I thought I'd give this a shot - a long-running Manchester thread for all kinds of news, events, offers, trivia, chat, organising the first threads of meetups etc. To start it off, I've become a bit of a fan of Manchester Confidential. It's a mostly food and restaurant oriented site. Amongst other things, you can buy restaurant vouchers where you get double your money - i.e. £25 gives you £50 to spend. Be warned that they do send you a very high volume of email though. From there, on a civic & social topic, this is a decent long read piece, a bit incoherent in its quotes at times but I liked it. The State Of The City - Manchester In 2017 The snippet doesn't really do it justice so have a read. On a different note, Skyliner is a blog I like reading about Manchester history & architecture, updated only infrequently: Home I'll pop back in whenever I see some decent info - in 2016 we got a few things by keeping an eye on the papers, like free Halle Orchestra tickets, guided walks, steaks, festival gigs etc so hopefully 2017 turns out a few freebies.