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<b>Thursday 14 January</b> A bilingual dog, a new gig venue and Manchester fire crews in Haiti

Published on January 14th 2010.

A COLLIE DOG, THOUGHT TO BE DEAF, IS HAVING ENGLISH LESSONS as RSPCA staff realise he can only understand Polish. Staff at the RSPCA centre in Oldham have spent the past four months brushing up on their Polish, with Cent now bilingual and ready for a new home. Care assistant, Karen Heath, admitted the staff’s pronunciation was a bit shaky, and said, “Maybe he's having a chuckle because we’re pronouncing it a bit wrong.”

PETER HOOK IS TO OPEN A NEW LIVE VENUE in the old offices of Factory Records. FAC251: The Factory launches on 29 January, with Hook performing songs from his back catalogue. The building has been redesigned by Hacienda architect, Ben Kelly, and will now be a “gigging venue”. The former Joy Division bassist says he wants a venue where “music is the key” and new bands that are often “used and abused” will be given a chance to grow.

GREATER MANCHESTER FIREFIGHTERS ARE IN HAITI to help with the rescue of earthquake victims. Joining a number of emergency crews flying out to offer their support, Greater Manchester firefighter Peter Stevenson, who will work as operation commander when the volunteers arrive in Haiti, said they would work in two teams to search for survivors.

COUNCIL BOSS CALLS FOR SCHOOLS TO OPEN AT WEEKENDS to make up for the lessons lost due to the cold snap. Ex-headmaster Sir Richard Leese suggested primary and secondary schools could run Saturday and Sunday sessions. The mere suggestion has caused angry reactions from teachers.

The Rev Sydney Smith (1771-1845) wisdom week:Correspondences are like small clothes before the invention of suspenders; it is impossible to keep them up.

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ADJanuary 14th 2010.

Nice to see the teachers main concern is the pupil's education!

CraigJanuary 14th 2010.

The mere suggestion has caused angry reactions from teachers. Fine, dont pay them for the days that they have not worked. They get enough days off

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