Morning after the night before: Northern Quarter at dawn by Simon Buckley


GENERATION GAME… Cancel that gap year, book a Parklife ticket and grab an Uber to the Northern Quarter because Manchester is ranked 21st in the best cities in the world for millennials to live. Research done by Nestpick scored cities according to millennial essentials including the variety of nightlife, the affordability of beer and the proximity to an Apple store. With all these factors taken into account, plus a few practical statistics involving housing and jobs, Manchester scored higher than New York City and Tokyo. So move to Manchester and get yourself a pint, the beer’s cheaper here than in Birmingham.

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MASOCHISTS… Do you have 5km of land to spare and room for 120 obstacles? Enjoy watching property professionals get themselves covered in muck? Inspired by the success of its London event, and hoping to rival Northern races such as JLL’s annual triathlon, Paragon Building Consultancy is on the hunt for a North West venue for its Mudathon. An event full of fun, and of course mud, the joy or dismay of property teams across the region is in your hands.

INTELLECTUAL DISCO… Get ready for a club night with a difference. Central Library in Manchester is hosting a silent disco tomorrow from 7-10pm. With Gaydio’s DJ John Ryan playing out the best retro hits, the night will be for revellers and people who like to read hard. Advance tickets to the silent disco cost £2 and can be booked at Happy World Book Night everyone.

RELOCATION INSPIRATION… Plotting an office move? Take some tips from tech giant Apple, which this month is starting to move 12,000 staff into its vast 175-acre campus in Cupertino, California. Designed by Foster + Partners, the architecture is spaceship-esque, with the central point of this £4bn project being a ring-shaped solar panel-clad 2.8m sq ft building. The branding isn’t out of this world though: the campus is uninspiringly named Apple Park, with its Steve Jobs Theatre due to open this summer. Can we assume the pond will be Mac Lake, complete with lily iPads?

Manchester Modernist Decades

RECOMMENDED READING… The Manchester Modernist Society is launching its latest book today, Decades, which explores the evolution of the city from post-war 1945 to 1984. As the title suggests, the book makes a nod to the city’s rich musical heritage, specifically Joy Division. To celebrate the launch you can meet the society at 6pm this evening at the footbridge on Princess Parkway between Upper Medlock Street and Birley Fields, the location of a famous photo shoot of the band by Kevin Cummins.

Bernstein Charity Dinner

Steve Alderson, marketing director of Argent, with David West, director of Studio Egret West

THAT AWKWARD MOMENT… “Well, one of us is going to have to go home and change…”

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