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<b>Monday 7 December:</b> Celebrate, rejoice, it's the best day of the year: Manchester Airport wins best loos in the world award

Published on December 7th 2009.

MEDIA CITY GETS £1M FROM THE GOVERNMENT to invest in games as part of a £2.5m coordinated project. The money will be used by a specialist centre in Dundee and Media City UK to create 30 new companies, assist 80 others, stimulate 400 new jobs and build the skills of a further 300 workers.

AIRPORT’S TOILETS SCOOP TOP AWARD by a ‘loo watchdog’ that rated them with five stars. Over 300 toilet attendants at Manchester Airport regularly tackle the 1,015 U-bends, 464 urinals and 1,021 sinks to keep them the some of the cleanest in the UK. After secret visits by toilet-checking judges, they scooped the best airport toilets at the annual Loo of the Year Awards Ceremony. Head of customer experience at the airport, Sarah Barrett, said the cleaners “are among the many unsung heroes of Manchester Airport.”

DOCTORS ARE NOT TRAINED TO SIGN PATIENTS OFF SICK resulting in large variations, a University of Manchester study has found. After studying 113 GPs, only one in 20 GPs surveyed followed government advice on sickness leave. The study showed that almost two-thirds of GPs had not received any training in sickness certification and the average amount of training for those who had was four hours.

POET LAUREATE TACKLES CONTEMPORARY THEMES in an ode to the festive season. Didsbury-living Carol Ann Duffy writes about a host of issues from global warming to the war in Afghanistan and MPs expenses in her interpretation of the traditional 12 Days of Christmas song.

This ‘N’ That wisdom:All the world loves the lover unless he's in a telephone box

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

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JeromeDecember 7th 2009.

What does that wisdom mean today? Have you lost the real wisdom?

AnonymousDecember 7th 2009.

I took it that he was some kind of 'surprise based lover'. Milk tray man = good. Rapist in phone box = bad.

YorkieDecember 7th 2009.

The wisdom should say "..loves A lover..." but as even lovers don't use phone boxes nowadays (unless they've had their mobile phone nicked and love the aroma of pee) it's a bit out-dated.Guess it's a bit like "A friend in need is a friend indeed... unless he wants a lift to the airport at dawn."Happy Humbugs.

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