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Saltaire

Saltaire – the model village

September 17, 2013 Comments Off on Saltaire – the model village

When Victorian entrepreneur Sir Titus Salt created a model village in Saltaire for his mill workers he could never have imagined it would become a UNESCO World Heritage Site, putting it up there with the pyramids of Giza.

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Madness 2 Poster and Pier

Mad for Blackpool Illuminations

September 6, 2013 Comments Off on Mad for Blackpool Illuminations

Northern institutions don’t come much bigger than the Blackpool Illuminations. They’re right up there with the Rugby League Grand Final and the Angel of the North, and they’ve been around a lot longer.

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Hosteling Holidays Are Back In Vogue

August 8, 2013 Comments Off on Hosteling Holidays Are Back In Vogue

In these times of austerity and the rising popularity of staycations, it is little wonder that people are turning to old favourites like the Youth Hostel Association to cut costs.

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Treetop Trek

High Wire Jinks

August 5, 2013 Comments Off on High Wire Jinks

Welcome to middle-aged dad hell or, as it better known, the Treetop Trek Ariel Adventure.

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Caving for Amateurs

July 16, 2013 Comments Off on Caving for Amateurs

There is something slightly surreal walking from the North Yorkshire countryside into the cold and damp of Britain’s longest series of underground caves.

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Chorlton Coffee Festival

Keen on the Bean

June 12, 2013 Comments Off on Keen on the Bean

Chorlton has a coffee festival now. Twenty years ago, the chances of those words, being used in that precise order, would have been so astronomical that it would have required a computer of HAL 9000 proportions to calculate the odds.

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Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester

Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester

April 13, 2013 Comments Off on Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester

When I was about eight or nine years old I went on a school trip to the Manchester Liverpool Road Station, and I can still vividly recall the diminutive astonishment of class 3a upon learning that we were standing in the world’s first railway station.

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People's History Museum

People’s History Museum, Manchester

April 13, 2013 Comments Off on People’s History Museum, Manchester

The People’s History Museum in its current form has been with us since February 2010, when it reopened after a £12.5 million, two and a half year refurbishment.

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The Manchester Starflyer

March 28, 2013 Comments Off on The Manchester Starflyer

The publicity for Manchester’s newest attraction calls it “The Tower of Thrills”. I prefer to refer to use my sister’s description, “Not for all the tea in China, my friend”.

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