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The Grouch – 4/11/10

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Nicole Kidman speaks to The Grouch (sort of)...

Published on November 5th 2010.

The Grouch – 4/11/10

Time for Nicole...
We’ve only landed a world exclusive Nicole Kidman interview. The interview was done to plug Omega watches, although we were promised it wasn’t just a Q&A about watches.

So, here are some of the probing questions. You are now the face for OMEGA. What does that feel like? You have been with OMEGA five years. How does that feel? Could you share with us some of your general impressions about wearing this watch? Have women developed more interest in mechanical watches? Which size of watch do you prefer? Are you a punctual person? And the absolute classic: What does time mean to you?

Nicole, in her sage wisdom, throws back a corker. “The thing that you can never buy is time.” Which is probably bad news for Omega watch sales.

The rest of the interview is actually quite entertaining, so Miss Moyo will be putting that on Body Confidential soon. All in good...time. Ahem.

Hey, Grouchy; leave those kids alone
I took a trip to Chetham’s School of Music this week – you know, that place near Urbis that’s packed full of musical prodigies. I always wanted to be a musician but sadly, am one of those people that has a guitar because it looks nice in the corner of the room.

Anyway, I got to have a poke around the building site for the new school building and performance hall currently being built opposite the MEN Arena. This meant climbing up ladder. In the rain. In my best suit. And a high-viz jacket. Biky Wan, Chet’s glamorous marketing manager, was worried about potential upskirt embarrassments on a building site full of red-blooded men, but managed to avoid any such indignities while simultaneously looking pretty hot in a hard hat and not complaining about being stood in the rain for half an hour.

But the best bit was having lunch in the school canteen with the school’s head, Claire Hickman, and pushing in at the front of the queue. I did feel quite bad actually, but they’ll all be on stage selling out the Albert Hall or some such in a few years time while I’m still figuring out how to play an E minor, so I’m sure they’ll get over it.

Polo House pitches into restaurant market
A question. What happens when accountants want to become restaurateurs? Exactly. So one wonders why Bernard Haskell, director of Haskell Woolfe, has set up a new company called Polo House Ltd, which, according to an advert in a free leaflet in Salford, will operate three venues in Hale, Worsley (possibly in the Worsley Old Hall pub) and Manchester.

The bumf also claims ‘an internationally known chef, currently working at a top Spanish restaurant’ will head up operations. Polo House will be ‘a style journey’, ‘a journey through an experience’, ‘one of the premier venues outside of London.’

Sound familiar? Let’s hope it doesn’t go the same way as the Ithacas and Barbirolllis of this world, but we’ll have to reserve judgement.

Shameless self promotion
Finally, allow us, if you will, to blow our own trumpets for second. Last week, we carried a story about the Royal Opera House North being ‘on hold’. With money too tight to mention at the moment, it’s not on the list of priorities for the council or the ROH.

And it’s good to know we got the attention of the Independent, the Telegraph, The Stage and several other industry trade titles, who all carried our story a few days afterwards, replete with matching quotes and all.

None of them credited Confidential like, the swines. But there you go.

We like to give our readers exclusive news about stuff that’s going on in the city. We want to lead and let the nationals follow. So we were chuffed.Erm. That’s all. Let’s move on.

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AnonymousNovember 4th 2010.

Here we go again. Some suits with more money than sense, playing 'shop'(read 'restaurant'). The thought process behind such ventures is simple; I eat out a couple of times a week therefore I know about food & wine and definately about how to run a restaurant, it's easy, I've watched it on the telly. I await the inevitable car-crash ending....

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