What's happening with New Manchester Walks
It’s Time to Name the Metrolink Lines
As Manchester’s leading historian and most prolific tour guide, I am approaching both Bee Network/Transport for Greater Manchester and Andy Burnham’s mayoral office to see if they have the imagination to name the Metrolink lines in a way that will do Manchester proud.
At the moment we have Metrolink transport confusion in Manchester. Two tourists stopped me the other day at Deansgate-Castlefield station and asked where they could catch the “Navy Line”. That foxed even me. I asked them where they were going and they said “Victoria”. “That platform over there,” I informed them. But “Navy Line”? Eh? If that’s the best Metrolink/TfGM can do, it’s not good enough.
As for names, for now, the public talks about the “Bury Line” or the “Airport Line”. Factually correct, but boring. If Bee/TfGM renamed the lines, it would reap success in so many ways:
• Usage would increase dramatically as new customers, enticed by the scheme and attracted by the names, chose to use Metrolink, maybe for the first time.
• It would help locals and visitors use the system. (Who’s ever heard of the “Navy Line”?). Tourists would quickly take to the system.
• There would be increased civic pride in Manchester and its history.
• It would lead to nationwide publicity in the national press and media.
Using my unrivalled knowledge of Manchester and its history, and my concern for local civic pride, I have worked out the perfect names for the Manchester Metrolink lines.
Here are the current lines, my proposed names and why.
This is What We Do – We Take Satisfied Groups on Brilliant Tours
So whether you live in Bury, Basingstoke or Bermuda, if you live or are coming to Manchester, book a tour with Ed Glinert, Manchester’s best informed and wittiest historian, Britain’s most prolific tour guide, Arts Society lecturer, cruise ships speaker, Penguin Classics editor, renowned author…and a general authority on anything worth knowing – architecture, art, football, Jewish history, literature, music, politics, religious history…all the important stuff and a bit more.
These are tours with no “Rolls met Royce at the Midland Hotel” canards.
No “the 3 stripes on the city’s coat of arms are the 3 rivers of Manchester” nonsense.
No “the pillar box on Corporation Street is the one that survived the 1996 bomb” rubbish.
No “Mamucium was the city’s original name” idiocy.
Proper history! Wit, depth, analysis, humour, information…
Jonathan Schofield’s Latest Attack on New Manchester Walks
Jonathan Schofield, the Manchester tour guide who can’t get the most basic facts about Manchester history correct, has written to New Manchester Walks’ Ed Glinert asking him to stop guiding in Manchester. Sadly, this is not surprising. Schofield, and his fellow guides who don’t actually guide – Elizabeth Sibbering, Jean Bailo, Kate Dibble, Sue McCarthy etc – have been trying to stop Glinert guiding for nearly 15 years by removing him from every single guiding programme and group that he has a right to be a member of. This is clearly an anti-Semitic campaign against Manchester’s only Jewish guide. In that time Glinert has conducted around 5,500 tours of Manchester and invented around a hundred new walks and talks to entertain and inform the public on: Alan Turing, the Pankhursts, Jewish Manchester, Marx & Engels, Art, Architecture…
Book an Exciting and Entertaining Speaker Who Won’t Send Your People to Sleep: Ed Glinert
As one of Britain’s most experienced public speakers, an Arts Society lecturer and regular cruise ships speaker, Ed Glinert has an endless retinue of talks, many with a Manchester theme, to give.
His most recent additions are:
* The Making of the film Casablanca.
* Alan Turing: Tortured Genius of the Computer Age.
* Brilliant Orange: The History of Dutch Football.
* Marx & Engels in Manchester.
* Diamonds Are Forever.
* The Skyscrapers of New York.
* The Greatest 100 Songs of the 20th Century.
Official Blue Badge Tours & Exciting Talks Covering Manchester, Liverpool & the North-West…100+ Tours & Talks to Choose From!
We represent the Blue and Green Badge guides of Manchester, the only group of North-west guides who can offer a full range of tours and talks in Manchester and Liverpool on everything – from the Pankhursts to Hacienda-era music tours and the Beatles’ Liverpool; from sights and sites associated with Alan Turing, Friedrich Engels, L. S. Lowry and the Pre-Raphaelites to the glories of Manchester’s Victorian architecture, the horrors of slavery, the drama of Peterloo, Britain’s first canals, industry, science, cotton, Ancoats, Angel Meadow, Strangeways…
Perfect for visitors, tourists, locals, private groups, clubs, barmitzvahs, hens, stags, solo travellers…
We are the only guides doing Smiths tours, Joy Division tours, Manchester music tours … with music!
This is Manchester, one of the world’s greatest music cities. The thing is, where Liverpool can only offer the Beatles, we have The Smiths! And Joy Division, The Fall, Oasis, New Order, Buzzcocks, John Cooper Clarke, Happy Mondays, the Stone Roses, the Hollies and, can you believe it, Van Der Graaf Generator. Now that really is a legacy. Match that New York!
So, if you are coming to Manchester, from Venice Beach, Venice or Little Venice, book a private music tour with Mojo’s Ed Glinert, co-author of Fodor’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Traveller series, 40 years a music writer and the country’s most prolific tour guide.
* PS. He loves the Beatles really. Well, A Hard Day’s Night and Help!, not so much Abbey Road, natch, and does the most interesting Beatles tours in Liverpool as well.
Recognition at last! Winners at the European Travel Awards. And praised in The Observer for our Beatles’ Liverpool tour!
Ed Glinert is delighted to announce that New Manchester Walks have won
“Best Walking City Tour Operator 2023 (Manchester)” in the 2023 European Travel Awards.
And this from the Observer March 2023.
No. 2 in “The best free spring culture in Britain, chosen by Observer critics”!
From the newspaper, “Marking 60 years since the Beatles’ first album, Please Please Me, this guided two-hour Liverpool traipse takes in the Cavern club, the Eleanor Rigby statue, George and Paul’s school, “the shabby flat where John Lennon dossed” and “Brian Epstein’s rather more comfortable apartment”. Host Ed Glinert is an accomplished author and walk leader who specialises in music and politics. Book via Eventbrite. Kitty Empire”
Why does Central Library Look Like the Pantheon?
* The following article is now featured on the ILoveMcr website.
* New Manchester Walks’s architecture tours are the only expert architecture tours taking place in the city. They have been devised by RIBA judge Ed Glinert, aided as always by John Alker. Regular tours take place, and to see how much work we’ve put into this, please read this remarkable story about why Manchester Central Library is modelled on Rome’s Pantheon.
You may have noticed that Manchester’s Central Library looks like The Pantheon of Rome. It is so strikingly obvious. But it begs the question why?