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New Thai Restaurant, Bouncer Fools, Nutters And Savage Hair

Sleuth Wk 34: Pride, Love, Truth, Beer And Lemongrass

Written by . Published on August 15th 2014.


New Thai Restaurant, Bouncer Fools, Nutters And Savage Hair
 

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Sleuth In Siam

Sleuth has a chum that collects restaurants like Pandora bracelet charms (do people still do that?). He's the type that’s eaten absolutely everywhere before you have - three times. Sleuth was strolling through Chinatown this week, when, a cry of "Yoohoo,” came from across the street. “I’m heading to this new noodle place,” said the chum. “Everyone on Twitter is going crazy for it, you must come.” Bugger. Once you’ve ploughed through the bloggers stood outside on George Street (having fisticuffs over who’d seen it first and who’d tried the most dishes so far), you’ll find Siam Smiles (main picture above), a subterranean Thai half-supermarket half-diner - full review soon. Sleuth can understand the hype. The meal was fascinating, involving magenta soup, chicken blood jelly, dried fish throats, delicious duck and M150 – a Thai energy drink containing krypton that half an hour later would see Sleuth scramble up the Piccadilly Gardens big wheel like Dominic Lattlay-Fottfoy Noonan

Sleuth's Foolish Bouncers Of The Year Award

Club Liv on Peter Street has put itself way ahead of the competition for this award in 2014 by barring entry to a pregnant women for wearing flat shoes. Eight months pregnant Abby Ashcroft, 28 and a teacher, was out with her friends and drinking orange juice. Still Abby need not fear too much, in a few months - after her child is born - she can dress like a proper woman should, high heels, short skirt, low top. Then she'll have no problem, bouncers always love that dress code. 

NFM’s Gross Addition

Sleuth’s glad to see the National Football Museum following in the footsteps of MCR’s cultural old guard. Where the Museum of Science and Industry has the desiccated remains of famed scientist John Dalton’s eyeballs, the Portico Library supposedly keeps a lock of Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell’s hair, while the Manchester Museum boasts Old Stan, a 65-million-year-old T-Rex skeleton. Well, the NFM might have topped the lot. This week, they announced the procurement of… wait for it… the hair of Robbie Savage. Up yours Stan. The hair has instantly become the least attractive visitor attraction in Manchester.

Robbie could you please that disgusting thing off the table, people eat their lunch here

Robbie please take that disgusting thing off the table, people eat their lunch here

MCR’s Most Useless Salesman

Before Sleuth got collared and dragged into Siam Smiles (above) and force-fed congealed chicken blood (imagine jellied compost), Sleuth happened across the chap below. Now Sleuth has been stopped in the street a number of times by Lebara Mobile salesmen, who offer international calls to places like Antartica, Pakistand and Venus for thrupence or something. Sleuth answer is always the same, he knows nobody on Venus, but admires their perseverance. Not so much this one. Either this Lebara salesman was MCR’s most useless salesman or had been knocked unconscious by the dislodged flying fence panel behind him. Sleuth didn’t check.

Zzzzzzzzzz

Zzzzzzzzzz

‘Licorice’ Beer Takes Prizes

Two Greater Manchester breweries have scooped gold at the Great British Beer Festival 2014, organised by the Campaign for Real Ale at Olympia in London. Manchester-based Marble Brewery’s Chocolate Marble, described on their site as ‘an unclassifiable beer straddling milds to porters, tasting of coffee, cocoa and licorice with a quenching bitter finish’, was Champion Bottled Beer. While the Dark Mild from Bank Top in Bolton won the Mild competition, ‘full-bodied with a malt and roast aroma, rich mouthfeel and complex taste, including roast malt and licorice.’ Well done folks, but that flowery language... And 'mouthfeel'? Sleuth votes this 2014's most ubiquitous and distasteful (ho, ho) food and drink porn expression of the year.

Mild mouthfeel

Mild mouthfeel


“Which Way’s The Brothel?

Sleuth was walking past The Wellington Monument in Piccadilly Gardens this week. Sleuth was with an out-of-town pal of old, discussing Matthew Noble’s grand bronze statue (1855) featuring the Duke on a plinth surrounded by four allegorical figures of War, Peace, Victory and Justice when a cry came out from a less allegorical shadowy figure sat at the base of the statue. “’Ere mate, do you know where the nearest whorehouse is?” “No,” replied Sleuth, “but back in the day the good Duke stood above you might have been able to tell you, he was known to enjoy the company of a courtesan or two.” A pause. “Who is this Duke and where can I find him?” asked the less allegorical figure.

Sleuth Averts His Eyes

Sleuth's colleague went to the Pride Erotica exhibition launch at 2022 Gallery in the Northern Quarter. She learnt many things including Z is for Zoology in which it appears tigers are getting confused in their attempts to remove themselves from the endangered species list and mate... with anything. The exhibition is called Cockadoodle and, as the picture reveals, is not for the overly sensitive. Or your gran. 

Tigger likes a jump

Tigger likes a jump

Sleuth And The Balkanisation Of Manchester

Sleuth hears rumours of yet another new opening. This one looks set for Lloyd Street in the city centre and is apparently going to be called the Baltic Kitchen featuring Eastern European cuisine, with a couple of tables annexed by Russian cuisine. 

Sleuth's Poster Of The Week

Sleuth likes an ironic distortion as much as the next roving city commentator.

Topless? Oh yes I see

Topless? Oh yes I see

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

AnonymousAugust 16th 2014.

The bouncers at LIV are a complete waste of time. My girlfriend and I went down on a Friday night to check it out. On the Saturday we took some friends who were visiting. They refused us entry because my girlfriend was wearing flats even though she had the same shoes on the night before. When I pointed this out the useless "VIP" girl gave me a dumb response and we were then escorted out of the club. Obviously I won't be going back there..................bring back Circle

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AnonymousAugust 18th 2014.

"....bring back Circle" said no one. Ever.

AnonymousAugust 16th 2014.

Ha, it's not the first time negative posters on ManCon were correct www.manchesterconfidential.co.uk/…/First-Look-Club-Liv…

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AnonymousAugust 16th 2014.

They need a reality check.

AnonymousAugust 16th 2014.

If LIV stopped trying to be so pretentious and get some decent door staff they may actually get a decent following Instead of hiring some young girl who's only goal in life is to be in a a show like made in Chelsea or some other reality nonsense. Isn't this place a rip off of LIV in Miami?

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Mark FullerAugust 16th 2014.

The pregnant woman in flat shoes, deserved to be humiliated and refused entry to some soulless club for not looking "sexy" enough.

Mark FullerAugust 16th 2014.

Speaking of the pretentious , the Pride Erotica Exhibition, judging by the example above, looks like yet another tiresome attempt to "push the boundaries", in a culture already saturated in sexual imagery. There's nothing subversive or alternative about this, it reflects a mainstream obsession with sex which is deeply boring,desperate and sad. It's not "progressive", it's regressive and shallow. Once it becomes obvious, that most people have become inured to this kind of talentless garbage, the obnoxious "artist" will have to go one step further, to supposedly shock the tiny minority who appreciate this rubbish. I wait with baited breath.

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rinkydinkAugust 16th 2014.

It's just a tiger taking a man from behind. Get over it...

AnonymousAugust 16th 2014.

Robbie Savage was a mediocre footballer and is an appalling pundit. Why on earth would the NFM think this man's hair would make for an interesting exhibit?

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AnonymousAugust 16th 2014.

And a dodgy statue of Michael Jackson is in there for what reason? It's a poor museum that should be sent back to Preston and find a better use for one of Manchester's iconic buildings.

AnonymousAugust 16th 2014.

Indeed. What on earth are the curators thinking? It's just embarrassing.

Ghostly TomAugust 17th 2014.

Hair on people's heads can be beautiful but cut off it looks a bit creepy...or is that just me?

AnonymousAugust 17th 2014.

Rightly or wrongly, licensed premises can turn away whoever they want as long as the reason isn't based on sexuality, race or religion. Its private property at the end of the day and they can pick and choose who enters. I'm not condoning the actions of the doorteam at LIV but they're entitled to do what they did with the pregnant partier. I also see Pat Karney has stuck his oar in and summonsed the owners of the club to meet him or provide an explanation for their actions. They don't have to.

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AnonymousAugust 17th 2014.

Yes but in a civilised society, all parties public and private have a duty to treat all people with respect - we shouldn't need to resort to legislation. I don't want to live in a society or a city lacking in common decency or respect. If it takes a local councillor to remind a business of its social responsibilities, so be it. Someone needs to.

AnonymousAugust 18th 2014.

Of course they have the right, and everyone else has the right to call them complete arses and leave scathing reviews on their Facebook page in response.

AnonymousAugust 18th 2014.

They may be entitled to turn people away for any spurious reason they feel. Just as everyone else is entitled to pour as much opprobrium on them as they feel. I thought bouncers turning people away because they "don't like your shoes" was something that was left behind 15 years ago. Apparently not in this vacuous throwback.

AnonymousAugust 18th 2014.

Wonder if Cllr Karney has called himself City Centre Club Spokesman yet

AnonymousAugust 19th 2014.

They have no right to do this at all. It is in fact sex discrimination because they are not requiring men to where heals, if men can wear flat shoes women must be allowed to as well.

Sharyn CaseAugust 19th 2014.

Think I'd be more worried about an 8 month pregnant woman being in my establisment in case of (a) she went into early labour or (b) she had an accident and then decided to sue!

AnonymousAugust 19th 2014.

The courts don't class it as sex discrimination when it comes to workplaces dress codes, apparently: www.equalityhumanrights.com/…/dress-codes… ...I would love to see the bouncers' reactions to a load of men turning up in heels though. Wonder if they'd get turned away?

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