Thursday, May 15, 2008

Eastern promise


My journey into town takes me through Rusholme (the Curry Mile) which is full of exciting and exotic Eastern delights.

Recently I've been fascinated by a Hookah bar called the 'Musicana Café'.
The dramatic red and black colour scheme looks very chic even though I recognised the red throws as those cheapo ones (£2.59) from IKEA - that exotic eastern souk in Ashton - under- Lyne.

I often wondered whether they were smoking illegal substances in those pipes.
They were.
It's called tobacco.

The owner has been fined after getting several warnings that the no smoking ban also applies to shisha bars.

I took this pic from the bus on Tuesday. The place seems to have lost its enticing allure as a few bored punters drink afternoon tea.


Perhaps they should try naked hookah bars


...with herbal hukka!

KAZ

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21 Comments:

Blogger MJ said...

Vakese looks like an extra from EastEnders.

3:29 pm  
Blogger Murph said...

I've been racking my brains to come up with a pithy reference to Naked Hookahs but nothing will appear.

Anyway, after you take your journey into town, do you Rusholme?

*gets coat, places tail between legs and slopes off stage left*

4:24 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

mj:
I'm sure you are right - but Corrie is my only soap. I've given up all the others.

Murph:
I think the Rusholme one has been done.
It's making me think that perhaps Oz does the puns for you.

Is he back home yet?

6:39 pm  
Blogger Betty said...

Perhaps local musician Peter Hookah of New Order should consider investing in the ailing bar ...

7:43 pm  
Blogger garfer said...

Dunno why the smoking fascists are kicking up a fuss. Don't they realise that the average doner kebab contains the equivalent of a large wine glass full of pure saturated fat?

That's much more dangerous than twenty Bensons.

7:56 pm  
Blogger Geoff said...

Didn't Hugh Grant once take a suck from a Hookah?

8:04 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Betty:
It would be good for Hooky and ex wife Caroline Aherne as Hookah bars are alcohol free.

Good to see you again Garfer.
I rely on your data to be 100% scientifically accurate.
Did you include the contribution from the side salad served with the doner?

Geoff:
Hugh Grant's 'hookah' was Divine Brown who became a millionaire after the event.
Liz Hurley was his posh hookah who wore the safety pin frock.

8:52 pm  
Anonymous Rimshot said...

mmm Liz Hurley.

I note that the one store advertises that they are "Fully Air Conditioned". Is that an issue with the shops in Rusholme?

Also, can I get a corned beef sandwich at that Delhi?

12:20 am  
Blogger Old Wom Tigley said...

I have always wondered just what is smoked in these things and like you I saw the report about the owner getting fined.. I think he is one of many. Double Apple Herbal Hukka... I think I'd give that a miss and go right for the Smoked Applewood Cheese please..

5:44 am  
Blogger tony said...

They Have a similar Bar in Bradford (west Yorks).They tried & failed to overturn the smoking ban......Hey! Imagine Themed-Smoking Bars! You could have a Retro-70's Bar (Life On Mars-ish) Blokes in TankTops sat around smoking "No.6"!!!!
whenever i return from Turkey,I want to bring back one of those Giant Hookahs..I never do because i just imagine loads of hassle from Customs.

7:46 am  
Blogger Dave said...

There is just too much innuendo going through my mind to even dream of commenting here.

8:57 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Rimshot:
Are you suggesting that we don't need air conditioning in Manchester?
On about four days in the year we do.

Don't think it's that sort of Deli - Chicken Tikka Naan maybe.

Wom:
Smoked Applewood cheese??
Are you the Galloping Gourmet?

Tony:
Themed smoking bars - you may be able to make your first million.
I read an article about 'Smoking Tourism' i.e. Brits going on hol to Spain, Poland etc - just for the freedom to smoke.

So - 'Life on Mars Bar' (geddit) on the Costa del Sol.

You can buy hookahs in Rusholme

Dave:
G'won - we're all broad minded round here (see previous post).

9:49 am  
Blogger Murph said...

Kaz: You don't think I'd be so crass as to make such a pathetic Hackneyed "Rusholme" pun do you? Of course it was my little pal Oswald, back from Upper Ramsbotham.

10:21 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Murph:
I believe you - thousands wouldn’t.
Next thing - you’ll be telling me that Betty did Geoff’s ‘Taking a suck from the Hookah’ pun.

11:13 am  
Blogger Flaming Nora said...

Off topic alert: message to Geoff. When's your next poem going to apepar? I keep checking your blog but there's nothing there ;-(

Thanks Kaz, over and out, Roger.

3:03 pm  
Blogger The Poet Laura-eate said...

Our students tried to get a hubbly-bubbly tent at their recent ball. They nearly cried their little eyes out to find that these were illegal as well!

3:21 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Nora:
In his previous post he invited us to write limericks about Boris.
Where were you?

Laura:
They should have called it a hubbly-bubbly gazebo.
All the pubs round here have erected them specially for smokers.

5:08 pm  
Anonymous Gert said...

I love that picture of the Naked Hukkah. Especially that the women are gorgeously woman shaped with lots of fleshy curves.

One of the htings I like about sheesha pipes is that the tobacco is filtered through fruity or flowery water, much nicer than your 20 Bensons.

On a serious note, there have been complaints about the outlawing of sheesha cafes at the same time that other parts of the government are trying to promote community cohesion; in areas like Bradford (where there have been race riots, where there is Islamist extremism), Moslems and non-Moslems were mixing and socialising together

12:20 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Yes -The one in the front has a marvellous bottom.

Interesting point re community mixing in the sheesha bars. I'd noticed in Rusholme that there was a good mix of people - though mainly male - unlike the painting.

6:04 pm  
Blogger garfer said...

Bleedin' Rusholme ruffians.

Post summat new, I'm boted now.

2:18 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

That's a bit rich given your recent posting record.

Still - you musn't be 'boted'.
Give us a minute or two.

9:07 am  

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