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Old October 8th, 2005, 04:40 PM   #121
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Look at them funny little buses.

It's easy to forget how dirty and depressing Manchester once was, and that the older buildings still around are some of the best.
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Old October 8th, 2005, 05:08 PM   #122
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Grimy view from Victoria Station circa 1982 with a newish Arndale.


I've allways thought that site would be great as a posh hotel or collection of bars,restaurants. Much like opposite the Gare du Nord in Paris. Little touches could make town feel so much more accessable and friendly.

Manchester has so many locations that are being used totally wrong and the City centre doesnt 'flow' as much as it could do. That 'hanging ditch' site, whitworth st carpark, both carparks on church st, the Ramada site, elizabeth house etc need sorting out.
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Old October 8th, 2005, 05:12 PM   #123
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Those were the original centreline buses which ran between Victoria and Piccadilly only. At the time, all transpennine trains and most Liverpool trains used Victoria. There was an hourly diesel hauled proper inter-city service from Liverpool to Newcastle, and that was it!

I was about 13 when that pic was taken. Manchester wasn't that depressing, trust me! In reality, it wasn't substantially different from today.
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Old October 8th, 2005, 05:20 PM   #124
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I remember those little buses, weren't they electric powered?

Oh, and agreed with Jongeman, I was about 11 when that picture was taken and it wasn't that depressing, bit scruffy in places, but not depressing. Suppose that the photo being in B&W doesn't help.
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Old October 8th, 2005, 05:31 PM   #125
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No they had diesel engines Weasty. I remember them. Yep, I was around Manchester in 1982 and sure, it wasn't that different to today. I was thinking a bit further back, when every building was black. I'm a child of the sixties when the CIS was shouting out a new age of modernity, and I remember a lot of black buildings then and how wonderful they looked when cleaned up to reveal the golden stone. I remember my Grandad telling me he walked from Gorton to Preston to try to get a job. And he didn't get it. We used to visit them. I remember red wreck, terraced houses, toilet out back, newspaper on a nail, dog hairs and cat sick on the carpet. Depressing.
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Old October 8th, 2005, 05:43 PM   #126
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I remember red wreck, terraced houses, toilet out back, newspaper on a nail, dog hairs and cat sick on the carpet. Depressing.
Eh, you've obviously never been to my fuckin house then! My cat likes shitting behind the washing machine, but I suppose getting rid of the mangle was progress in itself.
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Old October 8th, 2005, 05:55 PM   #127
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Ay up. Mangle? You had a mangle? You lucky bastard!

Jeez, it's hard finding pictures of dirty black buildings. I wanted to post some up as a reminder that beautiful clean stone is a relatively modern thing.
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Old October 8th, 2005, 08:24 PM   #128
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Aye. The Town Hall used to be pitch black.


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Town Hall during cleaning


Definitive source for photos of dirty old black buildings: http://www.images.manchester.gov.uk/
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Old October 8th, 2005, 09:07 PM   #129
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It's not so long ago that I remember central ref being cleaned....mid 80s-ish. I assume that stone buildings need cleaning periodically due to 'normal' levels of atmospheric pollution.....?
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Old October 8th, 2005, 09:29 PM   #130
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The three graces in Liverpool also used to be pitch black. Looks very wierd, especially in colour pics.
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Old October 9th, 2005, 08:57 PM   #131
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From Oldham last week...



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Old October 10th, 2005, 10:05 PM   #132
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A bit old(no Beetham, etc), but still a nice shot of the city centre!

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Old October 10th, 2005, 10:09 PM   #133
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that is one of my favourite shots, ever! they used it on the front of the manchester uni prospectus one year.
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Old October 10th, 2005, 10:44 PM   #134
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noticed today that theres a really good viewpoint comin into piccadilly on the train between ashburys and ardwick; looks quite clustered round sunley from there. i would take a pic, but i dont wanna look stupid on a train packed full of commuters or get my camera knicked. if any1 is in that area, take a piccy please!
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Old October 12th, 2005, 11:44 PM   #135
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Manchester conurbation seen from Werneth Low at night

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Old October 13th, 2005, 11:15 AM   #136
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Man Med, I really like that picture you took from Oldham, showing the mills of manchester past and the construction of manchester future!
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Old October 14th, 2005, 11:39 PM   #137
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Old October 15th, 2005, 12:05 AM   #138
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wow, the pods look ace. I'll be riding them tommroow
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Old October 15th, 2005, 12:10 AM   #139
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Will be nice to see some new pics from the Wheel to compare views within the space of 12 months, as a great deal has changed..
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Old October 15th, 2005, 02:49 AM   #140
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is it me or is this wheel bigger than the other?
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