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The Grouch – 6/1/2011

Twitter spoofs; Ashes clashes and a replacement Bulb

Published on January 6th 2011.

The Grouch – 6/1/2011

Dos and Don’ts
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery – although I’m not sure media news website How Do feels that way at the moment.

A spoof Twitter account called howdont has suddenly appeared, firing acerbic missiles at Manchester’s digital sector.

Typical posts? ‘Another agency we've never heard of wanting us to plug a shit website they've done for a company nobody cares about. Sigh.’

‘We need some cash to pay the heating bill so we're selling spots in the How-Don't Media Top 100 for £5. Who fancies it?’

‘BREAKING NEWS: A source inside @VisionandMedia has revealed they spent tax payers money on biscuits. More to follow.’

‘We'll spell it out for you. Traffic is down. We're covering agency Christmas cards for f*cks sake. So...£50 for an inter-agency sex tape.’

And: ‘Lot of chat about a How-Don't app. Too obvious. We've just spunked a load of dough on Second Life, that's where it's at.’

We’re actually quite disappointed Confidential didn’t get a mention.


It’s just not cricket
Trafford Council has taken 41,721 sq ft of space at Peel’s Quay West office building.The council will move there temporarily later this year, where it will have an ideal view of the new Corrie set Peel are building in the borough.

They’ll also have to contend with the latest challenge by Derwent Holdings to its proposed redevelopment of Lancashire County Cricket Club’s Old Trafford ground. Derwent delivered a less than welcome Christmas present to LCCC by asking for the scheme to be subjected to a judicial review.

The council has stirred up a bit of ill feeling by gifting £21m of council money – raised from the sale of land belonging to Stretford High School - to the cricket club for its redevelopment, as well as allowing a 155,000 sq ft Tesco through planning. Both have upset local residents, but it’s Derwent they really have to worry about.

The firm is controlled by a reclusive millionaire, based on the Isle of Man (sound familiar, residents of Trafford?). Albert Gubay is rich, elderly and based according to those close to him, unafraid of a scrap with the bigger man.

He also plans to give most of his wealth away and is way beyond the pursuit of fortune. He’s made his money.

In the week that England retained the Ashes, it’s ironic that LCCC’s intention to ready the ground for the 2013 test series is now looking less than likely.

This time, as the say in Hollywood, it’s personal.

Bulb goes out
A bar casualty in the Northern Quarter. Bulb, on Church Street, has gone, replaced by a branch of bar chain Simple. The Grouch tried to contact the directors of Bulb, Julius Lisowski and Brett Stewart, but had no joy.

Lisowski set up a new company, Bulb Restaurants, in October 2009, which is still trading although has not filed any accounts. Stewart’s company, Isis Restaurants Ltd, went down last year however, owing £230,000 to creditors.

Our editor Schofield was a big fan of Bulb although The Grouch found it too harshly lit and a bit lacking in character. Always a shame to see a bar go under though.

Simple has taken over the lease and time will tell if they can make a go of it. One acquaintance of The Grouch was unimpressed recently. “They charged me £7 for a glass of house wine” he said, shaking his head. He was from Rochdale though, where they’d probably be expecting three bottles for the same price.

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Eddy BoycottJanuary 6th 2011.

Its such a shame that one man, with buckets full of cash, has more influence over the planning process than the people who are directly affected by it on a day to day basis. The relationship between Trafford Council and Peel is far too cozy, some of the councils dealings are at best despicable and their contempt for their residents, especially in the north (and Labour voting) part of the borough is disgusting.

TescoTrafford CouncilJanuary 6th 2011.

Good on anyone who'll shed light on Trafford's dealings with Tesco and/or Peel! And good on ManCon reporting it. If it takes a reclusive mega-millionaire with funds and [whatever his motives?] the will to do it ... bring it on. Eddy's right, it's a pity for cricket supporters that the planning process has got so mixed up with these cosy land and property deals. But at end of day, LCCC's a company like any other, and Trafford's a public body and needs to be accountable. 'If' these dealings stand up to judicial scrutiny, let's see it!

M30January 7th 2011.

Who exactly does this Albert Gubay think he is? The area around the cricket ground, Stretford Leisure Centre etc is a disgrace. Investment is needed, and Tesco had plans to regenerate the whole area, bring jobs, and bring a world class event and renevue to Trafford and the wider area. Now this Manx version of Howard Hughes sees fit to leave this area like downtown Dakar for the next 10 years. Well done Albert Gubay - here's the number for Dignitas.

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