Thursday, 26 December 2019

#tbt Beermats: Week 25

Monday, 23 December 2019

Man Tuesday in Saddleworth

Saddleworth now has a new mental health initiative in the form of support group Man Tuesday. The group, meeting in The Satellite Centre in Greenfield, aims 'to facilitate a safe, inclusive, collaborative, non-judgemental space for men to gather, be themselves, talk openly about their feelings and explore topics such as masculinity, mental health, wellbeing and life’s challenges.' The group meets every other Tuesday between 6pm and 7pm. Their next meeting will be January 14th.

Sunday, 22 December 2019

Mad Friday 2019

No idea why people call the last Friday before Christmas 'mad'- it so rarely is. It's just a slightly busier Friday. That was the case in Manchester, at least.

That said, this guy outside Impossible certainly got mad.

Sorry about the angle- I was trying to be discreet.

Also, I got talking to photographer Joel Goodman, whose most famous picture is this masterpiece outside the Printworks:

He mentioned his shots frequently end up on the M.E.N. No Mad Friday writeups there as of yet.

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Andy's Man Club Goes to Roti

Men's support group Andy's Man Club Manchester had their first Christmas meal on Wednesday night in the unique hipster restaurant Roti in leafy Chorlton. Roti offers a unique fusion of Indian, Mexican and British food.

Inside the Barlow Moor road venue bare brick meets bright, vibrant murals displaying intertwined Mancunian and Indian iconography. House and electro swing compliment the trendy vibe.

We paid £30 a head for a tapas-format buffet of tasty and unusual offerings, including chicken, pork, nacho poppadoms and haggis and turkey pakoras. The little crispy potato pieces, although possibly the simplest of the offerings, were among the most delicious.

It was great to finally go on a social outing with the Manchester AMC group. As well as the meetings being a safe place to talk about any problems you might have, it's also a place where friendships form and other outings and ideas are conceived and planned. To be involved, drop into Federation House, Federation St, Monday nights, 7pm.

Thursday, 19 December 2019

#tbt Beermats: Week 24