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The Grouch: 18/11/10

Moet at Sven’s, A-list invites, a visit to Makro and bricked up at Chets – it’s been an odd week for The Grouch

Published on November 18th 2010.


The Grouch: 18/11/10

Cuts, cuts and more cuts
So, it seems nobody is safe from the cuts, as Central Salford URC announces its decision to wind up next March. A shame, to be honest – they were one of the more successful urban regeneration companies and were backed by some strong private sector players such as Peel Group (based in Trafford), Bruntwood and Ask Developments (both from Manchester).

Those three – and others – will undoubtedly be looked at to help pick up the pieces.The timing is a real kicker too – the URC was overseeing the English Cities Fund development to regenerate the Chapel Street area of the Salford – the biggest planning application in the city’s history, and a scheme that desperately needs to go ahead.

This will be the first real test of the combined authority – a beefed up version of AGMA, effectively – as the whole of Greater Manchester will be asked to rally round and sell the Salford vision to, well, anyone and everyone really. The local council has cuts of its own to contend with so any outside help will be welcome.

Moet chez Sven
The Grouch was high up in the sky recently – well, in the penthouse of the Radisson Edwardian – to watch the Christmas lights switch on and a massive 3D champagne bottle being projected onto he town hall clock tower.

Moet had taken out the suite opposite the one Sven used to live in when he was managing Manchester City – the wonderfully named Valentino suite. The Grouch imagined what must have gone on in there.

PR dudes and dudettes at Mason Williams had got The Grouch along to ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ at the fireworks. The 3D bottle was pretty nifty too – have a look at the video footage here.

From Moet to Makro
The Grouch had a wander around Makro in Eccles this week – it’s not all champagne and penthouses you know. What a marvellous place. It’s massive. You can buy all sorts in there, The Grouch had no idea. Anyhows, The Grouch was sat in store manager Jason Parry’s office, admiring his manly Movember moustache, enquiring about the type of clients they had. “We do a few strip clubs,” he winked, pointing at the Grey Goose vodka they sell for £25. Remember that when a bar tries to charge you £125 for the same bottle. But The Grouch also saw something boxed up, with the word ‘Puccinis’ emblazoned on it. Two new Dyson airblades at £550 a pop each. So even if the menu in the Swinton restaurant hasn’t changed in ten years, at least they’re on the cutting edge for drying your hands after you’ve had a wee.

Binns gets a brick
There are many people in this city, nay in the Confidential offices, who would like to see news editor Simon Binns buried under a large building. Well, they’ve got their wish, Sort of. He’s only gone and had his own personalised brick made for the new Chetham’s School of Music extension. All in all, he’s just another brick in the wall, but it’s about as close as he’ll ever get to musical genius.

The Grouch goes A-list
The Grouch is also heading down the red carpet (well, standing near it) on Saturday night, for the Royal Television Society Awards North at the Hilton in Manchester city centre. He’ll be getting close to the starts of TV, and people on Waterloo Road at the glitzy bash, and has even been promised a sandwich to eat while the A-listers roundly ignore him.

Hopefully there’ll be no repeat of the lewd incident The Grouch was involved in with the girl that plays Cindy in Hollyoaks in Mash and Air ten years ago. But the less said about that the better.

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5 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Trebor...very mintyNovember 18th 2010.

That Moet video worried me for a minute. I thought the Town Hall had been demolished for an ad.

A BartenderNovember 19th 2010.

Surely Sleuth doesn't bemoan a bar making such profit by selling a bottle of Grey Goose at £125? Perhaps you should have a chat with Schofield and Gordo who I would hope would understand the need for such a mark up to cover premises, bills, staffing costs etc etc?!?! Would you have such a snide dig about bars which sell standard shots of Smirnoff vodka and mixer at £3.50 a go thereby turning a £12 bottle of vodka into £98 less the cost of the mixers?

SleuthNovember 19th 2010.

Hey this is Grouch's column.

A BartenderNovember 19th 2010.

Apologies to both Sleuth and Grouch. Ripping off Grey Goose buyers until 3am takes it out of you and ensures your cognitive skills are nearly non existent in the early hours of the morning.

The GrouchNovember 19th 2010.

I only drink mild, which doesn't tend to get served in most roped-off VIP areas.

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