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Liverpool seems too small for a start.

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 15:09 (two years ago) link

on the perils of manchester cycling: i've heard a few people say cyclists have been mugged on the fallowfield 'loop' (not a loop). that's probably my fav bit of cycling round manchester though and i've never had any problems

ogmor, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 15:14 (two years ago) link

Manchester has no real river whereas the rivers in Liverpool and Glasgow are integral features. I think Glasgow also has that "place apart" feel like Liverpool, but maybe not to the same extent. I know Liverpool much less well than the other two cities, though.

Thomas NAGL (Neil S), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 15:20 (two years ago) link

What all three have got in common is Catholics. I don't think Glasgow is a place apart from the towns around, tbh.

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 15:25 (two years ago) link

true and true

Thomas NAGL (Neil S), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 15:26 (two years ago) link

The BW canal is a pain for cycling, bumpy, narrow, not very well lit. Fisherman with their goddam poles blocking the way.

In space, pizza sends out for YOU (Ste), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 15:30 (two years ago) link

Second the shudehill book rec

If you're working in central manchester then foodwise you wanna try Lunya and Evuna (spanish) and Bakchich (lebanese)

Never changed username before (cardamon), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 19:38 (two years ago) link

can't believe you've erased manchester's only catalan deli/restaurant (lunya) like that. the third part of the mcr tapas holy trinity (& my fav) is el rincon.

ogmor, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 20:03 (two years ago) link

oh no yes, you're right. there's more to lunya than 'spanish' obvs. in partic the smoked sardines from the deli.

el rincon is also great. i can't go there any more because of knowing too many people that work there. whizzed on my chips.

Never changed username before (cardamon), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 20:21 (two years ago) link

Have a bit of a fondness for Altrincham - my gran lived on Oldfield Brow and worked at the Linotype from 15-60 - though it has changed a lot recently. I like the food hall but it gets rammed.

Tony Naylor at the Guardian seems to be a fan of the food (I guess he lives there or thereabouts) so might be worth following on Twitter.

djh, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 21:14 (two years ago) link

lunya serve a famous tapas delicacy - crisps on a plate next to some anchovies. as catalan exports go it's up there w guardiola and the statues of people having festive shits

ogmor, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 07:40 (two years ago) link

five months pass...

At 11:00am on Saturday 8th September, Manchester’s central air quality monitoring station recorded the highest levels of air pollution anywhere in the whole of western Europe.

— AboutManchester (@AboutMcr) September 10, 2018

ogmor, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 10:14 (one year ago) link

how long are these bikes going to last

― ogmor, Sunday, July 16, 2017 8:43 PM (one year ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

gone now

"They said around 10 per cent, or 200, of their bikes were being affected each month - the worst of any of the 200 cities they operate in."

ogmor, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 21:24 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

Is the National Football Museum worth a visit? (As someone who likes football)

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 8 February 2019 16:38 (one year ago) link

It’s pretty great, yeah. Some really cool historic stuff to look at. It used to be free but honestly I think it’s still great value at a tenner.

Unrelated but has anyone been clubbing or attended the pop night out at Partisan Collective? Intrigued but not sure of the crowd etc.

Your dad's Carlos Boozer and you keep him alive (fionnland), Friday, 8 February 2019 17:38 (one year ago) link

Hmm for me it has the same problem as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; it presents a rather sterile side of a subject that is not particularly suited to a museum exhibit. I’d much rather be at a game of football (or a gig) than looking at clothes that were once worn by someone talented.

On the other hand, it’s free and in the city centre so certainly worth trying for a few minutes. Despite working a couple of minutes walk away, I personally can’t imagine going back for a second visit unless there is ever an exhibition of particular interest.

AlanSmithee, Friday, 8 February 2019 17:39 (one year ago) link

Is it not free any more?

AlanSmithee, Friday, 8 February 2019 17:39 (one year ago) link

i just looked on the website recently - might be in manchester later in the year - and it's a tenner for non-residents of the city of manchester, free otherwise

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Friday, 8 February 2019 17:41 (one year ago) link
Not unless you’re from Manchester appar

Your dad's Carlos Boozer and you keep him alive (fionnland), Friday, 8 February 2019 17:42 (one year ago) link

I’d much rather be at a game of football

I will be later on, just got some time to kill

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 8 February 2019 18:05 (one year ago) link

There's quite a bit of interesting looking stuff on at partisan but I have never made it down for a club night. I've been to some of the other events there, it's quite a mixed crowd, very lgbt+ friendly/focused

ogmor, Friday, 8 February 2019 18:20 (one year ago) link

omg hello other manchester ilxors. partisan is alright, still early days. r kid kiran leonard brought the house down there not long back. at any rate i resent paying four quid for a tin of red stripe anywhere.

meaulnes, Saturday, 9 February 2019 03:29 (one year ago) link

p.s. when i went to the football museum five years ago i asked the attendant if they had any decapitated heads from when they used to play football with people's heads. she wasn't best pleased.

meaulnes, Saturday, 9 February 2019 03:30 (one year ago) link

I'll be pottering about in Manchester tomorrow. I'm staying in Portland st., any cool stuff to do around there

. (Michael B), Saturday, 9 February 2019 12:51 (one year ago) link

Not far from the corner of Portland Street and Oxford Street is the Temple, which is an old public toilet converted into a tiny bar below ground level selling mostly European beer.

My favourite place in Manchester is John Rylands Library on Deansgate, within walking distance of Portland Street. It’s a fantastic Victorian building, more like a church than a library.

AlanSmithee, Saturday, 9 February 2019 17:22 (one year ago) link

hey michael!

you're right in the centre & well positioned for most things. I also love john rylands (esp the top floor) and have a soft spot for temple. there'll be loads of chinese new year stuff on, esp round the town hall and st anne's square, & some leonardo da vinci drawings have just gone on display at the nearby art gallery if yr in the mood but otherwise the city is your oyster. give me an ilxmail if you fancy meeting for a pint &/or wander

ogmor, Saturday, 9 February 2019 17:56 (one year ago) link

Cheers, ogmor!

There's myself and a few mates over but if I can squeeze in a meet-up, I'll let you know

. (Michael B), Saturday, 9 February 2019 18:32 (one year ago) link

I’ll give the football museum 5/10

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Saturday, 9 February 2019 18:37 (one year ago) link

that is the correct way to go about things, enjoy!

ogmor, Saturday, 9 February 2019 18:44 (one year ago) link

I was basking in the glamour of League One football at Rochdale earlier today

. (Michael B), Saturday, 9 February 2019 19:30 (one year ago) link

Crazy Pedro's was a good laugh last night

. (Michael B), Sunday, 10 February 2019 09:42 (one year ago) link

nice ground is Spotland, been there a few times. the Science Museum is underrated, but probably full of dangerous hordes of vicious killers during half term.

calzino, Sunday, 10 February 2019 10:06 (one year ago) link

Andy Burnham beside me in Temple talking about Sex Pistols and R.E.M. haha.

Your dad's Carlos Boozer and you keep him alive (fionnland), Friday, 15 February 2019 18:34 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

So Marvel are filming in Manchester today - Oldham street. They moved all the homeless and have replaced them with actors dressed as homeless people.

— Lily (@lilyhuggins) March 26, 2019

ogmor, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 09:34 (one year ago) link

They filmed Captain America a small block away from me. You can still see some of the 'stuff' they did in the actual street; blackened out painted windows, remnants of the old fake posters etc. Also Peaky Blinders and the uh.. remake of Alfie. The Northern Quarter has been a bit of a hot spot these last 10 years.

piscesx, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 10:07 (one year ago) link

get that fucking marvel shite out of this country pls!

calzino, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 10:11 (one year ago) link

we need to monetise our urban decay somehow!

ogmor, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 10:13 (one year ago) link

We should be creating a hostile environment for hollywood cunts bothering homeless people.

calzino, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 10:18 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Samir's in Stretford is so fkn good. He had a restaurant in Syria and he's been open a few months on Chester Road now in the place that Sip Club had previously been putting on pop-up restaurants in. Everything is much cheaper and better than it needs to be but the mutabal in particular is glorious & the nutty kebabs are really rich and delicious. They cld do with some more business, strongly recommend it

ogmor, Tuesday, 25 June 2019 21:37 (one year ago) link

Thanks for the suggestion!

My favourite Ethiopian in Manchester, the Blue Nile Cafe in Stretford sadly closed a couple months ago. Haven't really explored anything else in the area yet.

yeah it's so sad, the woman that ran it was a total sweetheart, said she loved having the restaurant but seemed to undercharge us every time and was always struggling with the bills. habesha is still good tho!

ogmor, Tuesday, 25 June 2019 21:50 (one year ago) link

Yeah - Tiggy is amazing, she's pretty much the reason I went hiking in Ethiopia last September which was my favourite ever holiday.

Habesha is v good but the injera leaves a lot to be desired. Also when I was in the other week it seemed like they had stopped doing the raw kitfo!
The Eritrean on Port Street is pretty great, as is Merhaba - though I never find myself in Rusholme.

very nice! whereabouts did you hike? went to ethiopia a few years back, got hooked on doro wat in particular and had a similarly amazing time, we had planned to go hiking in the simien mountains but then decided to go to axum instead and can't say I regret it but wld love to go again if circs permit.

ogmor, Tuesday, 25 June 2019 22:22 (one year ago) link

For me it was all about the gomen tibs! Ah, I wanted to visit the monuments up at Axum and the Danakil Depression but couldn't fit them into my itinerary! Next time!

I spent a couple days in Addis for the new year celebrations, and H from here suggested Fendika which was a great way to experience the music. Then flew up to Lalibela which was actually my favourite bit. The churches are something else with a bit of beautiful hiking/hospitality in the surrounding area, and I even ended up as guest at a fab two day wedding. From there I went on to Bahir Dir and the Simien mountains/Ras Dashen for a further 5 days of hiking. Just unbelievably beautiful up there - though I basically had to reteach myself to breathe every morning ha.

that sounds suitably incredible. likewise we had a great time in addis, in large part due to H, then went to bahir dar, gondar, axum and lalibela. lalibela exceeded my very high expectations and was intense to go round again first thing in the morning when no one was around. couldn't really get over how gorgeous the landscape was. we were there at the same time of year as well and everything was fantastically green, meskel flowers in bloom, lightning storms over lake tana in the evening... yeah, next time

ogmor, Wednesday, 26 June 2019 08:24 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

28 affordable homes. Fuck me

xyzzzz__, Monday, 21 October 2019 10:45 (nine months ago) link

"Posters have already appeared announcing the birth of “Manc-hattan”. But the truth is we are a long way from that uplifting skyline. This is more like something you’d see on the outer ring road of a third-tier Chinese city."

empty concrete/glass monoliths, Giggsy, Neville and Fred Done running roughshod over a corrupt planning dept - what a fucking dystopian shitshow! Hasn't Burnham got anything to say about this?

calzino, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 08:38 (nine months ago) link

did shaun ryder die for nothing

expedited frictionless convergences (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 08:40 (nine months ago) link

I've Northside Towers is ready to break ground!

calzino, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 08:41 (nine months ago) link

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