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<b>Tuesday 8 December:</B> Whitehall goes public, Manchester gets busy and Turing time in 2012

Published on December 8th 2009.

MANCHESTER WHITEHALL PLANS are to go to public consultation, in a bid to relocate 24,000 civil servant posts outside London. Plans have been drawn up for a civil service campus at the abandoned Mayfield railway station, close to Piccadilly, with more than 5,000 civil servants being based on the Mayfield site by 2014. A feasibility study is now underway, and residents and businesses in the area will be consulted in January.

SUNDAY WAS ONE OF THE BUSIEST DAYS OF THE YEAR for shoppers flocking to Manchester. Thousands packed into the city to do a spot of shopping whilst visiting the ever-popular German markets, St Ann’s Square and the Arndale. The Trafford Centre reported a similar situation, where the director of operations Gordon McKinnon revealed the mall reported “significant growth” on last yea

NOT SO ECO MP CONFESSES TO LIGHTING UP HIS HOUSE “like the Blackpool Illuminations”. Andrew Gwynne, Labour member for Denton and Reddish, signed up to 10:10, a campaign aimed at reducing emissions by ten per cent during 2010. The father-of-three tweeted on Twitter: “Have just had a shocking thought! Have signed up to 10:10 but my house now resembles the Blackpool Illuminations.”

A FESTIVAL TO CELEBRATE A CENTURY SINCE ALAN TURING’S birth will be held in June 2012. The festival will include a performance of Breaking the Code, the play written about how the genius codebreaker unlocked secret Nazi transmissions during WWII. The plans were announced at a celebration of Turing's life in Manchester's Gay Village this weekend.

This ‘N’ That wisdom: Money does not change men, it merely unmasks them

Taken from the free calendar available at This 'n' That, Soap Street, Northern Quarter. Wisdom rating 6/10

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Anthony McCaulDecember 8th 2009.

Congrats to Pat Karney and the Council for organising the Turing event in Sackville Gardens. It was really well attended and there were some great contributions - including from Graham Stringer who led the calls for recognition for Turing back in the day.... where's he gone from confidential anyways... his column was always good to stir up debate! Amazing how Turning - a man so important to the war effort and development of maths and computers and all that could just be airbrushed from history for being gay. Lets have a permanent exhibition of his life and work in MOSI - surely there'll be space now with the £7 million refit mentioned elsewhere...!

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