It’s been a funny old week for news in Manchester this week, which inspired me to put a post together to round up some of the quirkier stories you may have missed.
One of the more unlikely stories featured a man trying to sell a baby. It didn’t take the police long to catch up with him and the story may well just be the surface of a much more complex situation. You have to wonder what some people are thinking.
Anyone who’s visited Manchester will have experienced the Market Street gauntlet. Well, Councillor Pat Karney has decided that enough is enough and has announced plans to tackle the problem. He’s been met with a mixed reception though; the consensus allows more lenience towards buskers and street performers than the charity muggers (chuggers) that don’t seem to understand when no means no.
The Whitworth Art Gallery has been taking the country by storm. 2 weeks ago it was named Museum of the Year, and this week it was shortlisted for the Riba Stirling architecture prize for the UK’s best new building. The winner is due to be announced on 15 October.
And, another one of Manchester recently opened arts venues has made it in to the news this week for altogether different reasons. Artist, Douglas Gordon left his mark on HOME, with an axe, after a negative response to his current show ‘Neck of the Woods’. Debate ensued about whether the Turner Prize winner’s contribution should be retained. News today confirms that the signature and wolf’s paw have been removed, and I should imagine the hole will be filled in too – proving that not all marks made by an artist qualify as art.
Novak Djokovic securing the men’s Wimbledon title on Sunday prompted Manchester illustrator Stanley Chow to share the image of the world number 1 that he created for the New Yorker.
Girl Guiding made the local news as Britain’s oldest Girl Guide, Betty Lowe, sadly died in Salford this week, aged 106. She has been commended for her commitment to volunteering, which she was still doing for the cafe at Salford Royal Hospital as part of the Royal Voluntary Service. As a girl with a fairly substantial history in Girl Guiding myself, Betty’s story is a particularly inspirational one.
Well, this week he was spotted amongst the crowds at Piccadilly Station. The story doesn’t identify any reason for his presence. Maybe Manchester will feature in a new Where’s Wally book soon.
Although it doesn’t relate to Manchester, a round up of this week’s news would not be complete without some acknowledgement of the Pluto fly by. Unsurprisingly this triumph for science and space exploration has attracted a lot of attention, and this particular tweet made me chuckle, even if it was a touch predictable.