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El Rincon is brilliant tapas place, went last night and it is tough to get a table (and you can only book in advance if its for three ppl at least)

Extra offline recommends from ogmor that I've also checked out:

- Yuzu is an excellent, humble Japanese place in the less busier corner in Faulkner street

- Salvi is a v good Italian on John Dalton Street

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 9 December 2015 12:41 (four years ago) link

For breakfast I settled on Fig + Sparrow on Oldham street - which doubles as a design shop.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 9 December 2015 12:43 (four years ago) link

Ppl at fig are v friendly although they weren't open at 8am (xmas parties season then?)

Went for some pancakes + berries + yoghurt (er @ that mix) and the jukebox was '97: Manics, Verve, Radiohead, Ash, MANSUN. LOL Indie. What corruption and filth.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 18 December 2015 09:44 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I haven't been to Manchester in 24 years, but I'm glad to see some things haven't changed.

Michael Cawley ‏@cawleym1 Jan 1
Hogarthian in all respects, the pissed bloke getting his beer has poignant poetic majesty.

Jebtsundamba Khutuktu (nakhchivan), Sunday, 3 January 2016 09:00 (four years ago) link

There is a Buddhist centre and a v gd veg cafe round the corner from there.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 3 January 2016 11:23 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Get a giggle everytime I walk by Well Street.

Are there any good vegetarian resturants in Manchester?

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 20 January 2016 14:43 (four years ago) link

1847, right in the centre of town, is really good, I went there a few months ago. Excellent organic wine list too.

The Male Gaz Coombes (Neil S), Wednesday, 20 January 2016 14:53 (four years ago) link

I'll check it out tx.

what's the deal with Paramount books? that is now only open on Sat and Sun - before xmas its opening hours only included Friday.

Is that the main indepedent bookseller in the city centre?

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 21 January 2016 13:04 (four years ago) link

also: soref, neil s - both myself and ogmor were talking about a Manchester fap sometime (no it won't end like those pics above :-))

Let us know whether you might be around in Feb sometime.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 21 January 2016 13:05 (four years ago) link

manchester/nw ilx needs to rally together or at least congeal in the NQ somewhere

ogmor, Thursday, 21 January 2016 15:43 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

and one more - otherwise me and ogmor will hopefully get to paint the town do something

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 4 February 2016 16:44 (four years ago) link

Is there a good place for breakfast that might do some nice things? (French toast or pancakes or just nice porridge) and that opens at 7am.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 4 February 2016 16:46 (four years ago) link

sorry never responded to yr kind invite, I'm actually London-based but am in Mcr to see my brother & my GF's family fairly often, if that coincides with an Mcr FAP then I will give you a shout!

Gaz upon my works ye mighty, and despair (Neil S), Thursday, 4 February 2016 16:48 (four years ago) link

No worries I'll hopefully get to firm up a day and revive this.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 4 February 2016 16:50 (four years ago) link

ogmor, Thursday, 4 February 2016 18:56 (four years ago) link

seven months pass...

Get a giggle everytime I walk by Well Street.

there's also helmet street

For bodies we are ready to build pyramids (whatever), Friday, 9 September 2016 16:15 (three years ago) link

five months pass...

ogmor, Thursday, 16 February 2017 13:39 (three years ago) link

I'd really like to just go and lie in that, go to sleep, and then they can bring the water back.

Never changed username before (cardamon), Friday, 17 February 2017 18:14 (three years ago) link

rip, sweet prince

ogmor, Friday, 17 February 2017 20:40 (three years ago) link

Somewhere I have loads of ace ruin porn pics taken by my partner in the late 90's from a Sunday walk down the Rochdale canal. I'd imagine it is all horrible apartments owned by Robbie Fowler these days.

calzino, Friday, 17 February 2017 21:15 (three years ago) link


Neil S, Friday, 17 February 2017 22:31 (three years ago) link

there's definitely a bit of that but a lot of manchester esp north and east is still v much underdeveloped overgrown brownfield junkie dens etc.

ogmor, Saturday, 18 February 2017 12:35 (three years ago) link


xyzzzz__, Saturday, 18 February 2017 16:15 (three years ago) link

It's a shame they've built all over Pomona

Never changed username before (cardamon), Saturday, 18 February 2017 20:04 (three years ago) link

There's some open wilderness left but that bit has been cut off by the developments I think, you can't get on there to wander about.

Never changed username before (cardamon), Saturday, 18 February 2017 20:14 (three years ago) link

(Pomona a possible Real England candidate if not done already)

Never changed username before (cardamon), Saturday, 18 February 2017 20:15 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

Probably worth posting on the other thread too. If you've not seen it, it's here: Explosion at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester May 2017

emil.y, Tuesday, 23 May 2017 15:18 (two years ago) link

Haven't been for years, and the immediate context made me wonder whether i should cancel my trip but Manchester is looking absolutely resplendent and thriving in the early evening sun.

Fizzles, Friday, 26 May 2017 15:13 (two years ago) link

you've picked a nice day for it!

ogmor, Friday, 26 May 2017 15:50 (two years ago) link

Manchester slowly getting back to some sort of "normal"

— Hunter (@Hunterandrewss) May 25, 2017

xyzzzz__, Friday, 26 May 2017 15:53 (two years ago) link

really beautiful. just having a glass in the northern quarter, which i don't think properly existed the last time i was here. also this thread is a goldmine, ogmor, thank you. was in gulliver's and am just wondering where to go next but am happy to see where whim takes me.

Fizzles, Friday, 26 May 2017 15:56 (two years ago) link

v much xpost thanks xyzzzz__

Fizzles, Friday, 26 May 2017 15:56 (two years ago) link

the weather has me thinking about a post-work drink, let me know if you're up for some company

ogmor, Friday, 26 May 2017 16:01 (two years ago) link

absolutely. come down!

Fizzles, Friday, 26 May 2017 16:06 (two years ago) link

ilxmailed you my number

ogmor, Friday, 26 May 2017 16:11 (two years ago) link

got it. texted.

Fizzles, Friday, 26 May 2017 16:19 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

how long are these bikes going to last

ogmor, Sunday, 16 July 2017 20:43 (two years ago) link

I think it is a great idea and should be encouraged, but don't fucking call them Burnham Bikes!

calzino, Sunday, 16 July 2017 20:51 (two years ago) link

I've had no need to try one but they look like they'd be fun

ogmor, Sunday, 16 July 2017 21:18 (two years ago) link

the local smackheads in old trafford set fire to one in the street. came back a bit later when the lock had burnt through and trundled off with it. idea's fine if you can rely on a degree of social responsibility, but it appears to be in short supply.

lefal junglist platton (wtev), Friday, 21 July 2017 15:34 (two years ago) link

drug addiction/homeless services getting completely annihilated by Tory scum might be much of the real story here, amongst other causes of the squalid diorama you present here, wtev. At this point, I wouldn't want to rule out scrap/bike theft as a future survival strategy myself, so I won't judge!

calzino, Friday, 21 July 2017 22:59 (two years ago) link

the things that there is money for vs the things that there is not money for is a deeply mysterious element of manchester/the uk/life

ogmor, Friday, 21 July 2017 23:36 (two years ago) link

eight months pass...

So I accepted a job offer in central Manchester a couple months ago, and I'm moving to Altrincham at the end of this month. Short of annual visits to family I don't actually know the place that well so looking forward to investigating the recommendations above (in particular a HOME membership seems ideal and the Armenian Taverna sound delish).

Also set on joining the Manchester & Salford Film Society and going to more gigs (excited because this is a massive improvement on the Edinburgh scene and saves me heading to Glasgow every week).

Can you guys recommend any interesting book shops (first or second hand) to explore?

I'm Finn thanks, don't mention it (fionnland), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 13:27 (one year ago) link

Altrincham food market is great, a real place to hang out. Chorlton Oxfam bookshop is up there with the very best Oxfam bookshops IMO. HOME is indeed a must.

Thomas NAGL (Neil S), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 13:29 (one year ago) link

Paramount books in Shudehill is always worth a visit

ogmor, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 13:41 (one year ago) link

yes that's otm. the mayor's role is v vague and weak atm hence him getting ppl to sign his campaign for 18 new powers and this is currently outside of his purview. owen hatherley reckons we need a haringey style coup, idk how that worked in practical terms and ppl in haringey still seem pissed off about corporate regeneration schemes and social cleansing. the council are inexplicably feeble at enforcing social housing quotas on developers, I think they have the worst record in the country, and I doubt the entirety of the property boom can be put down to this slackness, but without reversing the cuts I'm not sure how much could be improved

ogmor, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 08:53 (four months ago) link

It mentions one of the projects couldn't get planning permission previously because of its height and now an even taller version has been green-lighted, it all comes down to reduced central gov funding, be nice if they'd admit this rather than barely credible speak of "robust assessment"

I'm looking forward to a really measured and thoughtful counter piece in the Graun by Giggsy on this.

calzino, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 09:00 (four months ago) link

the bbc is ofc in salford, which from the little I know seems like a better council despite being poorer and having had I think the worst cuts in percentage terms of any council

ogmor, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 09:01 (four months ago) link

The BBC's in Salford but I guess a lot of the people who work there live in Manchester and these developments are there to service that demand?

Matt DC, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 09:10 (four months ago) link

the ppl I know who work round media city live in trafford or salford, which is more suburban. I'm sure there are plenty in the city centre but part of the problem with the new developments is they're not v family friendly (neither is the city centre) and I'd imagine it's only a fraction of the overall demand and a lot of the developments are happening over the other side of town, are aimed at rich foreign students etc.

ogmor, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 09:25 (four months ago) link

some very small scale local property developer fuckery that pissed me off in recent years is a row of beautiful cottages that were built in the 1650's and would have only required minor refurbs to make them good, that were bulldozed down, and the space they inhabited has sat empty/become part of some developers land collection ever since. An early 1800's derelict building with a handsome (but broken and stopped for years) clock-tower recently demolished and the ugly ass wooden/breeze block flats construction they are putting in its place would have caused Nairn to have a stroke.

calzino, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 10:17 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Free ticket to see Earth at Gorilla tonight if anyone wants it - won it in a competition and one of my pals has dropped out

knowing for certain the first touch of the light will finish you (fionnland), Monday, 11 November 2019 15:31 (three months ago) link

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