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Pewter At The Manchester Arms

25 Nov

 

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The pewter mug from the Manchester Arms measures approximately 4 4/3 inches and 3 3/4 inches in diameter at the mouth.

On the lip just to the left of the handle there is a “PINT” stamp, and to the left the makers mark, the letter “E”, a picture of a crown, and the letter “R”. Below that is the number “239” – the uniform verification number ER is for Edward VII, so the cup dates from around 1905.

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Hancock & Sons Spoons & Tongs Box

20 Nov

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Antique box for tea / coffee spoons & tongs made by Hancock & Son
Goldsmiths & Silversmiths 29, King street, Manchester
Spoon length 4.15 inch.

Toy Manchester Guardian Dinky Austin Covered Commercial Wagon

31 Oct

Dinky die-cast toy replica of the Manchester Guardian Austin covered wagon from the 1950s. Image courtesy J. Leech.

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Manchester Citi Bus 103 in Piccadilly

30 Oct
Manchester Citi bus in Piccadilly. Image courtesy of J. Shaw.

Manchester Citi bus in Piccadilly with Sunley Piazza in the background. Image courtesy of J. Shaw.

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Manchester’s Oxford Street 1936

30 Oct
The Odeon Cinema, formerly the Paramount Theatre on Oxford Street in 1936. Image courtesy P. Stanley.

Oxford Street in 1936 showing the Odeon Cinema, formerly the Paramount Theatre in the foreground. Image courtesy P. Stanley.

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Manchester Corporation Bus 1940s

30 Oct
Manchester Corporation bus in Piccadilly in the 1940s. Image courtesy of J. Shaw.

Manchester Corporation bus in Piccadilly in the 1940s. Image courtesy of J. Shaw.

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Manchester Tram 173

30 Oct
Tram 173 c1910. Image courtesy D. Boothman.

Tram 173 c1910. Image courtesy D. Boothman.

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Abney Level With Compass – Surveying Manchester

29 Oct
Abney level by A.G. Thornton. Image courtesy P. Stanley.

Abney level by A.G. Thornton. Image courtesy P. Stanley.

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Manchester Tram 618

29 Oct
Tram 618 in Piccadilly. Image courtesy D. Boothman.

Tram 618 in Piccadilly. Image courtesy D. Boothman.

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Lost in Mancslation: The Dictionary of Mancunian

14 Mar
Lost in Mancslation. © 2014 HistoryME.

Lost in Mancslation. © 2014 HistoryME.

I’m sure I’m not unique amongst Mancunians (people from Manchester) when I say from time to time I’m misunderstood. It is particularly noticeable in the environs of fellow Mancs and/or when I’m in a salubrious pub (one with original mahogany, etched glass and a vault) after a beer or two or three, when my Manc dialect becomes its most lyrical and poetic – a composite of liquid fuel and local accent – that ignites a unique prose, that is audible to the many, yet understood by predominantly only the lucky few.

Language is ever-evolving and dialects are no different as I’m sure the developers behind the new speed reading app Spritz – which aims to change the way we read – have already found out.

In my quest, like most Mancunians, to find the quickest and easiest (some may wrongly say lazy) route to being understood, it seems that other people don’t always agree that we’re on the right path to our very own Manc-Esperanto.

Our notable dulcet toned Manc dialect, again some may argue, isn’t always the easiest on the ear and to this day even some of my own family would concur as much. In addition, my girlfriend – owner of the most delectable ‘worldly’ accent – a mixture of tones from Kashmir via the Middle East and the London melting pot – would in true Judas-style support this claim.

The Manc dialect is a non-rhotic accent, where ‘r’ sounds have gone missing. Vowels are over-enunciated, a’s are cut-throat sharp, u’s become terrace like chants, starting h’s and finishing t’s become invisible, g’s have absconded and glottal stop middle t’s abound.

“A person with increasing knowledge and sensory education may derive infinite enjoyment from wine”, Ernest Hemingway once said.

Similarly to the Mancunian dialect, few people know a fine wine of the highest order, even if its flowery bouquet has the power to render the olfactory bulb into a orgasmic state straight out of Woody Allen‘s 70s comedy sci-fi classic, Sleeper. I for one fit the bill as an anosmic and whom all olfactory arousing sensory pleasure is wasted. Even Sex Panther won’t awake my cilia! So it’s no surprise that Mancunians are so misunderstood. The Manc dialect like the finest Chateau Cheval Blanc 1947, is mature,  incredibly rich and textured like fine velvet, not too bitter on the palette and with a peacock’s tail of linguistic complexity, that only the most erudite among us, truly understands.

I feel a letter to the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove is on the cards. International trade! Never mind learning Mandarin, a billion Chinese students out there should be learning Mancunian.

In my journey to be at least understood by my love ones, I have compiled a mini dictionary – in no particular order – of some typical Mancunian words and slang. Please feel free to practice your beautiful Manc diction and add to the list:

Angin (disgusting)
Bobbins (rubbish)
Bog (toilet)
Buzzin (ecstatic)
Dead (very)
Dibble (police)
Fool (daft ‘apeth)
Gaggin (thirsty)
Ginnel (alley)
Keks (trousers)
Mam (mother)
Mingin (horrible, unpleasant)
Mint/nice one/ top (excellent)
Mither (bother, trouble, aggravation)
Nah (no)
Scrikin (crying)
Snide (ungenerous, tight, fakes esp. stolen goods)
Sound (good)
Tantrum (strop)

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