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Sleuth 18/11/2011

First £1m Flat Sold For Ages, Chesney Brown, Window Cleaners, Manchester's New Square And The Outlet Re-Opens

Published on November 18th 2011.

Sleuth 18/11/2011

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No 1 for £1m

Jennie Platt In A FlatJennie Platt In A FlatManchester City Letting’s, Jennie Platt, is cock-a-hoop, over-the-moon, happy as Larry and other clichés. She’s just completed the city’s first £1m sale since August 2009. The latter was in The Left Bank development in the city centre in Spinningfields, this present sale is of a penthouse apartment at Number 1 Deansgate. There’s not the sniff of a footballer involved either just a couple who want to occupy the high end of city living. 

Sleuth’s External Flatmates Of The Week

Apartment dwellers in Beetham Tower have to be careful in the way they dress. Aside from the bedrooms and bathrooms most of the flats don’t have any curtains or blinds. This means that should you decide to get up a little late and may not be quite as dressed as you intended, then you may have some unexpected guests joining you in the living room – just externally so. This picture was taken by a female reader on the fortieth floor of Beetham Tower. To be fair to the guests they were only hanging around doing their jobs. Sleuth's trying to work out which is George Formby. 


Sleuth Finds A New Square With No-Name

So Sleuth was out and about strolling the streets on Thursday when he found a new square. This is outside the recently opened Holiday Inn Express in the Northern Quarter off New George Street. It has no name this square, just as the one off Bridge Street has no name - click here. It also has no street furniture which is kind of nice too, perhap only two or three benches are needed so it remains uncluttered. There's something distinctly urban Dutch about the space. Sleuth wants to know who designed it and will make it his mission to find out.  

Rules And Squares 042

Sleuth’s Post-Riot Claims Part One

Sleuth has been following the discussion this week about compensation claims by traders following the August riots in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool. His favourite ill-advised quote comes from Nigel Godfrey, business manager at Birmingham City Council, regarding the apparently low uptake of one element of the help on offer. This is where firms can get their business rates waived for up to six months if their income has been affected by the riots. "We thought we would have hundreds of people queuing up and banging on the door to get this funding,” he said. ‘What and then maybe running in and stealing your shoes,’ thought Sleuth. 

Sleuth’s Post-Riot Story Part Two

Sleuth thought it was a bit hasty of Chief Constable Fahy to blame the Met Police over their tardy handling of the August riots, therefore encouraging loons up here to join in. Sleuth was on the Manchester streets on 9 August and an early show of force would easily have nipped in the bud any looting from empty-headed scummers. As Graham Stringer, MP, wrote on Confidential: 'When Labour councillors asked the police why they were standing by, they were informed that they had been given instruction to hold the line so they could create sterile zones. Manchester City Centre was vandalised from one end to the other. It was a victory for criminals. This must not happen again. There must be an open debate about the success and failures of the police’s tactics.'

Sleuth was told by a taxi driver

ITV caused a scene at Manchester Airport on Thursday when filming a scene with the Chesney Brown character from Corrie. They just turned up and parked on the taxi rank. Chaos. Taxi drivers shouting at the crew who were getting in the way of customers getting into cabs, bus drivers shouting at taxi drivers for clogging the road behind, the Airport telling off ITV for not getting permission to film. Apparently the ITV producer thought it'd be fine to bob along and start shooting. Poor idea. What with all the taxis interrupting the filming with blasts of expletives it took an age to complete the scene.


Dale Street Deli Re-Opens

The Outlet on Dale Street is about to re-open as the northern outpost of the North Star Deli in Chorlton. The confined, if good looking, site has been a troublesome one so let's hope a bit of North Star magic can rub off on it. Expect quality snacks and good drinks including a licence. Sleuth will see you down there.  

Sleuth’s Inarticulate Rant Of The Week

This rant, posted this Thursday, concerns our X-Factor review of a few weeks back by Simon Binns (click here). It reads: ‘this review is a complete load of ***; if you dont' liek ti, dont' watch it. Nobody's forcing you too, and I don't doubt that most of these people on this show are a hell of a lot more famous than you.’ Brilliant bit of invective that. Ticks all the right boxes for inarticulate rage.

Manchester Confidential Ukrainian XI Triumph

A Manchester Confidential XI took on CLB Coopers accountants at the Valley Road ground of Flixton FC on Wednesday evening. Confidential in their first ever game came out top winning 2-1. Chris Brown-Colbert and Garran St. Vall scored the Confidential goals. Confidential were wearing shirts of the Ukrainian national team  – yellow like the Confidential masthead above. “I was so proud to be representing the Ukraine team in Flixton,” said Sleuth, “And very happy to have won for the country. I hope the folks back home in Kiev are happy...er...has anyone told them yet?”





Scenes After The Victory In Flixton


Flixton CrowdEcstatic Ukranian fans flood a Flixton precinct


The Consequences Of The National Victory

Smudge ‘I-hate-heading’ Jones caught the mood of the office the following day after the match. “I woke up this morning,” he said, “and I thought my legs had taken Viagra they were that stiff.” 

Sleuth’s Dictionary Of Modern English Phrases

The man who came up with the phrase ‘back of beyond’ had Valley Road, Flixton in mind. The place is so far away from anywhere. 

Sleuth's Lies To Tell Tourists

The Ukranian National team regularly plays home games at the Valley Road Stadium in Flixton, West Manchester, off Back of Beyond Street.

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

Kevin PeelNovember 18th 2011.

Looking forward to visiting the deli!

AnonymousNovember 20th 2011.

Hmm. Your efforts to smudge out the identities of the other inner boroughs of Greater Manchester need to be more subtle. As I'm sure you well know, Flixton is in Trafford, a good three miles away from 'West Manchester'.

ChrisNovember 20th 2011.

Settle down Anon.

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AnonymousNovember 20th 2011.

Thanks for that contribution. Really worthwhile.

AnonymousNovember 21st 2011.

The Square to the front of the Holiday Inn Express was designed by Mews Developments, along with the hotel. The square was developed with the build of the hotel but is actually owned by Manchester City Council. As an employee of the hotel who walks through the square numerous times each day I agree, a few benches would be a great addition! At night with the coloured lights of the hotel the square comes alive with passing residents. The hotel does have a bar and outdoor seating area so in Summer it will be the ideal place for a post work drink :)

Simon SmithDecember 1st 2011.

Being far away from anywhere in Manchester is what makes Flixton a desirable place to live.

AnonymousDecember 1st 2011.

Flixton is Manchester. As is Altrincham, where you live.

LukeDecember 4th 2011.

With this great news isn’t it time the city had the Hotels which have been planned for an age, bring on the Piccadilly Tower, Intercontinental Tower, Hardman Square. I ASK Manchester what our we doing ?, we need to take this city in to 21st century, like Birmingham, Liverpool and Leeds.

SleuthDecember 4th 2011.

Luke are you seriously comparing Manchester's hotel scene negatively to that in cities you mention?

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