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Sleuth goes to MIPIM

Stories and pictures from Manchester’s take over of the world’s biggest property convention

Published on March 18th 2008.

Sleuth goes to MIPIM

Sleuth (our Confidential Friday rumour-mill) made it to MIPIM - the massive property event in Cannes - last week. Elsewhere on Property Confidential there’s a serious report about what happened. Sleuth was more concerned about the parties. The best was provided by those fun-hogs Ear to the Ground, Manchester's event maestros. They hosted a Thursday 'Hang the DJ' party at Sun 7 on the rather sinisterly named Rue Docteur Gerard Monod in Cannes.

It involved lots of property and civic notables from our city as well as gorgeous bar girls and Absinthe cocktails. A lovely mix.

Sleuth was particularly impressed with Council Chief Executive, Sir Howard Bernstein. He insisted that the last tune of the night, at 4.45am, had to be 'Blue Moon' in tribute to his beloved Manchester City. Carried away on a mood of elation and sky blue pride he skittled across the dance-floor like a dandy at a Regency ball.

By that time, the famed and fabled Manchester architect Ian Simpson, had left. This followed some doughty marketing woman from London suggesting his Hilton Tower was perhaps a little dull. He reduced the distance between their faces and suggested to her that she didn't know what she was talking about - with an expletive or two thrown in for good measure. Lucky, Sleuth thought, that she wasn't a bloke.

Meanwhile Urban Splash bigwig, and architect, Jonathan Falkingham, confessed that he’d cried when he’d arrived in Cannes this year. He’d joined the charity cycle ride from Barcelona. They'd crossed the Camargue in the teeth of driving headwind. Tears of joy and pure bloody relief had coursed down his face as he’d proudly cycled down the Croisette. Well done, lad.

Away from the 'Hang the DJ' gig Sleuth was mightily amused to learn that Austin Smith Lord architect, David George, was ‘unwakeable’ in the specially created Manchester Bar on the Tuesday night. After all, Mr George needed to settle his l'addition for several bottles of champagne. There was some confusion amongst bar staff when he tried to pay with his Nectar card though. And he didn’t even get any petrol points. Dangerous stuff that bubbly.

Still it was all sterling work in making Manchester the place to invest this year. Or something like that.

Anyway here’s part of that playlist, and some of the folk who spun the wheels of steel that night. If you recognize some of the DJs in the gallery below, be kind. Sleuth giggled at how they were all trying to outdo each other with 'credible' tunes, except Colin Sinclair of course who maybe went too far the other way.

Ben ‘Great Raymondo’ Richardson - Dick Dale - Pumpkin & Honey Bunny.
Colin ‘Midas Touch’ Sinclair - Sister Sledge - We Are Family.
Dave 'the Rave' Partridge - The Twang - Either Way.
Drew 'the Fire' Stokes - Lil Louis - French Kiss
Eddie EJ 'the DJ' Jordan - The Killers - Mr Brightside
Ian 'Reach for the Sky' Simpson - New Order - Blue Monday
Matt 'Smoothe' Fairman - Duffy - Mercy (10% more juice)
Nathan ‘Van’ Cornish - Ian Brown - Love Like A Fountain
Phil 'O Sophical' Griffin - Lamont Dozier - Fish Aint Biting
'Slick' Nick Johnson - Hot Chip - Over & Over

The Sleuth award of 'DJ Set of the Night' goes to Karen ‘Special K’ Willey who hit us with Rogue Traders and Soft Cell. At last crowd pleasers. Sleuth will show them all how it's done next year.

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