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Thursday 12 August 2010

Robert Stephenson — buried in a churchyard in Eccles

I was in Eccles today. The trains back to Manchester only run every hour so I had some time on my hands before the return journey. I ended up looking around the churchyard of The Parish Church of St.Mary the Virgin in Eccles town centre. (more…)

Filed under: History,Manchester — GS @ 12:30 am
Monday 5 July 2010

Attempt to demolish an historic Ancoats pub is unsuccessful. For now…

Developers have been unsuccessful in their application to demolish the former Cross Keys pub in the Ancoats conservation area and replace it with shops and offices. (more…)

Filed under: Buildings,Manchester — GS @ 8:38 pm
Saturday 10 April 2010

Hell Is A City – the 50th anniversary of the Manchester-based crime thriller

Fifty years ago today, on 10th April 1960, the premiere of the film Hell Is A City took place at the Apollo cinema in Ardwick. (more…)

Filed under: Manchester,TV & film — GS @ 1:36 am
Friday 26 March 2010

Pothole hazard for cyclists

A number of severe potholes have appeared on Oxford Road, Manchester. Photo date: 28 Feb 2010

Oxford Road in Manchester is reputed to be the busiest bus route in Europe. Since the severe winter, the surface of the road has cracked open into a large number of potholes as never before.


Filed under: Manchester — GS @ 5:37 am
Thursday 25 March 2010

Manchester Irish Festival is the latest event to over-inflate crowd figures

Manchester Irish Festival, which is now in its fifteenth year has, unfortunately, become the latest Manchester event to over-inflate its attendance figures. The official website claims that “an estimated crowd of 100,000” people watched the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade. (more…)

Filed under: consumer,Manchester — GS @ 6:01 am
Wednesday 24 March 2010

Accounting mistake costs Manchester Council Tax payers £421,000 and it won’t be repaid

Manchester Liberal Democrats have asked the District Auditor to investigate the loss of £421,000 of City Council funds due to a basic accounting error.

The sum was part of funding that went to Marketing Manchester (the tourist board).

Manchester City Council was supposed to pay 35% of Marketing Manchester’s costs and another nine Councils would be responsible for the other 65% between them. But, since 2004 and due to a mistake, Manchester has paid around 56% and the other Councils just 44%.

At the last meeting of the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) Deputy Council Leader Jim Battle (who attended as Manchester’s representative) ‘kindly agreed to waive the overpayment’. How generous!

Here are extracts from the minutes of the meetings:

Minutes of the AGMA meeting

Minutes of the AGMA meeting

The Manchester Green Party has backed calls for the District Auditor to be brought in.

Marketing Manchester doesn’t seem to have benefited from the mistake or been responsible for it. But regular readers of my site will be only too familiar with this organisation as the one that has ramped up Manchester Pride into the high cost tourist event that it is today.

One individual is now Chief Executive of Marketing Manchester, Chair of Manchester Pride and Chair of the (gay) Village Business Association. An unhealthy concentration of power in my opinion. What is good for tourism and businesses isn’t necessarily in the best interests of our Pride celebration and community.

Update (July 2010):

In an article published in May 2010, The Mule newspaper has information about other payments made by Manchester City Council to Marketing Manchester.

Filed under: LGBT,Manchester,Politics — GS @ 10:58 pm
Wednesday 6 January 2010

New Year’s Eve fireworks, Manchester city centre

New Year's Eve fireworks

I broadcast live on blogtv. Including the ten minute firework display at midnight, which you can watch above.

Filed under: Manchester,With video — GS @ 10:38 pm
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