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i was reading recently that it's the most culturally-diverse city in the world. bit surprising like, but apparently true. hwa'gwan?
smoggy is definitely the word
go on then
Come on, how can a non-sentient geographical location be racist?
Plus not everyone in manc is a manc
then almost fell because it was tied up
and was happy with house diverse it is. Though my housemate and I got called faggots on the way home from co-op yesterday by a bunch of meat headed skinhead lad FUCKS.
I'd say you're probably less likely to get stick for being gay in Manchester than most places, tough. After Brighton it's pretty much the gayest city in Britain, especially the city centre itself. Sadly, however diverse and gay-friendly Manchester is, it still retains a large chav element, which i guess still makes these sort of isolated incidents quite likely.
I genuinely think that Manchester is an extremely welcoming city on the whole, mind, in fact it's pretty notorious for that sort of thing, historically and generally. There are more languages spoken in Manchester than any other city worldwide, it seems genuinely proud of its minority groups, and idk, it was probably the first UK city to consider women human beings, etc, etc.
have been in Brighton. Madness.
anecdotally going by black students I knew up there at the uni, originally from back home in London, the cab drivers were pretty racist comparatively. They wouldn't stop for any black males. Then they refused to stop for groups of black women, so the only way to get a cab was for the other girls to hide while one hailed them down. These were women from London so they specifically hadn't found this an issue down there.
blimey. pretty surprised by that. pretty much all of the suburbs directly around the city centre are populated by huge numbers of black people, so if you were trying to earn a living that'd be a pretty stupid thing to do, but i guess that would've been right in the middle of all the Gunchester stuff in Hulme and Moss Side, when Manchester was probably the most dangerous City in the country, plus there was lots of Salford v Manchester door wars stuff going on in the centre itself.
a bit before my time, mate, to be honest, but i'm enjoying the mental image i've now got of a young eoGB getting blazed at shebeens with local yardies.
Yeah that period for sure. They'd just raised most of Moss Side so all the crims had moved into Victoria Park, which was pretty lol-worthy as the Uni literature was still recommending students move there after halls.
Dunno what it's like now but lots of students would get mugged at knifepoint using cashpoints.
I also find it hard to believe you've ever been to London flush enough to hail a cab, especially not one driven by a Spurs fan. The only Spurs supporting cabbies I've encountered have been in Basildon, as it happens.
"Hello I'm London"
[sheepishly] "....Er...well...I guess I MIGHT be Birmingham...depends who's asking...actually you seem cool, yeah, welcome. ok, cheers.
"I'M MAAANCHESTER MANNNNCHESSSTER YOU'RE IN MANCHESSSSTER THE SMITHS MANCHESTER AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHRRRHHHH MAAAANCHESTER I'M MANCHESTER"
Calm down sweetheart, it's ok for somewhere up north to have a voice.
None of this willy-waving "LOOK AT US! WE'RE THE BEST" nonsense that all these other two-bit towns are constantly doing.
(for the record, i adore birmingham)
between insecure professional Londoners and insecure professional Mancunians really, really are the worst thing about this website, as much as i appreciate ehwhat's post wasn't serious, more meaning the shit that normally follows.
Sure, i appreciate the irony in me saying that, especially after having already contributed several times to this thread, but christ, people from both of those places need to stop being so threatened by the other. Literally everyone who takes part in these things, myself included, just looks like a massively boring cunt.
Bottom line - most of London's a shithole, but *some* of the people there are alright. Most of Manchester's a shithole, but *some* of the people there are alright. Just like, y'know, pretty much everywhere else, apart from maybe Birmingham, which genuinely just has absolutely nothing going for it whatsoever.
the bottom line is that manchester spends its life trying to be london whilst pretending that it doesn't want to be, and london spends its time ignoring manchester.
manchester DiSers are a good bunch though, obviously
everyone else who comments here on in will, by definition, be as well.
life's too short, man. all places have their good and bad points (well, apart from the big Midlands cities, which probably do, just i've not found them as yet, but i'm sure they exist and i'll keep looking), and very few people in real life are actually the sterotypical cariacatures you're making out, even in London.
no point living inside your head with pre-conditioned thoughts of what people are like just because they're from a certain place. i used to do that, it's really pretty pointless. travel a bit, mate (properly, not just driving through towns so you can play your trumpet on stage once a week), you might enjoy life a touch more.
anyway, i'm gonna go out for a bit of a mooch around town, have some nice food, hopefully talk to some hot chicks. have an enjoyable afternoon staring at your office monitors and arguing about which one of you is the least dead inside.
ON THE DAY WE WERE DISCUSSING IT!
so... like the post you just made then basically?
i made it pretty clear in my post that i included myself, yeah, and what i was saying was perfectly reasonable.
i prefer to drift around in an ethereal haze, anchored to no geography
knew c_r was lying about his results