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Lord of the World

The Father of Dystopia: R H Benson and The Lord of the World

January 16, 2014 Comments Off on The Father of Dystopia: R H Benson and The Lord of the World

This year sees the 100th anniversary of the death of Robert Hugh Benson at the tragically early age of 43.

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Manchester Museum

In the Vault of the Mummies at Manchester Museum

December 5, 2013 Comments Off on In the Vault of the Mummies at Manchester Museum

Some places imprint themselves upon your consciousness, that strange relatively inexplicable netherworld of neurons and dreams.

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Inside the Holy Name

What’s in a name?

August 3, 2013 Comments Off on What’s in a name?

Over the years many things have helped to shape and define Manchester, including, and in no particular order: the weather, football, cotton, Gnaeus Julius Agricola, coal, the Luftwaffe, the Manchester Ship Canal, music, rich people, poor people, poor people who became rich people, foreign people, 24 hour party people…and religion.

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North Korea

Revolution in North Korea

July 22, 2013 Comments Off on Revolution in North Korea

Joseph Park is 31 years old, a defector from North Korea and a prophet of the revolution.

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The Time Machine

Defying the Arrow of Time

June 29, 2013 Comments Off on Defying the Arrow of Time

There can be few places as profoundly lonely as the stage in a one man production.

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Danger Mouse

That’s Where Danger Mouse Lives, That Is

June 29, 2013 Comments Off on That’s Where Danger Mouse Lives, That Is

Some experiences simply make you smile. If you’re lucky that smile won’t have been raised at someone else’s expense or require cynicism or guile to be unlocked.

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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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Southern Cemetery

Chorlton and The City of the Dead

June 5, 2013 Comments Off on Chorlton and The City of the Dead

In the city of the dead, life is to be found in abundance.

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Yuri Gagarin

Red star in Manchester

May 7, 2013 Comments Off on Red star in Manchester

It is 7.10am on April 12, 1961. Major Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin of the Soviet Air Force climbs into the tiny capsule a-top of the nascent soviet spacecraft, Vostok 1. Gagarin, the son of a carpenter and a milkmaid, is a volunteer who knows that many in his country’s space programme privately think he has no more than a 50 per cent chance of surviving this mission.

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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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