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Digging The Reno

It’s almost 2 years since the excavation of The Reno Club in Moss Side, organised by Linda Brogan and carried out by Salford University’s Centre of Applied Archaeology….

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Dancing About Architecture

Invisible Cities, Manchester International Festival, July 2019 I’ll be honest: I only went to this event to get inside Mayfield Station, the disused goods depot just across Fairfield…

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The Nico Project

Manchester International Festival, July 2019 Chetham’s Stoller Hall is set up for a small orchestral recital: stools, music stands and instruments fill the centre of the stage. When…

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Plot C

For more than a decade a singular giant pin has pierced the life-size map of Manchester: the Beetham Tower, marking Deansgate’s south end and visible city-wide, guiding drivers…

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Bike Psyche

I love them – the idea of them; the orange, black and silver; the way they pop up like computer game power-ups… but when I was faced with…

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House Of Holland Man

My 2012 “roots” prediction about London-based fashion designer Henry Holland was accurate, if somewhat premature: in 2016 he collaborated with documentary photographer Martin Parr on the presentation of…

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Who is Mayer Hawthorne?

I think I trod on his plectrum. Was it heart-shaped? Was it damaged by my black patent Doc Marten shoe? I hope so. For symmetry’s sake. You see,…

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Antwerp Mansion

A still-standing building for a change… although this one looks like it’s falling down! The staff assure me it isn’t. Apparently the owner’s best friend is a structural…

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Doll Hospital

A room within the Imperial Hotel, on the site of the Malmaison Hotel, Piccadilly, was a Dolls’ Hospital during the 1980s, and doubtless for many years before that….

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Aytoun Street Dole Office

Another gone building. This one, I was fond of. Although it looked like a monument to industrial decline, this building actually bankrolled Manchester’s grassroots creative community throughout the…

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The Wheel

These buildings are gone now… knocked down during 2013 to make way for yet another hotel. (Apparently Manchester needs lots of hotels to accommodate visitors who want to…

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House of Cars

What do you get if you take the corner out of Cornerhouse? House? No, Home apparently… and now with more space, less character and a massive adjoining garage….