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Issue 17 September 2010

The Perfect Guide to the Perfect City


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Issue 17 September 2010

Hello one and all, So how was your summer? Fun-filled and action-packed I hope but if it was anything like mine, I spent a few glorious weeks in a sun-induced glow only to have it well and truly dampened in July and August. But that’s what makes us Mancunians hardened to those westerly winds hey! It’s September already, which means three things happen. Firstly, we start moaning about how fast the year has gone (but it really has!) and that Christmas is a mere 12 weeks or so away, the TV is dominated by the return of the football and we dust off the thicker coats and get ready for those autumnal colours to start appearing. From September we start seeing lots of events based around food and music - let’s face it, we can hardly sit outside in Piccadilly Gardens with a brolly! Make sure you use as your daily bible in ensuring you get the best out of living in Manchester. It’s all there, in one place - top tips on where to socialise, shop, eat out and just get the best out of what the city has to offer. We also put online a few articles that we can’t squeeze in to the magazine so keep checking back!

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Editor: Kelly Byrne Contributors: Francesca Raphael, Natalie Shaw, Rose Orlik, Jonno Hopkins Snail mail: Large Manchester, 60 Port Street, Manchester M1 2EQ Website: Email:, Main Office: 0161 235 7270 Advertising: Contact Claire or Francesca on 0161 235 7270 Editor: Contact Kelly on 0161 235 7278 Disclaimer: ©2010. Large Manchester is published by Large Publishing Ltd. Large Manchester retains copyright. All rights recognised. We cannot accept responsibility for any unsolicited text, photographs or illustrations. Views expressed by individual contributors are not necessarily those of the editor or the publisher.

The train station is set to be much more welcoming and bright and Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, says that the restoration “will contribute greatly to the continued regeneration of this area of the city.” Expect a complete re-vamp by 2014. L

City Sounds

Once named Britain’s worst train station, Victoria Station is to receive a big cash injection to help with much needed repairs. These include replacing the leaking roof that was damaged after the IRA bomb, meaning no more nearly breaking your neck dodging puddles!

Great Neighbourhood Award for the NQ? The Northern Quarter has been shortlisted by the Academy of Urbanism for a Great Neighbourhood Award. A group of academics came for a visit in August to have a scout round and see what the NQ’s 06

made of. We’re up against the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast and Pollockshields in Glasgow – fingers crossed the city gets its next great accolade.

Large has partnered with Hard Rock Cafe in The Printworks to give away 2 VIP tickets for its 10th Birthday celebrations on 23rd September. Hard Rock Cafe has been rockin’ Manchester for the last ten years and to celebrate they are holding a ‘Thank You Manchester’ party with BJÖRN AGAIN. The lucky winners will be treated to complimentary food and drink all evening and then will be part of the crowd for this intimate performance from the internationally acclaimed BJÖRN AGAIN.

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To be in with a chance of winning these exclusive tickets just email

City Sounds

Victoria Station Gets a Cash Injection

The Hanger Strike Diaries

City Sounds

Fashionistas shed a tear for a fellow bang-on-trend friend Sarah, who has taken the very brave step of banning herself from buying any clothes for the next year – that’s a whole 365 days!! She’s turned her back on the high street for an investigation into consumerism and its effects and is going cold turkey. In her own words, she’s “frocking off the high street and learning to make do and mend.” Not one single item of clothing, accessory or shoe will grace her debit card or be exchanged for a crisp £20 note for the next 12 months. Inspired by reading a story about a girl in New York who wore the same dress everyday for a year and accessorised it a million different ways, Sarah wanted to

It’s been pretty tough and its made me think how we live and how needy we are for new stuff all the time when more often than not there’s something perfectly adequate in our wardrobe already. 08

try and see if it was possible to not buy anything for a year. Sarah told us “So far it’s been pretty tough and its made me think how we live and how needy we are for new stuff all the time when more often than not there’s something perfectly adequate in our wardrobe already.” Her blog documents her arduous journey and she’s appealing for friends to try and make the journey more bearable – I’m crying for you dearl! L

The Cocoa Emporium


The Cocoa Emporium in Affleck’s Palace is a small company that supplies a wide range of cakes and chocolates including vegan and gluten free varieties that are made fresh every day and can be provided for any event – weddings, birthdays, leaving parties etc. The Cocoa Emporium is the vision of owners and chocolate enthusiasts Lisa Goddard and Helen Woodawiss, and what started as a passion for great chocolate and fine food swiftly turned into a desire to share a fantastic taste experience. Helen’s aim is to provide handmade chocolates and cakes using the finest ingredients. For chocolates, Valrhona Couverture has been sourced, which is made from the finest cocoa beans to create chocolate recipes that really have to be tried to be believed. When it comes to cakes, the team are always experimenting with new flavours every day, trying out less traditional cupcake recipes to see how popular they are.

The Cocoa Emporium is now open as a vintage cafe, serving a variety of teas, coffees, hot chocolates and milkshakes to have in or to take away. They are encouraging Manchester workers that bring packed lunches to work and don’t want to eat in the sterile confines of the office, to come along to the cafe and have a cup of tea or coffee and perhaps a cake with their packed lunch. They don’t serve sandwiches but they do provide a lovely environment to relax in. Orders can be taken in-store or online. They also offer free delivery within a ten mile radius of the city centre for orders over £25.00. L


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Castlefield Hotel The Castlefield Hotel residing in Castlefield Basin on Liverpool Road has launched a new food menu, promising to tantalise the taste buds of hotel guests and local residents alike. It’s the perfect place for an impromptu dinner out with a rounded, well produced menu at astonishingly low prices. Starters begin at £3.50 for soup of the day and the most expensive main dish is the belly busting 8oz rib eye steak at only £14.95. They do a delicious seasonal daily specials board with a catch of the day for fish lovers. You foodies less interested in cost won’t be disappointed either with this simple but well executed menu which covers a myriad of European food with dishes such as Butternut Squash & Feta

Cheese Lasagne and Devilled Lambs Kidneys, with classics such as Pan Seared Lamb Rump thrown in for good measure. The Castlefield Hotel also boasts an equally appealing lounge area perfect for watching the football with all the major games played. Boys you can take all your pals and let the girls chew the fat over dinner while you have a few pints and watch the footie. Just in time for the start of the season. Perfect.

New to Manchester

New to Manchester

Chocolate and cakes; the mere thought piles on the pounds but when they are this good, you just can’t refuse!

The hotel also offers private dining so is a great place for upcoming events such as birthdays and engagement parties and with 48 ensuite rooms there’s plenty of room for out of town guests. Liverpool Road, M3 4JR L


Obsidian Cocktail School

The Contemporary Club For Fabulous Females!

New to Manchester

For those of you who enjoy a cheeky cocktail after work or are keen to impress at dinner parties, the cocktail school at Obsidian is for you. Award winning bartender Tom will explain the mixology required for four classic cocktails with which you can then impress your nearest and dearest. You’re also guaranteed a giggle as the one hour class is a lot of fun. The ideal birthday or Christmas gift for friends and family, at just £30, not only does Tom share the secrets that earned him the Bartender of the Year award in 2009 but you also get to try out your skills behind Obsidians impressive bar, then stay to drink your drinks in its opulent surroundings. Own a business? This could be the one teambuilding event none of the team moans about. Whilst there you may as well sample Obsidians latest cocktail menu, set to be the basis for many boozy Mancunian evenings. Well when in Rome and all of that...


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New to the City? Fancy a girly night out? Or looking for a more natural kind of networking?

Our September event is on Thursday 30th September at the newly refurbished Debenhams at top of Market Street. In true Thirsty Thursday style there will be fabulous drinks and nibbles, goody bags and lots of pampering on offer as well as our usual informal networking. Follow us on twitter @thirstythursman and on Facebook at Sponsored by

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The familiar woes of worn common areas of your building, dirty foyers and the dodgy wiring in the hall that’s remained untouched since The Falklands conflict, despite numerous calls to your managing agent or onsite caretaker, will be of no surprise to many of you.

You can submit an application to become a board member and have a say in who your Management Agency is and ensure you’re receiving a quality service at a fair price.

urbanbubble, Manchester’s finest property management company explains to Large how to turn it around...

How easy is it to change Managing Agents? What should I expect a Managing Agent to do?

Owning a property in a shared building can feel complicated and confusing. What’s the difference between a Managing Agent and a Management Company and what impact does that have on me as the owner?

Most Managing Agents are selected by the builder/developer and often they will either appoint themselves or a Managing Agent as directors until all the properties are sold. Typically one letter from the board of the Management Company will cancel the Managing Agent.

An apartment block is a limited company. The board of that company can only be made up by

All Managing Agents work differently, however, urbanbubble’s

you and the other owners of properties within that building and every owner is a shareholder.

approach is unique and unrivalled. We create an Initial Property Improvement Plan which sets out immediate concerns to be tackled within the first 3 months. Quarterly management reports are given to the board which will flag any additional faults. We also provide the board with a quarterly financial snapshot, identifying money spent against the forecast, thus avoiding any large levies later down the line for work which hadn’t been accounted for. How will you look to reduce service charges? There are some very convoluted systems in place with excessive charges but we seek to reduce costs in areas such as insurances, cleaning and maintenance costs. We also provide energy efficiency surveys for each property and if available, will utilise carbon trust loans to implement energy savings.

What will urbanbubble provide that other Managing Agents may not? We provide a premium service whilst still offering value for money, along with a promise that all existing issues will be dealt with and new issues will be resolved in an appropriate timescale and with feedback. We also provide a unique member’s web-based community portal which keeps you up to date with your building’s property management, maintenance and finance reports for your apartment block.

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Next dates for your diary:

It’s £4 entry and that gets you a glass of wine on arrival, pie and peas in the break and some amazing prizes to be won. Not forgetting the all important ‘Play Your Cards Right’ in the break... what’s not to like?

October 27th

September 22nd

November 24th Maximum team size of 7 and make sure you reserve as it’s usually a full house. L Email

Fancy learning a few tricks of the Thai cooking trade?

Forever Manchester & Large – Thursday 23rd September

Large and Intafood, Manchester’s premier cookery school, have joined forces to host a Thai Cooking course on Tuesday 14th September, 6.30pm, at The Royal Orchid restaurant in Manchester.

Forever Manchester and Large are teaming up to bring you Forever Manchester Large!

You will be taught all about the fresh ingredients, how to achieve different tastes then be put through your paces making a delicious starter and main meal. Once the cooking is over, all participants sit down to eat the food they’ve made. 16

Those in the know know that the Large Pub Quiz is THE best one in town!!

It costs £35 per person and this includes all ingredients and a soft drink. Plus you get an information pack about Thai cuisine and recipes to try at home, a £10 voucher towards another course and you’ll also receive a voucher to claim a free starter pack of authentic fresh ingredients (difficult to find in the supermarkets) so you can start cooking at home. L Email

Taking place at The Ducie Bridge pub (Corporation Street, Manchester, M4 4DU), the event features some of the best locally produced music, comedy and poetry. On the night, Aaron Paul and Modern Alarms will be treating us to a musical feast, Tim Bradbury will be giving us something to laugh about and we’ve got a fab poetry act on also.

Large Socials

Large Socials

Pub Quiz

It’s free entry and the event starts at 7.30pm. If you want to get on the guest list for this tremendous event then Email


Welcome to My World


‘Welcome to my World’ is based around 20 celebrities who have gay relatives or friends and each celebrity photograph is accompanied by slogans such as “my brother/mother/friend is gay”. Famous faces participating in the exhibition include Graham Norton, Sarah Cox, Anthony Cotton, Katherine Kelly, Patsy Kensit and many others. Coronation Street star Kym Marsh appears in the lineup and has been very vocal about her excitement in taking part in the exhibition, “I was made up to be picked as one of 20 famous faces with strong links to the gay community. The pictures were all about playing up to gay stereotypes and my picture portrays a very strong female image…I was delighted to get involved.”

The picturesque Tatton Park estate has been transformed to become the setting for a showcase of new artworks at the second Tatton Park Biennial. Twenty one artists have been commissioned to create works with the theme of ‘Framing Reality’ as a subject. The idea is that the works will explore what links people to place and visions for the future. A snapshot of the commissioned works include: • A collapsing tree house installed in Tatton’s arboretum linked to traditional English landscapes • The smallest cinema in the world – a bespoke six-seat mobile cinema showing a film shot at Tatton

Wistful Wondering at the Weekend

Wistful Wondering at the Weekend

As part of Manchester’s Pride celebrations, a new photography exhibition will be displayed at Selfridges throughout September.

Tatton Park Biennial- until 26th September

• Two tonnes of ice from the Arctic, which have been shipped and relocated to Tatton Park. The ice will be kept frozen throughout the installation in an experiment about renewable energy. For more information visit L


what to do?

Fluids Christmas Party Guide

Proms in the Park – 11th September Mums’ favourite John Barrowman is headlining Salford’s BBC Proms in the Park on Saturday 11th September. Well-known for his role as Captain Jack in Torchwood and Doctor Who, John started his career as a leading man in West End musicals and has appeared in Chicago, Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon.

Taking place at Buile Hill Park, John will be joined by world class mezzo soprano Juliette Pochin and local boy, Salford opera sensation, Jon Christos. Tickets are still available, log onto for more information. Tickets priced at £20. L

Fluid Bars have provided Large with their top tips to add some additional sparkle to your festivities this year... • Bring the party to your home! We can provide a bespoke cocktail party at home with a range of different drinks packages to suit all budgets. • How about a cocktail taster session for a few hours to whet your cocktail appetite before the festive jollies really start? • Hold a cocktail making team building session in the comfort of your office or a selected venue (we can even help suggest some quality venues!) • Hire our full bar service and bring the full shebang to the office with an all-out party. From 5-300 people we can transform your office into the best party venue in the city for a hassle free night.

• If your company don’t quite manage to squeeze in a Christmas party before the end of 2010, we’ll be here in 2011 making sure you don’t miss out. • Why not arrange for a flaring Santa to appear behind the bar and spice things up a bit. • Give a little and surprise someone special with gift vouchers for an event from Fluid Bars. If you are the one organising the party then gift vouchers make the perfect gift for staff to spend at the bar on the night of the party. If you’re interested in seeing what we can do then just pick up the phone and call 0161 235 5224 or email L

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Wistful Wondering at the Weekend

Does your work Christmas party need livening up this year? Is it time to host a proper Christmas party at home or the office instead of trawling round packed bars losing half your guests along the way?

• Why not have a party with a Tiki theme with matching bar service provided by Fluid Bars. We know our ingredients inside out so can whip up some dreamy cocktails. 20


to boost the flavours and a creamy peanut sauce. The pak choi was seasoned beautifully with garlic and chillies.

Zinc Bar and Grill Tummy Rumbles

The Triangle, Hanging Ditch, Manchester, M4 3TR Large rating 8.5/10

Where? Zinc has been a favourite after-work drinks destination but its food offering often gets overlooked. After a few changes over the years, the place has finally found its groove when it comes to grub. Diners can opt for the traditional restaurant or the more casual bar area. To Start With The menu is vast. Almost so vast that you question how can they specialise in so many different types of cuisine, but that’s where skill in the kitchen is important. Zinc specialise in world classics and pride themselves on their daily chef’s specials.


The menu has a very strong influence of pan-Asian and after probing a little further, I was told

that this was due to changes in tastes. As we’ve become more health conscious, Zinc felt their menu needed to fit with this hence the large selection of healthier and light dishes such as the Thai Fish Soup offered as a lunch special. To start, we kept it simple with Crispy Duck Spring Rolls served with plum and pineapple dipping sauce (£6.50). Served elegantly, the rolls were stuffed full of duck so well worth the price given the amount of meat inside. Moving onto Mains I tried the Malaysian Spiced Chicken Breast, Sweet Potato with Coconut and Lime (£14.25) and a side portion of Pak Choi with chilli and garlic (£3.35). It was really delicious with a nice mix of spices

My guest also followed with the Asian theme choosing the Thai Green Chicken Curry (£14.25). A little different to usual Thai curry, this was quite dry in consistency, more of a stir-fry but moreish all the same and with a powerful spicy kick. The menu covers pretty much everything; salads, grill selections, pasta and risottos and vegetarian dishes including Butternut Squash Tart (£12.50). Room for anymore? Desserts really are a class act at Zinc. Favourites such as Sticky Toffee Pudding (£6.15) sit alongside Malteser Sorbet (£5.15) We decided to share the Eton Mess Sundae (£6.15) – heavenly and most definitely recommended! The service at Zinc is exceptional. The only sticking point is the prices are on the high side for Manchester restaurants. A main meal and a side will set you back around £18 so it’s fairly pricey if you stack it up against a good Thai restaurant in town. Nonetheless, it’s a great place to go for an intimate meal or if you’re with friends, sit in the bar area and soak up the cocktail atmosphere. L

Tummy Rumbles

where to eat?

5 Arundel Street, Castlefield, Manchester, M15 4JZ Large rating 6.5/10

To Start Binary bar is a bar-cum restaurant that doesn’t really specialise in anything other than serving its punters a wide variety of options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper. They even offer pizzas to take away, you just call them and 24

The pizzas are a real speciality at Binary Bar. I went for the Giardinera (£6.00) topped with peppers, red onion, mushroom and cherry tomato. It was really delicious with a fluffy fresh base and lots of gooey cheese on top.

Binary Bar

Where? Castlefield – swamped in the summer but aside from the major players around the basin, the little bars and restaurants on the fringes often get overlooked. We headed to Binary Bar to try out their food offering. It’s a neighbourhood bar with a steady stream of locals, great offers and friendly staff waiting to greet you.

and Chips (£6.95) and Sausage and Mash (£6.45). We went for traditional Gammon, Egg and Chips (£6.45) served with salad. Huge portions for a good price and perfectly reasonable taste-wise.

pick them up and at two for a tenner, the residents of Castlefield are quids-in. We went at lunch time and the place was quiet aside from a few locals dropping in. Not wanting to over-indulge in the middle of the day, myself and my guest just shared Nachos (£2.95) topped with melted cheese and served with sour cream, guacamole and salsa. A big portion and enough to share; it was a nice enough starter. Moving onto Mains Binary Bar is never going to win any gourmet food prizes but that’s not what it’s about. The menu is full of hearty favourites like Fish

Room for more? No way at lunch time, but I’m sure if we were there at night watching the football on their huge screen then there would be room to squeeze in Sticky Toffee Pudding (£2.75) or Strawberry Dream Delight (£2.75). The food could be better at Binary Bar if they wanted it to be but what they provide is decent pub grub at good prices, mixed with a laid-back vibe, a humongous screen for watching movies or sport on and all-in-all, a great place to relax with mates.

The Real Camera Company

One of our favourites

The Real Camera Company based in Manchester’s Northern Quarter is an Aladdin’s cave of mainly used camera equipment that’s suitable for all budgets. The team know about all things photographic inside and out and are on hand to give free advice over the counter – perfect for when you’re stuck on how to get a certain look or what type of lens to use - these guys can help. The shop has been based in Manchester for ten years and judging on how busy it is, it seems The Real Camera Company’s fans just keep coming back. They stock the biggest selection of used equipment outside of London which means that you get the very best deal on purchases.

The Real Camera Company Sevendale House 7 Dale Street Manchester M1 1JA 26

Tel : 0161 907 3236 L

They sell cameras from £5-£5000 plus darkroom equipment, tripods, projectors, cine projectors, cine cameras, video equipment and books too – pretty much everything to suit amateur photographers and professionals alike, whatever your budget. A digital SLR camera can cost under £200 at The Real Camera Company rather than over £500 on the high street meaning lots of spare change to spend elsewhere! They also buy and part exchange cameras and equipment so you can trade your old stuff in for something newer and get a good deal in the process.

Movember is an annual, monthlong charity event held in a few months time in November where guys grow a moustache showing support for prostate cancer awareness whilst being sponsored.

than women and with their reluctance to see a doctor, this attitude often denies many men the chance of early detection and prevention of most illnesses.

The world-phenomenon started back in 2003 with 30 Mo Bros taking part. In 2009, 253,843 Mo Bros and Sistas came together as Citizens of Movember around the world raising nearly £26 million for The Prostate Cancer Charity.

• 1 in 10 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in UK men

It’s commonly acknowledged that men are far less health-conscious than women, often adopting a ‘head in the sand’ attitude. Men’s life expectancy is five years less

• 10,000 men die from prostate cancer every year – that’s one man every hour

The facts:

• 35,000 UK men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year alone

Get Involved: 1. Register online from mid-October 2. Once registered, each Mo Bro must start on the 1st of Movember clean-shaven 3. Then for the entire month of Movember, they must groom and grow according to a few Mo Bro Laws (it’s all in the shaping)

Cut-out and use moustache for the ladies.

what’s going on?


In Manchester, The Gentry Grooming are offering all Mo Bro’s complimentary free shave-offs at the end of Movember.

The team at Movember are appealing to Manchester workers to join in the fun and grow your mo at work. Mo Sistas can register as team captains steering the companies fundraising efforts.

Goings on in the City

Goings on in the City

Check out the Mo Bro’s

To take things one step further, participants of Movember are encouraged to take their fundraising efforts to the next level with a big shave-off bash at the end of the month to celebrate their own or their team’s hairgrowing efforts. What are you waiting for, gather your Mo Bros and Sistas now!! L 29

Food & Drink Festival – 1st to 11th October

This year’s Manchester Food and Drink Festival boasts exciting new partners, high profile participants, new event concepts and a brand new Festival Pavilion on Albert Square with a local and regional focus, celebrating heritage, iconic brands, products and people. The region’s food scene is as wonderful and exciting as ever, and this year’s event is all about enjoying that - spreading positivity, excitement and promoting the vibrant businesses that the region has to offer. The festival runs from 1st to 11th October and just a mere snapshot of the exciting happenings going on across town include:


The Manchester Chilli Lovers’ Fair at Albert Square on 1st October where those who like it hot can indulge in over 20 of the UK’s best chilli stalls, The Greater Manchester Real Ale Festival in

The much loved Manchester Oktoberfest in association with Kro will be back again for a second year with an outstanding range of German beers, plus food and drink from the heart of Bavaria. In addition to the great outdoor activities a plethora of food and drink establishments across Manchester will be holding their own speciality Food and Drink Festival events, so keep your eyes open for what’s set to be a festival of outstanding quality city wide. L Large and Manchester Food and Drink Festival have partnered up to offer two lucky Large readers a chocolate and wine lovers treat during the festival. The winners will receive a Luxury Chocolate and Champagne Hamper and two tickets to the Big Indie Wine Festival. Just simply email with your name, address and email and you will go into the draw. The winner will be chosen at random on 1st October.

Goings on in the City

Goings on in the City

The countdown to the UK’s biggest and best urban food and drink festival kicks off this week as Manchester gears up for its 13th celebration of all things food and drink.

association with CAMRA where visitors will be treated to a full-on beer bonanza plus a new addition to the festival line up with The Manchester Chocolate Festival in association with Chocolate Cafe on 1st and 2nd of October where the festival pavilion will turn into a choc-holics paradise.


what’s going on?

‘Bardot, Bond, Beckham and Beyond’


The exhibition ‘Bardot, Bond, Beckham and Beyond’ features new and unseen images of the most iconic stars of the 20th Century – Sean Connery as James Bond, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot plus more, all discovered during extensive archiving of Terry’s fifty year career behind the lens. Alongside these never before seen images, Terry will taking part in an exclusive preview evening on 23rd September at the gallery where he will be available to answer questions on the intriguing stories behind his pictures – such as how Ava Gardner introduced him to Frank Sinatra and an insight into his lifelong friendships with icons such as Sir Elton John and Sir Michael Caine. Terry’s work has been exhibited around the world and his images spanning five decades including photographs of Nelson Mandela, David Beckham and The Royal Family are renowned for their remarkable candour and intimacy

reflecting the close and personal relationship Terry has with his subjects. Bardot, Bond, Beckham and Beyond: Photographs by Terry O’Neill runs from 23rd September to 16th October at the Richard Goodall Gallery, Manchester. Entrance is free. L

Goings on in the City

Goings on in the City

World-renowned photographer Terry O’ Neill is returning to Manchester to launch his highly anticipated new exhibition at the Richard Goodall Gallery.


Salford Music Festival – 9th to 12th September Running over a long weekend, the Salford Music Festival takes place at seven pubs across Salford – The Kings Arms, The Hope, The Crescent, Wangies, The White Horse, The Plough and The Weaste. Showcasing the very best of Salford’s musical talent, audiences will be able to enjoy over 60 live gigs.

The ROWE British Grand Prix in Manchester will be the first European Super Series of its kind and this year they are offering the largest prize money ever, securing that Manchester continues to host this competition, something it has done for the past 14 years.

Held over at Sports City, this is a competition of epic international proportions and will bring visitors to Manchester from all across the globe so expect a deluge of visitors most likely wanting a few directions around town.

This is the last competition before the Commonwealth Games in India providing England’s players with a last shot at a top-level competition before heading to the Games.

Tickets can be booked online at, or by telephone on 0844 870 0000. L

Head along to support Team GB!

Goings on in the City

Goings on in the City

ROWE British Grand Prix Squash Championships – 15th to 20th September

With a mixture of signed and unsigned acts, it’s set to be one of the biggest events ever held in Salford. The festival ends with a main stage event at The Ritz on 12th featuring The Fall, Salford Jets, Aaron Wright and many more, plus DJ sets from Terry Christian and Clint Boon.


Day tickets for the events are £15 and are available from L


Sam Gore

Stand-Up For The City

Hello Mancunians! My name is Sam and I’m a stand-up comic, as well as a recent immigrant to your fair city. I’ve moved here because Manchester is a brilliant city for comedy; from top-end headliners to grass roots level, there’s a plethora of gigs all over to perform at and visit as a punter. Manchester’s been good to me. I came up through the circuit here and consider myself a product of the scene, the strength of which is down to the fact that as an audience, the people of Manchester are brilliant. You laugh, you clap and you’re good fun.

opinion of my fledgling act with one four-letter word. A word that rhymes with “punt”, which for the purpose of this article I shall replace with the word “flower”.

That’s not to say you can’t be total gits though. The first time I was ever heckled was at a club in Manchester – a guy at the back felt the need to express his

Being pretty raw and inexperienced at that point, I (foolishly) responded with “I appreciate the feedback mate, but it’s not very constructive is it?”

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Not very funny and it broke the first rule of dealing with hecklers – don’t leave yourself open to another retort. I found that out two seconds later, when having thought about it, he yelled back: “Fair point. Alright, you’re a massive flower.” I bought the guy a pint – he won, after all. L

Paul Van Dyk Congratulations on your latest release “Gatecrasher Anthems - Paul Van Dyk”. Gatecreasher was an institution in Sheffield, what Manchester clubs have you played and what were your experiences? I played at the Hacienda during the 90’s and recently played at Sankeys which was fun as they refused to let me in because I was wearing trainers! I turned around to go and the promoter came running out after me panicking! I’m back in Manchester on 8th October at the Warehouse Project. Playing all over the world must be mind-blowing. Are there any favourite venues you’ve played at or anywhere you would like to play? I wouldn’t say I have a favourite venue. I have a very clear idea about the general sound and music of what I want to play and everything else is down to the connection with the audience so it’s always different. You’re known as the pioneer of trance and electronic dance music and over the years we’ve heard many collaborations in addition to your own produced material; is being a live DJ and live production where you see your future? I’m a musician and my favourite music is electronic music and this is what I have done pretty much the majority of my working life and I hope I can do it until I retire!


What top tip would you offer to any Large readers looking to break into the DJ scene? One of the main things is that you really know what you like and what you want to do. At the end of the day you’re in front of an audience and you have to convince them that what you do actually means something and has a purpose. If you have doubts then it will come across. Growing up in East Berlin you had to listen secretly to European music. How different do you think your career would have been had social networking sites such as MySpace been available to you? Well obviously it would have been a completely different picture. We’ve seen substantial growth in communication between the artist and the fans. It’s good for an artist to have a direct response from the audience. What other unfulfilled ambitions do you have? I’m working on my next big artist album, that’s my next goal; to deliver something that actually has substance and that I feel happy with. Otherwise it’s always the small things and I think that might be part of the secret of why I’m still around. I take every single gig very seriously so I don’t have super-duper goals of ‘I must do this or that’. For me one of the main ambitions is to deliver as close as possible perfect set when I play, regardless of how big or small the audience is... I’m never easy on myself!

Live Lyrics

Live Lyrics

At the end of the day you’re in front of an audience and you have to convince them that what you do actually means something and has a purpose. If you have doubts then it will come across.


Fine Lines @ The Deaf Institute It’s an uncharacteristically wintery evening in Manchester this evening. Luckily, inside the Deaf Institute the atmosphere is warm enough to dry even the wettest of socks.


First band, The Sleazy Mcguires look like a rather odd collection of gentlemen. A group that looks as though the noise they’re about to make may not be consistent, but rather an awkward rabble of disparate tracks. Luckily these fears are quickly misplaced when the group launch into a melee of raucous brawl inducing rock n’ roll.

While they subscribe to no nonsense hillbilly bar brawl style of rock, you can hear the range of influences they draw upon to make them a palatable selection for tonight’s mixed audience. You can’t help but feel as though were they a little higher on the bill, they might garner a more raucous response from a currently timid group of spectators. Keep your eyes open for them. Second band The Rubys are tasked with the difficult job of following a pretty great opening act. On several levels they succeed. They seem a little green, understandable for a relatively new band, however they could definitely benefit from honing their sound slightly. Despite this, they paint with sweeping, broad strokes, adding nuances of colour across their set. Their songs are strong, just lacking confidence a little.

Tonight they play an assortment of tracks from their upcoming EP due to be released later this year. Headliners Finelines take to the stage. They’re a well-presented group who play well crafted indie melodies. Poppy, while not bordering on annoying or staid. The music is a blend of mainstream rock and heartfelt, stripped-down acoustic numbers. In particular, ‘Wrong Side’ marks them out as a compelling act. While tonight they lack some of the breadth their

songs encompass on record, it’s justifiable given the difficulty of hauling a string section onto the tiny Deaf Institute stage. However, they would benefit from some synths in order to give their songs more depth live.

Live Lyrics

Live Lyrics

Tonight’s gig is a fundraiser by the Le Tower to Tower team who intend to ride from Blackpool to Paris in order to raise money for the Fanconi Hope and NSPCC.

The songs are well crafted and solid, incredibly solid in fact. Each member of the Mcguires is quietly adept with their instrument, and extremely modest in their playing. What they lack in sass, they make up for in an unyielding selection of bluesy rock and roll. Delightfully named tracks such as ‘Cross Gender Blues’ are played with gusto, and met with appreciation from the attentive crowd.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable set from the group. We hope to see more of them in the future and let’s hope the gig raised a substantial amount for the charity. Jonno Hopkins



Hungry Pigeon

Live Entertainment

Live Entertainment


Hungry Pigeon by Steve Campbell.

Manchester (and further afield in the North West) has had its fair share of cracking outdoor events over the Spring and Summer. Often dampened by rain but colourful enough to put a smile on our faces, here’s a roundup of our favourites from 2010...


Lacrosse Championships

Live Entertainment

Kendall Calling

Live Entertainment



Mononoko launches in Manchester

Fashion Forward

The ethical fashion label features a range of halter neck mini dresses, vibrant print jumpsuits and sculptured trousers all uniquely fused with exciting prints and embellishment. A capsule collection of ten pieces by Mary Ononokopono is already in store with new designs being added each week.

General Store will be Mononoko’s temporary home for three months. L

Jigsaw Special Event Jigsaw in The Triangle are hosting a special shopping evening hosted by Grazia Style Director Paula Reed and Jigsaw's co-owner Belle Robinson on 22nd September 7-9pm. Paula will be giving a talk on Autumn/Winter trends for 2010 and will be giving style advice and top fashion tips to all customers. Guests will be treated to 10% off all purchases from the new collection on the night plus champagne and refreshments. The event also marks the launch of Jigsaw’s new capsule collection - Jigsaw Vintage - which re-invents classic Jigsaw pieces from the last 30 years. The 15 piece collection of coats, dresses, knitwear and skirts celebrates three decades of style encapsulating the brands quintessential British style. Large readers are all invited to attend


The Brands of Manchester competition was launched by General Store to give young and up-and-coming designers the chance to showcase their brands in store and in doing so, The General Store gets independent exclusivity of a new label.

Fashion Forward

General Store on Deansgate has welcomed Mononoko to the store, the latest ‘Brands of Manchester’ winner.

Street Style Manchester, with its sporting history, provides the foundation for a strong partnership between sports apparel and heritage fashion; a partnership which has developed an increasingly popular and dynamic trend.

Fashion Forward

Hoodies, although deep rooted within the hip hop community, are intrinsically linked to sports apparel and when teamed with chino’s or skinny jeans form a look indicative of urban style meets indie cool. Whilst skirts teamed with cable knit jumpers are complimented by hockey style socks, to reflect a quintessentially English look. what’s hot?

Fashion Forward

The burgeoning sportswear industry continually produces fresh new styles, stemming from practical sportswear which has fashionably evolved to multi coloured hi-tops, carrot-fit joggers and retro tracksuits and staple’s for eponymous heritage brands like Fred Perry, Lacoste and Ralph Lauren creating an effortless cool look.

Loud brights and flamboyant prints typify the trend, with the vibrancy of retro accessories like statement visors, customised sweatbands and plimsolls breaking up a simple silhouette. Natalie Shaw



Collete Costello

Fashion Forward

Collette Costello is a new online women's fashion label based in Manchester. They’ve just launched their online shop and if you like vintage fashion and retro-style fabrics then make sure you pay it a visit.


Collette first unleashed her designs back in 2008 inspired by Victorian Manchester. Since then, demand has shot through the roof with a number of boutiques stocking select pieces including Junk Shop. Collette, you’ve designed for high street brands before you launched your own range. What do you feel lacks from high street collections? Most notably, that most manufacturing is done abroad in the Far East, which might seem great against costs but it means that there are limitations to styles because you’re tied into the garment having to be produced in the cheapest possible way. Being an independent designer means I can add lots of detail and fabrics to make effects. Your new collection is out this month, how would you sum it up to large readers? It’s vintage inspired. I modelled it on vintage garments worn by celebs in the 1950s with lots of feminine drapes, good tailoring and classic cuts. I try to use luxurious fabric that may cost more but has more dramatic effect.

What trends should our readers make sure they are cottoning onto for Autumn/Winter this year? There are two main trends in my collection - tartan and brights, bright dresses that are classic and classy, not trashy. As a fashion lecturer and designer for high street shops, what do you think have been the main changes in the fashion industry? The main shift has been towards throw-away fashion, people just wearing a garment once and never wearing again – this was mainly before the recession. Now it’s changed with people wanting to pay that little bit extra and invest in quality products. L

Sweat It Up, Work It Out

Great Salford Swim – 26th September The Great Salford Swim is a new event for the 2010 sporting calendar in Manchester. It’s a one-mile outdoor swim taking place in Salford Quays and is open to swimmers of all abilities (but only for the brave!) It’s a really safe event but you must take the time to train properly. You wouldn’t run 10k without any training so don’t swim a mile! It’s also probably worth hiring a wetsuit for the day. It’s not compulsory (unless the water temperature drops below 15˚c) but wetsuits can make you more buoyant and actually a little bit faster. Make sure you can complete a mile confidently in the pool before taking part in the competition, but it’s not just aimed at professional swimmers - it’s for everyone serious about taking part and serious about training. Most people will not have swum outdoors before so you won’t be alone. To check out how to enter head to L


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Great Swim Photos - Dave Tyrell

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Sweat It Up, Work It Out

Being new to Manchester and a little aware of my gentlyexpanding waistband, I decided to try out some of the city’s fitness classes. And what better challenge than to blast five lessons in five days? First up, Aqua Fit at the Aquatics Centre. Run by a charming local called David, he has been teaching the watery workout for ten years, and makes the 45-minute session fun and relaxed by cracking a few jokes to keep everyone in good spirits.

It’s also impact-free, so great for people with joint problems, but it does little to build muscle so those hoping to sculpt their pecs might want to look elsewhere. All in all, a friendly, accessible class that was easy to pick up but still made me use muscles I never knew I had.

I slipped into the pool with some trepidation, concerned that my poorly-coordinated limbs wouldn’t be able to keep up with the regulars.

And for those seeking top value for money, the £3.80 fee allows you access to the pool afterwards as well.

But I had no need to worry, as we ran through some warm-up exercises, then plunged (excuse the pun) into routines designed to gently work the whole body.

Tomorrow’s training - yoga at the Sugden Centre. Read all about it in large October. L

Some pumping music helped the class along, and with a few water weights thrown in for good measure, it felt a bit like hanging with mates rather than sweating out the weekend’s indulgences. I definitely felt the burn in my arms and torso, and several dynamic moves worked hard on my abdominal muscles - always good for a food lover like me. 56

Exercise in a pool is best for fat burning, as water resistance increases the impact of movements and makes core muscles work harder to provide stability.

Rose Orlik






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Luv The City



Manchester’s most-popular property site is celebrating its first anniversary. We catch up with Luvthecity Director Julian Bovis and ask him what’s so special about Manchester...

29 September – 10 October St Ann’s Square

3/4 and 17/18 September Piccadilly Gardens

Feast is a new annual food market bringing together Manchester’s food heroes under one roof. The event showcases the region’s best farmers and producers together with a mixture of World foods.

The Piccadilly jewellery market guarantees a spread of beautiful sparkle from a selection of the region’s best designers.

City Living

Low-rent: The Ovale Building in Ancoats – glassy, classy and cheap. Mid-range: Spectrum on Greengate – looks like communist East Berlin but the apartments are great and you can walk to town in 5-minutes. Blow-the-budget: Century Buildings on St. Mary’s Parsonage. Forget the WAG-filled Beetham Tower; this is Manchester’s best block. What’s the worst block? That’s difficult because everyone has different priorities but if we had choose one block we’d go for City Heights opposite the Cathedral. It’s got the look of a run-down council block but with none of the charm. Sorry to all the people who live there! Luvthecity names best cafes and pubs – what’s your favourite? For beer it’s the Briton’s Protection, for food we’d go for Kim-by-the-Sea


in Hulme or Koffee Pot in Stevenson Square. They serve something called XXX Spam (ask them why!) Luvthecity competes directly with the M.E.N – what makes you different? Impartiality. We’re not tied to estate agents or developers so we tell it like it is. If an apartment block is crap, we tell you that it’s crap. What are your plans for 2011? We’ve just launched in Birmingham and now we’re about to launch a furniture website called Luvthefurniture. When you’re moving home the last thing you want is hassle so Luvthefurniture will deliver products in 24-hours, set it up, take all the packaging away and then nip quietly out the door. It’ll be like going to Ikea but without the stress. Or the plastic-tasting hotdogs. L

Many of the stalls are run by family businesses such as Graham Kirkham, whose Lancashire cheeses earned him the title of 2009 Producer of the Year at the Manchester Food and Drink Awards. Freshly made chicken and mango korma, a huge array of traditional pies, and Savin Hill Farm's traditionally reared sausages all provide mouth-watering lunch options. Continental produce like falafel, Polish Rye breads and paella offer an international flavour. Trevor Duerden’s fine fudges, created from a secret recipe in Burnley provide a sweet fix, alongside almost-too-good-to-eat cupcakes and brownies. Wash down your meal with locally brewed ale, English wine or a cocktail.

Discover jewellery made from gold, silver and semi-precious stones all uniquely designed. The market is a fantastic place to buy, browse, and – dare we say it – pick up some festive ideas from the works on sale. By supporting independent jewellery-makers, the market guarantees and supports innovative and exciting work, giving artists a high profile city centre showcase for their work. As well as home grown talent, designers from all over the world set up shop at the market and with a variety of different styles and materials on offer, there are prices to suit every budget.

Manchester Markets

What’s the best place to live in the city centre? Ha ha - everyone asks us that! It depends on your budget but you can’t go wrong with these three:

Whether you are looking for a delicious and healthy lunch, interesting ingredients for the weekend or for a fabulous foodie experience, the market will serve it all up for you on a platter. 59

Since our lovely Mimi has left Manchester for sunnier shores Down Under, our new girl about town Francesca is going to be here every month spilling the beans on life in Mancunia...

Goodbye Mimi, Hello Francesca

Love From Francesca

I love this city. I fell in love with it all again since coming home after fleeing to London then Spain when I was 21.

Gone are the days of all-night partying and getting dressed in the car park for work the next day; now it’s more dinner parties and restaurants with the odd wild night thrown in for good measure. So I thought I’d best get myself to V festival this year. I bought myself a pair of shorts so short it would have been considered politically incorrect to wear them and it wouldn’t be long until my legs chafed in the middle. I was ready! 60

Vintage Café & Cake Shop

Coming back, Manchester had come alive with a vibrancy I’d never seen here before and I knew I was home. I don’t even really mind the greyness, least you never strain your eyes and I think we’ve all learnt to cope with the drizzle getting us wetter than a downpour. I suppose it helps that I’m old enough now to appreciate what matters in life. I’m that age where it’s getting time for Botox but not so old to panic about not being married.

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In addition to our delicious handmade chocolates and cakes, we have now serve a wide selection of loose teas and coffees all served in fine bone china cups.

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But then I got the mother of all colds and was resigned to bed, watching X Factor. Typical! So that’s me. I’m clumsy, I laugh a lot at things I probably shouldn’t. I like getting things for free and generally love a blag of any kind and I’m going to be letting you in on the random things I’ve seen on my travels around this amazing city we all call home… L

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a perfect venue for your Conference! Christmas offer 2010 now on sale!!!

We are also delighted to offer a laundry service for bedding and shirts etc. A reliable and trustworthy company Secure key holding service All cleaning materials provided Public liability cover

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Come and join us for our Las Vegas Week as we celebrate the launch of Virgin Atlantic’s new service from Manchester to Las Vegas flying from the 3rd April 2011 From Monday 11th October we will have a range of special offers, competitions and plenty of ideas to make your trip to Las Vegas your best holiday... EVER!!

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A SPECTACULAR CELEBRATION OF FOOD AND DRINK MANCHESTER BORN & FED Featuring cookery master classes, unique dining pavilions, The Big Indie Wine Fest, Forever Manchester Village Fete, Chocolate Festival, celebrity chefs, Chilli Lovers’ Fair, gourmet dinners, Manchester Whisky Festival, local producer market, Real Ale Festival, Oktoberfest, the Festival Daily BBQ and much more…



Large Manchester Issue 17  

Large Manchester is a free community magazine highlighting what makes Manchester tick. Providing readers with inside knowledge on what is go...

Large Manchester Issue 17  

Large Manchester is a free community magazine highlighting what makes Manchester tick. Providing readers with inside knowledge on what is go...