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fartcatcher

Manchester

I have to go up there tomorrow to take elder offspring back to Uni.

Still get a strange feeling when I go there as I feel I ought to dislike everybody on principle. They turn out generally to be very nice. Perhaps they're Man City fans.

I've heard it has lots of nice bits and a vibrant night life, but by and large it still looks like a shithole to me.
lebowski

Re: Manchester

fartcatcher wrote:
I have to go up there tomorrow to take elder offspring back to Uni.

Still get a strange feeling when I go there as I feel I ought to dislike everybody on principle. They turn out generally to be very nice. Perhaps they're Man City fans.

I've heard it has lots of nice bits and a vibrant night life, but by and large it still looks like a shithole to me.


By and large it is, most of the nice areas are in Cheshire.
Butts

Awful place
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

lived there for four years in the mid-nineties

almost killed me or i almost killed myself - the jury's still out on this

rammed full of psychos, aggressive mentally damaged queens, extremely poor people, people who are considerably richer than yow, professional mancunians, irish drunks, scabby students and utter utter cunts

some of the clubs and bars were great but generally rammed full of gangsters and wannabees
bearing

Used to work in Salford, just down t' road from Eccles and the Salford Reds .  Nice place, if you liked being car jacked.
Late Doors

The Serf of Craggwood wrote:


rammed full of psychos, aggressive mentally damaged queens, extremely poor people, people who are considerably richer than yow, professional mancunians, irish drunks, scabby students and utter utter cunts

some of the clubs and bars were great but generally rammed full of gangsters and wannabees


 Throw in more scouse than scousers and that is spot on
sheeps

First I ask for forgiveness.

There is something I have to tell you.


My youngest and eldest compete for...........for..............Trafford A.C.

There said it. But, there is a but, the club colours are blue, white and yellow. And I have to tell you the people at the club, officials and athletes are fantastic people.

Really, really nice folk who will do anything for you. Why are they so different from the people you have all encountered? Plus they get plenty of stick from myself regarding the M** U** / Lancashire thing, and of course, I get it back.


Now having said that, they train at Sport City next to the Man. City ground, and they could be there for four or five hours on a Saturday.
Occasionally I will get in the car and go for a drive and on one of those just a half mile or so from the ground I saw a sign advertising a 'market'.

I won't do it justice but imagine a scene from Oliver and substitute Fagin and the Artfull with shaven headed, spotty, pale, shifty [and this is just the women] human beings and then set them amongst substantial wooden stalls which must be Victorian originals, so closely packed together that sheets and tarpaulins have been slung across the whole of the market.

Lighting is provided by garland lighting adding to the surreal atmosphere. I couldn't resist though and with hand on wallet I risked it.

At the likes of Cross Green Market in Leeds where dodgy DVD purveyors sell from a sheet which can be quickly gathered for means of egress, these guys, probably five of the stalls were selling  DVDs had signage and shelving etc. One had a telly DVD combi set up to prove the quality of his wares.

What a fucking place, not extensively traveled missen but fook, never seen anything like this. The McGuire's from Shameless would keep their heads down in there. Stopped at one of the aforementioned stalls and as I perused his wares he mumbled, 'three for a fiver', put them down, 'four to you mate' had another look, put them down, 'quid each'.

Took seven for a fiver, they were all fucking crap.

No receipt though    and not sure trading standards would be any help. I shall let him off this time.

This place should be on any Manchester tourist route.
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

sounds like Pattaya market
lebowski

Sounds like Ponte market
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

dreadful place on a weekend

i remember once calling the police cos some asian lads were kicking fuck out of a much smaller group of asian lads outside the Piccadilly 180 or whatever the place was called bats and chains involved. no one turned up for about 7-10 minutes by which time there was nothing left but fallen bodies, gore, blood, torn out pieces of scalp clothingand shoes. never seen violence like it.

another time i made the mistake of driving my car through on a saturday night. people lurching into the road trying to stop you and then kicking the side of the motor when i wouldnt stop. of course it was my uncle Monty's Rolls Royce but thats by the by

the whole place seemed to run on drugs and drink and despair
sheeps

lebowski wrote:
Sounds like Ponte market




No need    
lebowski

sheeps wrote:
lebowski wrote:
Sounds like Ponte market




No need † †


Just kiddin'.
lebowski

The Serf of Craggwood wrote:
dreadful place on a weekend

i remember once calling the police cos some asian lads were kicking fuck out of a much smaller group of asian lads outside the Piccadilly 180 or whatever the place was called bats and chains involved. no one turned up for about 7-10 minutes by which time there was nothing left but fallen bodies, gore, blood, torn out pieces of scalp clothingand shoes. never seen violence like it.

another time i made the mistake of driving my car through on a saturday night. people lurching into the road trying to stop you and then kicking the side of the motor when i wouldnt stop. of course it was my uncle Monty's Rolls Royce but thats by the by

the whole place seemed to run on drugs and drink and despair


At the time Man Utd won the European cup the second time I was working with a lad who used to commute to Leeds from Bury ( A Bolton fan ) on the night in question after the game he had to venture into Salford to pick up a relative, on the way there he had to negotiate the celebrating masses of Salford who had flooded the streets including some old geezer who was so excited by the moment he was tossing himself off over the bonnet of my mates car. No one seemed to mind apparently.
Dock

lebowski wrote:
The Serf of Craggwood wrote:
dreadful place on a weekend

i remember once calling the police cos some asian lads were kicking fuck out of a much smaller group of asian lads outside the Piccadilly 180 or whatever the place was called bats and chains involved. no one turned up for about 7-10 minutes by which time there was nothing left but fallen bodies, gore, blood, torn out pieces of scalp clothingand shoes. never seen violence like it.

another time i made the mistake of driving my car through on a saturday night. people lurching into the road trying to stop you and then kicking the side of the motor when i wouldnt stop. of course it was my uncle Monty's Rolls Royce but thats by the by

the whole place seemed to run on drugs and drink and despair


At the time Man Utd won the European cup the second time I was working with a lad who used to commute to Leeds from Bury ( A Bolton fan ) on the night in question after the game he had to venture into Salford to pick up a relative, on the way there he had to negotiate the celebrating masses of Salford who had flooded the streets including some old geezer who was so excited by the moment he was tossing himself off over the bonnet of my mates car. No one seemed to mind apparently.


Easy cum, easy go!  
fartcatcher

Another visit this weekend. Me and mrs f escorted round town by elder offspring. Went to a noodle bar called Yamagama (or something like that) in a place called the Printworks.

Impressive building which I guess must be where one of the Northern versions of the dailys was printed. The Guardian?

Under-utilised scale model of the London Eye nearby.

They don't seem to have worked out traffic lights there yet, and the whole place looks like it needs hoovering.
Pond Life

fartcatcher wrote:
and the whole place looks like it needs hoovering.


Butts

fartcatcher wrote:


Impressive building which I guess must be where one of the Northern versions of the dailys was printed. The Guardian?



The Express, I think.

I've been there a few times recently and agree its a horrible place with nowhere to park. They also use side streets to piss in, instead of toilets.
ashthepash

Just finished reading all of this but need to ask...

Anyone recommend any pubs/clubs to frequent. I'm  there next week for 3 nights attending a conference with work colleagues (age range 30s - early 40s). At some point we will be visiting (C)anal Street, oh dear  
Foo Whiter

Check this place out Ash, i thought it was a great boozer after a Foo Fighters Gig. NOC was supposed to meet up with us after a Stranglers gig but he got the train home. What a numpty!

So we kept drinking & the trains got cancelled! Got in at 4.30 am on a bus! What a set a numpties

http://www.beerintheevening.com/p...59/5964/English_Lounge/Manchester

Cracking Jukebox & Ale  
Late Doors

Four i always try to get in are

Crown and anchor
Lively basic Town Center booxer
The Marble arch
Classic Real ale Gem
Peveril Of The Peak
Real old fashioned boozer, more Rovers Return than the rovers
Lass O'Gowrie
Newish classy busy indie ale bar

All in the City Center area, look em up for directions
ashthepash

Thanks for all of that - excellent!

Been in Lass o' and Peveril LD

Will try the others you sent me. Ta v much.
Plastic Man

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ashthepash

Plastic Man wrote:
Mr Pash - A message was sent to your inbox on this matter. Has it arrived?


Not yet...I'll Pm you - to see if it works.
Plastic Man

ashthepash wrote:
Plastic Man wrote:
Mr Pash - A message was sent to your inbox on this matter. Has it arrived?


Not yet...I'll Pm you - to see if it works.


I've received it and replied.
Plastic Man

Late Doors wrote:
Four i always try to get in are

Crown and anchor
Lively basic Town Center booxer

All in the City Center area, look em up for directions


Mr Doors.

It transpires that there are no less than two Crown and anchors, handily but rather confusingly placed half a mile apart.

Which are you referring to?

http://www.beerintheevening.com/p...20522/Crown_and_Anchor/Manchester
http://www.beerintheevening.com/p.../1207/Crown_and_Anchor/Manchester
ashthepash

Plastic Man wrote:
ashthepash wrote:
Plastic Man wrote:
Mr Pash - A message was sent to your inbox on this matter. Has it arrived?


Not yet...I'll Pm you - to see if it works.


I've received it and replied.


I replied to you - did you get it? - Sent to other email
Late Doors

Indeed there are Your Earliness. Its the second Link. Although its been "done up"  and lost its old character (which was borderline insane) its still a good pub.
Plastic Man

Resuming contact... enforced radio silence over.

Just back from a few days in Manchester. Took the opportunity to meet up with Mr Ashthepash for a couple of snifters in the Peveril of the peak yesterday evening. Splendid fellow.

It appears the local paparazzi might have spotted us - front page of early editions of today's Manchester Evening news had the headline "Two handsome, intelligent but non-gay men, meet for witty chat and repartee in city centre boozer shocker - obviously neither from Manchester".

Unfortunately I don't have any photographic record of this auspicious meeting, but in historical terms it was probably more significant than this...


but we looked not too dissimilar to these...



and...

Late Doors

Ash, PM and the Pev, Ace, An axis of Excellence
ashthepash

Cheers Plastic Man. Back at work today and feeling rough as hell.

We ended up going to Mrs Thomas's Chop House - sister restaurant of Sam's Chop House, apparently. Cracking food.

Great to meet you and have a few ales.
fartcatcher

Quote:
Robinho feels isolated and not enjoying the experience of being in Manchester, a city he has struggled to embrace. His wife, Vivian, is also unhappy in England, neither of them having learned the language and both disliking the climate. Their problems even extend to moving house because of a dispute with their neighbours over them playing Brazilian music.


I sometimes wonder how parasitic agents describe the joys of industrial Britain to possibly unworldly S. Americans who represent a massive cash injection to their bank account.

Climate like the rain forest.
Party City of the UK with its own Mardi Gras
It's just like Rio but without the statue?

Juninho and Ravanelli were promised luxury apartments overlooking the harbour as an inducement to get them to sign for Middlesboro.
Dock

I enjoy a day in Manchester once or twice a year, and I was on a course there yesterday morning, so had the afternoon to saunter around a bit n' that. I started where the course was on the fantastically named 'Samuel Ogden Street' which is just off Whitworth and Chorlton Street. Some fantastic architecture, obviously built from cotton money, and made my way past the majestic Britannia Hotel and on to the so-called 'Northern Quarter'. Now I've always liked this part of town (Dry Bar, Vinyl Revival, Vinyl Exchange, Afflecks Palace, Oi Polloi) but it seem to have become a bit seedy and grubby of late. Lots of Adult shops and Uzbek phone card shops and litter everywhere. Had a browse around then went into the Christmas shopping pandemonium of Market Street which I exited sharpish near the amazing Exchange Theatre, and on to The Triangle Shopping Centre to have a look at the Mooch Gallery, which displays work by a local artist called Danny Cawley, brilliant stuff, a bit Jackson Pollock-meets-Sex Pistols, for want of a better description. Expensive stuff, but nowt for a browse at. Then on to the Urbis (see 'Home Grown' thread in fish bowl).

It only hit me yesterday why I love the layout of Manchester City centre, and thats because the tram lines have created big open boulevards that remind me of somewhere like Prague of Berlin. A good afternoon had, and back in time to watch the T'Kettering match. Ace!
Late Doors

Nice one Dock. I used to love going over  to Manchester. Got virtually all my clothes from Afflecks palace at one time which may not surprise some people on here   . (In fact Iíve still got the KGB overcoat).

Architecturally I think it is peerless, actually quite stunning if you take the time to look. China town is fantastic, Gig wise it was always a step in front of Leeds and there are some great pubs. However
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but it seem to have become a bit seedy and grubby of late



That just about sums it up for me in general plus its full of people who are well y'know too Mancy to be real if you know what i mean. Its as if they have become immersed in their own self made mythology a bit like scousers used to be.

These last 15 years have seen Leeds get better and better certainly in the center from this outsiders perspective anyhow. It has to be something special to make me want to go over the hill these days since most things are right here on our doorstep

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