympathy gone. But none of the punters are willing to walk out in the wake of the bully tactics either, are they? Robert thinks it's funny and Steve finally calls the police which only makes things worse. She smashed behind the bar and trashed one of the front windows, conveniently waiting until the police had left, of course. In the end, Steve shouted at her from the street, telling her she could have everything. She didn't look too happy about it, in the dark with another glass of wine in her hand.

Steve's going to have a job convincing Leanne to let him be part of Oliver's life but I reckon she'll let him eventually. He's got Tracy's on his side, though that's a dubious advantage if ever there was one! Leanne does tend to do the right thing. If things had been kept a secret she would have kept him away but since they're out, I'm sure she'll give in. Steve has to tell Amy as well. Now Leanne's going to have to tell Simon. With his recent rage issues, I hope that she's going to wear body armour. Steve has decided to get legal advice. I hope the lawyer advises him to get a dna test, just to have that exta added punch to his case.

Nick unloaded on David and his insecurities are raging. He does have a point. Kylie always wanted David to be Max's dad but it doesn't feel to Nick like Leanne is so certain, not if she's wavering on letting Steve have a say in his son's life. Let's face it. Nick doesn't like to share. He even gets uppity when Simon prefers Peter to him. Leanne apologized and assured Nick Oliver would be his and told Steve as well. It just goes from bad to worse for Steve but he's going to persist. He's going to see a solicitor.

He's putting his half of the pub up for sale. Liz isn't too happy about that. He's also trying to talk to Leanne but she's not having it. Surprised that Tracy actually took Steve's side. She insisted he should tell Amy about Oliver, too. Amy's been away on a school trip to the Eden Project so she wasn't there for the big reveal. Steve and Tracy decided to tell her this news together but she thought at first they were getting back together. She was relieved to find out they weren't but she was pissed at her father for making a stupid mistake. Very appropriate response, I thought.

Eva took Liam to see his mother though Aidan is worried it's going to be a bad scene all around. He's scared Maria is going to tell Eva the truth about the affair. Maria realized that she did need to see Liam and it did him the world of good, too. Liam now wants to live with Eva and Aidan because of the whole rat incident, and to be truthful, I would imagine that Craig does harbour some resentment towards the little guy. Maria agreed to Liam living with Aidan and Eva to make him happy but it sure doesn't make Aidan happy especially when he hears how angry Maria is at the mere mention of him. I predict another bombshell going off before too long. She'll be out of prison before you know it and when his affair with Maria comes out, and it will, the pooh that was so recently cleaned off the street will have hit the fan again.

Brian and Cathy are flirting up a storm, he with his tall tales and her laughing at ever bad joke. Must be a match made in heaven! Yasmeen and Rita can see it very clearly and Cathy admitted finally that she does like him.

Mary is showing photos of her grandchild! Liz seemed to be able to hear David talk about Gail being a granny from all the way across the road. It's all intended on adding to the melancholy and guilt and regret for Steve and Liz. Can you believe Mary was a blacksmith? I can just picture her in a leather apron sweating over a hot forge fire!!!

Sally got the wind taken out of her sails well and truly when she went on a rant about Rosie's charmed life and what a come down it is to be cleaning windows. Anna being the shrew she usually is, blabbed that Rosie smuggled drugs into the country, albeit by accident and by way of being a dumb bunny. Naturally, nobody is surprised when Rosie adds to Sally's humiliation by admitting she didn't have the charmed life she was pretending to have after all this time. She doesn't have a modelling career or a boyfriend or a home. She got the sack. She lost everything in London so how did she get to Miami? Was that Antoine, too? She did say he offered her a home in his flat.

Rosie seems to be having a personal crisis. At least she's honest and she feels like she let her mother down. Tim was kind to Sally who has had a hard reality check about her priorities.

Since Sally can't take it out on her child, she takes it out on a rude builder for catcalling the lovely Rosie on the street corner for the second time in that day. Rosie's used to that sort of reaction from random men and flirted right back the first time but it doesn't mean it's right. It's sexual harassment and Sally's right to complain. I did have to gripe at Anna for saying it didn't count if a woman was ogling a man. Yes, yes it does count and to Rosie's credit, she thought it was no different. But later, when it happened the second time, Rosie wasn't in the same flirty mood and Sally was then in her element, protecting her chick and getting on the campaign bandwagon.

Sally went to the foreman but his promise to "have a word" wasn't good enough, especially since he was dismissing and called her "sweetheart". I think she was right to escalate the issue. Sally's complaint has turned into a full out protest with a megaphone. She has to go it alone all day but Rita joined her valiantly. Go, Reet!

Sinead thinks she might finally have the peace, quiet and space to start making her soaps again to earn a little extra cash but Chesney thinks she's trying to get back together with him when she comes to get her things. No luck. The breakup seems to have caused a bit of tension between Fiz and Beth at work too, being on opposite sides of the breakup.

All this, of course, is making Chesney even angrier so he packs up her stuff and instead of dumping it on the Street like most people, sells it from the kebab shop, at Gemma's suggestion, leading to another punch up between Daniel and Chesney and this time Daniel leaves the poor wall alone and connects with Chesney's face instead. There have been a lot of punch ups on the Street so far this year, haven't there? As if all these serial killers and fiery disasters weren't enough of a hazard already!

I don't see why Ken should get on his high horse over a fight over a woman. He had a few of them over the years, usually with Mike Baldwin. Oh right. It *is* Ken we're talking about. And while we're on the subject, there he is, watching his son brawl in the middle of the street, with a typical Ken look of confusion on his face. Method acting? Daniel stood by his point, you have to stand up for yourself and what you believe in and got a bit of a dig in at his father for not sticking around when things got tough. Ouch! Anyway, he gave Sinead a necklace that belonged to his mother. It's very pretty. I don't know why she didn't take it with her when she left. But her talking about his mother and maybe meeting her one day seemed to bring out an odd reaction in him. Very odd.

Over in the cafe, we have more clues about Shona after Gail accuses her of stealing her purse (wallet, here in Canada). Gail held her ground until Roy came back and naturally, Shona didn't have Gail's wallet but was made to empty the bag on the table, and we even caught a glimpse of a tampon! That must be a first. I can't blame her for not accepting Gail's half hearted apology when she found it later back at home. It wasn't very sincere was it? There was one thing Shona slipped out of her bag before she dumped it, though. The photo of a baby that she didn't want anyone to see. Who's the baby?

Anyway, Gail swallowed her pride and went to the cafe and when she saw that Shona was so busy, she donned a pinny and got stuck in to help. There's a blast from the past, seeing her behind the cafe counter. She and Shona seem to be friends but Gails remark about solving problems under her own room seemed to affect Shona. I'm dead curious as to what's up with her.

At least Bethany's relationship with Nathan is out but Sarah's not really comfortable with it. And she doesn't know the half, does she? She was in the Bistro later with Mel and Gail managed to meet her cheerfully. Mel assured Bethany that Nathan likes her but warned her not to get pregnant, suggesting that she get an implant.

Rita takes umbrage because everyone forgot her birthday. There must be fewer and fewer people that even know when it is! Emily was probably the one that made sure everyone remembered. I wonder if she did this year? I wonder if she's coming back? I do hope so. Gemma decided to talk Rita a kebab for her birthday. Not quite sure it's something Rita would appreciate but she would appreciate the gesture.

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