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Capital city in all but name
David Mills
23/ 5/2007


MANCHESTER is a capital city in waiting, according to a leading travel guide out today.

The latest Lonely Planet book heaps praise on the city, describing it as a `modern metropolis embracing change like few others in Europe.'

It goes on to say "If ever London was to quit being capital - or was fired for some kind of wrongdoing - Manchester would be a ready-made substitute to take on the job."

It describes Manchester as `where much of the best music of the last couple of decades came from - oh and it likes to call itself the uncrowned capital of the north.

The change and influence of the last decade and a half have been dramatic. It began with a musical revolution, was interrupted by a bomb and has climaxed in the transformation of Manchester into the envy of any urban centre in Europe, a modern metropolis that has embraced 21st-century style and technology like no other in Britain."

So the M.E.N. went on to the streets of Manchester to ask visitors from all over the world what they thought.

Carol Korn, 58, from New South Wales, Australia, who is on holiday in the city said: "Manchester is like London on a small scale. It's very cosmopolitan and easy to get around.

"We've just been to the Urbis, which is something very different and interesting.

"We've been to Salford to see the Lowry and the Imperial War Museum which was fantastic."

Her husband,Terry, 61, said: "Manchester has a good mix of ages and culture and a lot of diversity. I saw a lady in a burka for the first time ever, which is an example of the cultural richness here.

"It's the way the world is going - Manchester has accepted the challenge of progress. It's a global village."

Linda Kaatan, an Iraqi student from Baghdad, said: "Manchester's a very pretty city and the people are very friendly, more than in London and other areas. Also the weather is better than the rest of the north of England and Scotland. And it's cheaper than London.

"Manchester's very good for shopping."

Xenia Zosimidou, 23, a student from Perm, Russia, has been in Manchester since September. She said: "It's a good city, especially for youngsters, and there are a lot of places to go out. There are too many tourists in London."

Chris Parry, 23, a student from North Wales said: "Manchester's at the centre of everything happening."

Pete Gomer, 24, a student from London, said: "It's got a vibrant night life, different ethnic cultures such as in Rusholme, and there's lots of history."

Mike Northeast, 28, a student from East London said: "It's got the best music scene."

Nearer to home, Duncan Morton, 32, from Denton, who works for social services at the city council, said: "There's something for everyone."
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Lonely Planet has always been pro-Manchester; it always seems to give the city good write-ups. I think the best thing about Manchester is that it's constantly changing, and much as I agree that not all new developments in the city are earth-shattering, they're usually an improvement on what had been there before. (Piccadilly Gardens is the only real exception I can think of.)

Incidentally, is it just me or does it piss anyone else off that readers' replies to MEN's website articles are almost always short-sighted, small-minded, ill-informed moans? Especially that Ace Riley. He's a cretin of the first order with absolutely no grasp of punctuation at all, yet he clearly spends virtually every waking minute constructing one barely-intelligible tirade after another. IT MAKES MY BLOOD BOIL! :nuts:
 

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Incidentally, is it just me or does it piss anyone else off that readers' replies to MEN's website articles are almost always short-sighted, small-minded, ill-informed moans? Especially that Ace Riley. He's a cretin of the first order with absolutely no grasp of punctuation at all, yet he clearly spends virtually every waking minute constructing one barely-intelligible tirade after another. IT MAKES MY BLOOD BOIL! :nuts:
90% of the MEN responses are the same 7 or 8 people and they’re all backwards.

Mr Riley personifies types who despite being human simultaneously manage to act like tools. What ever I’m thinking about an article I can gurantee Ace is going to post some grumble stating the exact opposite.

When the new MEN website was released you had to re-register to post. I considered registering the name 'Ace Riley' but felt the poor bloke would have nothing else to do with his life without his infamous handle.
 

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Yeah - agree - what a load of steaming crap. How can it be the capital unless EVERYTHING that made London the capital for the last several hundred years relocated up here and the population septupled in size?

A load of bollocks, and yet further proof that whoever wrote this article is letting the happy tablets get a bit too much to their heads!

Lonely Planet? Reality Grip more like! :no:
 

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Oh, and let it not be forgotten that too much self-aggrandisement can be detrimental to one's health. :yes:

Remember how Noddy's head expanded to four times its size and he couldn't even get into his own house - let alone to bed with Big Ears. And even the bell on his hat stopped tinkling. That's what could happen to Manchester if it isn't careful!
 

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6684997.stm

Manchester to be cool capital?

Manchester would be well placed to be the UK's next capital city - if climate change makes London "too hot and uncomfortable", the House of Lords has heard. The northern city was described in a recent Lonely Planet travel guide as being appropriate for capital status were London no longer suitable.

Asked about such a possibility, the government's deputy chief whip in the House of Lords, Lord Davies said "its future looks bright".

He also said he was unsure about why Europeans had yet to discover the delights of northern England.

He was responding, during light hearted exchanges, to a question from the Lord Bishop of Manchester about how climate change could affect Britain's tourism industry.

Lord Davies described Manchester as "a very important tourist destination indeed, at present".
 

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I'm sure most Mancunians quietly cringe when they read this type of hype.

I'm not positive but I think the Lonely Planet has a far-reaching 'non-cringing' readership, most of who have never been to England.

Manchester will probably be added to their itinerary now....;)
 

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I don't get the "too hot" thing since Manchester's mean temperature is approximately one degree Celcius lower than London's -- hardly blessed relief is it?

Another thing I "don't get" is any aspiration that Manchester, or its advocates, has to be "like London". One of Manchester's assets is precisely that it isn't like London -- it's smaller, more personal and you don't get the same crushing, soul-destroying sense of your own insignificance. The last of these perceptions is probably entirely subjective but it's one that I endure on a daily basis as my train pulls into Waterloo. If Manchester ever truly became like London, part of its reason for being would be lost.

The House of Lords, eh? Bless 'em.
 

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No. I was making a hilarious sarky point that there are numerous reasons why it should be fired for 'some kind of wrongdoing'.

Fetch me the royal Quill and Parchment and form a queue.
 

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Oh, and let it not be forgotten that too much self-aggrandisement can be detrimental to one's health. :yes:

Remember how Noddy's head expanded to four times its size and he couldn't even get into his own house - let alone to bed with Big Ears. And even the bell on his hat stopped tinkling. That's what could happen to Manchester if it isn't careful!
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Manchester is great and all, but this is a joke, really.
I second that.

I remember reading this in the chippy... just another travel book trying to suck up to the reader. It could have read, "if ever a large asteroid hit London..."

Then MEN regurgitates it to suck up to their readers; at least they quoted their source correctly on this one.
 
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