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The Civil Justice Centre, corner of Bridge Street and Gartside Street.

Opened on 24 October 2007, the Manchester Civil Justice Centre is the biggest court complex to be built in the UK since the Royal Courts of Justice were constructed in London between 1868-82.

On completion it had the largest glass wall in Europe: a 63m by 60m cavity glass wall as a façade along its western edge supported by sixty metre high triangular atrium columns all suspended from the 11-storey atrium roof.

The floors cantilever up to 15 metres from the building’s columns creating what the architect has dubbed “fingers”, a feature that gives the building some distinctive interior space.

Architects Denton Corker Marshall won Australia’s most prestigious architecture prize – the Royal Australian Institute of Architects National Awards (RAIA) Jørn Utzon Award for International Architecture for designing this building.

(Source: Skyscraper News)

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Christmas shopping in the rain …

You could wait for a lifetime
To spend your days in the sunshine …
(Noel Gallagher, Cigarettes and Alcohol)

King Street

This magnificent erection is the statue of Neptune which stands on the parapet of Ship Canal House in King Street, once the banking centre of the north of England. The building was commissioned in the 1920s by the Manchester Ship Canal Company as its headquarters.

Mosley Street Metrolink

People waiting for trams to Altrincham, Eccles, MediaCityUK and Salford Quays.

Albert Square

The decorations put up for the recent Chinese New Year juxtapose rather well against the Town Hall in Albert Square.

This was taken after an excellent lunch at the Slug & Lettuce.

Strictly speaking, not Manchester, but Salford. This street of terraced houses awaiting renovation near Chimney Pot Park, Langworthy Road.

Market Street

Slug & Lettuce, Deansgate

An excellent venue for a liquid lunch.

Black Dogs Defined

This is the best of me; for the rest, I ate, and drank, and slept, loved and hated, like another: my life was as the vapour and is not; but this I saw and knew; this, if anything of mine, is worth your memory.

(John Ruskin, Sesame and Lilies)

Whatever people say I am, that’s what I’m not.

(Alan Sillitoe, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning)

This is my letter to the world, that never wrote to me.

(Emily Dickinson, This is my letter to the world)

Safe upon the solid rock the ugly houses stand:
Come and see my shining palace built upon the sand!

(Edna St. Vincent Millay, Second Fig)

R.A.D. Stainforth

I was born before The Beatles’ first LP and brought up in the reeking slums of Jericho. I am in love with a woman called Hazel and in love with her daughter, also called Hazel, both of whom I met at Alcoholics Anonymous.

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