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Sleuth 18/1/13: Damson Date For MediaCity, Cheapest Car Parking Anywhere

Manchester's absurdist columnist strolls the city and observes

Published on January 18th 2013.

Sleuth 18/1/13: Damson Date For MediaCity, Cheapest Car Parking Anywhere

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Damson MediaCityUk Opening

MediaCityUK's first credible food operator Damson has announced its opening date - 1 February. There'll be a chef's table, views across the main MediaCityUK square, 140 covers in the restaurant, and a bar if you only want to drink and take in the view. The menu will include signature dishes such as Whitby crab and parsley risotto with salt and vinegar cockles; grilled scallops with slow cooked middle white pork belly and Bury black pudding croquettes; and for desserts, caramelised pain perdu with roasted pear, honey and yoghurt ice cream, Earl Grey tea jelly and honeycomb. Sleuth can't wait. He lives a walk away and has been embarrassed about the lack of a proper restaurant in the whole MediaCityUK/Salford Quays area for yonks. 

Steve Pilling and Simon Stanley of DamsonSteve Pilling and Simon Stanley of Damson

Sleuth's Leadership Developments In Confidence

Sleuth was at theRally to Restore Confidence’ property panel on Tuesday at the Hilton, Deansgate. Confidence was in short supply. It should have been called the Conference of Cold Reality’ (or Cold Realty – ho, ho). At the end of the event the panel were asked a series of 'fun' questions. One of which was who would they have as their deputy prime minister if they were running the country.

Ken Knott of Ask Developments went for the late Steve Jobs. John Atkins of Manchester Airport went for John Whittaker, the boss of Peel Group, "someone who plays the long game". Gerry Kelleher, deputy vice chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University said, “Basil Fawlty...er...I think I read the brief wrong”. Council Leader Sir Richard Leese wanted Bill Clinton, “a formidable intellect”. 

Tom Bloxham, boss of Urban Splash, said he’d like the Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, Sir Howard Bernstein.

Sleuth thought this odd given Bloxham was sat next to the political leader of Manchester, Sir Richard Leese. Maybe he didn’t want to appear too creepy, oh, er, just a minute... 

Sleuth's Black And White Facts

Sleuth hears that the Manchester area is the place with the most black and white TV sets. A recent survey (click here) found that, 'despite being next to Salford's MediaCityUK, the BBC's new TV hub - Manchester has the highest density of greyscale sets for its population, 0.08 per cent to be precise. It's more than the 0.06 per cent of Birmingham dwellers who have a black-and-white licence. Or the 0.03 per cent in London, going on population stats from the 2011 census.' Of course for black and white it's only £49 for the TV licence, which saves viewers £96.50. Canny. And also we Mancunians are famous for our discernment, we love the nuances of texture and the added purity of the black and white image.

Manchester as many locals see itManchester, as many locals see it

Sleuth's Pub Theming Moment Of The Week

Sleuth loves when a business really gets into a theme. These sofas at the Oast House in Spinningfields show a true commitment to the well-used, lived-in look of the classic boozer.

Or maybe one of those fighting Wetherspoons pubs in small towns where you can get the stuffing kicked out of you in seconds for merely picking up the wrong pint.

Hard working sofasHard working sofas

Sleuth's Most Obvious Planning Permission Sign Of The Year

Sleuth is odd, he reads all the planning permission notices on buildings, trying to nose out what's happening. Normally the lettering on these is so small it can only be read by hobbits and literate mice. Not this notice. The application for fruity dealings to continue in Deansgate's Fantasy Bar, is very big, very pink and shouts the word 'SEX' at passersby.


Sleuth And The Cheapest Car Parking Charge In Greater Manchester

Lynda Moyo, Confidential's tough nun, found herself in Hale this week, and was taken aback. In NCP's King Street car park in the city centre, the cheapest tariff is nearly £7 for a minimum of two hours.

In Hale it was 10p for an hour. La Moyo got so excited she bought a ticket for three hours for 70p.

She didn't have a car with her but it was just too much of a bargain to resist.

Cheapest car parkCheapest car park

Sleuth And The Most Beautiful Typeface In Manchester, Perhaps The World

Every seven days or so Sleuth is stopped in the street by policemen, firemen, concierges, Bill Clinton, NCP attendents, old sofas, the complete cast of Les Miserables, and asked "Where can we see the best typeface in Manchester, perhaps the world?" 

"Why," says Sleuth, "that would be the arts and crafts typeface on the 1890s extension to Manchester School of Art, Lower Ormond Street. It was designed by WJ Neatby."

Beautiful letteringBeautiful lettering

Sleuth And The Weirdest Thing Seen On A City Street This Week

Sleuth was walking up Quay Street. In the bin outside the Opera House, in amongst the cigarette butts was...well take a look below. This is the sort of picture that demands a caption competition.

Eh?Man with glasses dissolves in tobacco

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

AnonymousJanuary 18th 2013.

EDITORIAL COMMENT: This rant has been removed because it's nasty and no longer relevant

RevaulxJanuary 18th 2013.

The 1890s extension to Manchester School of Art is pretty fab altogether, as is the 1960s extension and the quirky bridge between the two. When are they due to be demolished?

jrsteeveJanuary 18th 2013.

'Spectacle receptacle deemed a success?'

AnonymousJanuary 18th 2013.

Am I the only person who only reads Sleuth for the "Every seven days or so..." recurring theme?

Malcolm HandleyJanuary 18th 2013.

Why Wetherspoons?

Ryan O'hanlonJanuary 18th 2013.

because Wetherspoons' are places where you are likely to get the stuffing kicked out of you in seconds for merely picking up the wrong pint, as the article points out.

1 Response: Reply To This...
Malcolm HandleyJanuary 18th 2013.

Have you thought it might not be Wetherspoons but you trawling the town picking up the wrong pint - ffs who picks up the wrong pint!

AnonymousJanuary 18th 2013.

has anyone been to R House yet?


Jonathan SchofieldJanuary 18th 2013.

Is R House in the middle of the street? Or is it on a corner?

AnonymousJanuary 18th 2013.

Sleuth is right green is for booze pink is for sex. I am sure they are no one of the bars who hire limousines to pick up young lads.

paulsouthernJanuary 19th 2013.

R House 'Home to many a unique nightspot with a plethora of who’s who in town, R House makes a bold statement among them all' Another statement that makes me think a dickhead free night in the NQ is not possible anymore. NQ Love by day, leave by night!

AnonymousJanuary 19th 2013.

I've been to R House and wish I hadn't. Ordered the spring rolls which were filled with an unidentifiable tasteless mush and my main course of sea bass was no better as it had the life cooked out of it and was very tough and dry.

Throughout my whole meal, the staff stood together chatting very loudly about their lives totally ignoring most of the customers in there.

Poster BoyJanuary 21st 2013.

Cheap parking to encourage people to patronize shops, restaurants and businesses. Now there's an idea...

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