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  1. It must be the only chippie in Manchester that doenst sell (steak n kidney) puddings! Though it's a good rule of thumb - the shorter the menu the better the chip shop. Or even more so - the shorter the opening hours, the better the chip shop.
  2. Thanks for all your thoughts.. I was thinking specifically of Xmas Eve rather than the decline of the pub in general. That's another story.. though there are plenty of pubs that are full throughout the year. It's definitely not for me, but West Street is rammed every weekend but closes at 6 tonight.. that was my main gist. True.. maybe Xmas Eve has just shifted to " mad Friday".. which never used to be a thing.. probably a good thing.. as for about ten years I was too hungover to enjoy my Xmas dinner!
  3. When I were't lad and first starting going to the pub (mid 80s) Christmas Eve was the second biggest night of the year (NYE being the big one). Places were rammed and busy local pubs would lock their doors early when they were full. That doesnt really seem to happen so much any more. I usually meet a few friends after work (slacking off early) on Xmas eve and many of the city centre pubs close at 6pm. That suits me fine these days - but I was curious when/why things changed?
  4. I enjoyed the guide - good work! Its been strange seeing Kelham change so much, but its good to see life in the area... though the last year has seen maybe too much life in the area.. I wouldnt say it was a trendy crowd - if anything seems to be a bit older folk who maybe went down West st 10 or 20 years ago. Also can be a bit of a culture clash - like in the Gardeners on Saturdays with groups of lads getting the lagers in much to the horror of the bar staff.. I've never seen the pub so full!
  5. I cannot believe that *anyone* thinks it was accidental that the day after Wales beat Ireland at Rugby, the Welsh flag was flown on St Patricks day. Its pretty obvious someone Welsh works at the Town Hall and has done a great job of winding folk up.
  6. If you stand in the middle of the current Foundary venue and were transported back in time 40 years to the exact same spot you'd be stood in the middle of the Lower Refec (tory). Various extensions and refurbs have been done over the decades, and its now a lot bigger, but not tall - as the roof was lowered at the same time they got rid of the balcony. I recall the time the MIssion played in the lower refec in 86 ish and there were about 1300-1400 people squeezed in there thanks to some creative fire capacity calculations - not long after the council brought the capacity down to a more sensible 750.
  7. A twist to the tale is the decline in gigs at the University (Or SU) can be attributed to one of their ex-students. I was a student there in the late 80s and it was quite common to have at least 5+ gigs in a week across the maze bar, lower refec and octagon. Promoters liked the venues, and Sheffield was still on the major touring circuit. Simon Moran, who was a year or two older than me at Shef Uni, started putting on gigs and was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time when the Madchester thing kicked off, set up SJM concerts who have since grown to be one of, if not, the biggest promotion companies in the land. One of his many business ventures was being involved in the Academy chain - who bought up the old Roxy and turned it into the 02 Academy, and now the majority of gigs that would have gone through the student union are put on at the 02.
  8. If people are buying, then yes. If not, then no. Most outrageous drinks price i heard was when Gatecrasher did a last minute event at the Plug recently and a can of Red Stripe was £7. I'd imagine Gatecrasher was running the bar, as they're the only ones to have the cheek to do that.
  9. I'm surprised so many people think rape is funny.
  10. Its changed managment already - but I think they're looking to have a proper launch in early November
  11. Anyone else see the start of what seems to be the Xmas decorations up in town? There's quite a few large gift boxes now hanging from lamp posts and in the Peace Gardens- and its still 3 weeks until Bonfire night... its just wrong!
  12. There's a lot of building work being done to the old Victorian toilet at commonside.. anyone know what it's going to be?
  13. Donald Trump did not come to Sheffield - but certainly showed himself to be a wasteman - so I think the Lord Mayor called it correctly. .
  14. I'd imagine he'll move onto bigger and better things. I'm curious why you think he's on the road to z list celebrity status - and not on a national political platform? Presumably the sombrero was visual shorthand - he understands what works in the modern age, when - for right or wrong - people have very short attention spans when flicking through social media. I think its top Trump trolling.
  15. You're doing better than me in recalling other Lord Mayors
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