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<b>Wednesday 15 April:</b> Fake courses, cheap venues and the Tony Wilson Scholarship

Published on April 15th 2009.


A PAKISTANI MAN ARRESTED on suspicion of terrorism entered the country through a bogus college located on Stockport Road, Manchester. Abdul Wahab Khan, 26, was one of 11 suspects remanded last Wednesday. He was registered as an English language student at The Manchester College of Professional Studies which sold hundreds of places on fake courses to those seeking entry into Britain. The college was closed last year by the Home Office which cited “irregularities”.

MANCHESTER IS THE CHEAPEST conference venue compared to London, Monte Carlo and Lisbon, according to a survey by corporate event organiser Oxford International. Manchester offered the best value at £972.01 per delegate and was cheapest for ground transport, accommodation, food and beverages and conference services. Although London was the cheapest city to fly to, it offered the worst value for money in all other aspects.

NEW FACILITIES costing £60,000 at Bromley Cross, Daisy Hill, Farnworth, Lostock, Atherton, Hag Fold and Hindley railway stations have been unveiled. The customer information screens, CCTVs and public address systems aimed at making travellers feel safer and better informed were paid for by the Transport Infrastructure Fund.

A TONY WILSON SCHOLARSHIP worth £12,000 will be launched by The School of Sound Recording - Spirit Studios - on 5 June to help youngsters taking courses like music production and video editing. The school and studio on Downing Street, Ardwick is to re-open after it was shut three years ago. Bands like The Smiths, The Fall and Happy Mondays were regulars at the studio.

This 'n' that wisdom*: Cherish all your happy moments, they make a fine cushion for old age

*Taken from the free calendar available at This 'n' That, Soap Street, Northern Quarter. Those curry meisters are so very very sagacious. How does this wisdom rate? Confidential rating: 8/10

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

AvoApril 15th 2009.

The Manchester College of Professional Studies was where me and John the Brief got our practice certificates from!

DrakeApril 15th 2009.

What confuses me is Yorkshire College which is on Hilton Street. Just don't study geography there...

Mower the merrierApril 15th 2009.

I went to the College of Lawn as well Johnthebrief

Turf bunnyApril 15th 2009.

I thought the College of Lawn had been closed down by the Flat Green Bowling committee over irregularities.

AnonymousApril 15th 2009.

There are stiil a few more of those so called colleges on Stockport Road, anyone checking them out. very stramge as they seem to pop up in any vacant shop!

johnthebriefApril 15th 2009.

Speak for yourself Avo, I went to the College of Law in York.

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