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<b>Monday 14 December:</b> Giggs wins, train promises and a hotel for drunks

Published on December 14th 2009.

GIGGS IS CROWNED BBC’S SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR. The Manchester United winger beat the likes of Formula One champion Jenson Button and world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis to win the accolade. The public chose their favourite from the shortlist of 10 by phone on the night, with Giggs receiving 29.4 per cent of the vote. The surprised footballer joked, “This is a shock as you can tell by the speech I've prepared”.

LEVENSHULME AIR CADETS ARE SPREADING THE MESSAGE OF SAFETY to rail passengers this Christmas. Cadets from the 1940 Squadron of the Air Training Corps are handing out crime reduction leaflets to passengers at Manchester Piccadilly. The work coincides with British Transport Police's Christmas Campaign, Operation Holly, with the BTP saying they are “delighted” the cadets agreed to help prevent thefts over the festive period.

TRAIN JOURNEY TIMES ARE TO BE REDUCED in a huge investment in the region’s railways. A £1bn Government-investment will see the North West transformed into an electrified network, with the route between Manchester and Liverpool being slashed from 45 to 30 minutes. Gordon Brown said it showed the north would not ‘lose out’ in the recession.

HOTEL FOR DRUNKS HAS OPENED as a way to warn revellers not to misbehave on nights out. Greater Manchester Police are handing out mock hotel brochures outlining the amenities at the ‘Drunken Disorderly Inn', and explains, “Get detained on Saturday and stay with us until you go to court Monday - an arresting offer you won't be allowed to refuse.”

This ‘N’ That wisdom: Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races after one another

Taken from the free calendar available at This 'n' That, Soap Street, Northern Quarter. Wisdom rating 5/10

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YahrtDecember 14th 2009.

Actually Giggs for sports 'personality'of the year is funny. Personality?

DescartesDecember 14th 2009.

Giggs was in Simple last night. There's something quietly pleasing about the irony in that.

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