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People: George Best to the Pankhursts

Charles Dickens in Manchester

Next tour: Sunday 13 September 2020. Meet: TfGM Travelshop, Piccadilly Gardens, 2.30pm. Booking: Please press here to book with eventbrite. Private bookings: To book privately, please phone 07769 29 8068. What a review on TripAdvisor! I booked myself and some Irish/Canadian visitors on a special Charles Dickens’s Manchester tour to coincide with the Manchester Literary Festival. It was …
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L. S. Lowry’s Manchester

Next tour is on Zoom: Thursday 20 May 2021. Meet: On your computer, 8.00pm. Booking: Please press here to book with eventbrite. Spurned, snubbed and sniggered at, Laurence Stephen Lowry became Britain’s most famous and best-loved 20th century painter, whose works now sell for millions. He called himself a “simple man”, but he was the …
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John Dalton – Father of Science

Next tour: Sat 20 October 2018 (Science Festival tours). Meet: Art Gallery entrance, 2.30pm. Most scientists do well to dominate thinking in one discipline; John Dalton came up with three. Arriving in Manchester in 1793 to teach maths, he engaged in pioneering work into the very nature of matter at the Literary & Philosophy Society’s …
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George Best’s Manchester – The Good, The Bad, The Bubbly

Next tour is on Zoom: George Best would have, should have, been 75 on the 22nd of May 2021. Meet: on your computer. Booking: Please press here to book with eventbrite. There was Oscar’s, the Brown Bull, Slack Alice’s and Edwardia – Manchester clubs, pubs, night time venues and boutiques. Somehow, amongst all the high-living …
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Elizabeth Gaskell’s Manchester

Next tour: Thu 5 March 2020. Meet: St Ann’s Church, 11am. Booking: Please press here to book with eventbrite. The story so far: Elizabeth Gaskell was born Elizabeth Stevenson in Chelsea and raised in Knutsford. She worked in Manchester, combatting poverty and ignorance, spreading the word about non-comformist Christianity and devising fiendish literary plots. Gaskell …
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Disraeli, Gladstone and Cobden – Victorian Titans

  Benjamin Disraeli: 19th century prime minister and celebrated author. Ah, the days when the most powerful politicians could, unlike Gordon Brown, segue words into sentences that shook and stirred the soul rather than mangled the English language. Disraeli, promoter of “One Nation” Toryism, came to Manchester on many occasions, speaking at literary soirees and …
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Control – Ian Curtis’s Manchester

Next tour: Tuesday 18 May 2021. Meet: TfGM Travelshop, Piccadilly Gardens, 5.30pm. Booking: Please press here to book with eventbrite. Calling all Ian Curtis/Joy Division fans. We meet hundreds of you every year aimlessly wandering around Manchester city centre looking for relevant locations: the Hacienda, Rafter’s, the Briton’s Protection …. If you came on our …
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Best, Law, Charlton – The Holy Trinity

  George Best was the greatest player ever to come out of the British Isles. A mercurial winger, a dazzling dribbler, a magician, a maverick. As the saying goes: “Maradona good; Pelé better; George Best”. Denis Law was European Footballer of the Year 1964. A great showman and one of the greatest goal poachers the game …
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Alan Turing: Tortured Genius of the Computer Age

Next tour is on Zoom: Tuesday 13 April 2021, 5.30pm. Meet for Zoom: On your computer. Meet for real-life walks: Manchester Museum, off Oxford Road, Chorlton-on-Medlock. Booking: Please press here to book with eventbrite. Alan Turing has gone down in history as the man who didn’t invent the computer! He should have, in the 1940s, but …
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Adolphe Valette – An Impression of Manchester

Next tour: 3 October 2019  Meet: Art Gallery, Mosley Street, 1.30pm. Booking: Please press here to book with eventbrite. *** His students called him “Mr  Monsieur”. His devotees praised his unique vision of Manchester. His legacy is the most important in Manchester’s art history. Adolphe Valette left a mesmerising series of impressionist views of Manchester; the fogs, …
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