Sunday, 17 April 2011

Ten Awesome Quotes on Manchester

The first time I came here I knew it was a place rich in culture. Italian restaurants in the city centre, China-town, Asian restaurants in Rusholme, the Gay Village, the English pubs, the cafe bars, and then you've got the inner city in Moss Side. Manchester reminds me very much of San Francisco. Even the weather's the same. The thing is that the English don't do a good job selling England - but they do an excellent job selling Florida. There are so many people in America who need to come because they think England's full of cobbled roads. When I go back home to California, people ask me if I'm homesick. How can you be homesick in Manchester? There's so much going on here.
-Mark Delaney Robinson, 29 years old, American captain of Manchester Giants basketball team. Interviewed in the Manchester Evening News, 20th February 1997.

Manchester is large, opulent, well-built. The women are esteemed handsome. Manchester is the best regulated town in England.
-From "
General History of Europe" by Barlow, late eighteenth century.

Sarcasm is a Manchester trait.
Peter Hook, founder of Joy Division

If it stopped banging on about its football teams and its bands and its shops and its attitude, Manchester has something that it can be genuinely, enormously proud of, something that it should shout from the rooftops. Manchester changed the world’s politics: from vegetarianism to feminism to trade unionism to communism, every upstart notion that ever got ideas above its station, every snotty street-fighter of a radical philosophy, was fostered brawling in Manchester’s streets, mills, pubs, churches and debating halls.
-Stuart Maconie, Pies and Prejudice: In Search of the North

Manchester, one of the greatest, if not really the greatest mere village in England.
-Daniel Defoe

John Dalton's records, carefully preserved for a century, were destroyed during the World War II bombing of Manchester. It is not only the living who are killed in war.
-Issac Asimov

The name Manchester originates from the Ancient Roman name Mamucium, the name of the Roman fort and settlement, generally thought to be a Latinisation of an original Celtic name (possibly meaning "breast-like hill" from mamm- = "breast"), plus Old English ceaster = "town", which is derived from Latin castra = "camp". An alternative theory suggests that the origin is Brythonic mamma = "mother", where the "mother" was a river-goddess of the River Medlock which flows below the fort. Mam means "female breast" in Irish Gaelic and "mother" in Welsh.

Oh Manchester (oh Manchester),
Is wonderful (is wonderful),
Oh Manchester is wonderful,
Its full of t*ts, f*nny and United!
Oh Manchester is wonderful!
-Manchester City Football Chant

The thing about Manchester all comes from here.
-From Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher, pointing to his heart. BBC2 September 1998.

Because Mark had so graciously treated us to the lovely smoky red I decided a cheese selection would go quite nicely.  And after trying the first I said to J4, “Oh try this one.  It’s so soft and has a great buttery flavor."
To which J4 replied, “That’s because it is butter.  You’re in Manchester, Jennifer, where we put butter on our cheese.”
-Visiting screenwriter Jennifer Grace Cook

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