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Ligger of the Month?

Published on August 18th 2005.

Now we get a few desperate sob stories in vain attempts to win some of our competitions, but this latest bid to win a £100 restaurant tab has taken the biscuit.

When Gordo sent out his recent Panama Hatty’s competition, the response was at its usual Manchester Confidential high level, with a good number of people coming back with the correct answer, and a few coming back with some bizarre alternatives.

But one - Rachel Kelly’s attempt to win the prize for her sister who appears to have had a particularly unlucky time ahead of her 30th birthday - struck a cord and although we obviously can’t give her the winning prize, its forced Gordo into considering an alternative for her.

Rachel, red eyed and hanky in hand, spotted the opportunity to cheer her sister up after a stressful couple of days by entering the competition, not with the correct answer, but with details of her sister’s unfortunate trip home. Here’s how her sister’s trip back from Australia panned out.....

Sister Linda was on her way to the airport when her bus broke down, causing her to miss her original flight back to London. After 40 hours, she managed to get a ticket for a flight to Dubai. But when she checked in for said flight, it was discovered that her Visa had run out. After an hour of negotiating a top up fee, she was allowed to board and took off like a happy Sheila.

Problem solved, or so you’d think. A short while into the flight, smoke was detected on board and the plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Saudi Arabia. A few more hours later and Linda was allowed to fly back to the UK and got home this morning at 7am, 4 and a half days late, with her 30th birthday on Saturday. The main problem being that after hanging around airport bars and nothing else for the last few days, Linda has 1) spent her entire birthday 'going out' fund and 2) successfully managed to get herself completely smashed for a few days at least, meaning a nice hangover come Saturday.

So, Rachel becomes our first ligger of the month, and she'll be getting a small tab at Le Figaro, but can you beat it? Email us with your sob stories in last ditch attempts to win prizes and not only will we publish the best, Gordo’s such a softie, you might just win something as well! Click here to email us with the best reasons why you think you, a pal or an unlucky family member, should win ‘Ligger of the Month’.

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