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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:41 am    Post subject: Manchester - the city  Reply with quote

Was over in Manchester on Friday (part of the give an take that is called marriage - I had to endure Robbie Williams at the Etihad)

Anyway given the tragic events you seem more perceptive of things around you and I came away from Manchester thinking what the fuck is going on in Leeds. We are years behind them in terms of transport. That tram system is ace - even goes out to the likes of Rochdale now which is about the distance form Leeds to Cas I reckon.

I love my home town of Leeds but it is so second class to large areas of Manchester. It pains me to say it. How did they manage to fund the tram by the way?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Manchester also has us beat for the number of beggars.

Spot on with the transport thing but as far as the City centre is concerned I don't reckon it as nice/good as t' Leeds.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Manchester also has us beat for the number of beggars.

Spot on with the transport thing but as far as the City centre is concerned I don't reckon it as nice/good as t' Leeds.


Totally agree with you on the beggars. Couldn't believe it and Mrs H and I remarked on it. One street had a beggar in each door way and we counter 8 in one larger shop entrance. Just sleeping in the middle of the paths in the middle of the day.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 6:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I lived in Manchester for four years in the 199os - its just a much much much bigger city - its also had billions of London and EU money to upgrade

I know its a bit off but the IRA did it a massive favour by bombing it in 1996 - allowed vast parts of centre to rebuilt with insurance money
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It still has plenty of shithole bits. It's a bit like Birmingham. A lot of money has been spent on the city centre, but an almost complete ring of desolation surrounds it.

And then there's Bury.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It still has plenty of shithole bits. It's a bit like Birmingham. A lot of money has been spent on the city centre, but an almost complete ring of desolation surrounds it.

And then there's Bury.


I'd say the same about Leeds. People visit and say "ooh isn't the shopping great" and "there are loads of bars" but for anybody who lives there and knows it well they have to admit that a lot of Leeds is dead rough and getting rougher once you are outside of the city centre (one of the reasons we got out and chose the quieter country life). But then I suppose like all big provincial towns and cities that have had their manufacturing and core industry hearts ripped out, there is an unknowing of the future which affects people. The heavy engineering, the mines, and around my adopted neck of the woods the fishing industry. All gone but never replaced with anything for the people that live there.

Back on track: I love Manchester. The record shops, the clothes shops, and the pubs. As soon as I hit the platform at Piccadilly I get a good vibe from it. I've only briefly been to Glasgow but I think that Pontefract, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Newcastle are the most impressive cities in Northern Britain.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It still has plenty of shithole bits. It's a bit like Birmingham. A lot of money has been spent on the city centre, but an almost complete ring of desolation surrounds it.

And then there's Bury.


I'd say the same about Leeds. People visit and say "ooh isn't the shopping great" and "there are loads of bars" but for anybody who lives there and knows it well they have to admit that a lot of Leeds is dead rough and getting rougher once you are outside of the city centre (one of the reasons we got out and chose the quieter country life). But then I suppose like all big provincial towns and cities that have had their manufacturing and core industry hearts ripped out, there is an unknowing of the future which affects people. The heavy engineering, the mines, and around my adopted neck of the woods the fishing industry. All gone but never replaced with anything for the people that live there.

Back on track: I love Manchester. The record shops, the clothes shops, and the pubs. As soon as I hit the platform at Piccadilly I get a good vibe from it. I've only briefly been to Glasgow but I think that Pontefract, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Newcastle are the most impressive cities in Northern Britain.


Have to agree with all four of your choices and throw in Liverpool, love the dock's and the majestic Mersey.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't fault Liverpool, except for the Scousers.


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