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Thomas Restaurant Closes, Angry Beetham, Vogue Fashion Night Tips

Sleuth Wk 42: News, absurdity and a very angry skyscraper

Written by . Published on October 11th 2013.

Thomas Restaurant Closes, Angry Beetham, Vogue Fashion Night Tips

SleuthSleuthSleuth is a sideways glance at the city every week, it's the truth, but Sleuth's truth. He's several people all at once. We give £25 for every story/rumour and piece of absurdity you find for us to publish. Sleuth sometimes even gets serious. We ask for the money back if any legal action follows. Follow Sleuth on twitter @mcrsleuth

Thomas Restaurant Closes

Thomas Restaurant in the Northern Quarter has closed. The restaurant on Thomas Street has been taken over by another operator. Sleuth regrets this as he had several good lunches and meals at Thomas within its elegant if hard-edged interior. He wishes the entrepreneurs behind the restaurant, Nicky Rybka-Goldsmith, Yvonne Rybka-Erskine and Paul Astill the best of luck. Manchester needs people like them.   

Thomas Restaurant


Thomas Restaurant

New Operator For Thomas

Sleuth understands that the Thomas Restaurant site won't be closed for long. A well-known local operator is moving into launch a bar with food on the lively strip that is Thomas Street. Let's just say woof. And then woof.

Sleuth Leads Way At Vogue Fashion Night Out

Sleuth loved Vogue Fashion Night Out on Thursday. All the European agencies and fashion houses came up to Manchester to take tips from Sleuth on male couture. The picture at the top of the page shows Alexandra Shulman and Matthew Williamson about to meet Sleuth. Top tip: this autumn corduroy elbow patches on jackets and cardies is going to be massive. You heard it here first.

Sleuth's Food And Drink Festival Ponderings

Sleuth also had a thought while watching the fashionistas strutting and tottering around town from shop to shop and venue to venue. Maybe the recently finished Food and Drink Festival could take a leaf out of this book. Do the festival thing over a long bank holiday with a Thursday launch where the restaurants, bars and pubs have an open night, crazy tasting sessions, music, yeah even fashion. Stalls in the streets too. Get a good sponsor and make the city alive with food in every quarter for five or six hours. 

Manchester In An Hour Via Japan

Sleuth met Hiroko Togo of Japanese state TV during the week. She was researching a travel programme about Manchester to be filmed over the next two weeks or so. The idea is for an in-depth feature looking at the city to provide the Japanese with a real understanding of the place. The broadcast will last an hour - sixty minutes of Manchester. Normally when Sleuth helps out overseas travel shows it's for five minute segments. The Japanese it seems still have a proper attention span. 

Hiroko Togo of Japanese State TV


Hiroko Togo of Japanese State TV

Sleuth's Mate And The Stars' Wine Incident

Sleuth's friend had a little too much to drink the other night dining in Dough in the Northern Quarter. Whilst trying to find the toilet which seemed to have trickily moved, he crashed into a table of diners knocking a wine bottle off the table. Fortunately one of the diners caught the bottle. Sleuth's friend shakily focused on the table's occupants. Looking back at him open-mouthed was John Sim, Philip Glenister and the producer of the drama about the 1996 IRA bomb called From There To Here mentioned in last week's Sleuth. "Good," said our hero, staring at the bottle of wine and his starry audience, "no spillage then. Do you know where the toilets are by the way?"

Death Makes Beautiful Music

At the launch of the People's Business: 150 years of the Cooperative Movement exhibition at the People's History Museum the music was provided by a brass band. It was magnificent. Sleuth said to a man with a plastic bag and bald head next to him, "This is our folk music, we should be so proud of this tradition and cherish it as the Spanish or the Mexicans do their folk music. There's nothing as rousing." "And look," quipped the bald man, "the band's called the Cooperative Funeralcare Brass Band. Marvellous. Rousing as you say. Music to wake the dead." 

Funeral power

Funeral power

Sleuth's Sweet Message To The World In The Town Hall Extension

Let's all go aargh over this sign.

Sweet message of Mancunian love

Sweet message of Mancunian love

Sleuth's Magnificent Row Of The Week On Manchester Confidential Part One

Graham Stringer, MP, on HS2 started a nice debate with this article.



Sleuth's Magnificent Row Of The Week On Manchester Confidential Part Two

This article from David Blake about the closure of Queer Bar started a not very nice debate.

Sleuth And The Power Of Limited Democracy As Student Union Bans The Sun

The Student Union at the University of Manchester are a noble bunch, sticking up for humanity and crusading against the evils of the world. Already the Union has claimed the scalps of Coca Cola and Nestle by banning their products from the Union - the corporations are quaking in their boots. The Union’s recent crusade was against the evilest newspaper of all, no not The Daily Mail but The Sun and its prehistoric, Page 3 breasts feature. This week they announced they had indeed banned the paper after a student wide vote that consisted of a total vote of 20 people, eighteen people for and two against - out of some 36,000 plus students. It's how democracy works. Sadly the Spar across the road has yet to vote on the matter so should some student dinosaurs require titillation all is not lost.

Sleuth's Favourite Twitter Account Of The Week - Angry Beetham

Sleuth is charmed by shouty, angry Beetham Tower with his angry eyes and his little arms on this Twitter account. Ask him something folks, ask him. Feel the snarl. Get a reply in yelly upper case.




Sleuth's Most Confusing Sign Of The Week

Every seven days or so Sleuth is stopped in the street and asked by policemen, concierges, Philip Glenister, John Sim, topless ladies, Matthew Williamson, Alexandra Shulman, angry towers, Japanese TV producers, Thomas and all the brass bands of the world: "Where can I find a physically difficult sign to obey in the city centre?"

"Why," says Sleuth. "That would be in Piccadilly Gardens."

And to prove this he showed the policemen, concierges, Philip Glenister, John Sim, topless ladies, Matthew Williamson, Alexandra Shulman, angry towers, Japanese TV producers, Thomas and all the brass bands of the world, this picture. 

The impossible sign

The impossible sign

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

WoofOctober 11th 2013.

Yeah that's right guys, DogsnDough has got a second site already after the phenomenal success of the first openng.

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rinkydinkOctober 11th 2013.


AnonymousOctober 11th 2013.

Not Black Dog?

AnonymousOctober 11th 2013.

Pizza Mutt?

WoofOctober 11th 2013.

I jest. Pets at Home are opening an NQ outlet to tend to the need of all those hipsters with their puppies.

MarkOctober 11th 2013.

So Sad to see Thomas Close!! Good luck to Paul Nicky and vonnie x

JayOctober 11th 2013.

It's Students' Union otherwise it would just be a union of one student.

AnonymousOctober 11th 2013.

the service at thomas' was terrible. the staff were arrogant and unattentive. which is a shame, as the food was generally very good.

NikkiOctober 11th 2013.

I found the staff at Thomas Restaurant to be very attentive and friendly. Plus the male waiters always tended to be rather dishy to say the least. Atmosphere, interiors and food were great - it was somewhere in the Northern Quarter you could go and eat that had a little more class and higher standard of quality for food. Sad it's closing :(

AnonymousOctober 11th 2013.

EDITORIAL: Honestly people you can't just bang up a load of unsubstantiated material and think it's fine because you're Anonymous. If you are a really brave Anon then email the editor with the evidence jonathans@theconfidentials.co.uk

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AnonymousOctober 16th 2013.

I agree its a bit nasty etc but is it any more or less substantiated than the views of a mancon reviewer?

TimOctober 12th 2013.

I agree that if people post comments they should post them under their own name, because the suspicion would be hostile comments are coming from rival businesses, which is pathetic. However the editor has rather shot himself in the foot by posting anonymously.

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Jonathan SchofieldOctober 12th 2013.

I've overwritten the comments of the Anonymous ranter in the comment box TIM

TimOctober 12th 2013.

Although how people can post evidence of a subjective judgement about bad service is beyond me. People are entitled to their opinions.

James SmithOctober 13th 2013.

How sad that you feel the need to attack and belittle the student union because it wants to stand up something it believes in, I only wish other organisations had the guts to do it. The sun was banned when i was a student at leeds uni 20 odd years ago so its nothing new. You should be praising it not having a go.

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Hot to TrotskyOctober 13th 2013.

It's not belittling the Students Union it's questioning the validity of 18 people making a judgement for 36,000

AnonymousOctober 19th 2013.

sleuth you arent very sleuthy. there's 40,000 students at manchester and theres not a spar opposite the students union. also it wasn't a student wide vote so that's disingenuous. it was a jury vote. if you want to question the validity of a representative jury system as a way of triaging topics with 75%+ agreement before all student referendums then that's one (dull) conversation to be had, but suggesting only 20 students out of the entire student body took part in an all student vote is factually way off the mark.

JimOctober 13th 2013.

Why has the student union banned coca-cola? Is there a good reason or are they just massive fans of Pepsi?

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