Manchester, United Kingdom
Bethany, 26
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I study English Literature and Cultures and Societies at The University of Manchester. I'm working on a few side hustles and generally working as much as I can as a one-man creative team.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

I worked in a call centre doing surveys for bingo nights. I essentially used to cold-call old ladies in Scotland, and it was a nightmare because I couldn't understand the accents most of the time.

Were you born and raised in Manchester? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Manchester?

I was born in Manchester, then moved to St Albans for my childhood. I decided to come back up to Manchester to study and live near my family again. Also, it's hard to resist a city this good.

What’s your current hood in Manchester and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I live in The Village now, just behind the main shopping district and The Northern Quarter. Its sweet because there's so much variety within seconds of leaving the house. It sucks because there's constantly someone shouting on the street outside my house.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I love country music, unfortunately the scene in Manchester isn't that great for it. Luckily it is pretty good for drum and bass.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Miranda Lambert. Just make sure you hide the baseball bat.

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

I got pretty heavily wrapped up in Game of Thrones, though I don't know many people who didn't. Who doesn't want to dream about riding dragons and or Jon Snow.

Name some spots in Manchester that are good for a Tinder date.

Hands down Twenty twenty two. You can't go wrong drinking some good beers and getting a bit sweaty at the same time, (it's a pingpong club, not a knocking shop)

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

The Queen, I reckon she would be proper sassy

Who’s your hero and where in Manchester would you take them out for a serious hang?

Dolly Parton, and probably to Twenty Twenty Twos. I bet she'd be sick at ping-pong.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Classic ts from All Saints, jewellery from Affleck's Palace, jeans from second hand levi spots and crops from kawaii stores online

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Deansgate locks on a friday night. Overpriced drinks and people who are just there to take photos of themselves.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Going to the football! Its such a good day out, but pretty pricey to get tickets

Where do you go in Manchester for a casual night out?

Crazy Pedro's. Don't let the name fool you, it's seriously laid back.

Where would you go in Manchester to celebrate some freaking good news?

Revolution de Cuba. Rum and bouncers who will happily salsa with you.

What’s your choice of transportation in Manchester and why?

The magic bus; It's a student thing.

What are the Manchester spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

There's so much history that can go unnoticed with all the bars and restaurants. So I'd say John Ryland's Library; Mr Thomas's Chop House Garden near St Anne's; The Nag's Head (if you're into football) and The Curry Mile. The Football museum is also sick and free, but you need like three days to get around it.

What are the Manchester spots tourists should run from screaming?

Printworks - unless you like TGI Fridays and Tiger Tiger.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Manchester. How do you spend it?

Spend all day praying Crazy Pedros has the Kimbo Slice on special. Spend all night eating Kimbo slice pizza and drinking beer at CP's.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Berlin because it is genuinely 24/7 and all anyone wants to do is enjoy themselves.

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