manchester randomly added to the list of things on sale in the local john lewis equivalent type shop.
UPDATE: there’s some problem with comments on the blog at the moment. This is what two of my new zealish friends said:
Answers on a postcard.
a)Manchester (pronounced /?mÃ¦nt??st?r/ ( listen)) is a city and
metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester, England.
b)A linen and bedding manufacturer in New Zealand.
towels, bedsheets, pillowcases all equal Manchester – from a time when
all such products were produced from said city’s mills.