Sunday, October 29, 2006

Northern Quarter appeal



Like we don't have enough to do already, Mancubist and I are collaborating on a podcasting project about different aspects of life in this little town of ours. The theme for our first segment is going to be the Northern Quarter. And we need your help...

We're looking for people who have a strong connection with the place to interview. People who you think of as Mr. or Ms. Northern Quarter, because they spend every waking moment there. People who've been residents or businessowners there since back in the day when you only ventured north of Piccadilly to get drugs or get twatted (the last time I wrote that sentence on this blog, I subsequently read it in one of our local rags, in an art exhibition preview. Maybe it'll happen again. Do plagiarists strike the same place twice?)

We also want your funny, heartwarming and/or upsetting Northern Quarter stories, and suggestions for the most iconic places in the 'hood as well as lesser-known gems to try and capture on audio. Bring it on. Share your two pence worth here in the comments or email me at themanchizzle at gmail dot com.

9 comments:

backroads said...

The Northern Quarter. Does that include Collyhurst? Plus I think some additional rebranding could be in order judging by that picture. How about New Whitechapel c 1888.

yankunian said...

Yeah backroads, i think this picture really capures the Northern Quarter's appeal. If this is post-gentrification, what was it like before?

WebTwitcher said...

Good luck with the project and let us know how it goes.

Keep up the good work on the blog!
Amanda

JustHipper said...

Ooh, our favourite place in the Northern Quarter is the Richard Goodall Gallery. It's the only gig poster/rock photography gallery in Europe and he's responsible for commissioning gig posters for the Manchester Academy venues amongst others. The graphic design and artistry in a lot of this stuff is fantastic.

yankunian said...

Yeah, that's a great gallery - thanks justhipper. Have you guys recovered from ITC?

JustHipper said...

I don't think recovery is possible until after Xmas at this point ;). We, sadly, didn't get to see as much at ITC as we wanted cause I was ill. There should be a review up in the next day or so of what we did see though. Nephew, as always, were fantasic. Did you get to anything good?

Roy said...

I've got a semi-amusing memoir of Tib Street, Oldham Street, and Suede Hill in the 1940s in the back of my mind if you're interested. Busy on a writing week in not-so-sunny Andalucia at the moment, but when I get back ...

yankunian said...

justhipper, I didn't take in a single gig, apart from walking hurriedly through the night and day to meet someone. There's always next year.

Roy: sounds very promising. Get in touch when you're back in blighty.

Bruce said...

Sadly the landlady of the Castle just died. She would doubtless have had some good stories. Perhaps also the clientele of the Hare and Hounds - there are some there who look as if they've been around for decades.