A MANCHESTER EDUCATION

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A fortnight ago our youngest son started an intensive barbering course so he can learn a skill and start funding his own gig tickets.

It must be a proper course as it says “London” in the title, even if it’s actually in the backwaters of Manchester.

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Authentic barbers pole

A few yards from the Arndale, the Gardens and City Arms, I can’t think of a better place to be 18, apart from the checkouts in Jack’s in Chatteris.

Manc

I spent the first week with Matt, staying in the estimable (cheap) Ibis Budget, theoretically there to offer fatherly advice and pay for stuff but also so I could tick a few late GBG19 pubs.

I won’t make that mistake again.  Let them go.

Anyway, I felt awful after that Bradford blow-out, so I spent more time drinking black coffee and wandering as pubbing.

There is so much of hidden Manchester to admire.

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Molski

Matt had been to one of those guerilla food pop-ups behind the Star & Garter in a place called Mayfield I’d never heard of.

Apparently this bit of urban wasteland is being given an Ancoats style makeover and is being used for gigs by up-and-coming artists.

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Mayfield

Like Ariana Grande, Queen of Manchester, who played there last week.

While Matt found new stuff, I rather boringly went back to Bundobust, which must be retro by now. Trestle tables, veggie Indian food, terrifying stairs, craft.

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Proper grub

Have you got any low alcohol beers ?” I asked, pathetically.

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Why isn’t this in the GBG ?

No ?  Oh well, Track Sonoma it is (NBSS 3.5).  Citra would be proud.

The next day I went Old Skool and had the Rice & Three at Yadgar curry café.  The Manchester Beer Guide used to list all the curry cafes, one of the reasons everyone should move to Manchester now.

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Yum

Matt may be the only real outsider in his barbering group, mostly from the ‘burbs, but he got them to go for a Friday curry at This & That to claim his honorary Manc status.

By Wednesday, I was confident enough to share my pride with the world*….

 

 

*Twitter

14 thoughts on “A MANCHESTER EDUCATION

  1. Blimey that beer menu is a bit scary -the kind Mr S dreads seeing when he has the car parked outside ! Will be very useful,having a barber in the family -free haircuts (PS Mr Sharp only has the odd pint when driving -he’s not completely stupid ! )

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      1. And if you’re annoyed or in a sulk you may put your head down and adopt a hunched posture that gives you a ‘hump’ on your upper back – and the main definition of ‘cob’ is ‘lump or rounded object’, as in the shape of a ‘cob-loaf’, hence you will “have a cob on”.
        Which only proves what a wonderful language English is.

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      2. And I’ve got curvature of the spine, which is what can happen ‘when I’m 64’, and so have permanently got a cob on but that only helps enhance my curmudgeonly reputation.

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