Why is Leeds is better than Manchester? Where should Crossrail 3 go? Can cities escape their economic destiny? And why are British seaside towns so terrible? All these questions and more are answered, badly, in our slightly late 50th episode special, as Stephanie and Jonn answer a selection of reader questions about high speed trains, city status, and the Redcliffe-Maud report, all the while working their way through an unexpectedly acidic bottle of cava. It all seemed like a good idea at the time. No podcast next week, because Jonn is off on his holidays. We'll be back in a fortnight. Skylines is the podcast from the New Statesman's cities site, CityMetric. It's hosted by Jonn Elledge and Stephanie Boland.