SO there goes 2016, a year which shall forever be known as The Year Gordo Fell Off The Back Off The Stage In Front Of 350 People At Manchester Food & Drink Awards (missed it? No worry it's right here).
Elsewhere, we had 1073 new restaurant and bar openings, new property developments sprouting from the ground like mushrooms, and a bloke with a moustache asking us to strip in Northern Quarter.
Below you'll find the most read, shared and talked about stories from Manchester Confidential in 2016, just in case, lord forbid, you missed any:
Ikem Starr asks Manchester women to bare all for The Naughty Index
New 64-storey tower plans for Manchester – just nine floors shorter than The Shard, this would become the second tallest building in the UK (14 Jan)
46 photos of Manchester slums 1969-72 – “The poverty and terrible conditions I witnessed shocked me to the core” (9 Feb)
Valentine's flash mob proposal - Man enlists local dance school for an unconvential marriage proposal (12 Feb)
Nick Hedges captured scenes of the deprivation across the region throughout the late-60s and early-70s
Earlier this year Allied London floated plans to replace The Oast House with 'The Skirt'
Are McDonald’s new ‘Signature’ burgers any good? – We head to Openshaw to test the fast food giant’s McResponse to the gourmet revolution (24 Mar)
First look inside London Road Fire Station - neglected landmark is opening its doors to the public for the first time in 30 years (20 Apr)
.Manchester's skyline is set to be radically transformed over the coming years
60 never-before-seen photos from inside Granada Studios – Project aims to capture the 'spirit, history and architecture' of the former TV complex before redevelopment begins (10 May)
Quill bit the dust on King Street in June
Wythenshawe’s M22 postcode was second only to Chelsea in property price growth nationwide last year
The former Ferrari garage is now a hub for the arts
Sir Howard Bernstein: The Legacy – The significance of Manchester’s departing chief executive (16 Sep)
Michelin and Manchester have a mutually
Meet Ged King – Manchester’s street barber to the homeless – “It’s not anything to do with the hair you take off, it’s more about the human contact and someone giving a shit” (11 Oct)
Homelessness is the most visual issue facing the city
Brexit, Trump & Parallels From Manchester’s Past – A nation never so divided, a world turned upside down, we’re all going to hell in a handcart (11 Nov)
Legal & General plan to pump £10m into Piccadilly Gardens
Altrincham is reborn – but the job isn’t over – This once struggling satellite town – revitalised by a European-syle food market – should not take its success for granted (8 Dec)
The all-new Altrincham Market has transformed the fortunes of the town