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A working party of the Manchester Regiment moving up to the trenches near Serre in France, January 1917

Dulce Et Decorum Est

May 3, 2014 Comments Off on Dulce Et Decorum Est

One of the saddest things I’ve ever seen was a group of young squaddies queuing in a motorway service station, clearly excited about their journey, buying their crisps and pop.

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Re-building a city: Northern Soul talks to architect Ian Simpson

April 20, 2014 Comments Off on Re-building a city: Northern Soul talks to architect Ian Simpson

It is impossible to walk through Manchester city centre without experiencing the creativity of leading architect Ian Simpson.

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Exterior Window, IABF, by Kim May

Unlocking the Anthony Burgess Archive

April 8, 2014 Comments Off on Unlocking the Anthony Burgess Archive

It’s off the beaten track but that would probably have sat well with Anthony Burgess. 

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Scuttlers

The Scuttlers of Manchester: Britain’s first youth cult

March 27, 2014 Comments Off on The Scuttlers of Manchester: Britain’s first youth cult

“…parents should be taught their duty, at present they seem either regardless of this or utterly afraid of correcting their children”.

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The Sage Gateshead at night credit Mark Savage

Sage Gateshead: Northern Soul talks to the boss

March 2, 2014 Comments Off on Sage Gateshead: Northern Soul talks to the boss

As a student in Newcastle in the early 1990s, a trip down the Quayside meant one of two things: drinking in Offshore (a pub that strongly resembled a smugglers’ tavern) or a (usually ill-advised) club night on the Tuxedo Royale, a floating former car ferry moored on the banks of the River Tyne.

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Newcastle Quayside Bridges

Newcastle’s Quay of Life

February 27, 2014 Comments Off on Newcastle’s Quay of Life

There’s a point in Byker where, just between the 60s council flats and the Legoland maisonettes, you catch a glimpse of the Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside.

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London Road Fire Station

In Need of Rescue: London Road Fire Station

February 3, 2014 Comments Off on In Need of Rescue: London Road Fire Station

The decaying site of the former fire station on London Road in Manchester has been part of the city centre landscape for so long that it is an accepted sight for anyone leaving Piccadilly Station.

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Coronation Street

Ta’ra Quay Street, Hello MediaCity: Coronation Street moves house

December 5, 2013 Comments Off on Ta’ra Quay Street, Hello MediaCity: Coronation Street moves house

Many, many years ago the 14-year-old me set off on an adventure with three friends. It was the first time we’d been allowed to go to Manchester on our own.

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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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The Whitaker

By The People, For The People: The Whitaker

November 13, 2013 Comments Off on By The People, For The People: The Whitaker

Where can you see a tiger and python locked in a terrifying embrace, a baby African elephant and a genuine shrunken head? At The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery in Rawtenstall in the heart of the Rossendale Valley.

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