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Wednesday, 27 August 2008

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Manchester United's 26-year-old Serbian centre-half Nemanja Vidic has been talking about his love for the Northern capital and his favourite pastime when he isn't playing football - the ancient English art of Trainspotting.

Vidic told Russian journalists that, after training, he likes nothing better than to go down to one of Manchester's train stations with his notebook and pencil, and to make observational notations of his favourite 'choo-choos'.

Manchester has two main stations - Piccadilly and Victoria - but there are many other smaller local, and more 'intimate', stations where one can enjoy the easy-going lifestyle of the simple Northern English, whilst spending a pleasant afternoon writing down the numbers and classes of the rolling stock.

One of these is Salford Junction, where there are two platforms - one for trains going West towards Bolton and Liverpool, the other taking passengers into the heart of Manchester. The Junction is a lovely station where one can truly experience the art of trainspotting, by standing for hours in the open air, and getting absolutely drenched by the persistent drizzle that the station generally affords visitors.

The Serbian has really taken to the area, and said:

"I hate Manchester. It never stops pissing down!"

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