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We remember the legend that is/was Mark E. Smith 3 years on

A genius, a curmudgeon, an iconoclast, an art terrorist…irascible, irreverent, irredeemable…the late Mark E. Smith, leader of The Fall, the only band to be named after an Albert Camus novella, Manchester’s longest-running group, formed in the earliest days of punk, spurred on by the Sex Pistols’ 1976 Lesser Free Trade Hall gigs, their debut at an Arts Council bash on King Street.

As we wrote when the great man died
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Liverpool’s Wonderful Waterfront

Next tour is on Zoom: Wed 17 February, 5.30pm. Meet: on your computer, not by the Dockers’ Umbrella! Booking: Please press here to book with eventbrite. It’s the greatest urban waterside urban panorama in the country, a mesmerising vista of deep dark docks, baroque towers, skyscraping elevations, exquisite stone palaces and breathtaking brick warehouses. It’s Liverpool …
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Lockdown? We are Working Flat Out! Join us on Zoom

Here are some of our Zooms:

Ancoats * Angel Meadow * Cottonopolis * Elizabeth Gaskell’s Manchester
Formidable Women of Manchester * Hidden Gems of Manchester * Intellectual Manchester Pub Tour * Manchester Architecture * Manchester Music Coach Tour * Manchester and Slavery * Manchester in 12 Songs * Marx & Engels * Midland Hotel * Northern Quarter * Pankhursts of Manchester * Peterloo * Pre-Raphaelites of Manchester Art Gallery * Secret History of Manchester * Strangeways: No Escape *
Town Hall * Underground Manchester.

Press for more outside Manchester in Liverpool and London.
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Underground Manchester has been selling out! Next tour, Sat 30 Jan, 5.30pm.

Thank you, everybody, for making “Underground Manchester: The Full Tour on Zoom” so successful. It’s been selling out, so we’re adding loads of new dates. Book now for Sat 23 January and Sunday 14 February.
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ZOOM talk-tours for early 2021. We are the only guides providing a full range! Please book on eventbrite

• Sat 23 Jan, Underground Manchester, 12 noon. SOLD OUT.
• Sat 23 Jan, Underground Manchester, 6pm. EXTRA SLOT, SELLING NOW.
• Mon 25 Jan, The Pankhursts, 7.30pm.
• Wed 27 Jan, Underground London, 7.30pm.
• Thu 28 Jan, Manchester Town Hall, 5.30pm.
• Fri 29 Jan, The Beatles’ Liverpool coach tour, 7.30pm.
• Sat 30 Jan, Manchester’s Northern Quarter, 11.30am.
• Sat 30 Jan, The Pre-Raphaelites of Manchester Art Gallery, 2.30pm.
• Sat 30 Jan, Underground Manchester, 5.30pm.
• Sun 31 Jan, Secrets of MI5, 1pm.
• Sun 31 Jan, Secrets of MI6, 4pm.

• Mon 1 Feb, George Orwell’s 1984, 7.30pm.
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New Year Gift Vouchers Now On Sale

That’s your Christmas present sorted then: New Manchester Walks’ gift vouchers which can be redeemed on any tour. No time limit for use. Just make sure the tour is taking place before you set off from Stretford, Salford or Spitzbergen. To buy a gift voucher, please click “Continue reading” here to go to eventbrite.
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The Beginners’ Guide to David Bowie (RIP, Five Years Since…)

Always wondered what the fuss was about with David Bowie (who sadly joined Major Tom five years ago today)? After all, some of those albums the critics push – Low, Heroes, The Lodger, Scary Monsters – turn out to be filled with nonsense. Come on; those instrumentals on the other side of Low, which no one plays. That’s Bowie taking your for a ride. But it wasn’t always that way…
10. Modern Love (Let’s Dance, 1983)
9. Be My Wife (Low, 1977)
8. This Is Not America (The Falcon and the Snowman, 1985)
7. Letter to Hermione (David Bowie, 1969)
6. Win (Young Americans, 1975)
5. Stay (Station to Station, 1976)
4. Little Wonder (Earthling, 1997)
3. An Occasional Dream (David Bowie, 1969)
2. Station to Station (Station to Station, 1976)
1. The Width of A Circle (The Man Who Sold the World, 1970)
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Latest Zoom talk-tours with Cruise Ships Speaker Ed Glinert

Missing walking the Manchester streets hearing the history of the world’s greatest industrial city? While you’re inside but would rather be outside we can make you feel like you’re onside on our Zoom talk-tours, even better than the real thing, as U2 once said, covering every one of our hundred or so walks in and around Manchester.

Yes, we will be zooming all the usual tours – Ancoats, Angel Meadow, Architecture, Alan Turing, Art…and that’s just the As – as well as doing the usual walking tours on foot in person. It also offers you, the customer, a wider experience.
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Blue Badge Tours & Green Badge Walking Tours of Manchester all year round

Hello everyone. We at New Manchester Walks host public tours most days of the year on a huge variety of subjects and topics. Indeed there is no walks outfit in the country offering such a programme! All of our tours can be booked privately as well. We are operating a full timetable because we want to bring hope, optimism and enjoyment into people’s lives.

Because many people are not coming out at the moment, we are making the effort to go and meet you – via the wonders of Zoom. It’s amazingly easy and it means you can enjoy a tour of say Ancoats or Manchester Town Hall from the comfort of your own laptop!

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70th Birthday Tribute to the Genius that is Stevie Wonder

We must pay tribute this May, 2020, to the genius that is Stevland Judkins Jnr on his 70th birthday. Here are his ten greatest, ranked for your delectation and deliberation.
10. Superwoman (from Music of My Mind, 1972).
9. Tuesday Heartbreak (from Talking Book, 1972).
8. If You Really Love Me (from Where I’m Coming From, 1971).
7. Another Star (from Songs in the Key of Life, 1976).
6. Fingertips (studio version, from the Jazz Soul of Little Stevie, 1962).
5. Big Brother (from Talking Book, 1972).
4. Jesus Children of America (from Innervisions, 1973).
3. Golden Lady (from Innervisions, 1973).
2. Uptight (single, 1966).
1. I Was Made To Love Her (single, 1967)
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