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News & EventsEVENT - THE BABY SHOW DEBUTS AT MANCHESTER CENTRAL 14-16 NOVEMBER 2008
The Baby Show is coming to Manchester - the ‘one-stop-shop’ for all parenting needs, offers shopping, savings, entertainment and expert advice for parents-to-be and new parents.
After seven years of success and helping hoards of new parents in London and Birmingham The Baby Show’s hassle-free shopping experience will debut at Manchester’s Central (formerly known as GMEX) in November serving parents in the North of England.
The Manchester Baby Show takes the stress out of pre/post birth shopping, giving parents, relatives and friends the chance to purchase products at unbeatable prices and have a fun day out together.
Opening Times: Friday 14th 9.30am – 5.00pm Saturday 15th November 9.30am – 5.00pm Sunday 16th November 9.30am- 4pm.
Tickets: £9.50 in advance / £11.50 on the door / Kids go free (0-10 years)
For further information and to book online visit www.thebabyshow.co.uk or call 0871 231 0844.
NEWS - new body to replace troubled CSA.
The Child Support Agency is handing its powers to a new body, after years of complaints over delays, errors and with £3.8bn still owed by absent parents. The new Child Maintenance Enforcement Commission has already said while £2bn may be recoverable, the remaining sum will most likely never be paid.
The new body has more powers to try to enforce maintenance payments, including asking courts to withdraw passports.
NEWS - At the third stroke, TinkerBell will be the speaking clock... On October 26 this year at 01:00hrs, Tinker Bell will speak for the first time as the Speaking Clock and replace the time pips with bells. Tinker Bell has previously only had her presence and voice conveyed by a jingle. You can hear Tinker Bell tell the time by dialling 123. Tinker Bell is also about to feature in her first speaking part in a feature length film which will be released on November 10 on Disney DVD and Blu-ray.
Sara Mendes da Costa, the current voice of the Speaking Clock, said: “I love the Speaking Clock, and now, thanks to Disney sponsoring it this season, the sparkling tones of Tinker Bell will bring an extra bit of magic to our nation's most accurate and loved timepiece.”
The Speaking Clock is 72 years old and has had four permanent voices since 1936, the first was London telephonist Jane Cain who became the first voice on 24 July. The second permanent voice took over in 1963, Miss Pat Simmons, a supervisor in a London telephone exchange who told the time until 1984.
The third permanent voice started in 1985 and belonged to Brian Cobby, who was an assistant supervisor at Withdean exchange in Brighton. He became the first male voice in April 1985 until April 2007. The fourth permanent and current voice from 2007 is Sara Mendes da Costa, who won a competition which had almost 18,500 entrants.
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