What Manchester does today, the rest of the world does tomorrow

This city is alive with music, magic and dance Underpinned with an industrial heart That beats with the vibrancy of scientific discovery. From the transit of Venus to the first railway station, Manchester has a place in the soul of our nation; With Turing’s ‘baby’ computer and the first test-tube …

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It Isn’t Really Up to Me

With climate change now set in stone I go to turn on my TV, And watch the other people moan: “It isn’t really up to me.”   “I heard the US fracked for oil, And China built some factory; It’s them who rape and rot and spoil, It isn’t really …

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A North West Wind Blows

A dissenter by birth, and in Kendal well trapped, But at twenty-six he left it behind. In Manchester, John Gouge’s knowledge was tapped, A case of the blind leading the (colour) blind. A fan of the weather, he spent holidays fully wrapped, Climbing the fells to measure and to unwind. …

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