23 Things All '00s Teens Did In Manchester
Sit in Urbis until we all turned 18.
Heading down to the Arndale to splash your £30 EMA like you were the Monopoly Man.
And going straight to Lush because someone needed to buy a present for their aunt or something.
Going to "the big HMV" or Virgin Megastore and spending hours staring at CDs you never bought.
Or Vinyl Exchange & Piccadilly Records if you were a bona fide music expert.
Going to random in-store band events at Fopp and getting excited because the bassist had been a guest on Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
Stopping by the food court for a gourmet knees up at Spud U Like or getting a Pizza Hut for one.
If it was Christmas, getting slightly scared of the sinister, light-up Santa at the Christmas Market.
Trying to make it out of the other side of the massive Primark like you were on the way to Mordor.
And, of course, going for a slap-up Harvester before going to the cinema in the Printworks.
But if you were more avant-garde you'd go to the Cornerhouse and take in an arthouse film that nobody had ever heard of.
Going for the inevitable splurge at Boots but then being mesmerised by the dancing man who used to dance outside with no music.
Always walking along these things.
Remembering when the Corn Exchange used to be called The Triangle and you didn't really get what it was.
Getting down to business and going to Afflecks Palace to perfect your signature look.
This involved buying shag bands, badges, some-sort-of-fishnet-something, dice necklaces, and anything else that could fully portray your incredibly unique and reckless teenage personality.
Moving on from Afflecks because you'd discovered Ryan Vintage in the Northern Quarter and you were a grown up now.
Or there was Retro Rehab, Cow, the big Oxfam, or Pop Boutique.
Sitting in Urbis for about 20,000 hours.
And getting annoyed when it turned into a football museum.
Trying to guess what the people queuing up outside the MEN Arena were going to see based on what they were wearing.
Never, ever going on the "Wheel of Manchester" at any cost.
And always missing your train home and having to wait an hour for the next one.
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