HOME > NEWS & COMMENT
Welcome to G7uk.com
 

 
 
Monday 23 August 2010

Queeruption — opening party and base camp

Yesterday late afternoon we left the Peace Garden in St. Peter’s Square and walked along to Rusholme for the Queeruption Opening Party.

Apparently the original plan was to host it in an old building, but that fell through and the replacement was Saki Bar which is on the corner of Wilmslow Road and Moss Lane East. It’s a grubby and run-down venue in a building that, not many years ago, was a branch of Barclays Bank. Back in February it was reported that it had lost its licence because it showed a ‘blatant lack of concern for its neighbours’.

I would like to write something positive about the Opening Party but it’s going to be difficult.

One person who had travelled from elsewhere in Europe for Queeruption was livid to discover the event was in a commercial venue: ‘this is not what I came here for,’ she told me and other people expressed similar concerns.

When so much of the gay scene centres around alcohol, can any night in a club buying expensive drinks ever really be considered ‘alternative’ or inclusive, whatever entertainment is put on? When asked, on the Queeruption Facebook page, about people who might have little or no disposable income, the response from one of the organisers was: ‘who goes for a night out without any money?’. So some might say a former bank was an appropriate venue.

At Get Bent! in 2007 one or two events were held in a bar and club but most were in alcohol-free spaces — a good balance.

The bar is located at the beginning of the ‘curry mile’ and the entrance is shared and overlooked by a cafe where Asian men hang out. If you happen to be gay and Asian this may not be somewhere you feel comfortable.

Going in you were hassled for a donation and had your hand stamped as if you were cattle. Entertainment was up two flights of stairs, so tough luck if you couldn’t manage to climb those. The sound system (provided by Queeruption) was poor. I could hardly make out what was said much of the time I was up there. But I didn’t hang around for long as there were only a couple of chairs, so nowhere to sit as you watched.

Performer at Queeruption 2010

One performer made me laugh when he claimed a well-known but not exactly well-loved local politician had given him a sexually transmitted disease. He certainly had his act off pat. However all deserved a much better location.

Many of the usual-suspect hipsters who to tend hang around at Contact Theatre and similar venues were there getting sozzled on booze. When does ‘alternative’ just become a marketing strategy to attract people to another night in a ‘vertical drinking‘ establishment?

Two of us went over to Tesco, bought some food and water, and sat at a picnic table at the rear of the building chatting.

Then at about nine o’clock about ten people who were planning to camp, left the bar and we headed off towards the chosen site. About seven tents were put up — which is easier said than done in the dark — and food was cooked and shared. The pole of a freedom flag was used to stir a pan because cooking utensils had been forgotten!

Stirring the food with a freedom flag at Queeruption 2010 base camp. Someone forgot the cooking utensils!

Again it began to feel more like an alternative to the mainstream. It would have been great if some of the performers had been there instead of in the bar. But I suspect one of the reasons why that doesn’t happen is because drinking alcohol in public places is banned in Manchester and many of the hipsters just can’t enjoy themselves without it.

So there you have the elephant in the room in all this: the British obsession with drinking these days and the dominant force in so many things now.


Filed under: Gay,LGBT,Manchester — GS @ 3:07 pm
Wednesday 18 August 2010

Alternatives to Manchester Pride happening this month

Reclaim the Scene aims to build on last year, which was its first event, with another post-Pride-parade picnic and (Out of the) Village Fete. This year we’re promised it will be ‘bigger and better than ever, with free food, performers, live art, stalls, music, and kids’ entertainment!’

(more…)


Filed under: Gay,LGBT,Manchester — GS @ 5:24 am

Rusholme incident

Incident in Rusholme

As I arrived in Rusholme on my bike at 8 o’clock on Monday night I was startled to hear the sound of breaking glass and see a man falling backwards out of Subway.

He was clutching a broken bottle by the neck and a member of staff was holding up a chair in self-defence, in much the same way as a lion-tamer might do.

Almost immediately a car screeched to a halt on Wilmslow Road and two men jumped out. One flipped open a collapsible truncheon and, shouting, they grabbed the man who was staggering about with his female friend.

It was a bizarre scene as they marched him down the street. One of the men giving him what I would describe as a ‘good talking to’. They disappeared around the corner and I went into Tesco.

By the time I came out, the man was back and sitting next to the cash machine asking for money. It seems there were no consequences for him, whereas the staff of Subway were left to clear up the glass and no doubt felt shattered themselves after the frightening experience.

I’ve witnessed several other incidents like this in recent years. It’s awful that people who work in shops have to put up with it.


Filed under: Crime,Documentary,Manchester — GS @ 3:51 am
Monday 2 August 2010

Manchester City Council in town hall lawn mystery

At first glance I thought this leaflet was a ‘Photoshop job’. But apparently not.

Grass appears in front of Manchester town hall in this City Council leaflet

Grass was laid temporarily for an event called “Manchester in Bloom”.

Today the BBC News website has an article all about image manipulation and it links through to this site which has many historic examples.


Filed under: Politics — GS @ 11:56 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 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 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
 
< PREVIOUS  |  NEXT >
 
 
News & Comment


 
< PREVIOUS  |  NEXT >
 
 
 

Audio Buildings Bygone Manc Computing consumer Crime Documentary Environment Food & cookery Fun g7uktalk Gay General Health History LGBT Manchester Net & technology Personal Photography Politics Production Rushes Science Shopping software Strange The media TV & film Video-making Wildlife With video

 
xx
HOME > NEWS & COMMENT
 
Home
 

© Copyright g7uk.com 1999-2016