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Tours With Ian Brown, Ask on King St, Veggie Bars

Sleuth 31/08/2012

Published on August 31st 2012.


Tours With Ian Brown, Ask on King St, Veggie Bars

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Ian Brown Guided Tours

It's good to see that Viz have decided to follow in Confidential's footsteps and offer guided tours - click here for some tours from Confidential this weekend. But they've trumped us. Instead of some harmless drudge of a tour guide taking people around they've got the real Mancunian deal. Ladies and gentlemen we give you Manchester tours by Ian Brown, described as 'another exclusive in the Manchester walks series, for anyone not from round 'ere'. Apparently Mr Brown needs to supplement his income after nobody much turned up for the Heaton Park gigs, or something like that. Anyway Sleuth is sure this is a serious idea. Honestly, he's sure it is.

Liam toursIan Brown tours

Ask to move into King Street

There are rumours all over the place about 'Italian' restaurant chain Ask moving into the Lloyd's Bank on King Street.

BritanniaCrow was on the head hereSleuth went digging and ended up chatting to a handsome crow perched on the top of Minerva's head - the sculpture of Minerva that is.

Apparently the grand old and very elaborate bank has planning permission for two restaurants and also is about to get a glorious polish externally to reveal its white Portland stone splendours.

But there's a problem.

Lloyds bank were supposed to move into a more consumer friendly unit on Market Street - just as HSBC moved from King Street to St Ann's Square - but the bank didn't move quickly enough and were outpaced by Adidas with their fleet-footed trainers. So Lloyds finds itself stranded in King Street and the restaurants backed up behind them. 

To get things moving might be a big ask. Or maybe a big Ask. 

Sleuth would like to thank that talkative crow for the info though.

Lloyds Bank, to get a cleanLloyds Bank, to get a clean

Woman eaten by pigeons finds shelter

Sleuth was in St Ann's Square and saw a woman being attacked by pigeons - see the main picture above. Fortunately she used the stiff-upper-lipped Brits weapon of choice. No gun-totting Texan this, no, our lady simply opened her umbrella and hey presto, pigeon and lady were friends again. Especially when she fed the flying rats some handy seed. Sleuth loves eccentrics such as this and hopes there isn't a dodgy city byelaw somewhere which can get her thrown in the slammer. 

The French love McDonalds: Fact

Our Gallic neighbours make great play of not appreciating the influence of America. Many writers and politicians over the Channel have commented on how the US-effect waters down their natural cultural superiority. Especially with food. So Sleuth was surprised to see - again in St Ann's Square - several French business people with bags and bags of McDonalds, loads of the stuff. Sacre Bleu! La Patrimonie! (Sleuth knew they were French by the strings of onions round their necks and the fact they were all talking French to each other.)

Oooh la la la Big MacOooh la la la Big Mac

Shrinking the goalposts

You couldn't make this up but the Manchester Confidential sponsored u16 Oswald Road team (ORJFC) turned up for pre-season training at Chorlton Park and began to doubt their sanity. The parkies had put on one end of the pitch the standard eight foot high posts, and at the other end posts intended for kiddies, about a third less in overall size. It was so obvious a mistake, you could be forgiven for thinking it was a prank.

Still, Sleuth's not sure how other managers are going to take the new ORJFC rule of teams not swapping sides at half time, and the home team always playing towards the larger net. It's called home advantage right?

Sleuth is also campaigning for every jobsworth politician to start, during every future crisis, stating that the 'opposition have shrunk the goalposts'. That old one about 'moving the goalposts' is so last season.

This is the right size, one at the other end is tinyThis is the right size, one at the other end is tiny

Sleuth's Refusal To Repeat Any Chorlton Cliches About Basket-weaving Vegetarians

A fine Manchester vegetarian restaurant is moving into a second site. Restaurant 1847 (named for the year the Vegetarian Society was formed) is presently in the city centre on Booth Street but is opening a second site on Manchester Road in Chorlton-cum-Meatfree. Sleuth, Unicorn Grocery and Lee Frost from Frost the Butchers all wish it the best of luck. One thing though. What is a vegetarian bar?

Vegetarian Kitchen and BarVegetarian Kitchen and Bar

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

paulsouthernAugust 31st 2012.

No Dougal, not tiny just far away!

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SleuthAugust 31st 2012.

If only...

AnonymousAugust 31st 2012.

Vegetarian Bar: A lot of beer and wine has fish guts in it..

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AnonymousAugust 31st 2012.

Well I guess if you need to get an unrelated fact in then now is better than never.

AnonymousAugust 31st 2012.

Vegetarian Kitchen, and bar.

Jon McGonigleSeptember 1st 2012.

Whoosh!!

Rocky CruzSeptember 1st 2012.

Is this really the best you can come up with in a week? Some French people outside McDonalds? Did you get that off Reuter's?

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