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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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three years ago) link

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

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

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

five months pass...

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

rip, sweet prince

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


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


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

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

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

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

Never changed username before (cardamon), Saturday, 18 February 2017 20:15 (two 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

why tf would anyone leave scotland for england rn

imago, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 13:47 (one year ago) link

Sweet, thanks for the recommendations.

Imago, well it's a combination of the fact that right now it's convenient for me to be closer to my family and I've hit a wall in terms of progression/enjoyment at my current job. Oh and I really love rain. But thanks for your concern.

I'm Finn thanks, don't mention it (fionnland), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 13:57 (one year ago) link

(xp) It's a longstanding tradition. Gives folk singers something to sing about.

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 14:34 (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 month 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 month ago) link

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