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<b>Wednesday 14 October</b>: Blanche goes, FBI arrives, postal workers go on strike

Published on October 14th 2009.

CORONATION STREET’S BLANCHE IS TO BE WRITTEN OUT after serious illness. Despite her condition improving after major surgery, Maggie Jones, who plays Blanche, has been written out of any scenes for a while. Fellow actor Bill Tarmey, who plays Jack Duckworth, said, “My beautiful Maggie…she is a delight, she is wonderful and I am just hoping she will be OK.”

A MOST WANTED FBI-STYLE WEBSITE has been set up by police to catch suspects on the run. The list includes convicted robbers, burglars and thieves and suspects wanted for questioning. One is wanted in connection with a rape. Greater Manchester Police have published the name and photographs on the groundbreaking website to appeal for information from the public.

MANCHESTER’S POSTAL WORKERS could go on strike as early as next Thursday if last-ditch negotiations fail. The Communication Workers Union told the Royal Mail it is ready to issue a national strike notice unless the company agreed to their deal. Union bosses have said they have “no option” but to go on strike next week if a deal is not made, with three to one postal workers voting in favour of action over pay and working conditions.

KNITTERS OF THE CITY – SCIENTISTS NEED YOUto knit wool versions of tuberculosis and cholera as part of the Manchester Science Festival. Volunteers are needed to encourage visitors to knit their own with the craft versions showing how micro-organisms behave. The Science Festival runs from 24 October to 1 November with events across Greater Manchester.

This ’N’ That wisdom: A year from now you may wish you’d started today

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

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

You can't censor the truth.October 14th 2009.

That's "s w a n k y" you tosser.

AnonymousOctober 14th 2009.

Majestic and Royal Mail.???.... since you have to order a case it must be Parcel Force. However I have to go down to City Link tomorrow and rescue my telephone if it is still there. I refuse to go to DHL who are 20miles away ever.Incidentally the private guys know there is no alternative for the last mile for letters and small packages. Amazon tried it on the cheap... if you were not in, the book went back and you got you money back! To many went back!!!

Reasonable RonnieOctober 14th 2009.

Let's make this clear, the rant system is to debate the topics in the stories above the comment areas I reckon. Whilst the ideas put forward by ranters can be dissected, personal comment about other ranters should be avoided. All agreed? Right, where were we?

lucky-chrisOctober 14th 2009.

what's everyone's problem with Cas???

casOctober 14th 2009.

I didn't think anyone would be that interested in the ins and outs of the phone. However it is a CN Telecom wireless adaptor and cost 97 quid if I remember correct. It was purchased from a company called Lucern whose website trades as 'Telephone Headsets'. I'm not sure if its recorded or registered etc but am aware it needs a signature. We are a business and our postman usually brings us our small parcels. I was chatting to the guy at Majestic, didn't get his name, but he said they don't use any Royal Mail anymore. I didn't enquire if this meant for 1 bottle deliveries or 22 as ours was or whether that had been policy since dot. Royal Mail refused to come back, I'm not sure if this is inline with policy, they wanted us to go to depot. Anything else?

The Rovers ReturnOctober 14th 2009.

Get well Maggie, pure comedy!

AnonymousOctober 14th 2009.

Cas: your story doesn't add up.Firstly, Majestic have never used royal mail for delivery. They have always used their own vans from the nearest branch.Secondly, it would have to be a pretty cheap phone to be sent recorded, its not a tracked service and is no more secure than normal post. Your normal postman would not be carrying a parcel the size of a phone round with him, it would be sent out in a van.Oh and Royal mail always redeliver for free so why they would try and charge you for redelivery is beyond me.

CasOctober 14th 2009.

Thanks for the support not that I should need it! East Lancs, is that support? Are you me? Is that my leg?

ChickOctober 14th 2009.

Dunno lucky-chris. Cas, along with M30, avo, emma grace scotee, and several others, post some good stuff on here and set the ball rolling for honest and open debates and comment. Isn't that what this site is all about?

east lancsOctober 14th 2009.

I reckon they're all Cas' alter egos. Me included.

CasOctober 14th 2009.

Update on my missing telephone: They now say it has been delivered, which it hasn't. They say someone signed for it but do not know who until tomorrow. The plot thickens.

ScullyOctober 14th 2009.

It's an FBI secret

lucky-chrisOctober 14th 2009.

(must not click "refresh".....)

scoteeeOctober 14th 2009.

Who delivers the postman's christmas mail if he is on strike then?Sorry kids your Dads on strike so you wont be getting any cards from the family until he can be arsed to go to work again!

Roy CropperOctober 14th 2009.

I'm gonna kill Blanche. Next time she's in Roys Rolls. I'm gonna put yes juice in her tea, scuttle her while Hayley's at Frescos and dump her body on the Red Wreck.

EOctober 14th 2009.

No link to the 'groundbreaking website'?

CasOctober 14th 2009.

It arrived by the way. Different postman today, just said it had been marked as urgent and we didn't need to sign.

lucky-chrisOctober 14th 2009.

what's everyone's problem with Cas???

The Truth IsOctober 14th 2009.

that ManCon have this bit of software that trawls all the comments and then uses a s****y algorythym to post seemingly human-authored comments in order to keep this place lively. They call it "Cas".

ktfairyOctober 14th 2009.

They should put bounties on their heads as they do in the states. On another matter - I guess a strike by the posties will mean the Marble will either be v full or v empty!

CasOctober 14th 2009.

ManCon, isn't it about time you stopped anon commenting and made people have fixed 'screen names'. I make a perfectly relevant comment, am then bizarrely accused of having made the whole thing up so obviously stick up for myself. I made a grand total of FOUR comments yesterday - two fending off this obsessed oik who follows me about. The person above almost certainly posts more than me, I just use my 'screen name'.

JinkiesOctober 14th 2009.

Catching criminals isn't for just anyone you know, be careful kids!

CasOctober 14th 2009.

I ordered a specialist telephone for a member of staff on Friday and was told it would arrive Monday recorded post. When it didn't we called the company we ordered off who told us the Royal Mail had said they tried to deliver at 11.30am on Monday and no-one was in - it's an office with over 20 people! We then spoke to the depot who refused to deliver again, they also seriously said everyone must have been on a break at our office. Anyway after much complaining they agreed to deliver today. The postman comes this morning with no package, saying he'll bring it this afternoon as he forgot. The company we ordered off have had enough of Royal Mail and are looking for an alternative. Today I ordered some wines from Majestic and they telephoned me ten minutes after ordering asking if they could deliver tomorrow, they deliver themselves now from local shops as it's quicker. The Royal Mail staff only have themselves to blame when the sweeping job cuts come.

Postman patOctober 14th 2009.

I for one can't wait to hear from the 3 to 1 postal workers that will be out on their ear in a couple of years, bleeting on how hard done by they are when large customers switch who they use and Royal Mail have to make serious cutbacks. Do they think they are alone in these troubled times ?

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