7 Oct 2006
And there it was....gone! 
Anybody hoping to be entertained by the 'Manchester Original Modern' street campaign whilst xmas shopping will be in for a disappointment. Most of it has already been taken down after just three weeks.

The 'Manchester welcomes the Labour Party' posters were replaced by 'Manchester Food & Drink' straight after the conference, the Albert Square displays went a few days ago - as did the 'Be Original, Be Modern' lightshow - and the Moss Side 'Manchester' signage has been replaced by 'In The City' banners.

The most 'spectacular' act must be the 'Original Modern' lamppost pennants, which have been replaced by....Christmas trees.

Manchester City Council Tax starts at GBP 799.50 per annum for band A properties and runs through to GBP 2398.50 per annum for band H properties. Students are exempt.



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In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

- extract from the LTM Biting Tongues biography

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