The other day I happened to have business in West Bridgford and come the luncheon hour I suddenly noticed the absence of the bizarrely-named Mud Crab Pacifico. So what’s the story there? In its place we have Portello Lounge, which must be inspired by either the sickly fizzy drink of that name, or the Italian word for ship’s hatch. Not the ex-politician who travels by train on BBC2, sporting a range of horror-show blazers. He is Portillo, with an i. I peered through Portello Lounge’s front windows and saw an alarming number of baby buggies. Another “family friendly” restaurant for NG2? The heart sinks at the thought of all those young mothers allowing their shrieky little Georges and Freyas to kick off on grown-ups’ licensed premises, but such is life in the daily sprog parade of Bread and Lard Island. Entering the cacophonous ground floor bar and dining room I was beaten to the last available table by a young mother with offspring. They did me a … [Read more...] about ‘Like a paediatrics department… with a lot more yowling’
Drinks like a fish
Suzanne Harrington Statistically, one of my children could become an alcoholic but their relationship with alcohol is their own, writes Suzanne Harrington I have never drank in front of my kids. This is because I used to drink like a fish with a drink problem, and so I always waited until they were elsewhere, being looked after by other people, before I got stuck in. They have no memory of me being drunk, and for different reasons, neither do I. I stopped drinking completely when they were still very little, not because I was worried about how being drunk around my kids would affect them, but because of how being hungover around my kids was affecting me. Imagine it. Small kids bouncing on your head at 6am when your entire skull is made of paper thin poisoned membrane and you are five seconds from death. Something had to go, and as I couldn’t realistically get rid of the kids, I had to get rid of the hangovers instead. It really was that simple. Active addiction is just too awful … [Read more...] about Debate: Should you drink in front of your children?
It's getting lighter and warmer, and the longer spring and summer months are definitely on the way. But we're not quite there yet - and for every sunny afternoon or dry weekend, there is a rainy one. Many days out and attractions rely on the weather and simply aren't the same if the sun doesn't shine. But that doesn't mean you need to sit and mope around at home, desperately dreaming up new ways to entertain the kids. There are however plenty of things to do in Hull when the heavens open. Here, our family and parenting writer Joanna Lovell looks at the best places to visit in Hull and also at those within driving distance of the city which are good for a rainy day. 1. The Deep Billed as the world’s only submarium when it opened more than a decade ago, The Deep is the perfect place to visit to learn and see first-hand about the world’s oceans and marine life. With unrivalled views across the River Hull, visitors can expect to meet Gentoo penguins, sharks, turtles, … [Read more...] about 16 things to do with the kids on a rainy day in Hull
Over at the Manchester Arena, there's one name on everyone's lips - George Ezra has stormed the charts and hearts of the nation with his bass-baritone voice and will play the first of two sold-out shows this weekend. Elsewhere, there's a big birthday celebration for the Levenshulme market, which is about to celebrate its sixth birthday, and Urmston burger joint Get Chucked, which turns three this weekend. On top of that, there's an exhibition exploring the long-lost Reno nightclub in Moss Side, some free loaded fries, and plenty of late-night fun to be found. Friday March 15 Clubbing / Respekt Recordings Showcase Celebrating ten years of their excellent Respekt Recordings label, UK techno duo Spektre are going on tour to showcase some of the finest acts on their roster. For tonight’s Manchester date, in the Whiskey Jar basement, they’ll be joined by SAMA, Patrik Berg and Transcode. The Whiskey Jar / thewhiskeyjar.com / 0161 237 5686 / Friday, March 15, 10pm-4am / … [Read more...] about A Levenshulme night market, George Ezra, and other things to do in Manchester
A widely viewed video this weekend showed a man in a "Make America Great Again" hat being asked to leave a New York City bar. That much is certain. Why he was kicked out isn't as clear. The Trump supporter says it was because of his polarizing red hat, but the bar's owner disputes the account: He says the man was drunk, loud and used an anti-semitic slur. Since the video was posted, people outraged by the recording have flooded his bar's phone line with threats, some of which have been violent.It's not the first time the man in question, Dion Cini, has found himself at the center of a political discrimination controversy. He regularly posts videos to his personal Facebook page of him flying "Trump 2020" flags in unlikely places, hawks pro-Trump merchandise as a side business, and has a history of antagonizing those who don't support the president. The encounter at the bar is the latest in an ongoing culture war. Trump supporters around the country have claimed harassment and … [Read more...] about Trump supporter says he was kicked out of a NYC bar for his MAGA hat — but that may not be the whole story