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Our mission: to open up Manchester history and entertain you, the customer

Our purpose as tour guides is to open up Manchester history with entertaining, expert, enlightening tours. Our tours are different from the traditional blue badge fayre. For instance we won’t tell you that Rolls and Royce met at the Midland Hotel (they didn’t), we won’t talk about the “three rivers” of Manchester (there are four), we won’t claim that George Orwell called Manchester “the belly and guts of the nation” (he never did), or that the pillar box on Corporation Street is the one that survived the 1996 bomb (it isn’t).

You want to get to know Manchester better. Of course you do! It’s the world’s first industrial city (quiet, Birmingham), Britain’s second city (quiet, Birmingham), the setting for the country’s best-loved TV soap (no, not Crossroads), home of the world’s most famous football team (no, not Real Madrid, pay attention), birthplace of the heroic Emmeline Pankhurst, workplace of the equally heroic Alan Turing.

It is also home of the country’s first man-made canal, the world’s first passenger railway, the place that gave us glorious Gothic revival architecture, Pre-Raphaelite paintings, a powerful history of political protest and some of the most exciting music the world has ever heard. This is Manchester – THE industrial strength city. Want to get to know Manchester better? The only solution is to book one of our Zooms or walking tours. There is no alternative.
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Next year, 2021, will see the bicentenary of one of the most spellbinding and hypnotic books in English literature, Thomas de Quincey’s Confessions of An English Opium-Eater, a work with such a strong Manchester connection. Thomas de Quincey (1785-1859) is still woefully overlooked and obscure.
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Looking for a witty, entertaining, expert speaker? Ed Glinert, cruise ships speaker and Arts Society lecturer, can offer a hundred talks covering a huge range of subjects

Book Ed Glinert, cruise ships speaker and newly accredited Arts Society lecturer, for your society, U3A, Probus, WI…to give an enthralling talk on all things Manchester, Liverpool, London, whether it be art, architecture or Alan Turing, the Pankhursts, Marx & Engels, the Manchester Docks, Secrets of MI5 and MI6, Underground Manchester, Underground London, How They Built the Atom Bomb, Royal Scandal Down the Ages, and many more.

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7 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT ANCOATS next FREE tour, Sat 25 Sep, 2.30pm.

It was Britain’s first industrial suburb, a land of massive mills, smoking chimneys, mean terraced housing with ne’er a tree or blade of grass in sight. That was 1820. Now in 2020 it has been reborn as the main mighty meme of Manchester, high-life Central, with a high-maintenance history. Here is a hit of hot history from the ’hood.
* Next tour: Sat 25 September 2021, 2.30pm from the Band on the Wall.
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FREE “Manchester Music Hacienda Years” official walking tours most Saturdays

Official Manchester Music Tours. We continue this FREE musical ambulatory venture for autumn 2021. The tours will be led by Ed Glinert, Manchester’s leading historian and long-time music writer, co-author of Fodor’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Traveller books, and launch production editor for Mojo.
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6-9 August 1945, the dropping of the atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

August 6 and August 9, 1945. The allies drop atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan killing at least 125,000 people and ushering in the atomic age – and Manchester had more involvement in the entire atomic story than almost any other city. Read Ed Glinert’s frightening and fascinating account on this website.
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Guiding in Manchester – Frequently Asked Questions

Why are there two groups of guides? Surely you’re all just Manchester tour guides?
We are the official guides of Manchester, the only group of trained guides open to all guides, past present and future. Our group, New Manchester Walks, is run commercially. We believe in taking on new guides, opening up Manchester history, and providing entertaining and informative walks, talks and coach tours, not just in Manchester but beyond – in Liverpool, Knutsford, Haworth, London – using the best possible guides.
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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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