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    Jan 14, 2015

    17 Things You Miss When You Leave Manchester

    "Manchester's got everything except a beach." – Ian Brown

    1. Peas, pies, pudding, chips, and rice.

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    Why the craze of English and Chinese fusion cuisine has not swept the nation is baffling. Half rice and half chips with curry sauce and a buttered muffin is one of the finest dishes available to mankind. And it costs about £2.

    2. Massive palatial libraries you can visit for free.

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    Manchester had the first ever free library, and some of the most impressive architecture in the city is dedicated to education. If you fancy a look at the first ever cookbook, John Ryland's Library on Deansgate is a must. And the Central Library on St Peter's Square is equally beautiful.

    3. Being asked whether you're OK a lot.

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    The standard greeting in Manchester is "Yo'kay, mate?" with genuine concern in the tone. They actually want to know if you're OK. It's what makes the city so welcoming.

    4. Holland's pies.

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    Most Mancunians will go for meat pie and chips over fish and chips, and Holland's is the best pie out there. Plus, it's apparently sold in 85% of chippies in the North West.

    5. The incredible music scene.

    6. Increased chance of bumping into Guy Garvey.

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    It's rare to spend a day wandering around Manchester without spotting a footballer, someone from an indie band, or someone off Corrie. And now the Beeb has moved in, there's an even bigger chance of spotting someone famous.

    7. The Manc accent.

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    It can either have a warm, friendly rasp or a sharp, angry spike, but it's like music to your ears when you've been away for a while.

    8. Proper parties.

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    Grab your gladioli and let's have a fizzy Vimto!

    9. The Pride rainbow being all over the city.

    10. Just a tiny bit of arrogance.

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    Suffragette movement? Industrial revolution? World's first intercity railway? The most important music of the last 30 years? These are just a few of Manchester's achievements, and we're damn proud of them.

    11. That giant Santa Claus in Albert Square.

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    It just makes you smile, doesn't it? And it looks a bit like Zippy from Rainbow.

    12. The whole mile of curry.

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    Stick that in yer shisha pipe, Brick Lane.

    13. Being encouraged to be a bit different.

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    If you want to be a goth, a punk, a geek, a freedom fighter, a cross-dresser – whatever it is, there will be a part of town dedicated to you.

    14. The bonkers things that happen all the time.

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    In Manchester, anything could happen at any moment. There's almost always a great sense of humour involved too.

    15. It's (almost) unpretentious.

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    Well, that's not strictly true (Northern Quarter, King Street: you get the idea), but if you are going to be pretentious be prepared to have it pointed out to you.

    16. Megariders.

    17. And the way you can be yourself without anyone judging you.

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    Wanna wear sunnies even though it's January, it's raining, and you're indoors? Go for it, our kid.

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