It's Christmas (or so they say!)....


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Prompted by BM, can we have some pictures of van decorations please??....


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I bet no one has taken the plunge... Even Mrs A is on my case to get a tree for Bugzy!


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So.. I'm not convinced, all these miserable types not willing to share the images of their festive vans - Baaah Humbug:thumbdown:


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well as soon as we get a tree for our van I will let you know!:D
Here's a nice Christmas story:cool:...........Gives us all a bit hope;)

The homeless hero who returned a lost purse stuffed with cash and bank cards could have somewhere to live by Christmas – and money to enjoy the festive season.

The M.E.N. revealed how busker Alan Dent, 69, took Sandy Sharples’ purse to a bank after finding it on Market Street in Manchester city centre.

Mum-of-one Sandy, 43, from Stretford, publicly thanked Alan, who has been homeless for five years, for resisting the temptation to help himself to any of her £70 cash.

His honesty also struck a chord with our readers – and he has now been rewarded with a bumper day of busking and a charity’s offer of a home.

Alan, who plays the recorder, said: "I was very pleased to be offered a house. It would really take the pressure off if it all comes together. At this time of year, a warm house and a decent bath can really make all the difference, and it would help with my rheumatics and arthritis.

"The person I spoke to was very nice, and they said they hoped to find me somewhere to live as soon as possible – so here’s hoping I’ll be in by Christmas. I’m a Buddhist, but I do celebrate the festive season as best as possible. I just hope to see my lady friend, Annette, on Christmas Day – that would make my day."

Alan worked for a Tarot phone line until it went out of business in 2005. He was evicted from his house in Whalley Range in 2007 and has been living in temporary accommodation in Gorton ever since.

Back at his usual pitch on Market Street, he received many donations of money, food and hot drinks from passers-by touched by his story.

Alan said: "I think I was given at least £150 over the course of the day, which is incredible. So many people have stopped to talk to me, and congratulate me. It’s been a real pleasure."

Mike Lycett, 42, from Stockport, was among the people to stop and talk to Alan. Mike said: "He’s fantastic. I read about what he did and it warmed my heart. It gives you hope."

Hazel Dorrian and daughter Rachel travelled in from Salford. Hazel, 49, said: "I read his story in the M.E.N. and thought I have to go to see him. What a brilliant gentleman Alan is."

Joyce Boyce, 62, from Urmston, said: "It didn’t surprise me when I read about it. I’ve been speaking to Alan for a few years now and I give him a little something when I go by. He really is a lovely, kind man."

Bryan Johnston, 35, a nurse from Moston, stopped to give Alan a food parcel and coffee.

Bryan said: "With all the rubbish going on in this world, hearing about someone like Alan gives you hope for humanity."


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We always say "what goes around--comes around"--------------------------it would have been so easy (and tempting) for him to have kept the money:thumb::thumb:
In his position I would like to think we would have done the same-----BUT-----no way of knowing until you are in that situation:(:(
I remember once years ago I found a purse in a telephone box with a lot of money in. There were no credit cards and no identification of whom it belonged to.

I took it straight to the police station who took my details. Some while later I got a call from the police saying that no one had come forward to claim it so I could have it:) I kept some of the money for myself and donated the rest to charity, but I often wonder who the real owner was.



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That's nice of you Sue... Well done.

I would be interested to understand your motives in keeping some of the money and how you decided how much was appropriate... I guess there are no right answers in such scenarios and always a tough decision to make.

Pleased to see that the honest homeless guy came from Manchester.... Kind of a 'bitter sweet ' though.
It was a very long time ago;)....................whether she'd or I'd be so charitable now?:confused:...............I remember as a kid being sent to do the shopping at Tesco's in Chelmsford when Tesco's were shinny new, and I found a ten pound note on the floor................I handed it in:D................they announced it over the tannoy and a customer came rushing over to claim it and she gave me a ten bob note as a thank you:)............

Went home told my Mum:).................who gave me a thick ear for being so stupid:confused:.............


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Makes you wonder though, what differs, why and if things change etc when we become more desperate is that more or less ok?


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Gosh to be honest I really can't remember. But if it happened again yes I would hand it in and still give some of it to an animal charity.

I have known environments where there integrity tests. A sum of money, a mobile phone or other valuable and attractive item will be placed somewhere and then 'discreet' observations are carried out. If the 'item' is picked up and not handed in............ :eek: The Americans call it 'Entrapment' :rolleyes:
I have known environments where there integrity tests. A sum of money, a mobile phone or other valuable and attractive item will be placed somewhere and then 'discreet' observations are carried out. If the 'item' is picked up and not handed in............ :eek: The Americans call it 'Entrapment' :rolleyes:
I lost my virginity ones handed it in:D