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Cobbetts Go Luvvie

Published on December 2nd 2004.

Now, there are invites, and there are invites. In the ManCon office we get plenty. But, when you get one from The Queen, you had better be there. Judith Watson, one of the Gaffers at Cobbetts, Manchester's Uber-cool Solicitors, sent an invite to Gordo. 'Circle Club. 6.30. Film Show. Be There Gordo.' Needless to say, the Capital Letters weren't Gordos. Well, there are two reactions Gordo ever has when he is gripped by Queen Watson's iron gaze. Fear, or like the late, great Alan Clark when getting a glimpse of Margaret Thatcher’s ankles, a state of high sexual excitement. The latter is the rarer. Solicitors? Film show? Queen Watson?
Gordo was pressing the bell at the Circle club at twenty nine minutes past six, closely followed by Mr. Manchester, Andy Spinoza, and Chris Lloyd, AKA Harry Potter, both clearly having received the command as well. Downstairs, we were treated to canapés and cocktails. Gordo headed straight for the Guinness. It has to be reported that the Circle are good at the nibbles, the staff always cuddling everyone. Mo is a diamond. Regular readers will be aware of Gordos thoughts on Deepa, they will get him locked up one day; if anyone wants a reception, it's a pretty unusual and class place to hold it. You don't have to be a member to book the club. Email deepa@thecircleclub.com if you want details.
Back to the night. The film show, which Gordo was dreading, was starting. Andy, Chris and Gordo were sat together in the front row. Like three brass monkeys. Actually, looking at Chris, two and a half brass monkeys. The film starts. It's called 10 minutes later; a series of shorts put together by the Producer, Nicholas McClintock, each short is a different director. Ten of the buggers. Waiting for the name of the first to come up, probably some scruffy tax dodging jumper wearer, Gordo is already squirming in his seat. The roll of Directors started: Spike Lee. Bloody Hell. The two and a half brass monkeys were glancing at each other, nodding sagely. Then came Aki Kaurismaki and Wim Wenders. They blew me away; Andy was (nearly) speechless. Class showing, this.
To cut it short, it turned into a real treat. The film has it's own website, click here. www.tenminutesolder.co.uk
Well, a big clap of the hands for Cobbetts. It turns out that they handled the legals on the film which, dealing with ten different production companies must have been a bit of a mission, but handled well according to the Producer who gave a talk on the night. I like Cobbetts, the media department is building nicely. They are 'proper' solicitors, not having turned into corporate monoliths who have forgotten that their purpose is to serve the client, not the other way round. Manchester media should take a look. And not just at Queen Judith, easy on the eye though she undoubtedly is. Hmm. No doubt that will earn Gordo a slap. Get in there!

Happy Trails

Judith Watson
Ship Canal House, King Street, Manchester, M2 4WB, England.
Tel: +44 (0)845 404 2404
Fax: +44 (0) 845 404 2414.

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