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    8 reasons Manchester is the best city in the UK

    8 reasons Manchester is the best city in the UK

    Writing this I kind of feel like I’m preaching to the converted, but maybe some people who don’t live in Manchester will read this and make a conscious effort to pack up their lives and relocate to what is the greatest city in the UK. Not convinced? Here’s why:

    1. The Northern Quarter


    Cafe culture (Picture: North Tea Power) The Northern Quarter of our fair city has become a thriving hub for creativity and successful independent ventures. From humble beginnings on Thomas St and Tib St the NQ has expanded to its outermost boundaries, and a bit beyond. Cafe culture is embodied by ventures such at North Tea Power, Takk and KoffeePot.

    Affleck’s Palace is still going strong and is surrounded by a healthy culture of vintage clothing and up-cycling. Soup Kitchen, Kosmonaut and 2022NQ mix art, music, food, drink and culture exceptionally well, and the old guard of Matt & Phred’s, Night & Day and Dry Bar continue to support live music in the city every night of the week.

    2. The Industrial Evolution


    Graphene – Made in Manchester (Picture: YouTube) Manchester is renowned as being the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in Britain and subsequently Europe and the world. The transition from hand-made to machine-powered saw an unprecedented explosion of new ideas and inventions creating an increasingly industrial and urbanised country.

    Since then manufacturing in Manchester has constantly evolved. Presently we’re seeing a shift into more advanced manufacturing, such as the Nobel Prize winning graphene and The University of Manchester’s development of quantum dots.

    3. The economy


    Volta: A quality of life. West Didsbury South Manchester (Picture: supplied) Second city? In terms of cash, if that’s what floats your boat, there’s no contest. Manchester is the fastest growing British economy outside of London with a GDP of £28billion and home to over 2,000 foreign enterprises.

    In terms of everything else, I’d say it comes first: cost of living and quality of life are two phrases that frighten the hell out of our southern counterparts. Just mention a seven-minute commute, with a seat, for £2.40 return, or a house by a park with off road parking – on a single salary – and watch their heads spin. West Didsbury is 15 minutes from town and this leafy area is worlds apart from the city centre, life here is good.

    4. The creativity


    The Old Woman at MIF (Picture: supplied) Manchester has a vast concentration of design and creative agencies featuring some of the UK’s biggest and best. The art and cultural ecology of the city has risen exponentially and globally renowned event MIF (The Manchester International Festival) brings unique acts, experiences, collaborations and artists to the city bi-annually. Independently funded venues such as Kraak Gallery, Islington Mill and Paper Gallery host pop-up exhibitions, events and experiences monthly. The presence of ITV, BBC and Arts Council England further establishes Manchester as a media and creative force.

    Manchester Art Gallery, The John Ryland’s Library, The Museum of Science & Industry, The Imperial War Museum, The Lowry, The People’s History Museum, Manchester Museum (the list goes on) and events such as Buy Art Fair and the Contemporary Craft Fair are unrivalled outside of London.

    5. The science


    University of Manchester (Picture: Google Maps) As touched upon previously, Manchester has a wealth of scientific history and indeed history in the making. Renowned chemist and physicist John Daulton developed atomic theory here, and changed the face of science as we know it. Alan Turing was working at Manchester University when he invented The Manchester Mark 1, one of the earliest stored-program computers, after publishing a 1936 paper on a theoretical ‘universal computing machine’. Now graphene and quantom dots – both award-winning materials developed by The University of Manchester – are changing the world again.

    6. The music


    John Cooper Clarke with his Poet Laureate award at the Q Awards (Picture: PA Wire) Probably the easiest part of this article. I’ll start with name dropping bands such as Oasis, The Stone Roses and The Smiths, going back to The Hacienda days we move on to New Order, Joy Division, Tony Wilson, Peter Hook. If we want to talk about individuals and not just bands we’ve got Ian Brown, Liam Gallagher, Morrissey and Ian Curtis (I’m of course including a bit of our neighbouring Salford in here for good measure).

    My personal favourite Manchester music aficionado, John Cooper Clarke, recently grabbed a spot on BBC 6 Music and has had one of his poems covered amazingly by Arctic Monkeys (Sheffield not Manc) – the man is a legend.
    But it’s not all nostalgia and heritage, Dutch Uncles, Delphic, EverythingEverything and Manchester’s phenomenal export Elbow (who have their own ale by the way) are trail blazing the UK and global music scene. Just Google ‘Manchester bands’ and check out the Wiki page – the list is unreal and it grows daily.

    7. The food


    The foodie scene has exploded (Picture: Manchester House) Dining has exploded in Manchester over recent years. Independent food ventures such as Almost Famous have brought a new experience to eating out. The Manchester Food & Drink Festival is now a firm calendar favourite and more events are happening year on year. Manchester has yet to get its Michelin Star but it’s only a matter of time, with Aiden Byrne at Manchester House, Simon Rogan at Mr Coopers and The French, and Mary-Ellen McTague at Aumbry.

    8. The nights out


    Spinningfields (Picture: supplied) Manchester has an after-work Thursday culture like I’ve never seen. Any event, any social meet up, any launch is taken as a welcome excuse to do something post-work Thursday/pre-work Friday. Spinningfields has probably capitalised on this the most, with an array of unique bars and restaurants nestled amongst the glass fronted offices, high in tower blocks, under shops and even in a 100-year-old shed. The NQ is home to an impressive amount of independent watering holes offering everything from ales and lagers in Port Street Beer House to Zombies in Hula (ask at the bar) or wine by the bottle and cheese by the board at Bakerie.

    8a. It’s great!

    In short, Manchester is a renowned city of firsts and probably the best city in the UK. Not only that but it was also recently voted one of the best places in the world to live by Lonely Planet.
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    Maroon 5 extend UK tour

    Maroon 5 have added a date to their upcoming UK tour.

    The US group - who recently released their fifth album 'V' - originally announced three gigs due to take place in the UK next year.
    However, they have now added another concert at London's Wembley Arena on May 28.

    This comes in addition to the tour's opening date at the same venue two days earlier.

    Maroon 5 will also play Birmingham's LG Arena on May 31 and the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester on June 1.
    Tickets for the new date will go on sale from Friday (September 19) at 9am UK time.
    'V' meanwhile reached No.4 on the UK albums chart.



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    1D's Zayn And Louis Monkey Around On Set Of 'Steal My Girl' Music Video

    1D's Zayn And Louis Monkey Around On Set Of 'Steal My Girl' Music Video

    As if we weren't already excited enough for the unveiling of One Direction's new video for Steal My Girl tomorrow, the boys have gone and shared these cheeky pics of them playing with a monkey on set.

    Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik can be seen hanging out with the unofficial sixth member of the band, an incredibly cute chimp, as they tickle his belly in a ridiculously adorable way.We've already seen Zayn bump chests with a couple of sumo wrestlers, Liam join a marching band and a cameo appearance from Hollywood royalty Danny DeVito, making it simply impossible to predict what will come next!

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    Official UK Music Charts - 30th November-6th December 2014 Top 100, 75, 50, 40, 20 10 Hits This Week

    Top 10: 18:09
    Top 20: 16:08
    Top 40: 12:07
    Top 50: 09:58
    Top 75: 04:52

    The official UK Singles chart for 30th November 2014!

    ALL NEW / RE-ENTRIES (including climbers to top 100):
    [NEW] Ariana Grande "Santa Tell Me"
    [NEW] Beyoncé "7/11"
    [NEW] Beyoncé "Ring Off"
    [NEW] Beyoncé ft. Nicki Minaj "Flawless Remix"
    [NEW] David Guetta ft. Emeli Sandé "What I Did For Love"
    [NEW] James Bay "Hold Back The River"
    [NEW] James Newton Howard "The Hanging Tree"
    [NEW] Kiesza "No Enemiesz"
    [NEW] Labrinth "Jealous"
    [NEW] McBusted "Air Guitar"
    [NEW] Take That "These Days"
    [NEW] Years & Years "Desire"
    [RE] Beyoncé ft. JAY Z "Drunk In Love"
    [RE] James Bay "Let It Go"
    [RE] Kid Ink ft. Usher & Tinashe "Body Language"
    [112] OneRepublic "Love Runs Out"
    [124] Tove Lo ft. Hippie Sabotage "Stay High (Habits Remix)"
    [138] Wham! "Last Christmas"

    DROPOUTS:
    [46] Nicole Scherzinger "Run"
    [50] Andy C & Fiora "Heartbeat Loud"
    [69] Brian Wilson & Various Artists "God Only Knows"
    [72] One Direction "18"
    [78] Nicki Minaj ft. Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown "Only"
    [81] David Bowie "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)"
    [83] Rixton "Me And My Broken Heart"
    [86] Avicii "Wake Me Up"
    [87] Foo Fighters "Something From Nothing"
    [88] One Direction "Where Do Broken Hearts Go"
    [89] Paloma Faith "Only Love Can Hurt Like This"
    [92] One Direction "Fireproof"
    [93] OneRepublic "Counting Stars"
    [94] Imagine Dragons "Radioactive"
    [95] Josef Salvat "Diamonds"
    [98] Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne & Tyga "Loyal"
    [99] One Direction "Fool's Gold"
    [100] MKTO "Classic"

    BIGGEST CLIMBERS:
    Nico & Vinz "Am I Wrong" (19)
    Mariah Carey "All I Want For Christmas Is You" (16)
    The Pogues ft. Kirsty MacColl "Fairytale Of New York" (13)
    David Guetta ft. Sam Martin "Lovers On The Sun" (8)
    Ariana Grande & The Weeknd "Love Me Harder" (7)

    BIGGEST FALLERS:
    5 Seconds Of Summer "Good Girls" (69)
    Gareth Malone's All Star Choir "Wake Me Up" (47)
    Pitbull ft. John Ryan "Fireball" (44)
    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds "In The Heat Of The Moment" (43)
    Band Aid "Do They Know It's Christmas?" (27)

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    Official UK Music Charts - 26th April-2nd May 2015

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    Official UK Music Charts- 26th April-2nd May 2015
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    Jason Derulo - 'Want To Want Me'

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    Jason Derulo has continued his reign at the top of the UK singles chart this week, as 'Want to Want Me' is number one for the fourth week running.

    The track's combined chart sales of 57,000 allowed Derulo to beat Major Lazer, MO and DJ Snake's 'Lean On' to the top spot.
    'Want to Want Me' is the fourth track this year to spend at least four weeks at number one. Mark Ronson's 'Uptown Funk' spent six weeks at the top at the start of 2015.

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