Manc Love

Spreading Mancunian Love

Recently, when visiting the quirky independent traders haven, Afflecks Palace in the hipster-hub otherwise known as the Northern Quarter, I spotted a bright yellow newspaper in one of the stores. I was later to discover that this was The Happy Newspaper by Emily Coxhead.

You often hear folk saying “Ooh, I don’t watch the news, it’s all doom and gloom.” WELL NOT THIS ONE! This newspaper has been created to bring it’s readers the wonderful things that are going on in the world each month.

You may have seen this advertised online with ASOS or in store at John Lewis, but Manchester has been supplying our region with all things happy long before the high street chains caught wind of it.

Here is a list of independent stores which stock The Happy Newspaper in our area:

  • Ebb + Flow – Chorley
  • Bury Arts Museum & Sculpture Centre – Bury
  • Love Lucy Boutique – Chorlton
  • SWALK Creative in Afflecks Palace – Northern Quarter

You can subscribe online for free!

Seeing this inspired me to find you some lovely local news to cheer up these sudden grey skies we’re only too familiar with this time of year. So here we go!

It’s official! We have the dates for when our infamous Christmas Markets will grace the City once more. This will be the nineteenth year since Manchester began to host the magical German markets and they will be open to the public from Friday 9 November – Saturday 22 December 2019. The Albert Square section of the markets will remain open for one extra day, closing for Christmas on Sunday 23 December for those vital last minute present-runs! Mid-September also saw the lights being installed at St Anne’s Square just make it that little bit more real. Santa is coming!

In other news work has finally finished on the Manchester Dogs Home after the heartbreaking fire which lost 60 dogs in 2014. Reports say £1.6m has been spent on the new site and has 28 happy kanines looking for a forever home. At the time of the devastation, just short of £2million was raised with £25K coming from dog lover, Simon Cowell to ensure that the Home could and will reopen once again. And the day has arrived! How wonderful that people all over the world were able to reach into their pockets to see the day that Manchester was able to open it’s dog’s adoption centre.

Did you know that Manchester climbed a massive 16 places to be named as the 35th most “liveable” city in the entire world! We’re now even ahead of London by 13 places. 35th place out of 140 cities worldwide isn’t half bad at all is it! We should be so proud that we’re finally being recognised for all the credit we deserve. And if we continue to rise in the way we have in the past few years then we could be brushing shoulders with Vienna, Melbourne and Osaka who currently lead in the top 3 most liveable cities in the world by 2028!

Have some happy news to share? Let us know here. We want to hear all about the amazing things that are going on around us.

Raven Twigg

Blogger at Connect In Events