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<b>Monday 29 September:</b> Texts for truants, Shots at the Hog's Head and gender-neutral toilets

Published on September 29th 2008.

PARENTS will be sent a text if their child is absent from school. Manchester schools are trying to combat truants by contacting parents and asking them to text back the reason as to why their child is absent from school. One in 10 pupils were missing from the classroom at any one time in Manchester according to a recent national report.

SHOTS were fired at the Hog's Head in Didsbury on Saturday night following an argument. A 21-year-old man suffered cuts to his stomach while a 31-year-old was struck on the head at the pub on Wilmslow Road . Det Insp James Ellson, from West Didsbury CID, said: "There were a number of people in the pub when the incident happened and I am sure someone there will have known the people responsible."

MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY STUDENTS UNION have replaced the 'ladies' and 'gents' sign on their lavatories with 'toilets with urinals' and 'toilets' in order to include trans-gender students. The students union made the changes after receiving complaints from trans-gender students about the facilities which they now describe as gender-neutral.

THE PENALTY decision that resulted in Wigan's winning goal over Manchester City this weekend is causing still causing a stir. Speaking after the game, Blues’ boss mark Hughes told mcfc.co.uk: “We’ve looked at it again, even at the time it happened I did not think it was a valid claim because their lad dived theatrically and was patently looking for the decision.”

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

Lou WinedupSeptember 29th 2008.

Maybe the transgender people should use the disabled toilets. Haven't the male ones in effect been disabled after all?

paulipipsSeptember 29th 2008.

On the outside I appear to be a human male however I inside I know I am a male dog. I'm going to a gig at Man Univ soon and I hope they have got a special lampost for me to piddle against....if they aint I'm sueing em for discrimination - the damned fascist oppressors!

burt CodeineSeptember 29th 2008.

Didsbury Village now experiencing drive bys? Will anywhere remain untouched...although it's not a surprise it occurred in these dreadful chain bar additions :(

GarySeptember 29th 2008.

.....and the Students Union are even more stupid for listening to these people. If you can't decide what you are, don't force others to fit in with your weird life.

PervSeptember 29th 2008.

I'm with you Paul - whilst I *look* to be male on the outside, I know I'm female on the inside, thus I'm assuming allowed to use the female toilets? and changing rooms? and showers? and that any male person is allowed to use the 'toilets' as well as the 'toilets with urinals'?

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