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Saturday 12 June 2010

World Naked Bike Ride 2010: Manchester (video)

Last night was the fifth annual Naked Bike Ride around Manchester city centre. A video is coming with footage of the ride plus interviews with the cyclists and spectators. Please call back soon to see it. Until then I’ll tease you with a selection of reaction shots!

Spectators react as the Manchester Naked Bike Ride passes, June 2010

My video from 2008 can be found here.

Filed under: Environment,Fun,With video — GS @ 5:54 am
Saturday 5 December 2009

Mork and Mindy’s offensive landlord

In 1978 I was a teenager and one afternoon switched on the local ITV channel — Tyne Tees — at about 5.15pm to watch the US sitcom Mork and Mindy. However I nearly fell off my chair when it turned out that the episode was all about their evil landlord who was called ‘Arnold Wanker’.

Although a Wikipedia page about the word claims that the show was severely edited by ITV when it was shown (and wrongly calls him ‘Oliver’), the word certainly wasn’t cut in the north-east. I can only imagine no one at Tyne Tees had viewed the episode before screening it!

Now like many dimly-remembered shows from years gone by it has turned up on YouTube.

Filed under: Fun,TV & film — GS @ 6:05 am
Friday 27 November 2009

Marketeers rush to cover their asses after launch of embarrassing new logo

Ilfracombe's new logo has been 'branded' a 'laughing stock'

‘To others it may look like a sperm, which makes it vibrant and life-affirming,’ said Ellen Vernon, economic regeneration officer at North Devon Council.

BBC News

Filed under: Fun — GS @ 6:23 pm
Sunday 8 November 2009

The other Pat Karney

Pat Karney is the Director of the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati.

Mr Karney is also a member of the Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies and spokesman for them. He should not be confused with our beloved Manchester Labour councillor of the same name.

Filed under: Environment,Fun — GS @ 5:17 pm
Monday 7 September 2009

Funny cuckoo clock

A neighbour bought this silly cuckoo clock.

Decorated with badly-carved animals, it chimes at five to and twenty-five past the hour, loses seven minutes a day and finishes its routine with a comic rasping sound.

I think she paid £70 for it. But you can’t put a value on this kind of comedy.

Filed under: Fun,Strange,With video — GS @ 2:06 pm
Friday 28 August 2009

Free Manchester Pride alternative on Saturday afternoon

Manchester will ‘reclaim the scene’ with a free picnic after the Saturday Pride parade.

There will be free food, activities and performers from 16.00 onwards. It’s all happening outside UMIST on the grass area at the junction of Sackville Street and Granby Row. Near the Retro Bar and the Spar shop on Sackville Street.

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It’s non-profit and any money raised goes to help LGBT people in Iraq.

This looks like being fun and quite a big event. We hope to have some video coverage here from Sunday.


On Monday, the closing night of Manchester Pride, there will be a Liberation 2009 march from All Saints Park to the gay village. It starts at 18.30.

Liberation 2009 march

Filed under: Fun,Gay,LGBT,Manchester — GS @ 7:52 pm
Friday 12 June 2009

Naked cyclists hit the streets of Manchester tonight!

Don’t miss the 2009 Manchester World Naked Bike Ride on the streets of the city centre just after 6pm tonight, Friday 12th June. (more…)

Filed under: Environment,Fun,Manchester — GS @ 3:42 am
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