Dig 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….


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…


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…


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…


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…


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,…


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…


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….


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…


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…


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….