THING Greater Manchester Dialects Map


BARMY… Are you ‘areet’ with the meaning of the words ‘barm’, ‘lickle’, ‘skriking’, and ‘cruckled’? The use of local dialects around Greater Manchester could determine how strongly a person associates with the region, according to sociolinguists. Dr Erin Currie and Dr Rob Drummond of MMU have been conducting research since last year, into the region’s distinct ways of talking, recording more than 100 interviews with people on how they speak and what it means to be a part of Greater Manchester. An exhibition of the findings opened yesterday at Manchester Central Library, and you can still add your voice and views to the research at


World Temperature

SWEATY STAT… Been feeling a bit hot under the collar this week? Temperatures soaring to 30 degrees is usually enough for us to handle in the North West, but it’s not a sweat-patch on the highest temperatures we’ve ever had in the UK, and certainly not for some of the more roasting climes around the world. Globehunters has created an infographic showing how hot it can get in various countries. The highest global temperature ever recorded was 56.7 degrees in July 1913, and the UK once managed to notch a 38.5-degree heatwave. Best get out the suntan lotion…–kinda-hot–just-how-hot-can-it-get-around-the-world-.htm#EEE


THING University Of Manchester Bioenergy Comic

COMIC RELIEF… Scientists at the University of Manchester are using the medium of the comic strip to illustrate the ins and outs of bioenergy, in an effort to dispel the myths and misconceptions. The comic was created by a group of artists and researchers from the University’s Supergen Bioenergy Hub, an academic-industry-policy partnership funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The 24-page graphic novel is packed with details addressing the benefits and concerns around bioenergy and climate change, with imagined projections of different futures depending on our actions now – spoiler alert, not acting now doesn’t exactly end in utopia. The team see it being used at workshops, science festivals and even pubs. If your local isn’t stocking it yet, you can read the comic online here:


TOWER TOO FAR… The latest tower proposed in Manchester city centre has polarised opinion, if the lively Place North West readers’ comments are anything to go by. Responses to the SimpsonHaugh-designed 35-storey student accommodation building for Unite swung from “U-G-L-Y” to praising it as the practice’s best ever work. A not-very-scientific Twitter poll showed that views really are split. If it’s got such a mixed reception even from the development community, it remains to be seen what Manchester’s planning committee is going to think…

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BUILDING BOOM… After a glut of planning approvals, it’s great to see so much evidence of projects on site. Some favourites this week, including the near completion of a facility for the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, a Youth Zone in Chorley, and The Christie’s investment in proton beam technology. It’s all go…


And a London scaffolding timelapse, just for good measure. There’s “Liverpool” in the street name after all…

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By Anul Purge

So according to this ridiculous ‘Manchester Voices’ study, the boundaries of that city now extend to within a couple of miles of the Liver Building.

Enough of this nonsense. You can’t define a city out of existence by some trick of a spreadsheet. Manchester self-aggrandisement knows no limits.

By Deebee

Is this proof of how big, the Manc gobs are and will they eventually swallow themselves?
What a load of tosh and puffery from this oversized ego centre!

By Emperor of the North

@Deebee @Emperor of the North
Get a grip you two


@Jim, no, Mancs and their propaganda machine needs too! Every week something else comes out trying to big up Manchester and in a subtle way way demean Liverpool, you lot must really be insecure, have a nice day!

By Emperor of the North

So two MMU ‘academics’ interview 100 people and extrapolate the ‘data’ across a region of 3 million people. End result? Liverpool districts of Knotty Ash, Gateacre and Woolton end up somehow ‘identifying’ linguistically with Manchester? The parochialism of Mancunians is really now bordering on the delusional!

By LEighteen

“Wool” is a Manc colloquialism. Didn’t you know, “our kid”? We use it all the time in Runcorn, Manchester.

By Mike

Strange to see Manchester’s influence stretching that far. From my experience it doesn’t even stretch to Oldham, let alone South Liverpool.

By Elephant