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Sleuth 15/05/2009

Danny Boyle to direct new movie in Bury? Plus Manchester is rubbish for dating – allegedly- and Gorton rising.

Published on May 15th 2009.


Sleuth 15/05/2009

Danny Boyle to direct new move in Bury?
Bury seems to have acquired a more media-savvy council these days. Or at least one that understands how Oscar-winning Danny Boyle, Brit/Mercury-winning Guy Garvey and Gold medallist Zoe Robinson could be used for naked PR opportunism. But no spin doctor could have manufactured the outbreak of all-round honesty and niceness at Monday’s freedom of the town ceremony. Boyle and Garvey undermined the whole image of celebrity-dom by being friendly and courteous to doddery councillors, tea ladies and small children clutching home-made music and films. A councillor’s speech even referred to Boyle’s heroin-chic movie Trainspotting and mused on whether the director could do another film about a recent incident in Bury when the deputy mayor was accosted by a drunk who tried to steal his gold chains. Sleuth would like to see that one and would like to suggest a title: Slumdog Blackpudding.

Bury’d on air
Sleuth got a surprise whilst listening to the play-off final news on Sunday on Radio Five Live. The lady presenter was chatting to a guest about the result – Bury lost on penalties to Shrewsbury – when she said, “The Shrewsbury goalkeeper kept out everything, didn’t he? He played a blinder.” There was a moment of on-air silence before the guest said: “I’m blind, so I didn’t actually see any of those saves.” There was a further moment of silence as the presenter was probably physically sick whilst attempting to thumb through the Equal Opps manual.

The most glamorous place on earth: Blackpool
Anyone for ‘le hotpot’? Yesterday saw our national TV stations clearing their news schedules for a film made for You Tube promoting the joys (or otherwise) of the classic Northern beach resort of Blackpool (click here to view). National BBC news was crazy for the thing from breakfast to tea-time, and TV’s News at 10 changed their legendary And Finally slot to Et Finalement, with the intro ‘ooh la Lancashire.’ Nice little coup this for Daniel Kennedy and his compadres at communications creatives SKV based in Salford. When a Paris-Blackpool lovefest made for You Tube rubs shoulders with matters of state and global conflict, we know we live in interesting times. Or just plain warped ones.

Timing is the true art of tragedy
So congratulations to MEN crime reporter Nicola Dowling who was named multimedia journalist of the year at the regional awards of the Press Gazette in London last week. So condolences to MEN crime reporter Nicola Dowling for being made redundant by the MEN in the latest round of Guardian Media Group Regional cutbacks a couple of weeks back.

David beats Goliath again
So congratulations to Gorton Monastery for winning the Best Building Conservation Project, and most importantly, Project of the Year 2009, at the North West RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Awards on Friday night. So condolences to the whole of Liverpool One and its forty two acre, £1 billion investment in one of Europe's biggest ever city centre redevelopments, for losing out to this lovely if much smaller East Manchester landmark. Sleuth is a patriotic Mancunian but even he’s surprised by that.

Sleuth’s response of the week
Well done to Emily Deyn, super-model Agyness’ sister, after she got savaged by the readers on this site for her choice of music from the We7 website last week. Instead of getting angry she shamed them by being funny. She wrote on the rants: “I seriously didn't realise how much I upset you all with my top ten tunes, So I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to each and everyone of you, I really didn't know that being a art student and having a part time job to pay for my studies and art materials would make you all so angry. I also apologise for my family name and for my mother for giving birth to me and making me the younger sister of my two older siblings. For all of this I'm extremely sorry and hope you can find it in your hearts to forgive me. xx ”. Sleuth thinks that’s a cracking response.

Sleuth’s rant of the week
Sleuth loved this exchange between regular ranter, the self-styled Castlefield (United fan) and Matt F (City fan). It was over the proposed Victory Parade in Manchester the day after the Champions League Final should United overcome Barcelona in Rome. Castlefield says: “ I'll still be somewhere in Rome, but thank God sense has won here.” Matt F says: “ Will there be a handy egg and cabbage stall for the parade, or do we need to bring our own missiles?” Castlefield says: “ I've heard sour grapes, bitter lemons and humble pie will be available for those inclined. And maybe a nice 33 year old vintage red to wash it down.” Matt F says..“ Great I'll throw anything. Still I like your ‘I'll still be somewhere in Rome comment’. Have you let the council know? Probably won't be the same without you there. You are after all a whole area of the city. ”

Manchester is low on the date trail
Sleuth loves a bit of PR bollocks as much as the next private detective. Thus some charlatans sent him an intriguing ‘dating’ survey which found Manchester is the nineteenth best area in Great Britain to find a date. According to this lot ‘the research has shown a national trend where if either sex significantly outnumbers the other, then less dating events are organised in that region. And where men and women live in equal numbers more dating events are held.’ Sleuth might have to organise a few events himself, even up that score, he certainly knows loads of attractive single ladies in their thirties and forties in the city, and less male singles in that age group which puzzles him. Surprisingly Stoke-on-Trent is the number one hotspot for dating. Unsurprisingly Sleuth has made that up. Actually it’s Skelmersdale. Sleuth’s made that up as well. Number one is Edinburgh and London, which apparently have a balance of singletons of either sex.

McCann Erickson turns on London Evening Standard
Sleuth has been amazed by the desperate policy of the London Evening Standard to try and recapture readers. In a bizarre ad campaign buses and tubes have recently carried a series of messages that begin with the word ‘sorry.’ The first said, ‘Sorry for losing touch’. Subsequent ones will say sorry for being negative, for taking readers for granted, for being complacent and for being predictable. Sleuth thinks the paper should apologise for being duped by the agency who got them to go along with this sad campaign: who cares if they say sorry, as if the London public will think they mean it. The agency in question is McCann Erickson. They were the people behind the ill-fated late nineties branding for the city’s tourism which went ‘Manchester: we’re up and going’. This caused Tom Bloxham and others to form the McEnroe Group after the tennis player’s “You cannot be serious’ cry. The strapline was thought to be weak, uncertain and embarrassing. And it was. Looks like McCann Erickson are up to their old tricks with the London Evening Standard.

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

east lancsMay 15th 2009.

Gav, if you revile ManCon that much, why are you here?

A BrothertonMay 15th 2009.

Oh Gav, come on. Where is the great MEN journalism? This is the problem. You have a 2.5m population in Greater Manchester and yet the paper (there are some good writers) looks and feels like a comic. I think Mancon have been restrained. Where is the real quality worthy of the city of the Manchester? You talk of reporting tell me about the exposures of Manchester crime, council and conscience. Tell me of the good articles about urban planning and much else. Above all talk to me about the wit. The journalism might be half-arsed on here but there's always a bit of fun.

these single ladiesMay 15th 2009.

in there attractive middle ages, where do I find them.Target audience and so on....

AnonymousMay 15th 2009.

Anonymous - I think anyone who has any dealings at all with certain elements within the MEN knows exactly why they've made their best reporter redundant! Jealousy, spite and vindictiveness are three words that spring to mind.

My dadMay 15th 2009.

oh dear... wrong article.

News of the TwirledMay 15th 2009.

I heard a senior party member at GMG recently claimed back £967,245 for a pirate's plank stationed over his personal moat.

lucky chrisMay 15th 2009.

Alright mate. I'm not really going to argue over the internet.

east lancsMay 15th 2009.

Anonymouses... Rather that hiding behind your screen, at least have the balls to post under you regular name if you insist on posting spiteful, personal comments.

GavMay 15th 2009.

jobs at ManCon for trained reporters MEN snooze? Their newsgathering consists of reading the MEN and writing up their stories in a news round up. Wouldn't be the best use of their talents now would it. and it's funny how its all the best one's losing their jobs demeaning those still there and based on what factual evidence exactly? Thought so. None. ever thought of a job at Mancon. you fit the profile

east lancsMay 15th 2009.

Fair comment I guess. I'm Paul btw, and I'm a nob :o)

AnonymousMay 15th 2009.

Re Emily, no-one 'savaged ... her for her choice in music', she was slated for being an obvious poser and because she was given a platform despite having nothing interesting to say or show for herself. Her response hardly improved on that and probably confirmed most peoples' initial impression to be honest! There's nothing wrong with being an art student or having a part-time job yadda yadda, but thinking that people are gonna be interested in your taste in music just because your sister is famous and you've managed to knock out a few t-shirts shows a lack of self-awareness.

lucky chrisMay 15th 2009.

God Almighty: Again, what's with the temper? Read what it actually says in my comment (I'll only bother to defend myself), and quote the bit that attacks Emily Deyn. You need some of that Friday feeling buddy.

God AlmightyMay 15th 2009.

I have read it through again, its as boorish as the first time.

News of the TwirledMay 15th 2009.

I heard a senior party member at GMG recently claimed back £967,245 for a pirate's plank stationed over his moat.

The Last WordMay 15th 2009.

Fcuk Off

CastlefieldMay 15th 2009.

I'll still be in Rome though Sleuth. Can't wait!!!!!!!!!! Counting the sleeps!

Manchester Evening SnoozeMay 15th 2009.

I think that those of us who have watched appalled the slow and tortured decline and fall of the MEN will want to wish Nicola - and all the other superb reporters who are losing their jobs in these redundancies (particularly in the features department) - well. The MEN is losing some of its best writers and best people and it is a terrible that the paper seems so intent on self-destruction.But talent should always be recognised, and hopefully Nicola and the rest will be snapped up quickly where they may be better appreciated. Any jobs for them at ManCon?

God AlmightyMay 15th 2009.

Anonymous, One, Two and Three: Get a fcucking life my sake! How can anyone go on so much? Have you no lives of your own? Leave the poor girl alone!

CastlefieldMay 15th 2009.

The third was me, get all excited and didn't put my sudoname on! Happens sometimes but I usually correct it! No bile in there though! And God Almighty, you're the one commenting on our comments about comments about the girl - if we're all sad losers with no lives (that's prob true sometimes!) then what are you mister? God Almighty?

AnonymousMay 15th 2009.

Anony is correct, no-one cared about her music, which I'm sure is very cool. It was the comments like 'When it comes to music I feel like I'm adaptable enough to allow myself to desire different types of music without making a major change to who I am as a person'. And that she changed her name to Deyn. Personally I got my back up that ManCon gave her the 'airtime' when there are more worthy 'artists' etc in town, without a supermodel sister, who need a leg up.

LouMay 15th 2009.

"[Sleuth] certainly knows loads of attractive single ladies in their thirties and forties in the city, and less male singles in that age group which puzzles him." - This is because the 30 and 40 year old attractive men are opting for the attractive 20 year old women.

CastlefieldMay 15th 2009.

Journalists at the MEN do the same, they are always copying stories from Red Issue!So what if ManCon copy stories from other outlets, that's what most 'trained' journalists do! Unless you're there on the front line, you must be copying from someone! ManCon just do it with a bit of wit and panache.

AnonymousMay 15th 2009.

Why am I not surprised to learn that the MEN have made their best reporter redundant? They really have no clue what is good for them.

AnonymousMay 15th 2009.

That and expense reports

lucky chrisMay 15th 2009.

I posted the 2nd anonymous comment. Wasn't deliberate, and I doubt anyone else cared. Don't think there was much in it that you'd call spiteful. Unless your name is actually east lancs, you're not much better are you? Don't get all hardcore with your keyboard mate.

Manchester Evening SnoozeMay 15th 2009.

Oh, Gav, I suggest you put the claws away and continue eating your Whiskas! I'm assuming you're defending the MEN from the outside because if you're one of their writers then god help them, looking at your shocking grammar and punctuation. I'm not going to be cruel, but if you are any form of journalist you should be ashamed. If you ain't, sorry. Either way, the plummeting circulation and the fact they are getting rid of some of the finest feature writers currently in regional journalism, along with some incredibly experienced and talented hacks (see, for example, the fact that Nicola Dowling has actually won an award!) means that there is something seriously askew at Number One Scott Place.A final point to A Brotherton - the paper used to have that great journalism. My question is, where did it go? This is the paper that named the guy who (allegedly) blew up this city. I can't imagine that it would do that today...

CastlefieldMay 15th 2009.

And for arguments sake, the first time I ever went on this fine publication the article I commented on was area specific. That's why I started with 'castlefield', I just carried on using it, obviously thinking people could distinguish the fact it wasn't the cobbled streets themselves having an opinion. I didn't bank on City fans!

My dadMay 15th 2009.

also likes 'dripping on toast' or.. fat on toast. EEUUGHH

AnonymousMay 15th 2009.

I'd have to agree with the above. Nobody had much to say about her choice of music (other than never having heard of some of the tracks). I doubt anyone who commented was feeling particularly "shamed". If you're endorsing that as the reply of the week the I suggest it's been a very dull week for replies.

Big Bad BobMay 15th 2009.

i say fair play to emily, she clearly has personality and wit even if i didnt recognise any of her song choices its her 'opinion' at the end of the day and surely rants = opinion so take from it what you will their value.

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