Scallies and tricksters
Manchester is home to a quite a few loudmouth idiots, with bad attitudes. You can usually spot them by their dodgy clothes (and hooped earings on girls) In Britain they are called scallies. Also you could meet a few people trying to do you a deal of the century, coming across very confident and brash, like Del Boy in "Only Fools and Horses"
Just keep your wits about you.
As with most cities in the UK, Manchester has a very big binge drinking culture and you will see evidence of this across night club areas such as The print works and Deansgate.
You will see young girls falling over in the street and men vommiting. It is not a very nice sight.
I personally have never been involved in a fight or any bad circumstances when I have been out in Manchester and I have lived here my whole life but it is something to be mindful of and if you see any trouble/ arguments brewing, it is better to stay out of the way and not get involved.
The biggest nights for binge drinking in Manchester is usually on a Friday or Saturday night. If it is a bank holiday weekend then Sunday night will also be fairly busy.Related to:
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Hygiene at restaurants
I was walking around in Manchester with my camera and looking for nice buildings to take some photos of. And then I found this; a restaurant with raw chickens hanging in front of the open windows. When seeing this I didn't feel to visit this restaurant.
Watch out for Drunken Mancunians!
The City centre and other popular drinking spots can sometimes be crowded with groups of drunk people having a jolly good time. The City centre is a popular venue for Hen and Stag parties and Saturday nights are the busiest and noisiest, particularly around the Deansgate area.
However, most of the drunkenness is not threatening. The only time I don't like to go into the City centre at night is when either of the Manchester football teams have played at home or the England football team have played. The atmosphere at these times tends to be a lot more aggressive. But there are usually plenty of police around.
If on a night out down Manchester make sure you either pre-book or leave before the mad rush for taxi's home which is usually around 2am if you leave after this then you might find it difficult getting a cab home.
The Art of Parking Prevention!
Watch out for the Traffic Wardens in the city centre. Gone are the days of the occasional warden giving you a telling off and a chance to move. They have been replaced by Manchester City Council's most successful fundraisers - red clad monsters, (at least they are easy to spot) who roam around the City centre in gangs attaching very expensive tickets to anything that stays still long enough. Past targets for ticketing have been buses, wheelchairs and wheelie bins so nothing is safe - especially at busy times.Related to:
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Drug addict on the streets
I was quite surprised to see a drug addict sit and inject, in the park outside the city hall. I don't think Manchester is worse than other towns, but this is the first time I have seen someone sitting in a city hall park injecting drugs.
This is not just for Manchester but something that foreign travellers should bear in mind when travelling across the UK. English people tend not to be able to speak other languages. In school we get caught either French, German or Spanish and language is something that a lot of English people do not continue with after school as they don't see it as important.
I would always recommend taking a phrase book or a guide book with you. If you go on tourist buses then there should be multilingual guides.
In Manchester in particular there are many Jewish, Asian, Ukrainian, Afro-Carribean and Polish communities, in those communities you will find native speakers of those languages who will be able to assist you.
Mancunians are always willing to help you if you find yourself lost, they just may not be able to communicate with you in your own language.Related to:
Manchester, Green Motion rent a car (NOT!)
In summary, I experienced all sort of inconveniences with the Green Motion rental car branch in Manchester: credit card charged for the whole deposit; reimbursement received very late (one day before the bank would have blocked my card as a consequence of the overspend) and only after numerous phone calls and emails; deposit not reimbursed in full, because of not well specified exchange rate fluctuations; threats received from an employee; lies from that employee discovered when he provided the documentation requested; etc. etc. A very interesting aspect was the fact the Managing Director wrote me personally to apologize about all of that and offered me plenty of apologies but also the missing reimbursement and a free rental for my next visit to Manchester (I don't forward that message as labeled as private). That was nice and I accepted the offer but guess what? No follow up, no answers, no action. never received was I was promised and the Managing Director disappeared in the dark.Related to:
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DRUGS: Ok none of us are...
DRUGS: Ok none of us are naive, many students will buy drugs, its life, so if you do be bloody sensible... do not go into Moss side, or other area's area's where people suggest you might be able to buy illegal drugs..including many clubs/pubs, all bright eyed and bushy tailed expecting to not get ripped off and potentially abused, or at risk of killing yourself on a drug described as an 'E', amphetamine ..whatever... Drugs (sorry to sound patronising) are really bad news, people DO DIE, people DO GET exploited, People DO risk getting well and truelly ripped off and potentially robbed of everything. For kicks, stick to alcohol for altering perception if you must, (and Im not condoning any drug..hey my drug is tobacco and coffee..lots of, but Im not promoting those either..and English coffee is rubbish!) with alcohol, I guess, at least you can guarentee it is a bit less likely to kill you(not safe though of course cos its actually more damaging than a lot of 'soft' drugs.)..but you know where its 'coming from' and its a more educated risk. Remember Cannibis is illegal in the UK, as well as other non prescriptive drugs. The other risk...ARREST.
Let me tell you,...
Let me tell you, EVERYONE...rich, poor and inbetween carries that annoying little item, the mobile phone...prepare to be irritated and ready to kill by the time you have finished with England, (unless your country is equally bad)...
They get no more brash, crass and tacky than the UK for the most hideous use of tinny tunes and annoying themes to serve the purpose of a ring tone...name that tune in...well who cares, but I loathe the manipulation of a practical item into a show piece..
Do I have one, ok yeah I do...but I dont wear it like a pair of earrings... (Im just so perfect hahaha)
Nor do I attempt to impress by downloading the latest number 1 hit in the charts...why> Because I think it sounds CRAP! OOh aren't I a misery guts :-)
Anyway, everyone has one, even the dog...so prepare for radiation overload on the train, bus or anywhere ...
The metrolink now charge you...
The metrolink now charge you £20 on the spot if you're caught without a ticket so to avoid this completely just buy a metromax ticket which allows you to travel anywhere on the system at anytime and as many jouneys as you wish on that day
The biggest tourist trap has shut!
Granada Studios, home to Coronation Street and at one time Manchester's most popular attraction, has shut its doors to visitors for good. A nation mourns.
If you've come all this far, may I recommend the Museum of Science and Industry. Or the Lowry. Or the Imperial War Museum-North. Or Urbis. Or the Manchester Art Gallery. Or Castlefield. Or...
Taking a taxi (i.e. black cab...
Taking a taxi (i.e. black cab – there’s many kinds of taxis in Manchester, make sure there’s a licence plate) instead of walking alone is recommended if you’re out late since the streets are not too safe. This obviously goes to any large city.
Tramps and wild dogs
I should like to warn you about the Tramps that sit in Piccadilly Gardens asking for Cigarettes and Money. They often have sleeping bags with them and a few mean looking dogs. They are hooked on strong lager like special brew and the odd bottle of white lightening. If they ask you for money and you refuse be prepared for a string of verbal abuse.Related to:
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