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Looking for a witty, entertaining expert speaker? Ed Glinert has 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.
A new venture for August 2021: we want people to get back into the swing of walking tours after months of lockdownism, and so we are enticing you back onto the streets with a number of FREE “Manchester Music Hacienda Years” walking tours.
Here in Manchester, we’re appallingly served by the media. The country’s best magazines, such as The Spectator, are 99% London-oriented, and the local Manchester Evening News is obsessed with celebrity nonsense, violence and tat. Anyone who wants to read something interesting, fascinating and eye-opening on Manchester has barely anywhere to go – apart from New Manchester Walks.
I was hoping the new Mill would be receptive, but I’m not woke enough or young enough. Great stories are missed. Below is one of the greatest involving Manchester, and with global connotations.
The Manchester Evening News would not touch the centenary of the Balfour Declaration in 2017, the event that led to the creation of the State of Israel, which had huge connections with Manchester, something we explain on our Jewish Manchester walks. Their reasoning: “No one would read it,” one of the editors explained to me. This in the conurbation with Britain’s second biggest Jewish community. Shame on them.
Here’s another story they wouldn’t touch.
Seventy-five years ago, in August 1945, two atom bombs were dropped on Japan, killing more than…
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.
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 21 August, 11.30am from the Band on the Wall.
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.
How wonderful that Alan Turing, a man vilified in his lifetime by the establishment and unknown to the public on account of the secrecy surrounding his war work, has just been named the BBC’s Icon of the 20th century. Noting that the BBC’s own website on the subject wrongly claims that Alan Turing invented the computer, here’s the ideal opportunity to learn the true story…on our tour.
Next tour from the Manchester Museum Reception:
* Sun 11 July 2021 at 12 noon.
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.
* Ed Glinert’s hilarious trawl through the dodgy denizens of No. 10.
Prime Ministers don’t fight duels anymore, so we believe, but George Canning, foreign secretary, went into battle with Lord Castlereagh on Putney Heath in 1809. Neither died, and Canning later became the shortest-lived PM after only 118 days.
At around quarter past five on Monday 11 May 1812 PM Spencer Perceval fell down in the lobby of the Palace of Westminster and cried out: “I am murdered!”. Yes, the only time a British prime minister has been assassinated.
Next tour is on Zoom: Wednesday 23 June 2021, 8pm. 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 …