Yet another of my occasional Greater Mancunians series, prompted by the MEN tonight reporting that a Blue Plaque is to be placed at the Wilmslow home of Alan Turing.
That he was a genius is not disputed, and probably the creator of modern computer science. Often unregarded for two reasons. First, his work at Bletchley was top secret as so not reported even until long after WWII. Second, he was a homosexual. Read more ›››
This is the third in my occasional Great Mancunians following the death of Frank “Foo Foo” Lamarr from cancer last Friday. Now Frank would not exactly be called great in the obvious sense, but he was a great institution in the city. Drag artist, nightclub owner and tireless raiser of money for good causes, Frank’s Foo Foo’s Palace Club is just
Drag artist, nightclub owner and tireless raiser of money for good causes, Frank’s Foo Foo’s Palace Club is just round the corner from where I work and his Rolls Royce with the number plate Foo 1 was regularly seen in the area. Read more ›››
Did I say an occasional series? Today I have to mention John Dalton following an article in tonight’s Manchester Evening News. It seems we have managed to misplace his body, or at least the exact spot where it was buried.
A reclusive Quaker, Dalton died in 1844 and was buried in Ardwick Cemetery which fell out of use in the 1950s. In 1963, it was turned into a playing field for Nicholls Secondary School. Dalton’s headstone was moved to Manchester Metropolitan University, but no-one knows exactly where the body was buried. Read more ›››
This is the first of an occasional series of postings about Great Mancunians, people born in or adopted by Manchester, people who have contributed to the greater good.
Harumph! So here goes. One hundred years ago. Dateline 10 October 1903. The place: 62 Nelson Street, Chorlton-on Medlock, Manchester. The event: The founding of the Women’s Socialist and Political Party by Emmeline Pankhurst. Motto: “Deeds, not words.” Read more ›››