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FREE “Manchester Music Hacienda Years” official walking tours this August

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

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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7 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT ANCOATS

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.
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2021 Walking Tours Gift Vouchers. No Time Limit!

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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Sunday 29 August at 12 noon: Alan Turing Guided Tour

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.
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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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We can now offer 50 Zooms, covering a vast range of subjects: Art, Literature, Music, Politics, Science…and not just in Manchester

Here is New Manchester Walks’ programme of Zoom talk-tours in Manchester, Liverpool, London and around the world that you can book privately for your group. Yes, around the world. Why not?! We are a cosmopolitan company with expert guides stationed all over, taking advantage of this great format. We’re planning Underground Jerusalem soon!).

Alan Turing
Ancoats
Angel Meadow
Art and Life of L. S. Lowry
Beatles Magical Mystery Coach Tour
Elizabeth Gaskell’s Manchester
Formidable Women of Manchester
Liverpool’s Wonderful Waterfront
…and many many more
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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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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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