Random Questions: Anybody from Aberdeen?


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Byte
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2897 posts since 16/6/10

4 Dec 2012 06:33
inverse square wrote: Need to check out that all you can eat one in ther eas well. Anyone been?
Check my post above yours. I thought it was great for £15. Definately book a table. Tables are kinda close together but try get the booth in the back. Been reading some reviews on Trip Advisor and I don't know if it's the Aberdeen mentality but some people fucking hate the place already Laughing out loud . They go to an Asian focused buffet and complain about the pizza and pasta. It is basically a Jimmy Chungs with a far better selection and sushi.
fjm11
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1098 posts since 29/7/08

4 Dec 2012 23:56
That's shite news about new year.

I've been to Cosmo-didn't rate.

Anyone heading to fake blood at snafu Friday?
EDW
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2581 posts since 23/2/10

5 Dec 2012 17:48
15 days gym/classes membership for £15 over the Christmas period at Aberdeen Sports Village, will be dead in the run up to christmas with all the crustys/students away home. Would only need need to use it 3 times to get your moneys worth.
leemc77
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2543 posts since 24/10/06

5 Dec 2012 19:50
fjm11 wrote: anyone know of anything evem remotely decent on at hogamany? aint stayed around for 6 years and cant find fuck all advertised Sad

http://www.stonehavenfireballs.co.uk/
inversesquare
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6660 posts since 7/6/08

14 Dec 2012 07:40
Went here last week http://www.oryzasushi.com/

It's a tiny little restaurant, probably able to seat about 10, it feels like you are in someone's kitchen. I don't know much about sushi but it seemed very good to me. The people I was with seemed impressed.
leemc77
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2543 posts since 24/10/06

14 Dec 2012 20:58
^ just round the corner from my old flat! never went though (no csb)
PH
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711 posts since 5/2/07

19 Dec 2012 10:54
Had takeaway sushi from there when it first opened, was terrible.

Yatai and Yorikobi are the best sushi places in town by a long way.
inversesquare
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6660 posts since 7/6/08

20 Dec 2012 13:07
Has anyone else noticed how monumentally shit Union St is becoming these days?What do you think has gone wrong?
EDW
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2581 posts since 23/2/10

20 Dec 2012 13:22
It's a fair state these days. i would say a mixture of a lack of proper maintinence/upkeep of the street, the shift in shopping centres both sides of it and a influx of pop up pound land type joints add to this. With it meaning to be the Main Street in Aberdeen it doesn't exactly live up to its name.
inversesquare
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6660 posts since 7/6/08

20 Dec 2012 13:26
I think you're right. I reckon it's Union Square shopping centre that has taken so much footfall away. All the poundshops are making it feel like George St(which used to be the main shopping St until they put Bon Accord in front of it)
EDW
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2581 posts since 23/2/10

22 Dec 2012 15:39
Not too sure how much truth there is in this as it is off fb, but

Byte
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2897 posts since 16/6/10

22 Dec 2012 17:42
Might be cool. I would imagine it will be inside Union Square ?
FLG
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5857 posts since 21/5/04

22 Dec 2012 23:49
inverse square wrote: Has anyone else noticed how monumentally shit Union St is becoming these days?What do you think has gone wrong?
Very bad city planning. Look at Glasgow (a city I absolutely despise). There's 2 big city centre shopping centres at either end of Buchanan St (Buchanan galleries and St Enoch) there two smaller centres juts to the side of Buchanan St (Princess Square and Italian Centre). The city centre has a great flow of people coming in on buses to Buchanan galleries, the tube stops on Buchanan Street, and the rail links on Queen St and Central either side of Buchanan St. The city centre is always thriving and there's a constant flow of people back and forth.
Obviously the catchment of Glasgow at approx 2 Million is vastly different than Aberdeen's but there are similarities.
Buchanan Galleries = Union Square
St Enoch = Bon Accord
Italian Centre = Galleria
Princess Square = The Academy
Buchanan St = Union Street

If the Bon Accord Centre was at the King Street end of Aberdeen and Union Square was constructed at Holburn end it would be thriving but both centres are in absolutely ridiculous places and completely disjointed the city. Union Square being constructed where it is the main problem, It's essentially an out of town retail park given how difficult it is to get to the city centre yet it is just a few hundred metres from the centre. If a family were to go shopping they make the choice
a: Park at Bon Accord and maybe venture as far as St Nicholas
b: Park at Union Square or get train/bus in and stay there. Imagine trying to get a buggy up to Union St from Union Square. Across 3 junctions, along a cobbled street out the back of a horrible car park, up 50 flights of steps passed pissed up tramps.
What we've ended up with is a ridiculous amount of shop units either side of what should be the main shopping area leaving Union St as a barren waste land. This goes back to the council again, they speak to property developers and agents and ask their opinion, these agents give the opinions of the national retailers. So if an agent says to Boots "We have a 5k ft unit in need of renovation at £300k on Union st what you think?" the answer will be we want a white box 5k ft unit with 5 years rent free. The agents and developers will then push the council and advice them that we need another shopping centre as we won't have enough shop units, it's pretty fucking obvious we have 3X too many already as a street that was build to be Scotland's answer to Oxford St is empty. The agents find it easier to sell units that need no work done and are essentially free than a unit that needs a facelift and will cost money. Union Square rent is free for the first few years in case anyone didn't know, makes it even more ridiculous that shops have closed down.

The worst thing is Union Square is complete shit apart from the fast food places (few qualify as restaurants IMO). None of the shops bring anything new to the city other than Holister. From what I hear from people who are down there the shops aren't even doing well so it's not like they have stolen all the shoppers from the city centre, its just diluted the centre and fucked Union St.

There is no answer now is the most depressing thing. They aren't going to knock down or close Union Sqr and say they made a mistake and there certainly isn't funds from the council to link the two main centers and therefore the city together (how this could be accomplished I have no idea) thanks to them doubling the city debt by moving their offices 20 metres (and destroying the most beautiful building in the city in the process).

rant over.

EDW wrote: Not too sure how much truth there is in this as it is off fb, but
Ive heard conflicting stories. Someone I know works high(ish) up at UO said it isn't happening although it was discussed last year. Someone else I know who does business with UO said it was definitely happening at some point 2013. Again I don't see what it would bring to the city new other than a shit load of Shore Leave and "quirky" gift stuff.
PH
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711 posts since 5/2/07

15 Jan 2013 11:39
One Up announced today that its closing down. Sad

Ironically the same day as HMV go under.

The city centre really is going to shit.
elvrum
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620 posts since 18/7/12

15 Jan 2013 13:02
really say news but to be honest not surprising. even if it was only a matter of time, i think they missed out on some major opportunities to update the place. they definitely relied too much on a small group of returning customers and forgot to redevelop. still, i have great memories of belmont street / that area. going between one up and kilau on a saturday afternoon Cry imagine if the belmont cinema had gone a few years ago…
PH
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711 posts since 5/2/07

6 Feb 2013 18:30
Anyone pick these up last week?

http://www.hanon-shop.com/xnews.php?newsid=1574

haz
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4334 posts since 7/1/04

6 Feb 2013 20:18
Strong post FLG. Don't forget to add in the council's other favourite, the fabled by-pass!

Anyway I see your point regarding something up towards Holburn Street End. It would certainly link the two and there is some (minimal) space I can think of that could be used.
inversesquare
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6660 posts since 7/6/08

5 Mar 2013 15:57
Went to a ball at the Marcliffe. Food was pretty shite compared to what I was expecting.

On the flip side the Palm Court was a great venue and had lovely food.
inversesquare
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6660 posts since 7/6/08

28 Mar 2013 09:14
Had a meal at Apertivio earlier in the week. It's Italian, tapas style stuff. Really nice, had meatballs, risotto balls, calamari, swordfish and so0me other stuff. It's on Bon Accord St next to Paramount. Would recommend.
inversesquare
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6660 posts since 7/6/08

21 Apr 2013 09:25
Fillet steak at Musa. Very nice but seemed a bit overpriced for what the place was like.

Dessert at Jamie's Italian was nice but it's the strangest restaurant I've ever been into.