face recognition
Man City Is Reported to Be Looking Into Face Recognition Tech for Stadium Access

Man City wants to whip out a wholly intrusive form of surveillance in place of just having someone look at tickets to gain entry to its Etihad Stadium. Read More >>

transport
It’ll Soon Be Free To Wee At Three Major Train Stations

Network Rail has announced that the toilets at Liverpool Lime Street, Manchester Piccadilly and Leeds train stations will be free to use from the 17th of December. Read More >>

christmas
Rochdale Town Hall Steps Forward To Do The Christmas Bongs In Place of Big Ben

It's not Christmas (or indeed New Year) without the sonorous bonging of Big Ben, but since our beloved clock tower is currently silenced for repairs, a replacement has had to be found. Read More >>

5g
Vodafone’s 5G Trial in Manchester Ditches 4G Altogether

Vodafone's been busy lately. First they got Three's cringe-tastic Puggerfly Snapchat advert banned, then they hosted what is apparently the world's first live holographic call (!), and now they're making 5G happen in Greater Manchester. Read More >>

bikes
Mobike Politely Removes Bikes From Hire in Manchester

Mobike has followed through with its threat to pull its fleet of hire bikes out of Manchester, and is now returning the deposits and account credit of local users and shipping the bikes out to other spots around the UK. Read More >>

bicycles
Bike-Sharer Could be Hounded Out of Manchester by Vandals

The bike-sharing trend is taking another pounding today, with Mobike — operator of several city cycle hire schemes in the UK — threatening to pull out of Manchester unless the locals start treating its fleet of orange rental bikes with a bit more respect. We suspect saying this publicly may indeed have the opposite effect and more will start making their way up trees and around lamp posts. Read More >>

food
Local Poshos Say “Not In Our Lovely Gentrified Streets” to New McDonald’s Opening

Burger chain McDonald's is facing a protest in the tidy streets of Manchester's East Didsbury area, where the locals would rather it didn't open up one of those drive-through car window burger shops that are popular with the common man. Read More >>

music
The Smiths Sort of Reform But Without the Problematic One

Some men will be standing on a stage calling themselves an approximation of The Smiths again this year, although, with the best will in the world, it's not quite the blockbuster reunion the music world both desperately wants and also doesn't really want at all. Read More >>

bicycles
Thousands of Bikes About to Rain Down on Manchester

Manchester's about to be beset by bicycles, like in the fake Morrissey video but with helmets and lycra and angry confrontations with van drivers now, thanks to Chinese bike-share giant Mobike. Read More >>

wtf
Manchester Crucifixion Cancelled

A bizarre crowdfunding appeal that offered one lucky backer a "full crucifixion experience" has been cancelled, due to obvious reasons to do with a few people still believing in god and lots of other people still having a modicum of taste. Read More >>

architecture
Footballers Struggle With Architecture

The modern architectural powerhouse partnership that is ex-footballers Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville are having a bit of a bad time with designing buildings, after public reaction to their planned bronze Manchester twin towers likened the £200m development to a vertical catastrophe that would straddle the area like the legs of a giant idiot caught doing a metaphorical wee on the streets below. Read More >>

uber
UberEats Arrives in Second UK City: Manchester

UberEats, the cab app's answer to Deliveroo, has arrived in Manchester - its second UK city after London, and its third global city called Manchester (it's already in Manchesters New Hampshire and Connecticut). Read More >>

cancer
World First Drug Trial in Manchester Leaves Man With No Trace of Cancer

Medical science took another step towards finding a cure for cancer today with the news that experimental NHS cancer centre The Christie has participated in a world-first drug trial that has left a 60-year-old man with no trace of the disease. Read More >>

science
Behold: The Tightest Knot Ever

A team of scientists from the University of Manchester has successfully created a 192-atom, eight-crossing knot that paves the way for exciting new materials. Measuring 20 millionths of a millimetre across, the knot braids molecular strands together in a tighter formation than ever before, as reported today in the journal Science. Read More >>

transport
Manchester Megabus Passengers Say Driver Imprisoned Them

Megabus is involved in a dispute with passengers of yesterday’s Manchester to London Victoria service, following claims that their driver abandoned for two hours. The coach was due to reach its destination at 11.30am after setting off at 6.40am, but instead arrived at Victoria at 2pm, due to an issue at Watford Gap services. Read More >>