ROCK & ROLL… Jimmy’s has opened its doors on Liverpool’s Bold Street following a full spruce-up of the former Cabin Club venue. The rock & roll venture has all the classics: a plethora of neon signs, lava lamps, and prints of various music stars throughout the years. The three-floor venue is the first of its type in Liverpool with owners George and Jimmy Craig also operating Jimmy’s in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The new Liverpool venture looks a decent night out and a decent pint, and will have plenty of live music on offer. THING isn’t sure following the advice of the sign above is a good idea in public though.
CHEESY… Manchester staple Northern Soul is set to open another shop on nearby Tib Street to feed the needs of toastie aficionados. The 70-cover restaurant will open next to North Tea Power with a menu will include classics from its original unit, including Man vs Food favourite ‘Pig on a Lead’, but is set to expand into a variety of breakfast foods and a breakfast toastie. THING can attest to the restorative qualities of Northern Soul toasties on a hangover…
Due to unforeseen circumstances the Batmobile will not be appearing at St George’s on 10th August!
While Alfred repairs it in the bat cave, we are lining up alternative entertainment for the day 👀
Don’t worry, Batman will still be meeting and greeting shoppers! 🎉 pic.twitter.com/y6eq72Zean
— St George’s Shopping (@StGeorgesPR1) July 31, 2019
BATMOBILE… Much disappointment for the good folk of Preston this week with a previously-promised superhero seemingly no longer paying a visit. The original Batmobile from the 1989 Tim Burton Batman films with Michael Keaton – the second-best Batman after Bale, THING would argue, with Clooney in a solid last place – was originally set to appear at St George’s Shopping Centre on 10 August, but according to the Lancashire Evening Post, the caped crusader now won’t be paying a visit due to “unforeseen circumstances”. We’ll assume Batman is busy with other more pressing matters.
LOWRY…The Imperial War Museum in Salford Quays is to host LS Lowry’s 1959 painting ‘Going to Work’ for the first time. The painting was originally commissioned by the War Artists Advisory Committee to support British forces during WW2. Despite its wartime heritage, the painting has never been held in a war museum before. The scene shows the industrial scene on the home front of men and women going to work in the Mather & Platt factory which produced munitions and pumps for the war effort. Lowry’s fingerprint on Salford is undeniable, and the painting will face The Lowry shopping centre and venue from its new home.
POEM… A poetry project, led by local poet Zahid Hussain, aims to reflect Manchester’s diversity and culture. A living poem, that is currently written in 64 languages with contributions from schools and community groups, aims to one day include the 200 languages that people can currently speak in the city. The Made in Manchester Poem is currently on display in Manchester Central Library. For those of you who can’t speak 64 languages, there is also a handy English translation by its side. Next year the poem will move into Manchester Poetry Library when it opens in spring 2020.