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<b>Monday 15 December:</b> Akbar’s raided, Hoy wins, Virgin gets faster and what now?

Published on December 15th 2008.


Cross regional loser
“That’s 10,000 jobs gone,” said Council Leader Sir Richard Leese to Confidential Editor Jonathan Schofield on Friday. People may disagree, but may agree with the follow-up: “It’s back to piece-meal transport improvements.” The scale of the Transport Innovation Package defeat can’t be ignored, but commentators are now trying to work out what comes next. Nothing, a botch, or clear co-operation amongst all ten Greater Manchester boroughs? As one senior figure has said, “This is not the time to be smug about the No vote but to show leadership and initiative and come up with something constructive.”

Cross regional winner
Salford based Scot, Chris Hoy, who trains at Manchester’s Velodrome was crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year in Liverpool last night. Despite competition from Lewis Hamilton, the youngest ever Formula One champion, the triple Olympic Gold winner at this year’s Beijing Olympics came out top. For once a winner of this prize might actually have a personality.

Restaurant take-away
Immigration Authorities swooped on Akbar’s on Liverpool Road on Sunday. More than twenty people were led away from the popular and award-winning restaurant. Those detained were from various countries including Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. Some of the staff tried to escape out of the backdoor. Akbar’s in Leeds was raided simultaneously.

Rail gift from Virgin
In time for Christmas the Virgin service has improved. The last piece of work on the West Coast Line was completed over the weekend. Trains between Manchester and London should now take an hour and fifty five minutes, there will be three services an hour.

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

Bad@ss MadrasDecember 15th 2008.

The same thing happened with Shere Khan in Rusholme didn't it? (well that along with the allegations that they had rats!). Is it a coincidence that it's the big, more expensive Indian restaurants that employ illegal immigrants...or do they get so big because their overheads are so much lower and prices higher?

James DaviesDecember 15th 2008.

So how many other restaurants, for example, down the Curry Mile, employ illegal immigrants do we think. 10%, 90%. Not that I care. More the merrier when it comes to immigration I reckon.

GrahamDecember 15th 2008.

FREE THE AKBARS 21! (Please manchester, give em some sorta special permit to be here..... they do the best curry in manchester!)

A realistDecember 15th 2008.

Regards Virgin Rail, 10 years and £9 Billion and it knocks 15 min off the journey? At least more trains an hour will run I guess.

JinkiesDecember 15th 2008.

Hm, not sure about Virgin Trains. I'm on the Stockport line and signs (un)reliably point to severe delays and bus replacement services every Sunday until after Christmas due to 'ongoing works' to improve the west coast mainline.

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