My Manchester

Manchester Skyline

Over dinner a few days ago we had an interesting conversation with tutors at the tutors’ table at Dalton Ellis Hall about how each of us at the table knew Manchester in different ways. We were particularly thinking of unusual or different things we may know about our city.

This led us to wonder what guide to Manchester we’d like to write, and we were fascinated by the replies we gave.

Last November Fr Ian had his first cup of Mocha ever! He bought it from a ‘coffee car’ in the car park opposite Manchester Cathedral. Since then he’s tried Mocha in different cafe’s and coffee houses including Cafe Nero, Costa Coffee and Sainsburys. He thought he would like to write the good Mocha guide to Manchester.

Melissa said she thought she could have a go at a guide to free things in Manchester. There are the free buses in the city centre, free museums, libraries etc. Manchester can be enjoyed at very little cost.

Dr Stibbs thought he’d like to do a guide to Manchester’s historic links with the British Empire. Manchester, Cottonopolis, was once a centre of the cotton trade with extensive trade links with the British Empire.  Soldiers, merchants, and artists, all with connections in the Empire lived in Manchester.

Penny felt she could write a guide to inexpensive transport to and from and around Greater Manchester – which, no doubt would be useful to many students, and others.

We see the places we live in from such different and interesting angles. Its fun to share our knowledge and interest in our home city.


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2 Responses to My Manchester

  1. Jill Clayton says:

    Ouch! DR Stibbs, FR Ian – but the women only get their Christian names. Were they just the waitresses or are no women deserving of respect?

  2. Penny says:

    I think its just that Fr Ian and Dr Stibbs have and use titles whereas Melissa and I do not – if Dr Stibbs were a woman, she would still have been Dr Stibbs!

    Where’s the respect for the waitresses in ‘were they just the waitresses’?!! 🙂

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