Thursday, 23 November 2017

#tbt Beermats: Week 7

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Plan for tonight (Sessional Haiku)



Straight home from working
I'll double drop sertraline
and The Arran Malt

A sample bottle
I got for Christmas one time

Dressing sharp tonight
Although nothing too fancy
Bailey's Hot Chocolate

Manchester Markets
Pork sandwiches, alcohol
And chocolate fruit treats

We're starting nearby
in the Slug and Lettuce bar
then wandering round.

Party time later
will be in Voodoo

Wednesday night clubbing
Birdcage student night, can't wait
So please get involved!

Expect a writeup
later in the week, Friday
Anyway, must go

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

What happens if I skip breakfast?

If I don't look like thisin a month I'll give up and go full-on 'Mr Creosote.'


We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Right? I certainly struggle without it. Or do I? Sometimes, on my days off work, I get up and go to the gym on an empty stomach. I do okay, and eat when I get home.

But on a standard work day, the idea of not having breakfast horrifies me. It sounds like a lot of hard work. But a few weeks ago I came across an advert on Youtube that changed my mind. As it was an advert I can't actually link to it, but it was a video from the very knowledgeable Thomas DeLauer. In it he discussed how, when we are asleep, our bodies are breaking down the food in our stomachs. When we wake up, our bodies go into fat-burning mode, and that's when we start to lose weight- unless, of course, you dump a load of breakfast food on top of it. Then your body goes straight back to burning the carbs in your stomach.

If we 'break our fast' in the early afternoon, we'll burn off reserve fat for hours beforehand while we go about our morning.

DeLauer explains a lot more than I ever could, so check him out. What I'll be doing is skipping breakfast for the next month, and actually 'breaking my fast' at 12:30.

I currently weigh 83.3kg. I'd like to be 10kg down from that please. I'd also like to beat a few PBs in the gym. Let's see how that goes.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Party Party Party


ALRIGHT! Just before advent starts and we all go into social hibernation, There's a few events planned that YOU can get involved with.

Wednesday night: Manchester Cool Bars heads to Voodoo at The Birdcage, a good party that fills up every term-time week and offers some decent drinks deals and a young, good-looking crowd. Me and one other mate are definites so far.

Friday night: Cool Bars heads back into town to a place with a very different vibe: Proof at Panacea. Great RnB, a stunning venue, gorgeous people and probably a celebrity sighting if you keep your eyes peeled.

Sunday: I'm at Writers Connect in Nexus, offering feedback to other writers. If you fancy giving it a shot, Come down to the Northern Quarter cafe, 1pm. For this I'm sacrificing the Bisping fight in UFC, so it'd better be good!

Oh, and in theme with Excess Month, I downed the remnants of a bottle of Wild Turkey... then found another bottle on offer in Tesco. And I've started it already. Oh, and ALSO, I met the gorgeous Jemma Lucy from Ex on the Beach / Celebrity Big Brother on Wednesday in Kettlebell Kitchen. Forgot to ask for a pic so you'll have to take my word for it!

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Awful Scene Outside History


There are two roads into History nightclub on Longworth St- Camp St and St John St. Last night, 3am, on the latter, I saw a man punching woman a in a car.

The guy was huge- sat in the driver's seat next to her. She was screaming for help, but I wasn't going to get my face punched in, thanks. I was on my own. I went straight to the doormen outside History. They told me that the two of them had been 'fighting' in the club, and that he had been thrown out. She'd been advised to stay in the club, but she left with him. Now that they were outside, the doormen couldn't do anything.

After a few other people complained, the doormen eventually intervened. I left the scene looking for the police- I suppose I should have rang 999, and I'm embarrassed that I didn't. I walked up to Peter St, just around the corner from the club, where there are a handful of other bars and usually a few police vans waiting for something to happen. The police were nowhere to be found.

I went back to History and the car, the man and the woman had already gone.

I had been out looking for stories for the blog, hoping to photograph a few things, but I wasn't wasting time with a camera when someone was in trouble. I'm disappointed that the door staff were reluctant to help- regardless of club policy, they should have a conscience.

Also, I'm not one for victim-blaming, but if you're given an opportunity to be kept safe from a violent man and you don't take it, and you end up getting punched, you have part- PART- of the blame.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Cottonopolis Turns 2!

Manchester Northern Quarter bar Cottonopolis threw a second birthday bash on Thursday. Cocktails and canapés galore (the latter was free), good funk music and chilled out people came together to make a great party atmosphere.


DJs Will Tramp, Oldboy, and Andy Smith (formerly of Portishead fame) kept people dancing. A healthy flow of cocktails and prosecco accompanied this.

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If you're trying a few Northern Quarter bars is well worth dropping into Cottonopolis on Newton St.

Friday, 17 November 2017

More Manchester Construction Work, November 2017

 Manchester continues to grow upwards. Here are a few new inclusions to the city's skyline...

...Starting with Angel Gardens near the CIS buildings.












Further along Great Ancoats Street we find what I am assuming is this Mulberry development...
 




...Or it may be this one a block down.








Actually, it seems this Oxid building is this development.

Towards Piccadilly, we find the soon-to-be-demolished Mecure Hotel.










Finally, here's the groundwork being laid foroffice tower development  125 Deansgate