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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.

“It is so important for us to be together. We are here to look after each other, care for each other and to be positive and move forward.”

May 22nd also marked five years since fusilier Lee Rigby was murdered outside his barracks in Woolwich.

The parents of Saffie-Rose Roussos, the youngest victim of the Manchester Arena bombing, have revealed a new variety of rose cultivated in memory of their daughter.

After getting with the wrong crowd at a young age, Chris became addicted to drugs and ended up on the streets. But he found the strength to pull back from the dark place he was in.

Stacey Copeland’s driving ambition is be a role model paving the way for the empowerment of a new generation of sportswomen.

Despite a spate of closures in a brief period of time, Manchester’s first night time economy adviser says the outlook is far from depressing.

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

Manchester was buzzing when 77 of the Bee in the City sculptures which featured on this summer’s art trail were auctioned, raising £1,128,250 for The Lord Mayor of Manchester’s We Love MCR Charity.

Daniel Burke raised £700 to help install a new water well in Nashowa, a small village in war-torn Syria.

57 year-old Mark Leigh cycled 215 miles in 16 hours to raise over £2,000 for Macmillan.

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.

From a bit of am dram with St Dunstan’s in Moston to Early Doors.

The Allotment in Stockport took the top spot in The Times‘ guide to Britain’s 20 best vegetarian restaurants.

The moaning Manc has earnt a legion of fans for his no-nonsense take on life.

Fantastico! Celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo is a big fan of Manchester.

Photo: Paul Wolfgang Webster

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

Want to get into film journalism? “Get in a time machine and go back to Manchester in the 1980s,” says Mark Kermode.

Ruben Porto has been perfecting his award-winning ice cream for six years using equipment designed for a science lab.

How a 19 year-old Manchester drama student had a massive hit and got on Top of the Pops.

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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.

Street food trader Porky Pig opens his own city centre cafe serving all things Yorkshire pud.

“No manager or player who loves football or even likes it would set out to destroy the game in quite the way The Special One does”, says Terry Christian.

From The Clone Roses to Oasish and The Iain Duncan Smiths.

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.

It opened in September 1998 in the wake of bitter controversy but has become one of the greatest retail success stories of the last two decades.

What happened when seven ghosthunters were locked inside one of Manchester best loved buildings?

There’s an important reason for the stairs below the escalator in the Manchester Arndale.

Dating in the city can be tough – not just for humans, but for pooches too.

MasterChef winner Simon Wood celebrates the first anniversary of his restaurant.

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

The Manchester & Salford Film Society was established in 1930 and is still running today, thanks to the lifelong dedication of its 96-year-old president.

The Royal Northern College of Music boasts impressive awards, students from across the globe, and state of the art performance spaces. So why doesn’t it get more attention?

With 535 covers over four floors, The Ivy is the UK’s biggest restaurant opening this year.

Manahatta offers all-day dining and drinking – along with bubble waffles, bottomless brunch, local sausages and cocktails on tap.

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.

Our favourite headline of the year. When NHS doctor Emma Darbyshire started suffering with depression, she turned to candle making as therapy.

A range of quirky food pop-ups have been gaining the attention of hungry shoppers in the Arndale, sparking huge queues.

It’s Manchester’s hottest ticket – and it all revolves around a game of bingo.

There’s a new fried chicken restaurant in Manchester – and the crowds are flocking in.

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.

Becky Brown and Paul Carruthers’ house is also home to their micro-distillery and Fenney Street Gin.

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

William Sicilian Street Food serves all your breakfast favourites – full English, butties and barms (some with an Italian twist) – as well as some top Italian espresso and homemade Sicilian street food and sweets.

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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