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18 August 2017
Ok.  We give up on summer 2017.  Let’s just resign ourselves to the fact that it’s going to tip it down until next May and have done with it.  With that in mind, here’s three of our favourite places to sit inside and enjoy the atmosphere at.  Best of all, they’re al
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11 August 2017
There may be new bars and restaurants popping up on the Manchester scene all the time at the moment, and whilst they’re the ones that hit the headlines, it doesn’t mean that we should forget all our ‘old’ favourite places to go – particularly ones that we know all CityCard holder
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04 August 2017
Just when you thought that our great city had it all, something crops up that makes you wonder what we’ve been doing all these years: we might have world class sporting facilities, incredible universities and top drawer city-centre, but we’ve never (until next weekend) had our own Beer Run?! 
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28 July 2017
Is there a tastier way to save money than to quietly shave off 20% of a delicious restaurant meal?  Or a more exhilarating way to save than 35% off a trip out with the kids?  A funnier way to save than 25% off the price of tickets for a comedy club?  These are all the ways you can save with Cit
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21 July 2017
It’s always an honour and a privilege to be invited to a CityCard venue, and our team had a genuinely  brilliant night at the most recent event at BierKeller, where they were showcasing their Christmas menu and party offerings. It was certainly odd to be pulling crackers and listening to Christm
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13 July 2017
It’s great to see that, after the love Ariana Grande (and friends) showered on our city, Manchester is sending love right back in her direction – by making her an honorary citizen of Manchester! But wait – this isn’t an honour that’s bestowed on just anyone – in fact, Ar
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06 July 2017
Week on week, the transformation of our city continues at an incredible pace.  There’s always new and exciting things happening in our city - whether it’s multi-billion pound investments to create a whole new city-sized investment area by the Chinese, the arrival of (another) stellar resta
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23 June 2017
I think we all know the script here: this is another blog about how living in Manchester sucks – or at least the weather does! Whilst the rest of the country is basking in the ‘longest heatwave since 1976’, and schoolboys are wearing skirts in protest at not being allowed to wear shorts w
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15 June 2017
Every week this column comes round, and all I can think of is that ‘it’s been a crazy topsy-turvy week’ – whether it’s terrorist attacks, election campaigns, tribute gigs, skyscrapers on fire, coalitions of chaos, or even scorching sunshine all week to be followed only by torrent
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06 June 2017
It’s during hard times that you realise who your friends are, and it seems that everyone (from world leaders to American TV presenters to practically everyone in the UK) has been singing the praises of our city this week - we never knew that people had this much respect for our city, which was capped of
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26 May 2017
It’s been a crazy week in Manchester, and it’s almost unbelievable that an event of such global magnitude happened in our home. A terrible attack, and, evil as any kamikaze mission is, it’s all the more evil when you consider that it was kids and teens who were being deliberately targeted
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15 May 2017
This week has seen some incredible spectacles in Manchester!                 From the election of a Mayor (who is giving 15% of his own wages to pay for care for the homeless in the city!) and the launch of the Labour General Election camp
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05 May 2017
Ok, it looks like the weather gods might (finally) be favouring Manchester this weekend, with sunshine forecast, and the mercury might hit the dizzy heights of 19 degrees.  Elsewhere in the world, 19 degrees would be considered a cold day - or certainly nothing to look forward to – but here in M
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28 April 2017
We love it when customers get in touch with us... "I got offered a discounted CityCard at work and decided to give it a spin: usually with these sorts of cards or offers, then they don’t tend to work out for the best, and they only really pay off if you use them incessantly, or they require you
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20 April 2017
At CityCard, we’re always listening to our customers: A few months ago, we held a customer feedback session to find out how you guys were using your CityCards, what offers were working for you, and if you had any potential improvements.  And, after tireless work by our techies, we’re very pro
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13 April 2017
There was yet more brilliant news for Manchester with the news that another global big-hitting stage show is coming to town.  It’s yet another sign that we’re the biggest cultural-magnet outside of London.                
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01 April 2017
Whether you’re interested in politics, legs, or the media, apparently this week it’s impossible not to be confronted with some kind of article about Brexit.  And this blog – about the benefits of having a Manchester CityCard in your wallet, to help you (afford to) make the most of livin
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24 March 2017
The Manchester International Festival recently announced their programme of stunning events for their bi-annual festival – including an opera aimed exclusively for babies! But top-drawer theatre is not just a once a year thing in Manchester: it’s here all year round.  On top of the Palace
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17 March 2017
It’s always irked me that Manchester – one of the biggest and best cities in the UK – has always lacked a decent transport infrastructure.  I mean, even Liverpool has an underground system?!  It’s scraping the barrel a touch when you have to tell people that the best metho
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09 March 2017
It’s nearing the end of the financial year, and people are starting to plan for the year ahead (isn’t It scary that that means thinking about 2018 already?!) After the ‘drama’ of the budget earlier this week – which will likely see taxes increasing from the self-employed and f
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02 March 2017
There’s yet more excitement on the restaurant scene of our great city after it was announced this morning that The Ivy – one of London’s most famous restaurants – is to open it’s first restaurant outside London here in Manchester.         &n
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17 February 2017
There’s been a certain amount of media chutzpah this week after Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville announced more detailed plans for a development in Manchester that they’re calling St Michaels.  (NB: it’s obviously not just those two guys who are running this £200m operation – plu
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10 February 2017
It’s Rugby six nations season, and it’s a source of great consternation to one of our bosses that, despite Manchester being the sporting capital of the UK, there’s literally no international rugby to be found in the city.   Such sporting outposts as Edinburgh, Cardiff and Rome are bus
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03 February 2017
Just when you think the weather is too rubbish, and the amount of work you have to do is too much, something usually comes along to brighten up your day: and this week, our good news is that we’ve gotten a recommendation in the Manchester Business Post for being the best employee benefit scheme in Manch
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26 January 2017
This sort of weather calls for sitting next to a log fire in a country pub – whiling away the hours either with a hot chocolate and a good book, or with a (number of) beer(s) and some good company! That’s not the sort of thing that you can find in the middle of the City Centre, but did you know
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20 January 2017
There’s always loads of stuff happening around this great city that we call home, from major gigs and sporting events or exhibitions to local festivals and celebrations.  Likewise, there always seems to be a new restaurant opening (with great fanfare) every other week, and there’s tourist att
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12 January 2017
After a winter of generally mild but grey and miserable weather, finally some good news: it’s going to snow in Manchester!  It’s good news for kids and people that like the snow, at least – but potentially bad news for commuters (depending upon whether you’re allowed to ‘wor
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10 January 2017
A new year – a new you: you’re going to start looking for your dream job.  You’re going to concentrate in class and do all your required reading.  You’re going to get your head down and work hard for a promotion.  You’re going to really work on writing a book / lea
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22 December 2016
It’s not a classic line, and certainly not something to croon over, but unfortunately Manchester isn’t going to be getting a romantic dusting of snow this christmas – instead, we’re due to have heavy rain for the duration of Christmas day - like three bars on the cloud icon, people!&nb
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08 December 2016
If you’re anything like the CityCard team, then you’ll already have spent a bit too long at the Manchester Christmas markets!  We’re so committed to this city that (at least) one of our team (by chance) has been at the markets for every day for the last fortnight.   
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25 November 2016
We’re offering special rates of £29 for a one year membership, or £19 for a six month membership (either for your own individual membership, or as a gift for someone special).  Just use promo codes BLACK6 or BLACK12 to get these rates!         &nbs
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18 November 2016
It’s a moment that I’ve been waiting for excitedly for last couple of months: this weekend, I am finally going to the Manchester Christmas Markets!               Already open for over a week, the BIGGEST Christmas markets in Europe are
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09 November 2016
One of the perks of being Manchester’s favourite discount card is that we get approached by the great and good to help them get the message out to the city about their new restaurant, show, bar, or, in this case, an indoor karting race track!            
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04 November 2016
Pack away your rubber masks, blood-stained clothes and funny wigs, and forget the American nonsense of Halloween for another year: it’s time for a Great British tradition to take centre stage, accompanied with fireworks, toffee apples and a giant fire – yes, it’s bonfire weekend, and bonfire
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28 October 2016
If you were a tourist in the UK this week, then based on the TV and newspapers, you’d think that the whole county cared obsessively about whether it’s Heathrow or Gatwick airport is expanded.  The short answer is: we don’t.  No matter how much fuss the media make about London, I pe
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21 October 2016
Whether you made it out into the city centre or not earlier this week, you can’t’ve missed that fact that the Olympic homecoming parade for Team GB – after their most successful games EVER! – was held in the streets of Manchester, the UK’s capital of sport!    
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14 October 2016
Wow!  What an MFDF!  After spending the weekend in the delightful sunshine in the Festival Hub, I’m semi-disappointed (but also semi-proud) that it’s taken me the best part of three days to recover from the MFDF annual awards gala after-party! The gala itself was a glittering spectacu
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10 October 2016
Having won the Chef of the Year title in 2014, and seen Simon Rogan at The French pick up the accolade of Best Restaurant in 2015, it comes as no surprise to see chef Adam Reid up for the Chef of the Year Award once more.                 W
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10 October 2016
Aiden Byrne has been the Head Chef at The Manchester House ever since it started over 3 years ago, in a launch that was brought to the nation’s consciousness in the BBC’s Restaurant Wars, which also featured Simon Rogan at The French, and focussed on the pair of them striving to become the first M
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10 October 2016
Whilst it may have come as a surprise to some foodies who live in the City Centre food bubble, and even managed to shock the chef himself, it won’t surprise many people who have been following the Manchester food trends to see Joe Botham of Levanter as one of the nominations for the Chef of the Year at
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30 September 2016
Woohoo!  The Manchester Food & Drink Festival is finally upon us, which brings a whole ten days of hearty (and delicious) food, a good sprinkling of fine drink, and of course, good cheer!                  Throw in some live
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21 September 2016
What do you know about the history of our great city?  Have you ever stopped to look at the buildings around you as you walk around the city centre?  If not, you’re missing out on some fascinating history! For instance, did you know that the Romans used to live in Manchester?  Exactly!
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14 September 2016
Another BIG game of football in Manchester, and the city came to a standstill as we watched the two heavyweights of English football come at each other.                   In the end, and after a tetchy affair, it was the blue side of
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26 August 2016
I can’t believe it, and I don’t really want to say it, but the calendar never lies.  In just a few days, “summer“ will be officially over, and it will be September already?!   It doesn’t feel like we’ve had much of a summer – certainly it doesn’t
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18 August 2016
The incredible Manchester Food and Drink Festival is fast approaching (29th September to 10th October 2016), and we can’t wait! As one of the proud key sponsors, at CityCard we’re really looking forward to getting out and about at the festival – attending all manner of tastings and food-r
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12 August 2016
It’s exactly times like these that I often wonder: why the heck to I live here?  The weather has been complete tripe all week, and, whilst practically everywhere else in the world enjoys pleasant summers of sunshine and cool beers, sometimes it seems like all we ever get here is an annoying and
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04 August 2016
No, not us, Manchester, but the New Zealand Olympic hockey player, Devon Manchester, who is readying himself for the mens hockey tournament of his lifetime. But of course, Manchester is also preparing for two weeks of sporting festivities and glory which will help us forget about corruption, doping and pol
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27 July 2016
We’ve recently noticed an influx of new members to CityCard – in part due to our CSR agenda of supporting a number of employees in the public sector or key not-for-profit organisations, and in part due to new subscribers who are preparing for the summer in Manchester – so now is a great time
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20 July 2016
The summer months are coming up and we’ve finally got some sunshine in our lives, so we thought we’d give you a quick reminder about some of the great tourist attractions of Manchester!  Whether you’ve been living here for years, or have friends or family visiting, CityCard holders get
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08 July 2016
Manchester is already widely regarded as the UK’s capital of football – and it’s easy to see why when you consider that United and City are busy hitting the heights and representing the city both nationally and internationally.  But over the last few weeks – when it’s seemed
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29 June 2016
It’s been one misery after another for pretty much the whole of the last month – and that’s from a sporting, political, economic and even weather perspective – so we felt compelled into throwing some good news out into the world of social media today. There’s doom and gloom fr
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22 June 2016
Another week, another terrible England performance, and yet the front pages are all banging on about some politics or other?  Like, what the heck?! Move aside politics - now is the time for us to feel angst about the national football team.  Every two years, this post-season lull is officially su
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07 June 2016
The news is getting more and more worrying as opinion polls show that there’s now a majority of people who will vote for Brexit and all the mire of calamity that that will bring. There’s still three weeks to go, granted, and the remain campaign haven’t really pushed many compelling reason
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01 June 2016
The squads have been finalised, and, whether you agree or disagree with the exclusion of the best English midfielder of the season in place of someone who has only played one game, or the shock inclusion of an 18 year old Mancunian (and all the pressure that brings), it’s hard not to feel excited about
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27 May 2016
It happened!  The boss said that I would be allowed to write another blog about football in Manchester when Jose Mourinho arrived in Manchester, and finally it happened! With Mourinho now signing on the dotted line, and Pep Guardiola already installed at City, it’s incredible that the two best f
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24 May 2016
This month at CityCard, we’re celebrating serving the people of our great city for ten years - over that time, we’ve helped over 750,000 CityCard members save an astonishing £40 MILLION! - that’s a lot of money, and a lot of happy customers! As a special 10 year anniversary present
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19 May 2016
This weekend sees the return of the annual Great City games, with some of the world’s top, top athletes doing their stuff around the city centre – including the incredible spectacle that is the mens 100m ‘Deansgate sprint’!  Every year, the road is closed and a special elevated
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17 May 2016
Without wanting to sound too much like a commercial for junk food, prepare yourself for a mini-fist-pump moment – this beautiful dry and sunny weather is set to stay for the weekend!                 The caveat to this great news is t
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10 May 2016
Just in case you missed it, this is just a quick reminder that you can still register to take part in our May Madness competition, in which one super-lucky Manchester business will WIN CITYCARDS for their company’s ENTIRE workforce!             &nbs
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05 May 2016
As you might have noticed from our amazing May Madness deals, at CityCard Manchester we recently celebrated being in business for 10 years!  It’s a great achievement and we’ve come such a long way – growing the number of CityCard users from, well, none in 2006, to our current member
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04 May 2016
Win a CityCard for everyone at your company! Want to become the most popular person in the office?  Register your company for our competition and one lucky Manchester firm will be walking away from our May Madness promotion with a CityCard for each and every member of staff!    
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28 April 2016
Spring is in the air and our Directors have gone a little crazy!  To celebrate CityCards’ 10th anniversary of providing amazing deals in the city, we’re doing two amazing ‘May Madness’ deals!               1 - Win City
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26 April 2016
Hi.  I‘m Sarah and I am a new CityCard member – they offered me cash to write an article about how CityCard works, and my first experiences of using it, so here goes! I’ve never actually been in any clubs before (as far as I can remember – maybe I was in a holiday kids club way
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22 April 2016
Hi CityCardFans!  It’s not often that a chance comes along for one of you to join our amazing team – but we’re proud to say that we’re expanding, and we’re looking for the right person to help us make a difference to the people Manchester. Following on from our sponsorshi
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11 April 2016
Every so often we get emails from people who, instead of reading our website, email to ask us who we are and how CityCard works? Well, CityCard is an exclusive club, and, if you join it, you’ll get access to all sorts of great special offers which are just for CityCard holders.  To access the
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07 April 2016
It’s been a busy week at CityCard HQ, with over 20,000 leaflets due to be delivered across the city centre this week, and a whole myriad of projects going on – so I feel like I’m getting off lightly by being given the honourable (and generally pleasurable) task of updating the blog. There
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30 March 2016
It’s very rare that there’s a blog written about Manchester which doesn’t pay homage to the two biggest clubs in the area, but for those of you who are –like my dad – ‘sick to the back teeth of paying through the nose to watch stupendously over-paid flamboyant nancies&rsquo
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24 March 2016
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of marching out of the office ahead of a bank holiday weekend (with all the optimism and opportunity that that brings), and doubly so at Easter, when we get a double-whammy of bank holidays, regardless of whether or not you actually celebrate Easter.  By ce
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22 March 2016
At CityCard, we think we’re the best employee benefit scheme in Manchester (get your employer to give us a call to see how we can make your workforce happy by sorting everyone out with CityCards!), but here’s three other amazing employee perks: Free cake! There’s a cake factory in the
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18 March 2016
My head still hasn’t recovered, and my ears are still ringing with the fantastic humming of traditional Irish folk rock, and whilst my head is feeling a little sore, I’m smiling as I write this because I had such a fantastic time. Upon arriving in Manchester Piccadilly, it was hard not to be am
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16 March 2016
With new buildings going up thick and fast in the city centre, it seems that barely a day goes by without having some major announcement about how Manchester is changing – for the better.  Amongst the news of the arrival of stellar new restaurants and ‘dining experiences’ in the city
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11 March 2016
Even though it’s not Saint Patricks day until next Thursday 17th March (so get yourself the Friday booked off work!), large chunks of Manchester are celebrating it THIS weekend.  And on Friday afternoons, it’s not difficult to see why: a beer now is better than the promise of a beer next week
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09 March 2016
If you’ve been following the national news, then you’ll be aware that Manchester and its inhabitants are in the news again today after a video shot on our Metrolink went viral.  The video records a conversation between a seemingly drunk (or at least a little worse for the wear?) Mancunian,
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04 March 2016
There used to be nothing I liked more than heading down to the famous Curry Mile.  Everything was so new and exotic back then, and curry was just starting to find it's feet as it grew to become one of the UK’s most popular national dishes.  Naturally, you’d end up feeling stuffed,
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02 March 2016
Manchester is a city that is developing fast and just when you think that you’ve got a feeling for the city, something comes up and surprises you.  It’s so cutting edge that it has all of the latest fashions and trends – from the sublime (fine dining and silent disco’s) to the abs
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26 February 2016
As the main avid non-fair-weather cyclist in the CityCard office, I was super thrilled and excited when I got invited to attend a production of ‘Lance’ – a performance based around the life and times of the now disgraced multiple Yellow jersey not-winning Lance Armstrong – and even mor
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18 February 2016
It’s half term, so where is the best place to take the kids? Well, if they’re football mad youngsters, then we’d highly recommend the National Football Museum (Based at the Urbis building near Manchester Victoria station)! Based over four floors, there really is something for everyone: fr
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17 February 2016
As most of our team come from Manchester, it’s no surprise that most of the office are quite a competitive bunch: we’ll compete against each other in anything from baking (FYI – my muffins are the best in the office) to the speed with which we can make a brew (including filling the kettle) o
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11 February 2016
Everyone knows that the weekend starts on a Thursday these days: not got any concrete plans for tonight?  Then why not give the Frog and Bucket a try? This – and, indeed, every Thursday – sees CityCard members getting an astonishing 2-4-1 entry to Manchester’s funniest comedy club, t
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10 February 2016
CityCard don’t just do special offers for restaurants – we also have some pretty epic offers for spa’s, gyms, shops, attractions and events too!  In fact, our partners include the Manchester Opera House and the Palace theatre, where members can get up to 50% off ticket prices! And I
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09 February 2016
Do you help to run a local event?  Our management have just finalised the budget for the year ahead, and we’re now on the lookout for local events or venues to sponsor and/or get involved with! :) In recent years, we’ve supported local beer and food festivals, an obstacle course event thin
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01 February 2016
No - we’re not a month late in wishing you glad tidings for entering 2016 - we are, in fact, welcoming in the year 2130 (which over a third of the world’s population will be celebrating this weekend!)  Worked it out yet?  We are, of course, talking all about the forthcoming Chinese New Y
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29 January 2016
As much as we try to keep away from writing about it, there are some things which are, quite simply, inescapable – and being based in Manchester, talking about football is one of them!  Of course, the main reason we don’t blog about it is that it divides the city somewhat, and we wouldn&rs
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27 January 2016
It’s very odd that it has taken our team a few months to get round to trying out Manchesters’ very own Hawksmoor restaurant – we’d like to blame Christmas festivities, but also the sheer volume of top class eateries opening in this great city!  For those who are unfamiliar with
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21 January 2016
Whoop!  After three weeks of sobriety (due to willpower or to lack of funds) following the Christmas and New Year festivities, Manchester is back in business this weekend: not only is this Friday PAYDAY for much of our great city’s workers – Hooray! - it is also the home of a GIANT Beer and C
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14 January 2016
You’ve probably all read about Nando’s and the black membership cards which they give to celebrities (which give them free food for life – imagine that!  I’d be bigger than a truck by now if I had one of those!), but, assuming that Adnan Januzaj and Elbow aren’t nipping down
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13 January 2016
There are some things which are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.  I am sure you will know what I mean - be it viral videos of cats knocking things off tables or jumping away from cucumbers like maniacs.  Or pictures of (litters of) cute kittens, or other baby animals, etc… One of th
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08 January 2016
Bah!  Christmas is over, the New Year has begun, and here we are again – back at the office desk, with either a renewed sense of enthusiasm for your job if you’re an extreme optimist, or general dullness and meh feeling if you’re not. I’ve tried many things to try and clear the
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06 January 2016
It’s not often that you can say that Manchester has made the headlines for the wrong reasons, but there has been reasonable clamour and an incredible social media response for a photo taken on New Year’s Eve in Manchester which has gone viral across the world.  The picture - which I sure y
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22 December 2015
Wow!  What a year it has been!  It has been all things GO at CityCard - things have been particularly crazy since the launch of our great new website and smartphone app, with more new members signing up each week, and an ever growing number of member offers :) We’ve added so much momentum t
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18 December 2015
Louis Van Gaal will not be sitting comfortably after yesterdays news that Roman Abramovich had gotten bored of his plaything, and decided to impatiently sack the manager.   The ‘Special one’ has been given his marching orders, and is now hot favourite – at odds of 1/1- with bookmak
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15 December 2015
Ok.  I’ve done it.  I sat down last night and forced myself to buy ALL the christmas presents I’ll need this year.  I always do it online, but normally I do it on the 20th and nothing ever arrives in time – which means that, you know how the best part of giving a christmas gif
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11 December 2015
I don’t know if you’re like me, but I simply can’t resist listening to Key103 on the radio on my morning commute – there’s nothing that makes me smile more than Mike and Chelsey in the morning, and it’s always a great start to the day.  And no, I’m honestly not b
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08 December 2015
In the spirit of the Christmas, one of our team went to new restaurant Avalanche (just off King street in central Manchester) for a Christmas party with a (large) group of friends: The walk into Avalanche restaurant felt particularly welcoming in the heavy rain of last Saturday night, and it was delightful
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03 December 2015
It’s hard not to be miserable when there is all this doom and gloom talk of war, austerity, budget cuts, and general bad news after misery after disaster – and even more so with this terrible weather – so it’s important that we each try our hardest to think of others and try and suppor
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30 November 2015
So the weekend has passed and not only do Britain have the best team of tennis players in the world (apparently a team only needs one good player these days?), but we – that is, Manchester, but also the UK – is now officially the home of the new boxing Heavyweight Champion of the World!  F
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26 November 2015
Another day, and another surprise at the CityCard offices: earlier today, we were discussing the Christmas markets, and one of our, ahem, ‘tough’ guys admitted that whenever he goes, he HAS to go to the chocolate-fruit stalls and get himself a chocolate coated banana on a stick?! – which nat
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23 November 2015
This week we received this review from Sam A – who gets a £10 Amazon voucher for taking the time to write us this.  Thanks Sam! :) Last week we had a special family occasion to celebrate and, seeing how much we all LOVE Indian food, one of my uncles suggested that we head to the Nawaab Ind
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19 November 2015
Christmas is on its way, and the organised people amongst us will no doubt be starting to consider Christmas presents for their friends and family by now. There are always some people that are easy to buy for - my niece, for example, will love literally anything with ‘Frozen’ written on it: I t
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13 November 2015
Are you ready for Christmas yet?  Well, get ready to party like it’s December: tomorrow (Saturday 14th November 2015) sees the opening of Manchester’s amazing German Christmas markets! The biggest Christmas market in the UK – and indeed, in Europe - last year saw over 9 million peopl
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27 October 2015
Every so often, members of the CityCard team go to venues which – shock, horror – aren’t already official CityCard partners.  Often, or mainly, because we get dragged to places by our respective other halves, or friends, or friends of other-halves, or even other-halves of friends. 
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23 October 2015
Today sees Manchester again ‘honoured’ as the being the UK’s second city with the visit of the President of China and the Prime Minister.  After a lavish reception at Manchester Airport and the Manchester Town Hall, the comedy duo headed to the Etihad campus to have a look at the g
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22 October 2015
As you will hopefully you will be aware already, we recently relaunched the CityCard website! The main reason was to make it far more relevant to our modern lives – as well as making the site a lot nicer to look at and easier to navigate, one of the key improvements was making the site ‘respons
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15 October 2015
Do you want to work for CityCard?!  Silly question, we know!   We’ve just launched a job vacancy for a University student to join our team part-time to help us in our quest to make life better for the people of Manchester.  Details of how to apply are below  :) OVERVIEW Repres
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13 October 2015
And so it begins.  Temperatures started their annual tumble over the weekend, dropping to as low as eleven degrees, and the weathermen are not forecasting much of a recovery before March.  Across the city, central heating systems are (reluctantly in my house at least) slowly grinding back to life, t
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09 October 2015
Did you know that you can use CityCard as an employee benefit for your business (or your bosses’ business)?  Oh yes!  And it’s starting to get popular :) Is there a better way to reward hard-working employees than treating them to a free meal?  There’s nothing quite like a
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07 October 2015
And so the conference season hits Manchester again, and what with the Conservatives bringing up a few thousand of their supporters coupled with the various masses of anti-austerity protesters who have set up shop in our great city for the week, Manchester is certainly a busy and buzzing place to be! There
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30 September 2015
Somehow the weeks seem longer when the sun shines: the arms of the clock move slower, internet news pages seem to have the same headlines all day, and it seems an age before United/City will be kicking off.   The days pass sooooooo slooooowly when the sun is outside the window, and all you can think o
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01 September 2015
Just weeks after we wrote a rave review about one of Manchester’s hottest Thai restaurants, we are so, so pleased to welcome them to our CityCard fold! It’s great news that CityCard members can get a whopping 20% off from the price of their food, just by flashing your CityCard or smartphone Cit
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21 August 2015
There’s been loads of great innovations at CityCard over the last few months – including: - the launch of our brilliant new website (which brings us into the digital age) - the introduction of the virtual CityCard (carry your CityCard on your smartphone) - our new monthly direct debit sc
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13 August 2015
It’s not often that we argue here in CityCard HQ, but this one really got us thinking: just what is the best thing about Manchester? For our sports-loving Manager, he loves the fact that there’s so much top class sport going on: from the obvious attractions of our world class football teams (Un
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12 August 2015
You can almost feel the excitement in the air around Manchester - after a brief summer break – I think mainly so that everyone involved can renegotiate their ever-expanding pay packets, and for a few players to switch clubs – the football season is back upon us! Some people will greet that news
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06 August 2015
We've got a fantastic Ice Bar experience to give away at Manchester's Bierkeller!  You and four mates will spend time in their igloo-esque surroundings (with a blanket, obviously!) and be treated to an ice-cold Coors!  On top of that, once it's over you can warm up in Bierkeller with
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31 July 2015
We’re into our fourth week of reviewing the key areas for eating and drinking in our great city, Manchester.  This week, we look at the Arndale area and the Northern Quarter. Northern Quarter The Northern Quarter may no longer be ‘new’, but it is still the most ‘edgy’ an
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30 July 2015
Does TripAdvisor know Manchester?  The global aggregator of travellers (or locals) views and opinions is famous for its useful lists of the best places in the area, but based on their current results, it’s difficult not to wonder:  has he/she/it ever even been near the city?! The current to
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24 July 2015
It says a lot about the Manchester restaurant scene that it’s already taken us two weeks to tell you about areas of Manchester that you have to head to, and we’re still not even half-way through the city! Continuing our tour of Manchester, this week we look at King Street and Oxford Street:
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23 July 2015
The other day, we mentioned that Spinningfields is fast becoming a great area for foodies in our great city.  Most notably, there’s been a plethora of new restaurant openings in the area over the last twelve months, and many of them are already making a mark.  This week, we went to Thai restau
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16 July 2015
Last week, we gave an overview of Castlefield and Deansgate locks – but they are just two of a number of great areas to live, eat and work in Manchester.  Moving further north: Deansgate Driving from North to South Manchester, Deansgate has a real mix of places to eat and drink – from h
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09 July 2015
Tuesday's showery and grey evening was lit up for me by a visit to Fumo - which did not disappoint! Newly opened in the KPMG building just off St Peter Square, Fumo is the latest venture by the San Carlo Group, with the same convival atmosphere and buzz as the flagship restaurant.  It is all smart
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03 July 2015
Don Giovanni’s, Oxford Street, Manchester Don Giovanni’s is a long established Italian restaurant in the heart of the city centre (Just near the town hall).  My wife and I went in incognito on a weeknight last week (just before trip to Manchester’s hot new Home theatre, and genuinely
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01 July 2015
The summer is here, and Manchester is truly buzzing again - over the last few months the city centre has become choc-full of new places to eat, drink and be merry, and, with the newly opened £5m Home theatre, and the Manchester International Festival on its way, it’s clear that there’s never
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25 March 2015
We're ridiculously excited to finally have it up and running after months of hard work and preparation.  Now we've just got the difficult task of maintaining it, and getting as many of our members involved as possible over the coming months! We have big plans for the future...   
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