This week at Confidential we received 1782 emails. No joke. And you can guarantee that 90% of that is utter tripe. Still, sometimes we enjoy a bit of tripe, and we think you might too (unless you're a veggie, in which case your substitute tripe is likely made from coconut cheese... you sicko). Anyway, here's five bits of tripe...
MANCHESTER’S PERFECT FRY UP REVEALED
A nationwide survey of 2000 adults has revealed that two sausages, two rashers of bacon, two spoonfuls of beans, two hash browns, one spoonful of mushrooms, one fried egg and two slices of toast are the components of a perfect fried brekkie, according to Mancunians. Brown sauce wins over red as the condiment of choice and tucking in at home is preferred over a cafe. Nine out of ten Brits, meanwhile, believe it’s an integral part of British culture. Time for a World Heritage listing perhaps eh UNESCO?
RELIEF MAP SHOWS MANCHESTER CITY HAS 42 LOOS
Research commissioned by World Toilet Day to reveal disparities in available public toilets has revealed the crappiest places to answer nature’s call. Darlington, Flintshire, Melton, North Kesteven, Redditch and South Ribble come bottom, with just four toilets listed each, while Cornwall (203), Highlands (191) and City of London (108) come up trumps at the top. Manchester City Council is middling in the piddling league, with 42. Find the Great British toilet map here. (NB: this is a fancy loo we once came across in New Zealand - for no other reason than we like it).
CORN EXCHANGE LAUNCHES HUNT FOR RESIDENT MAGICIAN
Fancy yourself as the next Dynamo? You might be in luck, because the Corn Exchange is on the hunt for Manchester’s next master illusionist. The dining destination is now accepting entries from budding magicians citywide to impress Corn Exchange visitors with their sorcery skills from 12 to 12.30pm on Wednesday 30 November. Those with the most votes will be crowned with the (slightly un-PC) title of ‘King Conjurer’ and win a spot performing to guests every weekend as Christmas approaches.
MICHAEL JACKSON DISCO COMING TO RUBY LOUNGE
No guessing the music at this one. ‘Thriller’ also promises free popcorn and, er, white gloves in case you want to play dress-up. A back room, Neverland, will be open all night playing the King of Pop’s most famous videos and, if you get practicing your moonwalk, you could get your glove-clad mitts on a £100 bar tab (perhaps to be spent on wine in coke cans?) in a club-wide dance-off. Tracks will also include the likes of Justin Timberlake and Neyo, who have taken inspiration from the Bad star, alongside more of the Jackson clan. More info here.
PLAZA VOLUNTEERS BARE ALL FOR CALENDER
From 21 to 80, volunteers of all ages at Stockport Art Deco Plaza Cinema & Variety Theatre (try saying that when you’ve had a few) have stripped off for the Calendar Girls style publication. Shot throughout the theatre by Neil Kendall, who has photographed the likes of Dita Von Teese and had images published in Vogue, the frivolous calendar is now available to buy for £5 at the box office, cafe and via the website. While a bit of fun, all proceeds go towards the ongoing maintenance and restoration of the Grade II* listed venue.