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<b>Friday 13 November:</b> Psychic policeman knew he’d win, Tesco criticism again, Lowry sold by nature man

Published on November 13th 2009.

SACKED POLICEMAN WINS TRIBUNAL against Greater Manchester Police after claiming his advocacy for using psychics should be regarded as a faith. Alan Power, 62, from Birkenhead, claims he was forced out of his job with Greater Manchester police because of his spiritualist views. Judge Peter Clark dismissed an appeal from the police authority that Mr Power’s beliefs did not amount to a religious or philosophical viewpoint. Judge Clark said: “There is no suggestion he does not genuinely believe in the faith.”

LORD ATTENBOROUGH SELLS HIS ART COLLECTION, which included LS Lowry’s ‘Old Houses’ painting. The piece from the Salford painter was the top selling item at Sotherby’s auction house in London, fetching £881,250. Lord and Lady Attenborough, who sold 50 artworks at the auction, said they were “absolutely thrilled” at making £4.6m, which exceeded the £2m expectation.

HUNDREDS TURNED OUT TO WATCH THE CHRISTMAS lights switch-on in the pouring rain last night. X Factor winner, Alexandra Burke, performed the switch on in Albert Square alongside stars from stage and screen that was then followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

TESCO STORES ARE THREATENING THE LIVELIHOODS of independent shops in the city centre, a councillor has warned. The Express stores will open in the Northern Quarter and on Deansgate by Christmas and will be the fourth and fifth Tescos within half a mile of each other. Councillor Marc Ramsbottom said, “It's reducing the choice for people. There is a plethora of Tesco and Sainsbury's stores. They are strangling the independent shops.”

This ‘N’ That wisdom: Every big success is the result of an intense interest

Taken from the free calendar available at This 'n' That, Soap Street, Northern Quarter. Wisdom rating 7/10

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8 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

NoMoreInsideJobsNovember 13th 2009.

what is this about a free calendar from This n That ? I havent seen it.Morally it is better to buy your wine,tea and bread at the coop rather than tescos. Tescos are evil.

HarveyNovember 13th 2009.

That is pure politics from Ramsbottom...

lucky-chrisNovember 13th 2009.

Yeah but he's got the word "Councillor" before his name, which is a good sign you should disregard anything he ever says about anything.

JNovember 13th 2009.

I too would like to challenge Ramsbottom to name some other city centre convenience stores that can cater to city centre dwellers as good as Tesco can. Personally, I would prefer Tesco to open store like this is city centres than in small commuter towns and villages where they really can put small retailers out of business.Get off the political bandwagon Rambo

ChrisNovember 13th 2009.

While I'm no cheerleader for Tesco, perhaps Marc Ramsbottom could let me know where all these independent shops in the city centre that'll sell me some tea bags, a bottle of wine and a loaf at 11pm are? As a city centre resident I'd gladly support such fine localised endeavours, but it strikes me they don't, and never have existed?

Bonnie GrassNovember 13th 2009.

Call me a miser....er Becks, Stella? Can I just call you tasteless.

call me a miserNovember 13th 2009.

I went into the new Picadilly Spar last night and recoiled in horror at large bottles of Becks, Stella, etc retailing at £2.60ish a pop. Vexed, I went over to the new Co-Op, £2.40ish a pop. Better, but... they're £1.75 in Sainsburys. Call me a miser, but that's a difference of £1.95 on the three I bought... what's the rationale for paying such a hefty markup?

AnonymousNovember 13th 2009.

Olive underneath me will help with wine and teabags until 10pm and various Spas will help in Piccadilly (these are franchised so are independents.) but Chris how many convenience stoores do you want in the City Centre. I don't believe independent food shops can make it and indeed not can most secondary shopping with out help from the planners What Residents ( 10000 of them) want is a proper supermarket Leeds manages this. with paid car parking.Oh by the way Chris can I help with your time management you sound stressed out tea and toast and wine at 10 with nothing in the flat sound depressing :-)

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