Category Archives: Manchester

A day in Manchester

An interesting guided tour of Chetham’s Library, which made me revise my view of Manchester as a Victorian city. Books – then costly objects – were originally chained to their shelves; you sat at the table to read them. In … Continue reading

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From the sixteenth floor

From the sixteenth floor, the football match below resembles Subbuteo. The view also demonstrates how Manchester is turning into a mess of tall towers; they spring up randomly so don’t create an impressive silhouette like Frankfurt.  Each time I come … Continue reading

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Imperial War Museum North

To Manchester today to see the exhibition “Lest We Forget” at the Imperial War Museum. (I’d seen the paintings before in London, but they are definitely worth a second look.) After four years of marking the centenary of the First … Continue reading

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Central Library

Central Library is a tremendous lynchpin for a city: at the end of Oxford Street and opening onto St Peter’s Square. I’d been inside before but never to the first-floor reading room. It’s a wonderful circular space, lit by a … Continue reading

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View from the tenth floor

There’s still just a bit of snow on the tops of some of the hills. I went into the IWM North very briefly – mostly for a coffee, but then I also looked at the exhibition of Sergey Ponomarev’s photographs … Continue reading

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Guys and Dolls

A performance by the Talawa Theatre Company at the Royal Exchange. Loesser’s music and wit-packed lyrics (“Take back your mink / To from whence it came”) make this my favourite musical, and this was a pretty good production. I still … Continue reading

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Manchester art gallery

A visit to check on William Holman Hunt’s “The Shadow of Death” after seeing it in Leeds art gallery on Wednesday. As I thought – Manchester has the large original and Leeds has a smaller, later version. I also spent … Continue reading

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