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Sleuth 11/06/2010

Standfirst: Crazy tunnels, beards, Burger King, BBC and lots of F words.

Published on June 11th 2010.


Sleuth 11/06/2010

Sleuth is a sideways glance at the city every week. We give £25 for every story/rumour and piece of absurdity you find for us to print. We ask for the money back if any legal action follows.

Waterworld
Sleuth went on the most lunatic city walk he’s ever been on last week. The editor took him and readers into the wet and the dark and a vision of Manchester the wrong way round. There’s going to be more of this sort of thing. Contact us if you’re interested on info@planetconfidential.co.uk. For other Confidential tours check this page out.

Sweet sign of the times
On leaving the crazy tour above. Sleuth and the group walked past this sign. Honestly some people and road rage. Or maybe park rage.

Like pulling teeth
There was an excellent talk from BBC producer Hugh Garry in the fine ‘There will be blood’ series of debates at Common bar in the NQ this week. These are organised by local company Cahoona, particularly Jon Grant and Rebecca Rae. Garry was talking about user generated content on websites, click here. Sleuth was particularly taken about Garry's comment that ‘the BBC is like a sweetshop run by dentists'. He’s so right. Sleuth hears so many complaints about the rigid rules presently hindering creativity following Ross’s and Brand’s indiscretion with Andrew Sachs that he reckons staff should rise up, storm Broadcasting House and burn the silly ‘compliance’ rules in the streets outside.

Dead German fun
The editor’s going to be running a Friedrich Engels day – click here http://tiny.cc/dqgsd. The German gent lived for over twenty years in Manchester and came up with the Communist Manifesto while in the city, with help from the frequently visiting Karl Marx. It would have been Engel’s 190th birthday on 28 November this year. The editor had a look around webworld to see if he could entice some partners. Sleuth thought he'd help out. Sleuth found this facebook site: The Friedrich Engels Beard Appreciation Society (click here). Sleuth likes their modest aims: ‘1. To praise the beard of Friedrich Engels, use it as an ideal and aspire to reach that goal. 2. To spread the word about the greatness of Friedrich Engels beard.’ It truly is a noble cause.

Birds of Black Pudding
There’s the Bury Lions Carnival this Saturday with a Rio street band (maybe they’ll be singing a requiem for his knee), a ‘spectacular aerial display and a fleet of fantasy cars’. Between 10-4pm there will be ‘an owl and birds of prey road show at Bury Market’. Sleuth wonders if there’s any research been undertaken into whether birds of prey like black pudding? He hopes the hawks, falcons and owls aren’t too distracted.

Food and Drink Festival Ambassador Event lacks essential ingredient
Confidential food writer Gordo tells Sleuth how he went to the Mark Addy to Wednesday’s Ambassadors meeting for this autumn’s Manchester Food and Drink Festival. “Were there any Ferrero Rocher?” asked Sleuth. “No,” said Gordo.

Burgers and piesGordo who’s never been sure about the Food and Drink Festival, kissed and made up with Phil Jones and Siobhan Hanley, the festival directors - see previous story. Then it all got sentimental and he ended up in The Castle pub on Oldham Street sometime after midnight with Siobhan and others. He was pissed. Everybody was. “The worst of it was,” admitted Manchester’s greatest gourmand, “on the way home I passed Burger King in Piccadilly and couldn’t help myself.” The Festival was announcing its headline sponsors, one of which is Holland’s Pies. Very northern, if not particularly fine food. Bizarrely Paul Horrocks the recent ex-editor of the Manchester Evening News has been doing some PR for Hollands – from pressman to pieman.

Too much interference
Confidential’s office on Quay Street has some weirdness going on. When one set of lifts are in use reception to the landline suffers. Darren Hutchinson of DreamScope.tv in Salford has it even worse. He tells Sleuth that when an ambulance goes wailing by, his office door bell rings. Odd enough. But weirdly it doesn’t ring with its normal chime, but a different one seemingly set specially for ambulances. Freaks him out.

Natural feeling
Sleuth was down at First Street the other day, he thought he'd been taking opium - a wild flower meadow has sprouted by the road. Look at the picture here: poppies in Central Manchester – lovely. First Street is the new thoroughfare over the railway from the old Hacienda club. The only building there presently has just become the temporary home of the Council as the Town Hall Extension is refurbished.

Tongue-twisting f words for kids
Sleuth’s been talking to Leah Byrne about helping out with a fabulous kids' event in August. “What’s the name again?” he asked. “It’s The Family Friendly Film Festival,” came the reply. “I wouldn’t want to try and say that five times in a row," said Sleuth. “Will you be having The Family Friendly Film Festival Friday Feature?” he continued. "Please say yes.”

Sleuth’s conclusive proof that all women are mad.
This is a phone video taken at the Spinningfields’ screening of ‘Dirty Dancing’.

Sleuth’s worst sandwich of the week
This is from Philpotts on Oxford Road and we think may involve bacon but certainly involved the loss of £3.


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

MillerJune 11th 2010.

That top picture looks like something post-society like when Charlton Heston stumbles across the Statue of Liberty in Planet of the Apes. Brilliant.

AgricolaJune 11th 2010.

Engels' beard is very fetching, a beautiful two tone number.

mike15366June 11th 2010.

Does anyone know what's happening with First St? I saw plans ages ago (before the recession hit) and it looked pretty good. Other than No.1 are the retail & leisure spaces going to be built or is the rest going to stay as waste land & NCP car park?

Private&ampConfidentialJune 12th 2010.

Here's me thinking Philpots were Purveyors of Premium Produce? Pah!

PrivateN'June 12th 2010.

Weird. Not a fan of the ampersand ManCon?

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