You know you're from Manchester when...

Written by lee johnson | 13/05/2017
You know you're from Manchester when...
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The “Madchester” era may be a thing of the past, but the stereotype of the “Manc” still bears its unmistakable imprint. It’s still synonymous with monkey-walking, shell-suited trainee alcoholics styled after Oasis and or people who’d fit right in as an extra on Shameless. The “Manc” or “Mancunian” stereotype is obviously unfair, but if you read the following with a twinge of recognition you might be closer to it than you imagined...

\#15 Your hair is a cross between Liam Gallagher and a Lego man

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Manchester definitely greets visitors with open arms. (Courtesy of Lego Inc.)

Oasis’ influence spread far and wide throughout the 90s, and whilst their heyday may have passed, the hairstyle is one thing that will forever be associated with the Manc. It might look like it’s been transplanted from a Lego man or styled after a bad 1960s Beatles wig, but it’s still an institution.

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\#14 You still hate Blur, with a passion

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Two giants of the Britpop era went head to head on the 14th of August 1995, when the record labels of the southern Blur and the northern Oasis decided to release their latest singles on the same day. It may have been a marketing stunt, but it cemented the musical rivalry into the minds of the youth. If you still hate Blur but love Oasis, you’re undoubtedly a Manc at heart.

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\#13 You think Affleck’s Palace is a shopper’s Mecca

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The Arndale Centre might have the clean-cut, modern day charm, but every Manc knows that Affleck’s palace is the place to go for shops with some genuine character. It has everything you could possibly need, including the Rubber Plantation, an Affleck’s institution featuring more varieties of condoms than you thought possible.

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\#12 You love Manchester’s music

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Although it contributed to some less than favourable stereotypes, Manchester’s music scene has produced some legendary acts, including the Stone Roses, the Happy Mondays, the Smiths and Oasis. Even if you don’t like them now, any Manc alive in the relevant eras will have at least flirted with their music at some point.

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\#11 You were once “mad for it”

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According to the Urban Dictionary, being “mad for it” is a disease suffered exclusively by those from the Greater Manchester region. One of the main symptoms is that you pronounce the phrase as one single, interconnected slur of “maddferit.” Drunkenness, uninhibited dancing and wild arm motions don’t afflict all sufferers, but they certainly help everybody else to identify the infected.

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\#10 You’re a veteran of the nightlife

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Whether you preferred the all-nighters at Jilly’s Rockworld, the springy dancefloor in the Ritz or Royales’ foam parties, a true Manc is a veteran of the city’s legendary nightlife. You know it all, from the now-extinct to the more modern haunts like Fac251.

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\#9 Excellent things are “buzzing” and awful things are “minging”

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“Buzzing” and “minging” were two other typically Manc phrases which came alongside the “mad for it” disease. A talented DJ, for example, is “buzzing,” but the overflowing club toilets are truly “minging.

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\#8 The “g” is its own syllable for words ending in “ing”

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The Manc accent varies depending on where you are, but one common feature is that ending Gs are often pronounced as a separate syllable. You might have Mancunian tendencies if you say someone is “minging,” but you’re a full-blown Manc if he or she is “ming-ing-g.”

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\#7 Your favourite Curry Mile restaurant is the benchmark for all others

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It doesn’t matter if you spent years traversing India, the fondest curry memory for a true Manc is at his or her favourite spot on Rusholme’s famous Curry Mile. The curry you had there isn’t just a curry; it’s the yardstick against which all other curries are judged.

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\#6 You remember the dingy Arndale centre

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The Arndale centre wasn’t always the modernistic wonder it is today; there was a time when it looked more like a nicotine-stained breezeblock. If you remember the old Arndale, complete with aviary and fountains, and still secretly miss it.

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\#5 You visited Granada Studios with school

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Although it’s now closed, Granada Studios was a go-to school trip for anybody who grew up in Manchester in the 80s or 90s. Chances are, the only thing you really remember is traipsing around the set of Coronation Street, but you were there non-the-less!

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Manchester is probably best known for its football teams, and whilst it’s a myth that true Mancs support Man City, there is only one “United” in their eyes. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking to someone who supports West Ham, Sheffield or Newcastle United, you will not qualify the nickname for clarity.

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\#3 You hate the stereotypes, but can’t completely deny them

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Everybody hates the implicit assumption that parts of Manchester are living episodes of Shameless or that Kappa shell-suits are all the rage, but sometimes you know deep down that they exist for a reason. It may be tragic, but you can’t help cringing in recognition from time to time.

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\#2 You always expect the rain

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If there was only one type of weather in Manchester, it would be rain. According to Dr. Andrew Russell of the Centre for Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Manchester, the rainfall has increased by 10 to 15 percent from 1980 to 2010. You’ve always known this, if you’re a true Manc, and you’re always ready for the rain.

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\#1 You’re extremely proud, non-the-less

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It doesn’t hold true for everybody, but despite the rain, the throngs of freshers every September and the unfavourable stereotypes, true Mancs love their city. It’s a vibrant, culturally-rich city where you can always find something entertaining to do. The Kappa shell-suits are completely optional. In fact, just don’t.

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