I Heart MCR

Katie Lee

As we all know, a couple of weeks ago Manchester suffered greatly when mobs and vandals took to the streets to break our city in the riots. However, this mindless wreckage was met by hundreds of Manchester citizens out on the streets the very next day making a huge effort to clean up their streets. I found this response to be so reassuring: these criminals can’t break our city if they can’t break out community spirit.

Manchester is one of the UK’s largest metropolitan areas with a population of just under half a million people. As a result of this, there is never a dull moment; there’s always something to do or someone to talk to. It is no rarity to stumble upon a crazy street performer or a clown parade, however in the midst of all this madness I still feel connected to reality. Manchester is at the heart of everything and will be even more with the big move of the BBC. You only have to have walked past last week’s Conservative conference to be able to see how much Manchester is at the forefront of the news.

It’s a city crawling with history and offers something for every facet of interest: from textile mills to suffragettes (Emily Pankhurst was born and raised in Moss side); from Karl Marx to Anthony Burgess (author of A Clockwork Orange); from the Smiths to Oasis. There is such variety and charisma to the place; I can’t say a bad word about it!

Photograph: Phil Simpson lifeaswe-knowit.blogspot.com

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