uk: Victory for witches in ?350m shops fight

“A coven of elderly witches has claimed victory in a bizarre battle to have the name of a ?350 million shopping centre changed” reports The Daily Telegraph. The objection was that a shopping centre developer had named a huge addition to Leicester’s Shires mall Highcross Quarter. “That is the name given by witches to the four most important periods in the “wicca” calendar. Once the name was announced, the witches, wizards and gnomes immediately registered several internet domain names using the term. Then they set up a website that they have used to discuss their beliefs.” Hammerson then took action, first through a request, and then through a complaint to WIPO, to get the domain names back. But it appears they’ve given up, saying the redevelopment name has “evolved” to Highcross Leicester.

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