Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Interview with a hero....

I'm not the only waiter in the world.

Shock!

And Belfast has many many talented, good looking, fun, and generally sarcastic waiters, bar staff, and others who work on the frontline in the global war on restaurant terror hospitality industry.

So in a further attempt to get free stuff at restaurants/bars educate the masses of the joy that is serving the public I will be running a regular feature called,

"Behind the apron...with Manuel"
or something like that


If you want to take part you must work in the hospitality industry, you don't have to come from or work in Belfast, you don't even have to give me your real name or tell me where you work. Email me your details and I'll send you the questions. Just state what you do so that you get the appropriate questions. And if you are on speaking terms with a waiter, bar worker, coffee shop warrior etc send them my way.

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll eat at home more and think twice before criticising the soup. If you have any questions you would like me to put to the guardians of the gin or the masters of the dining room or even for the people who make coffee and milk into £3.00 cups of frothy heaven then leave them below.

Badges for all published interviews

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In other sadder news Belfast's Ginger Gerry Glennon has past away after a spell in hospital. Ginger Gerry was a stalwart of the streets, where he lived. Gerry terrorised many a bar and restaurant just with his presence alone. He wore a huge ginger beard in which he kept most of his lunch and probably a bird or two. There wasn't a barman in the city who hasn't had the dubious pleasure of chucking him out at some point, normally before he could even get a word out. Gerry was a workout for all the senses what with the ginger masterpiece under his nose, his fantastic collection of hats (he took to a snazzy Panama hat during the summer), and the smell of someone who lived on the streets.

Gerry was a pain in the ass, there is no getting away from that fact. But he was a character with it. As street drinkers go Gerry was ok, sort of. He could make you laugh, just as long as you weren't the subject of his affection. My last run in with Gerry was last year when he stumbled in early one Sunday morning. Managers ran to get surgical gloves and a barge pole whilst I tempted him out the door with cigarettes. Gerry knew how to play the game, and he played it like a champion. He also tried to stab the managers with a bread knife! If I had known it would be my last interaction with the old fella I might have let him do it too.

But he's drinking Special brew in heaven now, probably with Oliver Reed.


Any odds mate?

24 People trying to get Manuel's attention:

Anonymous Boxer said...

Peace out to your Gerry Glennon.. I hope he was met at the Pearly Gates with a cold one waiting for him. And cigs.

bendersbetterbrother said...

So you gave him Lambert & Butler and hastened his death? Cruel, sick bastard.

Manuel said...

boxer: and if not he would have tapped somebody soon enough......

Manuel said...

bbb: Lambert and Butler? Not when there was some Mayfair on the floor....did you know the fella?

Gypsy said...

RIP Ginger Gerry....I sure hope the accommodations are better than the ones you're used to and say hi to Oliver for me.

savannah said...

what a lovey eulogy for a man most people probably ignored. i'm with ab on this one: peace out gerry glennon!

you're a good one, sugar! ;-)

savannah said...

lovely, i meant *sigh*

Old Knudsen said...

Ginger Gerry was a dirty ol shite I have had the honour to grapple with him on occasion as he could get belligerent, I really don't think hes gone upstairs.

Conan Drumm said...

Can't help thinking he'd have made a good blogger of the cantankerous kind.

In his honour you should ask all your interviewees: A smelly homeless person comes into your premises, what do you do?

Manuel said...

Gypsy: He'll be lower the tone even as we speak......

Savannah: cheers lovey.......hehehehe

Old K: probably not but it's a nice idea.....but imagine dying and he greets you at the pearly gates....!

Conan: Yes, yes he probably would have....Knudsen is the closest we have......

conortje said...

Hey - I'm only now catching up on things. I can't believe you didn't get an award. Or Primal either. I can't say any more because my views on most winners would be a little controversial for a Tuesday morning. Speaking of badges though...I'm still waiting for mine. Sniff.....

Manuel said...

Conortje: Awh cheers for saying that....hey don't hold back, you are in my house now, speak your mind! Send me your address again.......I may have lost it......

sheepworrier said...

Fuck, haven't seen him about in months! Gotta say he wasn't the worst of 'em, but he definately was an arsehole.
He terrorised the wee receptionists all over the place in the city centre and Ive had the misfortune to have to encourage him out of my old bar a few times back in the day.
Still tho, sad to see him go.

Manuel said...

Sheepo: Oh he terrorised his way around the town the old goat. But still a loss. It would have been amusing to see him badgering the security at the new Victoria Centre.

In other news

I came across this last night and thought of you...

www.adultsheepfinder.com

sheepworrier said...

I'll not make a joke about you coming across anything, for I am far too mature for that...

Yeah, the polish security would've had their hands full with him alright...
What do you call his mate - the woman (in the loosest sense of the word) who would drink with him the odd time around eglantine ave?

Manuel said...

Sheepo: Maybe mad Mary? Dunno.......But it appears he had an uncle Manuel....But then again it was in the Irish News death notices so it's probably a misprint......

sheepworrier said...

What friggin age are you Manuel - scanning the Irish News notices for a good aul wake! If you really want some tea and buns I'll lend you a fiver...

Tut, tut.

daisyfae said...

nice eulogy. they smell funny, terrorize shop keepers and make walking the street a guantlet of panhandling, but let's hear it for the street folk who make it interesting... and remind us that we're all one bad turn of events away from tough times...

besides, they recycle all those half-smoked butts. that's something...

Tony said...

No man is an island, entire of itself
every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main...
...any man's death diminishes me
because I am involved in mankind
and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls
it tolls for thee.


-- John Donne

Crispy said...

Ah man, the streets of belfast won't quite be the same without him. I do remember many moons ago being in the bus depot whilst he was staggering around looking for ciggies, his zip was down...and I don't mean on his cardy either. it was a pretty site. he had also tried to spit something from his mouth in a rage and it just stuck to his big ginger beard. God rest his wee soul, i just hope he's happier now.

Manuel said...

Sheepo: You'll get there one day......

Daisyfae: 4 missed pay packets isn't it?

Tony: Nice.....

Crispy: Has to be happier now.....has to be

Mudflapgypsy said...

Blimey,
I first saw him in the late 80s.
I saw him last year and was amazed he was still alive.

Hopefully he died peacefully with no pain.

Manuel said...

Muddy: How you doin? Been a while eh. He wasn't even very old, 40's maybe........poor sod, there for the grace of god n all that......

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