BNPinsmear attack on two BBC panellists 16 Monday, 19 October 2009 London Lite Home away One weekend, twO places, yOur cHOice & Why: Once a major industrial centre and mill town, Manchester has established itself as an important cultural, university and commercial city. Where to stay: The Grade II-listed Palace Hotel (principal-hayley.com). The Seduce package for two includes breakfast, strawberries on arrival, a glass of champagne and a room upgrade. One night: 139. Two nights: 218. How to get there: Virgin Trains (virgintrains.co.uk) go from Euston to Manchester Piccadilly in two hours. Off-peak return: 66.10. Where to eat: Zouk (zoukteabar. co.uk) is a highly polished Indian restaurant. Starters from 1, Chicken Makhani, 7.95. What to do: Contemporary art lovers should head to Castlefield Gallery (castlefieldgallery.co.uk). And China Town is fantastic. More information: visitmanchester.com Cool Manchester Why: Amsterdam is the cultural and financial centre of the Netherlands. Where to stay: Hotel Pulitzer in the old city centre (pulitzer amsterdam.com) was named in Cond Nasts Travelers Gold List. Prices from 112 a night if staying for a long weekend. How to get there: British Airways (britishairways.com) flies out of London City Airport to Amsterdam. Weekend flights cost about 160 return and take one hour, 20 mins. Where to eat: Nam Kee (namkee. net) is one of the best Chinese restaurants in the city. Go for the Peking duck with pancakes and scallions (4.60). What to do: Explore by bicycle or take a boat trip along the canals. For the adventurous, head down to the red light district or visit one of the many coffee shops. More information: amsterdam.info Kelly ArmstroNg Arty Amsterdam Jokebox......... fAr-right PArty hits out At BlACK ANd AsiAN womeN Orphan hometo berazed THE BNP has attacked the two non-white panellists due to appear alongside its leader Nick Griffin on the BBCs Ques- tion Time on Thursday. The far-Right partys website contains an article describing Baroness Warsi, the Conservative shadow minister for community cohesion, as another prod- uct of Tory affirmative action because she entered Parliament as a life peer after failing to be elected as an MP. The article also describes Bonnie Greer, the American writer and cultural commentator, as a black history fabrica- tor, apparently because she once made a radio programme called In Search Of The Black Madonna. T he c on t ro - versy came as Welsh Secretary and long-time anti-apartheid campaigner Peter Hain warned the BBC that it could face legal action unless it scrapped Mr Griffins appear- ance on the show. Mr Hain has written to BBC director general Mark Thompson demanding he suspend the abhorrent inclusion of the BNP leader on the flagship political debate show. He argued that the BNP was at present an unlawful body after a court ordered it change its whites-only membership rules. The BBC says Mr Griffins inclusion is based on obligations resulting from the partys success in getting two MEPs elected to the European Parliament. The programme is due to be broadcast at 10.35pm on BBC1. A VICTORIAN orphanage where children were beaten and known by numbers rather than names will be demolished. The Maitland Road, Chalk Farm, site of Alexandra House will be developed into a care home and sheltered housing units. Camden councils Martin Davies said a foundation stone will become part of the new building in remembrance of what came before. The orphanage closed in 1949. TV panel: Nick Griffin BNP slur: American writer Bonnie Greer by georgina littlejohn index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html