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Trash Parade

Manchester’s latest Saturday Festival: Simon Cowell and Brian Sewell speak out

Published on October 1st 2007.


Trash Parade

Manchester Confidential was pleased by the 25 September report that Manchester was the leading UK visitor destination after London. A spokesman said that this was partly down to “our unrivalled events such as Manchester International Festival”. Trash Parade is reinforcing this reputation.

This takes place every Saturday afternoon in the city centre and everybody can take part. It’s rapidly establishing itself as recognised part of city life.

Last Saturday Manchester Confidential brought two critics, arty Brian Sewell and X-factor’s Simon Cowell, up to Manchester to judge three shortlisted entries. These were: 1) Ledge Litter, 2) Utility Litter and 3) Bin Buster.

Cowell said, “The Bin Buster entry wins every time as it’s the only thing more full of crap than me. As for the other entries the problem lies with parents telling children that they are going to be famous Bin Fillers. No wonder it all ends in tears when you see flabby entries without any hope of success such as Utility.”

Sewell said, “The unspoken yet manifest anguish in Ledge Litter tears at the heart but Utility simply makes one despair for the paucity of originality in the modern artist. Still one finds catharsis in the beauty of Bin Buster which might even be defined as a classic.”

A Council spokesman on behalf of the street cleaning department told Confidential, “what’s the point of emptying the bins if people keep filling them up. We blame everybody but ourselves.”

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

SarahOctober 1st 2007.

Carl Austin from Oz Promotions!its a shame you left the Lock Building and the residents committee we miss you.. as its now "littered" with these illegal one/two night lets, stag nights and hen parties, students and somewhat now resembles a hotel not a residential apartment block which its allegedly supposed to be, feel sorry for the owner occupiers......

PeteOctober 1st 2007.

Carl does your company not distribute the Metro newspaper? Every time I walk past a bin it full of them! Maybe the MEN and Metro and it's distributors should be putting some of their cash into extra bin collections and recycling bins around the city. At the moment there are so few of these and most of the papers just fill normal bins.

wayneOctober 1st 2007.

It's just Manchester's litter-arti

Carl AustinOctober 1st 2007.

I had a meeting 18 months ago with Elaine Boyes who was standing to be a Counillor for Manchester Liberal Democrats and took her around Whitworth Street, the Canal and Canal Street and expressed concern at the amount of litter and the lack of litter bins, not just in this area but the whole of the city centre. She informed me that this would be high on her agenda if she got elected as a City Centre Councillor - since then, Elaine was elected and it has only got worse and when i tried to contact her i was just fobbed off, saying it had been passed to another department.

CLLR.PAT KARNEYOctober 1st 2007.

It was me but I made up the compliments from Sir Richard I hope I am not caught out.

AnonymousOctober 1st 2007.

Who on this earth would want to see Pat Karneys willy? Shame on you Gordo! He needs to "clean" up his own act first and THEN tackle the littered streets of Manc! All mouth and trousers so to speak, like most lefty communists in this damn city!

Carl AustinOctober 1st 2007.

Hi Pete,OZ Promotions did give out the Metro in 1999 to 2002 then the Manchester Evening News took it "in house" Whilst we did give it out we also had a team who were taken on to just go round collecting the ones on the floor and also emptying the full bins. As The Manchester Evening News is now also given away free they employ people to be street cleaners and i know that they have tried to put in place extra bins and recyling ones at that - but they have had issues of how they look, where they were to be sited etc. When we do have teams out in the street handing out flyers they all have a licence and are responsible for any droped flyers within 50 meters of where they are working - so they pick them up and put them in the nearest bin.

CLLR.PAT KARNEYOctober 1st 2007.

I saw it myself on Cross St and Shudehill area so I am on the case.Apologies from ManCoun for letting you down.I have spoken to the appropiate people so there should be no reacurrence.To show how serious we are about keeping the city centre clean if it happens again your readers can choose whether I run naked down Shudehill or give fivers out on Cross St.Its X Trash Factor--vote now!!

cliveOctober 1st 2007.

Carl, have you just littered the internet with two postings? Or do you really want to stress this fascinating point.

Carl AustinOctober 1st 2007.

Hi Pete,OZ Promotions did give out the Metro in 1999 to 2002 then the Manchester Evening News took it "in house" Whilst we did give it out we also had a team who were taken on to just go round collecting the ones on the floor and also emptying the full bins. As The Manchester Evening News is now also given away free they employ people to be street cleaners and i know that they have tried to put in place extra bins and recyling ones at that - but they have had issues of how they look, where they were to be sited etc. When we do have teams out in the street handing out flyers they all have a licence and are responsible for any droped flyers within 50 meters of where they are working - so they pick them up and put them in the nearest bin.

Jonathan Schofield - editorOctober 1st 2007.

Sir Richard and Pat, if indeed it is you, then thanks for sorting out the bins..but we're keeping our eyes peeled. I like the idea of people living in the bins, so ergonomic. I've taken a couple of posts of this ranting section because as we say below they were either 'excessively rude' or 'defamatory'. Wit is good folks, bitterness is simply bitter.

GrahamOctober 1st 2007.

That is a very fine full bin. The best I've ever seen.

eddy rheadOctober 1st 2007.

Why are there no bins in The Arndale?Come to think of it why arent there any seats in the Arndale either?They just sort of all mysteriously disappeared (like the aviary and the Franta Belsky sculpture!)If i leave my gas bill in The Arndale do you think that will disappear aswell?

sir richard leeseOctober 1st 2007.

If you are Pat Karney thank you for working on Saturday afternoon.You are a very talented bin checker.

GordoOctober 1st 2007.

I fancy seeing Pats willie.

bobOctober 1st 2007.

this sounds like a pr stunt done on behalf of keep britain tidy.

paulipipsOctober 1st 2007.

mmmm Bin Buster has 2 M&S bags stuck to him....I thought M&S food was for rich posh bints - so why are they littering my city - grrrrr!!!!

The DodgerOctober 1st 2007.

Oz Promotions are promoting the Fashion Festival so let's see if they pick up the flyers after themselves. The MEN does have a team picking up the papers, including the Metro, but prior to this recent development I've not seen anyone picking up the Metro other than the poor council guys with their little push carts. The Metro and other free handouts have been littering our city for too long.

KevinOctober 1st 2007.

There is plenty of street cleaning done in the city centre - Those horrid noisy machines wake me up in my comfy apartment at 4am every morning! But perhaps it should also be done during the day too?! Overfilled rubbish bins are a most unsightly feature of our otherwise wonderful city centre and I applaud the council for their work on the issue and also the recent expansion of the city centre recycling scheme. It shows that the council are listening to residents and responding to their needs.

pat the bin manOctober 1st 2007.

Spent a glam afternoon checking bins on Cross St and Shudehill(met some nice new smelly friends also bin checking)On this occasion all were underflowing with plenty of space.So well done real bin people. .The one outside M and S was so clean that I am thinking of making a bid to Man Coun to live in it---have always wanted to live on Cross St.If anyone from Albert Sq Towers is reading this we need a bin outside Next's main door where the seats are.Loads of rubbish left on the seats. I am avaible to cut the ribbon on this one.Have never launched a bin.Will be out with my new bin friends tomorrow and you can join us on Facebook.

Jonathan Schofield - editorOctober 1st 2007.

Pat you're a lovely looking man but for God's sake hand out the fivers on Cross Street please.

ktfairyOctober 1st 2007.

Well said Carl, the litter in Manc is getting to be a real problem. It used to be a problem in the NQ - but now they clear this up and so the problem has moved elsewhere. I think they need to spend enough money to clean the whole of the city not just keep the 'trendy' bits clean. Sorry for my use of the word trendy - clearly I am too old, but then I am ranting about litter!

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