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<b>Monday 21 December:</b> 5000 civil service jobs promised, ice trouble and porn patrol at the Fire Station

Published on December 21st 2009.

PLANS FOR WHITEHALL OF NORTH in Manchester have been agreed by council bosses. Planning chiefs at the Town Hall approved the scheme, which will bring 5,000 civil servants to a new government office complex near Piccadilly Station. Surrounded by a public park, the 20-acre former Mayfield railway station site will be transformed into a ‘super campus’, with some government departments likely to move from London.

FLIGHTS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED at Manchester Airport yesterday due to snow, leading to hundreds of people being stranded at the airport. Planes were grounded and incoming flights were prevented from landing due to ice and snow on Sunday afternoon. An airport spokeswoman said many passengers had to stay in the terminals because hotels were booked up, with extra staff being used to get the flights up-and-running as quickly as possible.

A COUPLE IS IN A DECOMPRESSION UNIT after diving into a quarry in Snowdonia. The couple, from Manchester, had dived into the lake at Dorothea Quarry in the Nantlle Valley, Gwynedd, leading to both being airlifted to hospital, and one showing signs of bends.

SACKED PORN EMAIL FIREMAN GETS HIS JOB BACK after being one of two men dismissed last month. After an appeal before new County Fire Officer Steve McGuirk, Mr Sapple has been given another chance but has been demoted two ranks from his watch manager position to firefighter. An appeal by the other sacked firefighter Christopher Moss was unsuccessful after both men were dismissed for forwarding pornographic material to colleagues at work.

This 'N' That wisdom: Every success is founded on numerous failures

Taken from the free calendar available at This 'n' That, Soap Street, Northern Quarter. Wisdom rating 4/10

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UnaPlannerDecember 21st 2009.

Hurray - 5,000 anorak wearing civil servants wandering around Piccadilly eating Greggs pasties at lunchtime - that will do the City's image a power of good!

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