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Issue 9 Jan 2010



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Issue 9 Jan 2010


Happy 2010! Our January issue is out a little earlier than normal due to the Christmas break. If you’re reading this in 2009 then here’s hoping your New Year’s Eve celebrations go off with a bang. If its 2010, well Happy New Year to you and Large sincerely wishes all its readers the very best for the coming year. We’re constantly flabbergasted by how quickly the years pass by. Is it a sign of getting older or simply that Manchester life is constantly evolving? Each year brings a barrage of new venue openings, inspiring festivals and events and rafts of new people choosing Manchester as their home. Large is very proud to be part of such a creative and diverse city. You’ll be seeing new developments from Large over the coming months and we’ll be sharing the news with you soon but for now, embrace and welcome in 2010 with open arms - it’s going to be an action-packed year! Sending Large Love Editor: Kelly Byrne Contributors: Sarah Gandy Snail mail: Large Manchester, 60 Port Street, Manchester M1 2EQ Website: Emails:, Main Office: 0161 235 7270 Advertising: Please contact Alex on 0161 235 7277 Editor: Please 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.


Band on the Wall Ups The Ante

Picture credit Joel Fildes

Bit of an Exhibitionist? The Royal Exchange has invited the Manchester public to make an exhibition of themselves in an exciting new educational project. From 14th-16th January, the Studio at the theatre will be home to a unique event where audiences are invited to make themselves at home and take a look behind others’ front doors. From the Elvis impersonator in the shower to the shell suit in the wardrobe and Ugg boots by the door, from the photo on the fireplace to the gaming console by the bed, home is the place we’re most likely to kick off our shoes and be ourselves; the place we make a private exhibition of our lives. Members of the public, along with contributions from community groups, artists, makers, schools and individuals of all ages have all contributed to the exhibition so go and have a nosey and see how your neighbours live.


Band on the Wall have just flicked the switch on their gigantic, exterior equaliser on the outside of the building. The equaliser will ‘play’ the sounds from inside the venue but the light display is also a great visual icon for Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Not only is the music hall lighting up the night visually, but the acclaimed Manchester DJ, Mr Scruff is also moving in with his popular club night, Keep It Unreal. The long-running Manchester residency, which brings a mix of jazz, soul, hip hop, funk, disco, deep house, reggae, dubstep, afrobeat, breaks and latin to the venue, is just one of a number of club events that promises to warm up gig-goers this winter. The venue has been laying on an impressive range of gigs since it re-opened in December. December highlights include Massive Attack’s Daddy G, original Jazzanova DJs Alexander Barck and Claas Brieler, television actor and DJ Craig Charles and, straight from New York, Qool DJ Marv.


Manchester Submits World Cup Bid Football legends Mike Summerbee (ex MCFC) and Pat Crerand (ex MUFC) headed to Wembley to submit Manchester’s World Cup host city bid to the FA. The delegation, led by Councillor Mike Amesbury and Andrew Stokes, chief executive of Marketing Manchester, handed the bid document to the FA. The FA will announce which of the bidding cities will form part of its 2018 FIFA World Cup bid on Wednesday 16th December. Councillor Mike Amesbury said: “The World Cup is arguably the greatest sporting spectacle on the planet and bringing it to Manchester would make for an unforgettable occasion.” In 2006, the FIFA World Cup™ in Germany generated over 2 million visitors and generated £600million in economic benefit so, if the bid is successful, Manchester could see major growth.

Just Press Play For all the northerners out there, get yourself along to ‘Just Press Play’ held in Salford every month at The Black Lion on Chapel Street. Just Press Play is an intimate monthly event focusing on the very best old and new dancefloor gems from across the globe. The DJs behind the decks include Jo Good (XFM and BBC6), who’s spun tunes on Manchester’s radio networks for over a decade now. Lining up alongside Jo is Lil’ Fee, drummer with Manchester electropopsters, The Whip. As well as playing every festival imaginable over the last three years, she has also been slaying dance floors worldwide with DJ sets of huge energy. Good Music, Good Vibes, Good times.

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Papa G’s in the Printworks

Entourage at The Printworks The Printworks is finally fully let thanks to its newest venue Entourage. Pitched as Manchester’s freshest new super club packed with Mancunian touches, it is a far cry from the clichéd London nightclub remakes. An £80,000 sound system has been installed ensuring that the clubbing experience at Entourage is second to none. The venue can hold 800 clubbers over two floors and four bars. Expect the usual links with local radio stations; clubnights already announced are Liquor for Friday nights and Elegance on a Saturday night.

Introducing Papa G’s Completing the line up in The Printworks is Mediterranean restaurant Papa G’s. The stunning new venue offers a fresh approach to traditional favourites including six hour braised Beef Stifado, mouth-watering ribs and traditional Greek Chicken Souvlaki. Papa G’s also boasts a wood fired pizza oven and charcoal-fired BBQ, perfect for infusing smoky flavours into delicious meat dishes. The restaurant prides itself on generous portions and an innovative menu made with fresh, quality ingredients. So for a taste of something slightly more sunshineinspired this month, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Papa G’s.

The Blue Parrot

Ministry of Craft is a sociable and friendly place where you can be inspired by a varied programme of fantastic courses. Based at Fred Aldous in the Northern Quarter the passionate tutors lay on courses packed full of fun and satisfaction based around being creative. They offer courses for all skill levels, from an introduction to digital photography and lampshade making to learning to knit and making and designing jewellery. The tutors will introduce you to the latest trends and ideas, techniques to recycle, re-use and revamp and very importantly, it’s also a great place to meet new people and share ideas. The brainchild of Sam Streken, who is a self-confessed lover of all things crafty, Ministry of Craft was born out of Sam’s frustrations when fruitlessly trying to find a short and simple handbag making course to no avail. For more information on courses take a look at:

One of the most stylish, yet relaxed new venues has just opened in the city. The menu at The Blue Parrot is a vision of an old-school grill menu, done so with finesse, but with their own touches of spice. Meat reigns supreme here, with prime rib, porterhouse, lamb rib chops, fillet and delicious spicy ribs tempting the hungry! Pasta dishes such as shrimp and blackened chicken appease those search a lighter meal, as do the many salads (the wild mushroom & goats cheese is a fave). Upstairs the dimly lit “Skyline” Lounge loft area is the perfect fit for a romantic night out with lush velvet seating, chaise lounges, cocktails and champagne. Downstairs features plenty of seating for bar snacks and drinks. There are two large booths downstairs which are great for large groups. The Dessert menu covers the usual suspects, giving Mancunians what they really like including sticky toffee pudding , cheesecake and a well stocked cheese board. The team at The Blue Parrot are really well trained, the service is smooth and contrary to first though, the wine list is not too red-heavy to match the meat, there’s a nice selection for everyone.


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Want to Learn at Little About Wine? Oz Clarke is Britain’s best-known wine expert, who co-hosted ‘Oz and James Drink to Britain’ with Top Gear legend James May. Oz Clarke has always been renowned for his down-to-earth ability to communicate his knowledge about wine to the novice drinker. His new book, ‘Let Me Tell You About Wine’ (£14.99) is a nononsense guide to everything you really need to know about wine. The book doesn’t overpower the reader with information; it works by building up knowledge with expert tips and informative snippets.

So whether you enjoy intense, blackcurranty reds, or aromatic whites, this book will explain why you like what you like and give you recommendations to help you find the right wine for you, at the right price.

Stephanie Farrell Here at Large, we’re always on the lookout for exciting, artistic talent and Stephanie Farrell is someone we’ve recently come across. Manchester girl Stephanie has had a varied career ranging from being a professional singer/songwriter and a model to now living life as a photographer. After developing a fascination for what happens behind the lens rather than in front of it, Stephanie made the bold move to study fashion photography and hasn’t looked back. She creatively combines what she learnt from being photographed with her passion behind the lens to create stunning and eye catching visuals. Find out more about Stephanie Farrell at:


Large Social So January is looking a bit gloomy. After an over indulgent Christmas, it’s time to tighten the purse strings, start counting calories and try your hardest to pound the treadmill on a regular basis. If you’re anything like us at Large and you think that all of that doing good surely deserves some kind of reward then join us on Wednesday 20th January for the first pub quiz of 2010! For only £3 you get a glass of wine on arrival and pie and peas at half time. The Printworks will be providing us with fabulous prizes and we’ll have a bar tab up for grabs for The English Lounge. In the past months we’ve been overwhelmed with teams wanting to get involved with the pub quiz, so much so that we’ve been struggling for tables but all you need to do is ensure your table is reserved by emailing: So join us from 6.30pm (quiz starts at 7.30pm) at The English Lounge on High Street for fun and games to brighten up a dull Wednesday in January.

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Not Part of New Year For the third year running, the organisers of Not Part Of festival are holding a one-day variety show at the Dancehouse Theatre in celebration of 2009’s hugely successful summer fringe. The latest talent in theatre, comedy, music, poetry, and dance will take to the stage on Saturday January 16th 2010 for Not Part Of New Year’s Eve, in a series of 15 minute performances, supported once again by community fundraising initiative, Forever Manchester. Audiences will get the chance to revisit some of their favourite acts from the summer line-up, as well as getting a taste for those they may have missed. The event also features a bazaar of vintage clothing, jewellery and arts and crafts, and an art gallery showcasing the work of students from the Manchester School of Art. The first 100 tickets for Not Part of NYE can be purchase for just £5 each from the Dancehouse Theatre After which, prices will be £7 or £8 on the door. The event runs from 4pmmidnight. For more information visit:

Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordon: From Sat 23 January to Sun 28 February 2010 Cairo: the breaking up of the ice is a collaborative exhibition by Cairo draws upon Audubon’s Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan. graphic tale of the six desolate The exhibition will include a new weeks his flatboat was stranded film installation inspired by the at the frozen confluence of the writings of the 19th century artist, Ohio and Mississippi rivers, in ornithologist and frontiersman 1809. Today this is the site of John James Audubon, who is Cairo, in Southern Illinois. The renowned for his epic publication once prosperous Cairo is now a The Birds of America. Cairo derelict town, devastated over (2009) completes a trilogy of time by floods, racial and social short interrelated films, made unrest and severe economic by Cartwright & Jordan during decline. two expeditions alongside the Entry is free, more information Mississippi and Ohio rivers. from


Cairo - The Breaking Up Of The Ice


LES MISÉRABLES heads into town... From 19th January, Cameron Mackintosh’s exciting new 25th anniversary production of LES MISÉRABLES arrives in Manchester. Running until 13th February, the show returns to Manchester as part of this special tour. The production boasts a stellar cast including Broadway and West End star John Owen Jones as Jean Valjean and Gareth Gates as Marius. John Owen Jones was recently hailed by the New York Post as the best Jean Valjean since Colm Wilkinson. Gareth Gates, has moved away from pop stardom and has most recently won rave reviews playing the title role of

Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in the West End. The magnificent score of LES MISÉRABLES includes the songs ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ (the one ‘Subo’ recently made famous) and ‘On My Own’. The musical has been running for 24 years, making it the world’s longest running musical. Seen by over 56 million people worldwide in 42 countries and in 21 languages, LES MISÉRABLES remains one of the world’s most popular musicals. Tickets are priced from £15 to £48.50 and are available from

Taking place just outside of the city centre at The Sheridan Suite on Oldham Road, the biggest winter ales festival rolls into Manchester. There are over 200 beers including foreign beers, ciders and perries to get supping. Head along on Saturday 23rd from midday to 10.30pm, with entertainment throughout the day from The Road Runners (with a special punk fancy dress theme if that floats your boat!). Entry is £3. For more information log onto

Curry Mile at Urbis Until March, Urbis has a new exhibition on, the aptly named - Curry Mile. An integral part of this city’s eating scene, this new exhibition includes 60 photographs by Lorraine Shaw that capture the colour, excitement and spice of one of Manchester’s most unique and colourful areas. In the exhibition see Wilmslow Road, with night scenes depicting

Lamborghinis and neon signage, mega-scale shop window advertisements and metal shutters covering sleeping eateries and open-all-hours newsagents. Be sure to be transported to the late-night hustle and bustle of Wilmslow Road, to curry houses you have visited and and those that you can’t wait to try next time...


National Winter Ales Festival - 20th-23rd January


It’s all about tightening the purse strings in January but don’t let that stop you having fun. Manchester goes into offers overdrive; here are our favourites to make sure you don’t have to suffer the January blues.

Tiger Tiger The long-standing restaurant, bar and nightclub offers a fantastic offer throughout January, which is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. There’s 50% off all food and drink, Monday to Friday from 5-8pm and if you want to carry on until a little later, if you go online to and download a voucher, you can take advantage of the 50% off deal from 8-10pm!

Taps Every Monday in January (after 6.30pm) at Taps you will receive 25% off ‘The Frites Menu’ which includes all sorts of yummy dishes including Beef and Rabbit Stew, Full Roast Poussin, 12oz Rib Eye Steak and ‘Make Your Own Moules’ where you pick what they are cooked and topped with. Also Monday to Friday, it’s beat the clock between 5 and 6.30pm. If you fancy 1/2kg Moules Mariniere, Half Roast Poussin, Fish and Chips or Pumpkin Stew, you pay the price at the time you order so if it’s 5pm you pay just a fiver...who said January had to be about staying in!

New Year’s Round Up


Christmas spirit soon deflates after Boxing Day but there’s no time to lose momentum, New Years Eve is just around the corner! Here are our tips for ensuring you see out 2009 in spectacular fashion.

NYE at.... Sankeys Sankeys has taken a gallant step for NYE, and with cohorts Religion, has decided to offer a drum and bass and dubstep party. NYE is going to be a huge party, with Religion’s 12 Apostles theme encompassing twelve of the biggest and best names in drum and bass and dub, starring Caspa, Fabio, Grooverider, Mumdance, Elvis, Nicky, High Rankin, Sappo, XTC, Murkage Cartel, Tonn Piper and MC Chunky. It’s the perfect way to say goodbye to a fine year at Sankeys and be right there on the dance floor as 2010’s journey begins.

City Inn

If you want to go a little more upmarket, the City Inn Hotel has a great NYE party package. The price includes a glass of champagne on arrival, a delicious three course meal and entertainment throughout the evening. Then, after the night is over, there’s no need to worry about getting home - just head up to your room and then wake up to a freshly made New Year’s Day brunch the next morning. Prices start from £85 per person dependent upon the type of room Tickets start at £25 and the night you choose. runs from 9pm to 6am. Get your To book your party package call tickets from 0161 242 1012

The Comedy Store Telly’s always rubbish on NYE so don’t even think about staying in. NYE is all about fun and laughs so where better to head than The Comedy Store. The super spangly line up consists of some of the finest faces in comedy today; MC Roger Monkhouse introduces Alun Cochrane, Pete Johansson, Justin Moorhouse, Tom Wrigglesworth & Jim Jeffries. Phew, what a treat! If you want to make a full night of it, then the Comedy Store

Restaurant and Bar is offering three-course meals, tasty bar food and pizzas, along with the usual selection of alcoholic beverages to make sure the night goes with a bang. Once the show is over, the live music and dancing starts, and doesn’t stop until the early hours. Tickets start from £40 for the basic package. Laugh your way into 2010, book now at:


Warehouse Project New Years Day If you just don’t want to throw yourself into the antics of New Years Eve or you’re still desperate for more once the NYE revelries Band on the Wall come to an end, then don’t forget Manc legend, Mr Scruff Keeps about Warehouse Projects It Unreal on NYE at Band on the closing party on New Year’s Day. Wall and counts down to the big In usual Warehouse style, the linebell and beyond with an all night up is pretty awesome, featuring set of heavy soul, hip hop, jazz, Tiefschwarz, Joris Voorn, Paul reggae, deephouse, disco, afro, Woolford, Justin Robertson, Yousef latin, breaks, dubstep and funk and Jamie Jones and many, many selections ‘til 4am. more. Tickets are £23 and need to be Tickets are £22.50 plus booking purchased in advance. Get yours fee and you can snap them up at at

Noho One of the newer Northern Quarter venues will be hosting a party like no other this year. For their first New Year’s Eve celebration, guests will be transported back in time to the bright lights of New York’s notorious 70s and 80s nightclub, Studio 54. Expect an evening of glam and outrage mixed up with wild and wacky goings on. The fun kicks off at 8pm and it’s only £3 entry (advance). To reserve tables and get your tickets, email

Epernay Celebrate the turn of the decade at Epernay. Expect dazzling decor, electrifying live music, visual entertainment and delicious specialty cocktails as the bar and staff turn back the clock to the glamorous 1920’s. Doors open at 7pm and it’s free entry all night. However, you do need a ticket so hurry to secure your place and don’t leave it too late. To reserve your ticket RSVP to: manchester@


Federation at The Ritz For serious clubbers, Federation is taking over The Ritz for a New Years Eve special from 10pm to 4am. DJs Gregg Holden, Jason Guy and Nik Denton will be playing the very best house music and New Years classics. Tickets are priced from £15.00 and available from

Dukes 92 There are three different options to choose from at the Castlefield venue. First up, for £15, you get a glass of bubbly on arrival, entry to the famous Dukes disco, a dazzling fireworks display when the clock strikes 12 and round off the evening with bacon sandwiches in the early hours. There’s also a

funfair going on outside so there’s lots of fun to be had. If you want to add a three course meal into the mix then it will cost you an extra £35 per person. The most expensive package is £60 per person, which includes all of the above but your three course meal is in the exclusive Albert’s

Shed restaurant and the night starts with champagne and canapĂŠs on arrival, plus guests will be entertained by a live singer throughout the evening. To book call 0161 839 9818


FOREVER MANCHESTER... New Year’s Resolutions with Forever Manchester Manchester sure does give you a fuzzy feeling of warmth and happiness in the Festive season, but how would you like to make sure that feeling stays with you long after the Christmas markets have packed up their wares, Santa is safely stored away back in the Town Hall, and the New year party poppers are cleaned up off the streets? It’s all about choosing your New Year’s Resolutions differently this year. Yes sure, stop smoking, lose weight, get fit etc, but why not throw in a few new ones too, just for good measure…

2. Get to know more about

our city by booking onto one of our City Tours in association with Reveal Manchester – just £6 with proceeds going into our pot. For more info email Philippa@ 3. Expand your blog reading – check out our new guest blogger, Mancunian student Hannah who is regularly filling our pages on with the insight of youth 4. Switch radio allegiance – tis’ the decade of Internet Radio so check out manchesterradioonline. com, with the Forever Manchester Show every Wednesday evening from 7pm – 9pm 5. Put something back – set 1. Support Manchester’s up a direct debit for Forever Music Talent – get online to Manchester – whether it’s for £2 a each month or £50 a month you will be week and listen to the Top Five putting something right back into demo tracks in our independent the heart of your city. demo chart – you can listen and For more info email vote online

Manchester has a new oasis

Visit Forever Manchester Island A virtual oasis for Mancunians from around the world

Register as an official islander to receive exclusive discounts for some of the best bars, restaurants and retailers. Be the first to find out about Forever Manchester gigs, fashion shows, comedy nights and other events. Take a trip to Forever Manchester is a new movement that captures the spirit of those that have an affinity with Manchester. It’s an initiative that will make communities safer and ultimately nicer places to live by supporting grassroots community projects across the Greater Manchester area, now and forever.

Large would like to thank its partners in 2009 and whilst you’re out and about in the city in the coming weeks, support our friends at: Arcadia Astanga Yoga Band on the Wall Barca Corona Cupcake Palace Debenhams Drip Dry Barge English Lounge Finesse Forever Manchester Gamerbase Greater Manchester Police Hula Kingston Interiors Lammars Maid 2 Clean Manchester Fashion Network Manchester Specialist Markets Miss Ellies Noel Philips Noho Northern Quarter launderette Organic Pure Gym Pure Tanning Sunshine Studios The Gym Group The Grooming Academy The Northern The Printworks The Sir Ralph Abercrombie The Triangle


Whilst Manchester’s high streets are packed to the rafters with bargain hunters this month, it’s easy to overlook what’s happening away from the bright neon signage luring you in with claims of massive discounts. Manchester also has a thriving independent retail scene, offering some of the most unique and diverse ranges in the city. Most of what they offer is lovingly hand crafted or sourced with precise care and attention. In a bid to highlight just what is under your nose, Large has highlighted some of its favourite independent retailers across the city centre.

Miss Ellies Miss Ellies Travel in Manchester is conveniently situated on Oldham Road, the A62, two minutes from the centre of Manchester and offers customers both great value holidays as well as exclusive flight only packages around the world. They specialise in long-haul travel offering expertise in producing tailor-made itineraries to suit specific needs. They have preferential airfares with Singapore Airlines and Continental Airlines departing from Manchester and London. Miss Ellie’s specialise in holidays to

the Canary Islands, Costa Blanca and the ever popular destination of Orlando. They offer packages to suit absolutely everyone - from simple to sophisticated – city breaks to beach holidays Barcelona to Barbados. Whatever your requirements they offer customers the best in service and price. You can book online at , by telephone on 0161 228 7363 or drop in and see the team in- store. ABTA and ATOL bonded for your protection.

American Graffitti American Graffitti sells an eclectic range of bright, colourful and funky clothes, shoes, accessories and homewares. Most of the stock is vintage or retro, styled from the 40’s,50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Each item is lovingly handpicked with an expert eye, washed and laundered to perfection and ready to wear. American Graffitti is not just another retro shop but a visual treat of glamour and allure. Well worth a visit if only for the curiosity value! 12-14 Hilton Street, Northern Quarter, M1 1JF. Tel. 0161 228 3677


Manchester Craft and Design Centre

In the heart of the city’s creative Northern Quarter in the former Victorian Fish and Poultry Market, Manchester Craft and Design Centre is home to 19 studio boutiques, where talented artists and designer-makers produce and sell their work to the public 6 days a week. Work ranges from jewellery, accessories and clothing to furniture, lighting, textiles, ceramics, photography and painting. The Centre also runs an exciting exhibition programme, showcasing work by both emerging and established international makers. Currently running is Distinction (until 23rd January), a stunning collection of distinctive monochromatic ceramics, glass and textiles. Don’t overlook this hidden gem offering a an array of beautifully crafted work. Manchester Craft and Design Centre, 17 Oak Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 5JD Tel: 0161 832 4274

Empire Exchange Empire Exchange is a shop packed full of collector’s material. They have a constant supply of new vinyl records, comics, old magazines, coins, paintings, toys, football and other memorabilia. The shop also buys and exchanges unwanted items so you can literally go shopping without any money! Empire Exchange has been trading in the city for nearly 25 years so a firm Manchester institution. Empire Exchange 1 Newton Street, Manchester, M1 1HW Tel: 0161 236 4445 Open 7 days a week till late.


Essential Outdoors Essential Outdoors is ideally located on Manchester’s busy Oldham Street and specialises in camping, hiking and survival clothing and accessories. They offer excellent value for money, plus invaluable service and advice to prepare you for everything our weather has to throw at you! They stock many famous brands including Regatta clothing, Gelert camping equipment, Snugpak jackets and sleeping bags, Buffalo clothing, Dr. Martens boots and shoes, Magnum and Lowa boots, Leatherman tools, Ronhill (the leading British running brand), Sealskinz waterproof gloves, socks and hats, Under Armour, 1000 Mile socks, plus many, many more. Essential Outdoors is open from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5.30pm at: 21-23 Oldham Street, Manchester Tel: 0161 834 7877


Militarykit has been supplying military and outdoor clothing, footwear, accessories and camping and survival products for over 50 years on Manchester’s famous Tib Street. Whether you need a full British Army kit or just kitting out for a weekend’s camping or hiking, Militarykit has it all, at a price to fit your budget. They stock many famous brands including Snugpak jackets and sleeping bags, Buffalo clothing, Alpha Industries jackets, Dr. Martens boots and shoes, Magnum and Lowa boots, Leatherman tools, Ronhill (the leading British running brand), Sealskinz waterproof gloves, socks and hats, plus many, many more. Their military section has a massive range of camouflage jackets, trousers, boots and equipment. It’s essential to call in for a good look around! Militarykit is open from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5.30pm at: 25-27 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1LX. Call us on 0161 834 1818


Cocu & Chadwick Bridal and Occasionwear This boutique duo specialise in bespoke and made to measure gowns for all special occasions. CoCu and Chadwick will design and tailor a gown made especially for your wedding day, ball, party or prom that suits the occasion and yet compliments your shape and style perfectly. Within their beautiful boutiques nestled in the Victorian Barton Arcade the designer and stylists

will create the perfect look by using sumptuous fabrics and classic cuts combined with glamorous shoes and accessories. Cocu & Chadwick 11 & 12 Barton Arcade, Deansgate, (opposite The living Room) Manchester, M3 2BB Tel: 0161 832 8032

Fred Aldous originally started trading in Manchester back in 1886 after spotting a gap in the market for supplying arts and crafts materials. The family-run organisation has been based on Lever Street in the Northern Quarter for over 40 years and continues to supply the market with arts, crafts and design materials. They now stock over 25,000 different products for all

of your artistic needs. Occupying two floors, the outlet is a mecca of materials from art materials, beads and sequins to adhesives, cutting tools and stencils; it’s a one-stopshop for every creative product. Fred Aldous 37 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1LW Tel: 0161 236 4224.


Fred Aldous


Getting tapas right can be a pretty tough culinary expertise to master. So much effort has to go into such a small portion of food, but Large has uncovered two of the best tapas offerings in Manchester: Named after the restaurant’s owner, Rafa, El Rincon has been turning out tapas to Manchester folk for around 15 years now. This is a traditional restaurant in every sense of the word, and although it could do with a slight modernisation, its rustic charm is still somewhat appealing. The menu is huge, from the usual Patatas Bravas to the more elaborate Spanish broths. My guest and I opted for Pan Catala (£1.95) which was hot bread topped with olive oil, fresh tomato and onion. Very tasty and a huge portion for the low price. Following this, we shared Patatas Al Horno (£3.40) which was new baked potatoes with peppers, red onion, thyme and wine, and Gambas Dos Salsas (£4.95); lightly fried prawns with garlic mayonnaise that were spilling off the plate. This has to be a dish for two! There are 60 dishes on the menu,

El Rincon de Rafa

244 Deansgate (entrance on Longworth St), Manchester, M3 4BQ Large Rating: 8/10 encompassing most meats and some more daring yet traditionally Spanish dishes including Callos, which is a stew made with chickpeas, tripe, chorizo and black pudding. There’s also a large range of bigger dishes including Lamb Chops (£13.50) and fresh fish including Monkfish (£14.95) and King Prawns (£13.95). The flavours at El Rincon, in true Spanish style, are extremely rich and most dishes are infused with

Mediterranean staple cooking ingredients - herbs, garlic and wines. The portions are huge here and the prices are really reasonable, averaging around £4-5 per tapas dish. In terms of the food we had, it was a really mixed bag with some fantastic dishes and some average dishes, but it’s well worth a visit to this quirky, hidden venue that’s long been a Manchester favourite.



277-279 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4EW Large Rating: 9/10

Evuna really takes the world of tapas to the next level. Not only does it offer a delicious menu, but they also have an impressive wine offering - guaranteed to impress any wine connoisseur. Evuna has been open towards the Castlefield end of Deansgate for 6 years now, and the decoration is traditionally Spanish with a quaint charm. Exposed brick work and wine bottle covered walls result in a cosy, ambient atmosphere, perfect for escaping the cold outside. Sticking with their heritage, they only serve Spanish wines and have over 50 brands on offer. The staff are well trained and more than happy to talk through different options to match your wine preferences. In terms of tapas we tucked into

Garlic Prawns with Chilli (£6.95), Paprika Chicken (£4.75), which was huge chicken breast pieces served in a creamy, smoky paprika sauce. The Pincho de Ternera (£5.95) was Fillet Beef Skewers and was cooked beautifully. Garlic Mushrooms (£4.50) and Vegetable Croquettes (£4.75) rounded off the meal perfectly. Evuna is a restaurant that focuses on offering a laid back atmosphere where you can take time to savour the delicious food. And if you enjoy a glass or two of Spanish wine over dinner then this is a great destination for you. For alternative gift ideas, take a look at the range of wine on offer at Evuna that you can buy to take away.


Me&Yu Creative couple Angie and Gordon are the brains behind label Me&Yu. Both come across as the most down to earth design team in the fashion industry. Based in a Manchester warehouse, they lovingly create all their streetwear designs here in the city. It’s really refreshing to see a business partnership where both parties are passionate about the brand they have created, not only from a business point of view but also as a hobby. Quirky artwork motifs adorn their clothes, focusing on handdrawn and photo-montage based designs. Taking time out of their increasingly busy schedule, the couple explained to Large their main influences, citing popular culture and Australian streetwear brand ‘PAM’. The duo, however, do confess that they are inspired by everything around them. The brand began back in 2003 whilst the couple were travelling in Australia, where they turned their hobby into a money-earner. The combination of Angie’s fashion expertise and Gordon’s

graphics and printing skills, were the foundations of the Me&Yu brand. Gordon went on to explain the origins of the name Me&Yu... “We were trying to think of a name and Angie came out with the line ‘well it’s just Me and You’ so it kind of stuck” Reinforcing their down-to-earth approach to the business, Gordon tells... “It’s kind of weird to hear it called a ‘brand name’ as to us, it’s just what we do and who we are.” The brand has recently been approached by high street giants River Island, who will be stocking the couples’ clothing in stores across the U.K. Having seen the label first-hand at their Affleck’s Palace store, it’s clear to see that this is an innovative, passionate quirky team, that will soon become a huge success. Watch this space! Look out for the new Me&Yu spring/summer range - ‘Me&Yu takes a trip’ in the New Year on their website:


Love Jewellery Boutique Love Jewellery is a brand new online Manchester-based jewellery boutique. They are passionate about delivering a diverse collection of beautiful pieces; from an everyday range, to stylish and contemporary classics and ultra glamorous pieces for special occasions. The boutique which launched in December, is continually striving to grow its collection, endeavouring to cater for the widest market possible. Prices start from as little as £5 up to £150+ for some stunning, timeless Sterling silver pieces. It’s all done online so order from the comfort of your home, office or anywhere where you can connect to the internet! Love Jewellery Boutique sources its collection from all over the world but is always on the lookout for up-and-coming British designers and suppliers.

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CHARITY SPOTLIGHT MAG (Mines Advisory Group) is based in Manchester and is a humanitarian organisation clearing the remnants of conflict for the benefit of communities worldwide. MAG moves into current and former conflict zones to clear the remnants of those conflicts, enabling recovery and assisting the development of affected populations. The charity consults with local communities and works to lessen the threat of death and injury, while releasing reclaimed and safe land and other vital resources back to the local population, helping countries to rebuild and develop their social and economic potential.

Since 1989, MAG has worked in around 35 countries and currently has operations in Cambodia, Iraq, Jordan, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan and Vietnam amongst others. MAG aims to save lives and build futures by implementing solutions for conflict-affected communities. They work closely with governments and institutions to address the needs of conflictaffected communities. It’s all about securing a brighter future. Today millions of people, often in the world’s poorest countries, are still living in the shadow of deadly remnants of conflict. Whether landmines, unexploded cluster bombs, grenades or stockpiles of rifles and pistols, these weapons


ZUMBA Ditch the work out, join the party! You may not of heard Zumba before but it’s set to revolutionise working out. This really is an exhilarating experience. Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves. It’s high energy, motivating and unique. Dance to the rhythms of merengue, salsa, cumbia, flemenco, reggaeton and hip hop. It’s all about loving working out which is easier set than done when battling through the pain. The work out is infused with Latin and international zest and is now becoming a worldwide craze. It was all started in the mid 90’s by celebrity fitness trainer, “Beto” Perez who one day walked into his aerobics class and realised he had forgotten his aerobics music. As an alternative he quickly grabbed whatever tapes he had in his backpack. The tapes were comprised of songs he loved; traditional Latin salsa and merengue. However it was a challenge to improvise a whole class on the spot using non-traditional aerobics music but Beto rose to the challenge and from this on the spot improvisation the Zumba was born and it soon became his most popular class. Zumba is known as the ‘feel-happy’ workout. Designed for every fitness level and age and being cardio-based, it tones the whole body. You can even burn upto 800 calories an hour!! Zumba classes are being held across Manchester, so get searching and shaking!

Master A’s School of Muay Thai


Whilst frequenting the watering holes of the Northern Quarter you may have spotted Master A’s School on Thomas Street. For those wanting to seriously sweat it up, then become one of Master A’s pupils at his school of Muay Thai. Like most competitive, full contact fighting sports, Muay Thai has a heavy focus on body conditioning. Muay Thai is specifically designed to promote the level of fitness and toughness required for the boxing ring. Training disciplines include running, shadow boxing, rope jumping, body weight resistance exercises and abdominal exercises. Be warned, this is intense and not for the faint hearted, however Master A runs group classes where you don’t need any experience to attend. The classes are great fun and an excellent way to condition your body, gain strength, lose weight, increase self confidence and very importantly, provide you with the knowledge of how to defend yourself in any situation. If you want something more specific, Master A will tailor and fitness and self defence program to suit your needs and ability. The famous ‘A’ really is a master of Mauy Thai with huge amounts of coverage in magazines, newspapers and TV. For details on classes take a look at:

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If the person staring back at you from the mirror is looking like they had a large Christmas (let’s not mention New Year), and your eyes have started to turn an odd shade of yellow, help is at hand. January is traditionally a time of diets, counting calories, weighing food, eating only green food for a week, slimming shakes, or starving yourself half to death. But not anymore. There’s a diet out there that involves NO cutting calories, NO silly food weighing, NO ‘zones’ and NO hunger pangs. And best of all? It’s absolutely, totally, forever, 100% FREE – and it really works. Sound too good to be true? It’s called the 21 Day Elimination Diet, and if you want to lose weight, feel sexy AND get a good detox at the same time, this is for you. Here’s how it works: we eliminate everything that might be bad for you (you’ll be surprised), and introduce lots of things that are great for you. Eat as much as you like, and never, ever feel hungry. How do you get it? Just go to And if you’re vegetarian, no worries, you’ll find a version just for you too.

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Hi there, I hope everyone has had a great Christmas and new year! The city centre Neighbourhood Policing Team is as busy as ever in 2010 with new operations and initiatives coming to the city to help tackle the crime that is most important to our residents, businesses and visitors. You may well be making resolutions to lose weight, eat healthily or stop smoking this year so why not make an additional promise to be more security conscious this year? There are a few basic steps that everyone can do to avoid becoming a victim of crime:

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Use alarms, keep lights on and lock doors and windows Remove valuables from vehicles and park in secure well-lit places Keep belonging out of sight when out in the city centre Get your Christmas presents security marked Register mobile phones on so they can be returned if lost or stolen

By following this simple advice you can help ensure that people are and feel safer in the city and criminals can have a lean 2010. Stay safe, Jo

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I’m the epitome of “You can take the girl out of Manchester...” My life is full of laughing, Vimto, cups of tea and football. When I dance I love to shake my hips like a bag of chips and, if you’re buying, it’s lager and black for me please! This month I helped my Pa relive his youth and we went ‘gigging it’ at the Academy to watch Gary Numan. I’m very lucky to have a daddy still young enough to go to out on the lash! So, we both, yes BOTH donned our eyeliner, kitted ourselves out in black clothing and headed out, one of us with a belly full of giddiness, one of us with a belly fully of fear! I have to admit though I was very surprised even impressed! Gary got up there and rocked out for the best part of two hours. All the times dad has played his tunes in the car has brainwashed me and I found myself singing along! Here are a few tips for ‘gigging it up’ 1. Even if something doesn’t sound like it will be your cup of tea, give it go 2. Get yourself a pair of shoes you can jump about in - I got a well trendy pair of patent wedges the other day that are perfect for bopping about in 3. Leaving with your hair smelling of beer is something you’ve just got to be okay with. Have a BRILLIANT New Year my lovely Mancs, loves Wonton x

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Large Publishing are looking to expand our sales team. You must have a proven track record in sales, preferably media sales and be motivated, confident in communicating to close sales, have a bright and bubbly personality, ability to think on your feet, confidence to get out and about the city, meeting new people and clients. Currently we have two titles for you to be working on but we are expanding in 2010 with a new website and more titles within our portfolio. Closing date for applications is Friday 31st December at 9am with interviews being held the week of the 4th Jan 2010. Salary is dependent on experience. We offer a competative package. Our offices are based in the Northern Quarter. Please forward your cv and covering letter to:

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