Tatton Medieval Fayre THING


FAYRE AND SQUARE… It’s only been on for a day, but if you’re sick of the World Cup already, why not try your hand at something a bit more old school this weekend? Tatton Park is hosting its annual medieval fayre this weekend, with all the usual staples: archery, musketry, ale, food, mead, fabrics, and medieval music. The climax on Sunday is the Battle of Tatton Field where hundreds of re-enactors will clash for control of Tatton’s Old Hall. If hitting people with swords rather than football is your thing, the fayre runs between 11am and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

World Cup Pop Up Paul Rooney At Libero Bar, Kings Court, Altrincham

BACK OF THE NET… On the same theme, if you’re not a fan of all things medieval, a World Cup pop-up bar is opening in Altrincham for all your footballing needs. Opening today at 1pm, the bar will be open at Kings Court as the brainchild of Paul Rooney and Ian Smythe, who have focussed their love of craft beer and football all in one place. Rooney, pictured above, already works at Jack in the Box, the beer stall at Altrincham Market, and has taken the 250 sq ft space for six weeks, assisted by Daniel Lee, director of Regional Property Solutions. So if you fancy a decent pint while watching a dour nil-nil between Morocco and Iran, the bar is open until Sunday 15 July.

Victoria Metrolink

FREE STUFF… Many of our readers frequently share gripes about Metrolink’s pricing, performance, reliability, cleanliness… we could go on. But credit where it’s due this week as TfGM announces a programme of free travel for Clean Air Day next Thursday, where anyone catching a tram before 7am and after 7pm can travel without a ticket. TfGM said it would also be encouraging employers to “consider flexible start and end times” for staff to take advantage of free travel – although whether that means your boss will want you in before 7am and home after 7pm is a different matter altogether. Still, it’s for a good cause, and if nothing else it’s an excuse to stay in Manchester for a pint or two before you leave work – and good for the environment to boot.

Crusader Sign

IT’S A SIGN… With the level of transport disruption currently being experienced by travellers across the North West, this kind of sign is exactly the sort many do not wish to see. However fear not, dear commuter, as it’s the guys at developer Capital & Centric’s guerilla marketing for the sale of the next phase of homes at Crusader Mill. The launch a year ago saw queues around the block and Capital & Centric making headlines nationally for its “no investors allowed” approach.

Cuadrilla Drill Rig

FRACK ATTACK… Strong words this week from Cuadrilla chief executive Francis Egan, who has slammed plans by protest group Reclaim the Power for a “fortnight of action” attempting to disrupt operations at the energy company’s sites across Lancashire. Already subject to a love-in by actress Emma Thompson earlier this year, the fresh protests started this week. Egan, however, was unimpressed, arguing that local people and businesses in Lancashire “have made it abundantly clear that they do not want these self-publicising activists from Oxford, London, and elsewhere blockading and disrupting Lancashire roads and businesses”. Cuadrilla has secured a High Court injunction to stop certain elements of protesting, so it’s one to keep your eye on for the next week.

Excellent Topping Out Picture

CAPTION COMPETITION… A Place co-conspirator has pointed out this particularly excellent picture of a topping-out ceremony at an undisclosed site. Sadly it’s not in the North West, but it still piqued our interest due to the wonderful lack of context. Why is there a man holding a giant spanner? Why is said spanner tied to a beam with a cable? Why is a man in a suit holding a giant bolt? So many questions. It might even beat the Middlewood Locks sweetcorn-and-fir-tree topping out from late last year, or Eric Wright’s giant, impractical spade from the same month. Any idea what’s going on above? Answers in the comments…

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By Abots

Re: Cuadrilla’s investment, it’s worth noting that around 50% of the UK’s energy output is from gas. We currently buy around £12bn of the stuff each year from regimes that, shall we say, aren’t enthusiastic followers of our democratic, environmental or human rights values.

So we have a choice: get it out from under our own feet under the auspices of our robust regulatory regime and proven engineering skills OR continue to support questionable regimes and knacker our balance of payments whilst we’re at it.

Oh, and has anyone thought to ask Ms Thompson what she thinks of the environmental standards of the countries from whom she buys her domestic gas? And the electricity she consumes by burning said gas? No, thought not.

By Sceptical

Caption Competition
More importantly I would like to know why these 3 men are not wearing Hard Hats, Hi-Vis, boots, cloves and glasses, especially the man holding the spanner! They are all breaking every H&S rule in the book! wouldn’t happen in the NW of England, a center of Construction Excellence!

By david stafford

I am with Sceptical. I am bored with millionaire Luvvies running around telling us what we should and shouldn’t be doing – whilst behind the scenes they are jetting off first class (or worse on their pvt Jet charter) to The Maldives and Turks & Caicos. We need the energy and it could be right on our doorstep with areas of the North West potentially being resource (& tax) rich – which would be a great counter balance to always being in hock to London

By A Developer

Agree with A developer.Lancashire was once England’s richest county and all the money went to London to build their infrastructure . This must not be allowed to happen again. Lancashire is potentially Britain’s Texas and the vast resources should benefit the locals and not be used to provide Tax cuts for London Traders in the way Scotland’s oil revenue was.

By Elephant

And is Francis Egan a “local lad” then??

And I wonder what part of the country Cuadrilla’s PR is procured from. Is it local?…Or is that London?

I recall that HS2’s early days London procured PR backfired badly when they tried to pitch their product as “northerners who want jobs versus southern nimbies”.

Who cares where the protesters are from? I don’t.

If we could trust the government I’d suggest an independent investigation into the safety of fracking on the water supply and ecology of the sea. So that rules that out. But I think my red line is that no energy creation method should be able to cause earthquakes.

By Mike

Capital and Centric marketing campaigns are brill and ace.

By Robert

Re: Elephant

I always considered Yorkshire to be the UK’s Texas. Mainly because the people there love that they are from Yorkshire more than anything else in the world.

By Mis-Manager

I am talking about economic clout within the United States. Yorkshire will play a part in fracking too but my point is that fracking is mainly a Northern resource and Northern communities should reap the benefits. Textiles were once one third of this country’s total output. There is precious little evidence that the wealth from that resource remained where it was produced on either side of the Pennines. Those towns were pillaged by Whitehall. This must not be allowed to happen again.

By Elephant

Mike, to address your various points:

Cuadrilla’s PR is handled out of the north west by local folk. Frances Egan is an irascible Irishman. Our regulatory regime functions well as far as on-shore hydrocarbons drilling goes – just head out across the Carrs between Doncaster and Gainsborough and count the number of nodding donkeys. Dozens of ’em, quietly getting oil and gas out of the ground for decades with ne’er a murmur from the locals.
You are right, however: well integrity is key to the whole gig. Fortunately, more than 2m wells have been drilled on-shore across the world and the skills are there to do it safely. The seismic issue – raised by Cuadrilla, ironically – is a bit of a red herring.

The ‘earthquake’ registered off Blackpool was the seismic equivalent of your auld fella jumping off the fourth rung of a ladder, or a double decker bus passing your house. The depth at which fracking is undertaken and the distance a frack can travel (about 200 metres before it runs out of puff) make that part a non-issue.

Like I said, it’s well integrity that’s key and so far we’ve shown ourselves adept at managing that in the UK.

By Sceptical

Earthquakes, no “” “necessary”.


Who does Cuadrilla PR if it’s in the North West? I can’t find any mention, only this

The not at all irascible actress Emma Thompson would be welcome to pop round for a northern cuppa anytime.

By Mike

The topping out is from Three Snowhill in Birmingham.

By Detective