Tag Archives: Manchester

In the midst of life

Saturday 17 December 1983. The Science Museum basement, London Not many people – to my knowledge – had seen that basement. Apart from staff. But there wasn’t time for a good look around. There had been a bomb threat and … Continue reading

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Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls. Two gold llamas. And, Chopin woz ‘ere

We went by train – 35 miles or so as the crow flies. More than an hour and a half, on a Sunday. An interesting journey, chugging past lonely chimneys, their factories long gone. Well, mostly. ‘Uncle Joe’s mint balls … Continue reading

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“Fildes, – . Infant. Rode over by the cavalry.”

He was the first person to die. Knocked from his mother’s arms and trampled as the horsemen rode in, freshly-sharpened sabres slashing. It was Monday, 16 August 1819. A sunny day in Manchester. Why did a blameless young child die … Continue reading

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