There wasn’t much as it turned out. Mrs P quite fancied the idea of the two hour tour of the Great Northern Warehouse Tunnel in Manchester until I pointed out that it was Monday and the tour she was looking at on the web was yesterday.
But we went into Manchester anyway which had quietened down after the Gay Pride celebrations over the weekend and most of the visitors had left. Or decamped, so to speak.
We went to the People’s History Museum for want of anything else to do. As you can imagine from the title, it is unashamedly left-wing exhibition, chronicling as it does the struggle for democracy that we take for granted today.
Some of it feels anachronistic in these ‘enlightened’ times, like the trade union banners on the right, but whatever your views about them, working men found solidarity walking beneath them and won important freedoms that we have inherited.
And you can’t belittle what the early pioneers did to further the cause of social democracy when you see exhibits like the executioner’s axe of the left that awaited those falsely found guilty of sedition and treason.
In fact the was just for show and not actually used. Instead the job was ‘humanely’ done by a surgeon wielding a scalpel. Isn’t civilisation a wonderful thing?
Speaking of which, we finished off our visit with a meal at Pizza Express. You see it was for the freedom to eat in the fast food restaurant of our choice that our forefathers gave up their lives.