Celeb chef Jamie Oliver discovers Joy Division and New Order master tapes in basement

NME today reports: "Jamie Oliver has apparently found rare Joy Division and New Order master tapes when digging up the basement of a new restaurant in Manchester." Oh, also! They found guns and gold stashed away down there, too. (thanks, Michael Donaldson)


  1. Cool! NME says the workmen found guns and gold stashed down there, which were turned over to the treasury. If there were any kilos of coke (which seems fitting), they didn’t report it.

    1. What it is cut with can have a detrimental effect on its potency if it is not consumed within a certain time. Wraps should come with use by dates.

    1. Oh, to be given the chance to quench my unrequited post-mortem love.  To this day those eyes and that mournful crooning sets me timbers a shiver.

  2. As per William’s link, HSBC says: “We were moving to a new site and wanted to transfer the safe deposit boxes.However [because the building is a Grade II listed building] National Heritage said we were unable to take the actual boxes with us, because they were part of the structure.”

    But how is it that Jamie Oliver takes possession of the contents of the boxes along with the building? Why didn’t HSBC track down the owners of the boxes and inform them of the move? I guess we have to assume the owners couldn’t be found, and to avoid any legal issues (e.g. implicating the owners of the illegal guns) they just abandoned them – which is a pretty shitty thing to do to your clients.

    1. I don’t understand why they couldn’t just empty the boxes and put contents back in new one, filing them to the same “lost” owners. Who cares that they cannot be found now, maybe in 5 years some heir would have come up with a piece of paper asking for box 12345. I think this is shocking behaviour for a bank!
      Hopefully somebody will show up soon claiming ownership, with the right papers, and we’ll actually get to hear some of these tapes. Otherwise, the legal risk for J. Oliver is too high — if he publishes them and then gets sued, it’s going to be painful.

  3. This is the building: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=rosso&hl=en&ll=53.4808,-2.241951&spn=0.005867,0.015846&sll=53.402483,-2.1681&sspn=0.011757,0.031693&hq=rosso&t=m&layer=c&cbll=53.480809,-2.241887&cbp=12,0,,0,0&photoid=po-4210843&z=17

    That intersection is now officially a Manchester nightlife hotspot… Apart from Rio Ferdinand’s “Rosso” (never been, it’s the one showing in GMaps pics as “Karim’s”, i.e. the old name), there’s The Room just opposite, which is a stunning 19th century Reform Club refurbished with a modern vibe (food is so-so, but the place is really cool).

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