We are not having a super casino:
Manchester has been chosen as the surprise location of Britain's first Las Vegas-style super-casino. The decision is a blow for Blackpool and London's former Millennium Dome which were the bookmakers' favourites. The licence will allow Manchester to build a venue for up to 1,250 unlimited-jackpot gaming machines.
Phew! That was a close one.
The problem with anything described as 'Las Vegas style' is that it is never anything remotely like Las Vegas. 'Sprawling mall of despair where ner-do-wells are systematically divorced from what little money they have' style would be more appropriate. Hmmm... ok, so that sounds a little like Vegas too.
Let's hope that Manchester make the most of the promised £265m investment before the local sad sacks start betting their mortgages away and then hanging themselves in the toilets. Blackpool would have wasted it all on a fresh team of nearly dead donkeys and some new light bulbs for those horrific illuminations anyway. At least this way they get to keep their deathtrap of a funfair running without the chance of an upgrade.
Which leaves us once again with the bloody stupid dome. With John Prescott's influence coming to naught who knows now whether the Anschutz Entertainment Groups plans for the white elephant will continue? Future sporting arena? Entertainment complex? Won't someone please lance our millennium boil once and for all?