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Sleuth 01/02/2008

Afflecks saved and Sir Alex denies genetic engineering

Published on February 1st 2008.

Sleuth 01/02/2008

Afflecks saved
Afflecks Palace has been saved from closure following negotiations between property giant Bruntwood and Afflecks Management Company. Bruntwood will take over direct control of the shopping centre after buying the Management Company out. It appears that Bruntwood have acted to save this Manchester landmark because of its reputation within the city rather than through business logic. Running shopping centres was never part of the plan: sentiment rather than business necessity has won the day. Bruntwood will be looking for a purchaser of the business as soon as possible but must be applauded in doing their best to save Afflecks famous scatter-gun range of boutiques and stalls. Crazy T-shirts, fetish wear and mad clubgear have been saved for the Mancunian nation.

Portuguese scouse
Sir Alex Ferguson, following revelations in the Guardian on Monday, has denied any experiments with genetic engineering behind the security fences at United’s Carrington training ground – see caption on the Guardian story below. Sleuth can confirm that there will be no Cristiano Rooneys, or Edwin Van Der Vidics. Unless the Guardian sub-editors get their hands on them, of course. By the way United were playing Tottenham Wanderers.

Arabian knight
Meanwhile a website was keen to underline who is who in this other picture of Sir Alex Ferguson and a Saudi friend, just in case people were in any doubt which was the Manchester United manager. Is that Sir Alex on the right in traditional Scottish headwear?

Click here.

Cracking up
The Circuit Series of debates at the Circle Club on Tuesday about independent retail was a passionate affair. David Mallon, of Ringspun, who opened fashion boutique the General Store in the Barton Arcade a little before Christmas said of Affleck’s Palace: “It looks really shit and feels old and tired.” Mark Kennedy who was in the audience grabbed the microphone. “Thanks for that,” he said. “I did all the mosaics on the outside of that building. So I don’t think it looks shit. And Dave, you’ve actually bought one of my mosaics to decorate one of your shops.” “I forgot about that,” said Mr Mallon.

Country matters
Sleuth likes to get to the country occasionally. On Thursday he went to Tarvin near Chester to look at the re-vamped and excellent George and Dragon. This is a Mooney establishment, as is the famed Belle Epoque in Knutsford. On the way into the village Sleuth and his crazy driver, Lewis Bexilton, had to swerve to avoid British tumbleweed: a lonely can of Stella blowing down the High Street. Quiet place Tarvin, aside from the teen alcoholics. At the pub, Sleuth asked if everything was finished and ready. Matthew Mooney said just about except, “we have to fit the hay dispenser on the wall in the car park.” The what? “A lot of people ride and that would be nice for their horses.” Brilliant. Sleuth wonders what the legal alcohol limit is for riding a horse. Would it be worth the Northern or the Bay Horse in city centre Manchester fitting a hay dispenser. Then Sleuth could ride in from Old Trafford, get legless and let the horse take him home? Worth thinking about.

Inhaling words
Sleuth’s been mightily entertained by Joe Stretch over the last few weeks. He’s the singer with Manchester band Performance. He’s also a writer with a novel coming out in Spring this year called Friction. This is published by Random House imprint Vintage, sub-titled, ‘The Pornography of Everyday Life’ and is set in Manchester. Big things are expected of it. Strange policy with review copies though. These have been sent far and wide including one to Rolling Stone, Keith Richards. Sleuth isn’t sure about this. Sleuth doesn’t reckon the grandpa rocker will read it. Sleuth reckons he might reduce it to ashes and inhale it - as he once claimed to have done with his dad’s ashes.

Manchester Confidential defers to age
Here at Confidential we know our limits. We are a modest and unassuming organ of new media. Thus there are some ways in which it will be impossible to compete with newspapers. Sometimes we just don’t have the flexibility of the older medium. Thus, as these pictures show, – click here – the MEN is far more efficient in some regards. Well done to Darth Horrocks and team for providing such a useful contribution to Manchester life.

Penetrating comments
Sleuth likes the idea of the Manga exhibition at Urbis from 13 March-27 September. Should be excellent. Sleuth also loved this description of this part of the exhibition. ‘Erotic Manga: restricted area only for over-18s How Manga Took Over the World raises the question of censorship and explores the penetration of Manga into Japanese Love Hotel rooms.’ Interesting choice of words.

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JinkiesFebruary 1st 2008.

Yeah but Bruntwood have only taken temporary control and "will be looking for a purchaser of the business as soon as possible". Who's to say the new management company won't want to put up rents, price out existing businesses and and in turn make a profit and *finally* sort out well over due repairs to the building? This isn't a good end to anything yet, it's just a temporary reprieve. I still think that road up by Rags to bitches would far better suit random traders than any kind of second rate bohemian mall, regardless of if it's called Afflecks or not.

BabsFebruary 1st 2008.

HURRAH HURRAH Afflecks Palace can continue to flourish and hopefully seller will come back because there seemed to be a few empty spaces which is understandble as they (the sellers) weren't too sure on their position I believe.Quite please to know that public interest was really listened to.And that Bruntwood decided to take an interest. Off to ME & Yu later :)

cllr.pat karneyFebruary 1st 2008.

Great news .We got there in the end.Thanks to all Confidential readers for their support and lobbying.Afflecks is saved from doom.

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