In Manchester

13 May

In Manchester. It’s a beautiful piece of perfect pop by the band, Wire. Here’s a link to it on YouTube. It’s also where I was, last weekend. In all the travelling I’ve undertaken in recent times, I haven’t explored my own country much. Last weekend, work took me to England’s northwest and a return to the city of Manchester and its university. 

I had a little time to re-acquaint myself with the city centre. Victorian Gothick abounds. The Museum, the cathedral, the University, the City Hall… 

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My accommodation was nothing short of astonishing. I stayed at the former Refuge Assurance Building, a marvel of redbrick and Burmantoft tiles, marble and brass. It demonstrates a commitment to the aesthetic that we rarely encounter now, a testament to lost crafts and foundries. My little not-so-smart phone isn’t up to the job of reflecting the architectural splendour of the building, but it did its best. 

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 What an amazing city… It just goes to show that England isn’t just about London, as some people seem to believe. If it weren’t for the political climate here – it’s even worse than the meteorological one – I could almost fall in love with my country again. 

All text and images © PSR 2017

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6 Responses to “In Manchester”

  1. Mari Biella May 13, 2017 at 11:34 am #

    It looks beautiful. I’m not familiar with Manchester, but a little visit may be in order…

    • Paul Sutton Reeves May 13, 2017 at 3:29 pm #

      Hi Mari and thanks for commenting. Yes, it has a grand centre.

      I have an idea for a series of posts featuring exiled guests and rather hoped you might participate…

      • Mari Biella May 14, 2017 at 7:05 am #

        I’m not sure I really qualify as an exile, but it would be an honour!

  2. Paul Sutton Reeves May 14, 2017 at 11:22 am #

    Excellent, Mari! I’ll let you know what it’s all about, shortly.

  3. estellalynch May 18, 2017 at 6:39 pm #

    You swept me straight to Manchester city centre with your words and photos. Refuge Assurance Building will surely be on my list of sites to see when I am soon in Manchester again. Beautiful.

    • Paul Sutton Reeves May 18, 2017 at 8:43 pm #

      Thanks for your kind comments, Estella. It was some years since I’d visited and I’d forgotten what a truly impressive city centre it has.

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