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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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We are the experts on Manchester history: Ed Glinert on BBC News

BBC news wanted an expert on the history of Cheetham Hill, Red Bank and Angel Meadow, with particular reference to the legendary Sister Elizabeth Prout, who worked amongst the Victorian poor relieving those most afflicted, so they turned to New Manchester Walks’s Ed Glinert. You can too on any of around a hundred local tours. 
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Discover Manchester’s History

Manchester became the world’s first industrial centre at the end of the 18th century, and within a hundred years was the second city of the empire, a vast commercial and cultural hub, setting for the greatest Town Hall in the country, home of the brilliant newspaper the Manchester Guardian, and an exciting reputation as the home of protest, progression and culture. Hear the full story with Manchester’s expert historian, Ed Glinert.

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Official Manchester Tours (the perfect way to learn the city’s history)

New Manchester Walks is the only official, trained, expert group of guides operating commercially in the Manchester area.

Entertaining, exciting guiding: why be bored on a tour?

Our mission is to open up Manchester history to as many people as possible though our tours, walks, talks, articles and books. It’s a bit of a battle, given that Manchester’s history has been severely mistreated for decades…
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DO YOU HAVE A GROUP? WE CAN DO PRIVATE TOURS FOR SMALL GROUPS

Take to the streets, get some exercise, indulge in some brain nourishment. Because we know many of you are apprehensive at going on a packed tour we are welcoming private tours for small groups.

So, if you have a large group, maybe U3A or Probus, or just a group of friends, we can take you out in smaller numbers, one small group at a time. That way everyone gets to go on the tour and everyone feels safe.

Please e-mail info@newmanchesterwalks.com or phone 07769 29 8068 for more details.
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Confused about the new rules and regulations in Greater Manchester? Come on a tour: safe, sound and stylish. £11 for one, £16.50 for two

Spain’s out, America’s out and Okunoshima Island off the coast of Japan is overrun with rabbits but has no inhabitants. So forget going abroad and holiday in Manchester. The city is overrun with history and you can take part in it at cheap and nourishing prices:

£11 for one person
£16.50 for two.
Please book with eventbrite. If you can’t, let us know.
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What Shall We Do With the Manchester Statues?

It’s not just Bristol (and London as Sadiq Khan has just discovered) that have the wrong statues. Manchester is full of them. First of all, the most glaring anomaly, is that in a city that prides itself as one of the most left-wing in the country there are more statues of Tories than socialists: 3-2 at the last count.

Funnily enough the people, yes, we the people, are to blame for this in one respect. When the public was asked a few years ago to choose a new statue that had to be of a woman, under-represented in the city’s statuary, there was huge support for Emmeline Pankhurst at the expense of her more deserving daughter, Sylvia. It was hardly surprising…
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WHY CENTRAL LIBRARY LOOKS 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. A new date for the next tour will be announced soon as it is possible to do so. In the meantime, here is a wonderful story explaining why Manchester Central Library is modelled on Rome’s Pantheon.

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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?
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MANCHESTER’S GREATEST PAINTING: WORK by FORD MADOX BROWN

Today’s Manchester painting dissected, discussed and dismembered is “Work” by Ford Madox Brown (1852-65). Ed Glinert reveals all behind Manchester Art Gallery’s most complex and epic painting.
No painting in Manchester Art Gallery attracts more viewers than “Work”. Hordes of people make for it as if by magic, and when they get there they are astonished at the breathtaking panoply of figures, ideas and stories.
On first inspection
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THIS WEEK’S PAINTING: THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

Today’s Manchester picture to enjoy while the Gallery is closed and we can’t take you on art tours: “The Light of the World” by William Holman Hunt (1851-53).

Manchester Art Gallery owns one of three versions of William Holman Hunt’s 1856 Pre-Raphaelite work “The Light of the World”. The others are in Keble College, Oxford, and the crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral. Yes, it may be unusual to have more than one version of a painting, but what is even more unusual about the Manchester one is that it may well not be by Hunt, but by his pupil Fred Stephens.
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