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New MCR Restaurant, Library Walk (Leese's Folly), The Britannia Is Hel

Sleuth Wk 16: Joy, Passion, Quotes, Men In Windows, Love And Graves

Written by . Published on May 2nd 2014.


New MCR Restaurant, Library Walk (Leese's Folly), The Britannia Is Hel

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Leese's Folly

Serious Sleuth here. Confidential is pleased that the men from the ministry are calling the city council to account over the blocking of glorious Library Walk with a pointless intrusion. We call this glass box Leese's Folly, after the city council leader.

The council will face an inquiry on 21-22 October into the legality of removing Library Walk's status as a public right of way - especially as they broke the rules by not issuing a temporary stopping off order. Of course, given Leese's Folly is now constructed, there's little chance of it being demolished but something good might come from the inquiry. Some ear time.

Leese's Folly. A pointless blockage

Leese's Folly. A pointless blockage

Council Needs To Listen

Lawyers consider the work of the tireless Friends of Library Walk in getting the protest to the stage of an inquiry remarkable. If successful it may mark a change in the way councils can impose structures such as Leese's Folly on their citizens. It may make them listen a little more. Manchester City Council seem blind to informed opinion from outside their ranks. They have been bloody-minded and pig-headed over Library Walk, dismissing people simply because they don't bow down before their mighty bureacracy. Arrogance doesn't do it justice.

Leese's Folly And Functionality

The thing is critics of Library Walk have been proved right. Sleuth knows that up to 5,000 people a day are using Central Library. Sleuth regularly walks between Central Library and the Town Hall Extension through the more than adequate basement access. There is never any congestion at any of the entrances or in the underground routes. It is clear that £3.5m has been spent on Leese's Folly for no reason. It is useless. It is the very definition of an architectural folly: one that serves no practical function.

The Britannia Hotel Comes Clean

Sleuth loves the fragile neon on the Britannia Hotel. He particularly loves the broken 'o' and 't' over the entrance. This now spells 'HEL'. Very honest. Although maybe the Britannia Group are redirecting money to the long awaited refurbishment of London Road Fire Station. And there's a flying pig. 

Hell shines out over Britannia

Hell shines out over Britannia

Sleuth's Coolest Man On A Wall

Sleuth took some American guests around this week. One dapper gentleman from Florida jumped onto the lintel underneath the Affleck's Palace mosaics - see the picture at the top of the page. "Look," he said, "I fit right in." His mate said to Sleuth, "There's a bar in a hotel in Colorado Springs called The Manchester and they throw little bees at you when you get certain drinks. The story you told about bees being the symbol of the city now makes sense."

Manchester bee in the Town Hall

Manchester bee in the Town Hall

Sleuth's Best Pun Of The Week

The Editor got a message this week. 'Just wanted to pitch something to you. In the Flesh, the Salford-filmed zombie drama returns to BBC3 on May 4. It’s massively popular and acclaimed and I'm sure people would want to read about it. We could call the article The Walkden Dead.' 

In The Flesh - will anybody notice zombies in Lower Broughton?

 

In The Flesh - will anybody notice zombies in Lower Broughton?

Sleuth And The Dead

Sleuth has been reading a fine book called Forgotten Fields by John Marsden in which he tracks the history and burials of Manchester's old burial grounds. Fact of the week: Southern Cemetery has seen more than 350,000 burials. Wow. 

Death in published form

Death in published form

Brewdog Bitching 

Sleuth loves a bit of direct talking. This response from Brewdog Bars to being ticked off by The Portnam Group, the 'responsibility body for alcohol producers', over their advertising is splendid. Brewdog said: 'The Portman Group is a gloomy gaggle of killjoy jobsworths, funded by navel-gazing international drinks giants. Their raison d’être is to provide a diversion for the true evils of this industry, perpetrated by the gigantic faceless brands that pay their wages. Blinkered by this soulless mission, they treat beer drinkers like brain dead zombies and vilify creativity and competition. Therefore, we have never given a second thought to any of the grubby newspeak they disseminate periodically.' Sleuth is thinking something similar up for the Health and Safety idiot who banned him from taking guests down the Great Northern Tunnels in Manchester.  

Judge Dredd In Manchester Brewdog As Brewdog Judges Portnam Group

Judge Dredd in Manchester Brewdog as Brewdog judges Portnam Group

New Restaurant Is Named

Spinningfields, as previously reported, is to get a new Thai restaurant from the Chaophraya group. It will be called Thaikhun - a name you have to be careful with when saying quickly - and will open on Tuesday 27 May. The PR says it's a 'casual dining restaurant offering affordable dishes full of fresh, healthy ingredients and recipes from the world-renowned street food stalls of Bangkok'. Apparently the word ‘Khun’ means ‘yours’ - add a 't' to the end and it means 'up yours'. 

Sleuth's Lies To Tell Tourists

The litter in Piccadilly Gardens, every Sunday until midday, is not litter at all, it's an artwork called 'Liberated Paper In A Successful Public Space'. 

It's an artwork not a something to worry our visitors over

 

It's an artwork not something which shames the city and spoils visits to Manchester

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

AVOMay 2nd 2014.

Every seven days or so, Sleuth is stopped in the street and asked by Sir Richard Leese, owners of the Britannia Hotel, a cool man sitting on a wall, Salford Zombies Forgotten Fields zombies, bearded Brewdog hipsters, Thai people and floating detritus on Piccadilly and gets asked why is there a random picture of a toasted sarnie at the bottom of his article.

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SleuthMay 3rd 2014.

Every seven days or so, whenever he writes the stories, something odd usually happens. Thanks Avo for pointing this out, the sandwich has now been eaten.

DavidMay 2nd 2014.

Sleuth in 2010 said Manchester could not do without a man of Leeses vision when he temporarily stepped down.Sleuth must be glad he did not so the folly could be created,but why not call it Leese and Sleuths folly.

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Alan HestonMay 2nd 2014.

How would that make any sense, at all, as Sleuth opposed it?

DavidMay 2nd 2014.

If Sleuth had not by his words helped along with others to sustain Leese in power,he would not have been able to build that monstrosity.

Alan HestonMay 2nd 2014.

You're an absolute fantasist.

AnonymousMay 2nd 2014.

Just shows you how politically & culturally weak the city of Manchester is, when we've had the same council leader since the time of John Major's government. Now as a proud Mancunian like me, that's really humbling.

SleuthMay 3rd 2014.

David you're very strange

AnonymousMay 4th 2014.

On the back of just 1500 to 2500 votes in Crumpsall every 4 years, Sir Richard Leese has been running the once great city of Manchester since 1996. You don't like what he's done to Library Walk, Piccadilly Gardens or how he unassailably runs this city - WELL TOUGH.

AnonymousMay 6th 2014.

Leese or Karney? Which would you rather have?

James SmithMay 2nd 2014.

Not just Library Walk, they are totally unaccountable. It is practically Soviet, and a very very unhealthy situation.

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Ghostly TomMay 2nd 2014.

For the sake of democracy in the city, Manchester badly needs Proportional Representation.

AnonymousMay 2nd 2014.

Well said Ghostly Tom. Because isn't Manchester Town Hall also facing the real possibility that ALL OPPOSITION could be effectively "wiped out" in the upcoming local elections too? Now on the back of a 60% local Labour vote, on an embarrassingly small turnout, how sad for politics in Manchester would that be?

Mark FullerMay 3rd 2014.

The Lib. Dems and UKIP are in favour of PR. My hope is that mindless tribal voting is on the wane and that the status quo, even without PR,will come under increasing challenge.

AnonymousMay 2nd 2014.

Last week the MP for Tatton enthusiastically visited the site of AstraZenaca's new R&D facility in Cambridge. This hypocrisy went "totally unnoticed" in what's now sadly left of the Manchester media!

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AnonymousMay 4th 2014.

Ray King was a great columnist at the MEN who use to comment on this sort of thing. Sadly, who is there now?

Calum McGMay 6th 2014.

Why is he not allowed to be enthusiastic about a world-class facility? He's hardly going to call it a crock of shit, is he?

AnonymousMay 9th 2014.

Now fighting "harder" to protect jobs in the Cambridge, Oxford, London triangle - than he did in his own constituency perhaps? Perhaps?

AnonymousMay 3rd 2014.

Does any Manchester media cover North Cheshire?

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AnonymousMay 4th 2014.

Altrincham, Stockport, Sale, Wilmslow, Cheadle, Alderly Edge, Woodford etc - of course it does. Imagine a boundary line from say Lymm through Knutsford to Macclesfield - and that's probably the limit of Manchester's "cultural" influence into Cheshire. Others may disagree though?

AnonymousMay 3rd 2014.

The Hell Hotels and Which Worst Hotel chain in the UK certainly deserves these quips and criticism of their shoddiness. But will this fiasco still go unnoticed by leaders and their continued unwillingness to do anything about LRFS? The campaign group www.londonroadfire.org… are going to work for an autumn conference so would love Manchester Confidential and Jonathan involved when we have sorted the workshops, the debate and after we have targeted different groups to raise interest and awareness in LRFS. We have got architects helping us make images of the building and are going to work with higher education and new leads to raise awareness of this continuing and embarrassing issue. We are going to email and contact as many professionals as possible to see if we can encourage bids and interests that can be presented at the conference and hopefully force a new CPO for 2015. The last time the period for raising awareness of bids was so short and we have learnt people who wanted to put a bid for development in, did not have time to make the deadline, which is appalling! So hopefully by making an epub on the issue we can get news leads, professionals and visionaries involved and lobby Manchester City Council for the only course of action that can be taken and this time with public awareness, feedback and interest in steering what this building should be.

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AnonymousMay 3rd 2014.

Translation anyone? And what is the use of all this if you don't actually own the building?

AnonymousMay 3rd 2014.

Yup...AstraZeneca....the North Wests single largest private employer is going to be taken over on Tuesday and nothing from the lefties.

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AnonymousMay 6th 2014.

pretty sure the leader of the opposition has been opposing it all weekend...

AnonymousMay 7th 2014.

Sorry Kev, he hasn't been opposing it. He's spout a lot of babble about how he sees as bad but he hasn't said what he'd do. Not that he cares that much because it mainly affects people in 2 of the safest Tory seats in the country.

AnonymousMay 9th 2014.

What happened to Daresbury and scientific research under the the last Labour government?.It was the Labour government who who choose to favour the interests of the the golden triangle of London,Oxford and Cambridge.Labour is a party of the London elites.

AnonymousMay 6th 2014.

The litter in Piccadilly Gardens (and I use the Term 'Gardens' very loosely) is shocking. Not sure why there can't be an early morning litter cleaning up shift every day of the week like in lots of European cities. Oh yeah, I do.... the council can't afford it since they've spent a load of cash on the daft glass box. FFS Manchester City Council get your priorities right.

AnonymousMay 6th 2014.

Neon on Hel Hotel fixed. Issue would be fixed if Britannia Horels would leave LRFS and get fixed their ethics! Ps: man climbed ferris wheel and Picadilly 'Gardens' cornered off. And climbers trying to grab him to carry him down!

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