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It’s the time of year when TV is full of repeats of The Morecambe and Wise 1976 Christmas Special, Indiana Jones movies and Carry on Camping. It’s what the BBC likes to call ‘another chance to see’.

With this in mind, we’re offering you another chance to read 50 stories we’ve hand-picked for you from the 1558 stories we’ve published this year.

This isn’t a round-up of the year’s news. It’s our pick of the most popular stories we’ve published with a few of our favourites thrown in for good measure.

It’s like a big box of chocolates, but with the rubbish ones removed. If you don’t like one, move on and try another. And you can read as many as you want because, unlike a big box of chocolates, you won’t put any weight on and you won’t end up feeling sick. Let’s hope not anyway.

So put your feet up, pour yourself a glass of something, preferably fizzy, switch off the The Morecambe and Wise 1976 Christmas Special, relax and enjoy. And a very Happy New Year from everyone at I Love Manchester.

The Manchester Christmas Markets are ready to bring festive cheer to shoppers and revellers for the next two months in the city centre.

Manchester is the most liveable city in the UK according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) annual global liveability index – 13 places ahead of London.

Photo: Paul Wolfgang Webster

“Manchester and Salford are interchangeable to me. Does that make me a bad person?” asks Dr John Cooper Clarke.

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Where do Manchester’s thousands of bar staff go to unwind after a challenging day at the office?

From city centre favourites to suburban gems, this is where the city’s top chefs like to dine.

In the mid-1990s, the imminent closure of the old, clapped out Wembley Stadium sparked a contest among several cities to build a new national stadium.

His signings have been dreadful and the football woeful. His vile mood has seeped into all areas of the club. Everyone is drowning in apathy and there’s no one to do anything about it – or so we thought.

Taking down paintings in the art gallery because someone might be offended shames the city.

Conner Tudsbury and Nigel Travis

What happened when Moss Side Fire Station was granted permission to turn an unused storage area into a gym.

Paula Lane (Lauren) and Joel Harper-Jackson (Charlie) Pic Helen Maybanks

Kylie Platt may have died on the cobbles of Coronation Street two years ago, but the actress who played her is busier than ever.

A tribute to the man behind The Fall who died age 60.

People gather, the music plays, and thirty seconds later strangers are brothers and sisters.

There’s more to Vimto than a fruity cordial in a bottle.

Manchester isn’t all bucket hats and going mad fer it anymore.

The key moments which saw Manchester City crowned Premier League champions for the third time in seven years.

Dave Haslam celebrates his love for gigs in Manchester’s dives, tiny halls, and basements.

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