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Peter Kalu

in the street below. There is no better way for a costume drama film to establish its Elizabethan-era credentials than to show slops being thrown from bedroom casement windows. The Victorian sewer is part of England’s claim to glory, along with the two World Wars and the one World Cup. Sir Joseph William Bazalgette (1819–91) has his own statue in London by the River Thames for building London’s main sewers in the 1860s. Manchester has yet to honour its sewer builders, yet they too did a fine job of keeping shit moving – as great a job as the canal builders who are

in Manchester
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Something rich and strange

Manchester: Something rich and strange challenges us to see the quintessential post-industrial city in new ways. Bringing together twenty-three diverse writers and a wide range of photographs of Greater Manchester, it argues that how we see the city can have a powerful effect on its future – an urgent question given how quickly the urban core is being transformed. The book uses sixty different words to speak about the diversity of what we think of as Manchester – whether the chimneys of its old mills, the cobbles mostly hidden under the tarmac, the passages between terraces, or the everyday act of washing clothes in a laundrette. Unashamedly down to earth in its focus, this book makes the case for a renewed imaginative relationship that recognises and champions the fact that we’re all active in the making and unmaking of urban spaces.