Designs on Manchester

Attended a rather grand event last night in London at the headquarters of RIBA. The headline attraction was the Royal Gold Medal winners lecture but I was there as a support act and was delighted to be one of a small number of people to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship. It seems then appropriate to reflect on almost a quarter of a century of quality of design in the built environment being central to Manchester's renaissance as a leading international city.

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Deception, Theft, Murder

Half-term week this week and took a couple of hours off yesterday to take my granddaughter to a dramatic telling of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Met in Bury. Been to gigs there a few times and really like it as a venue and thoroughly enjoyed yesterday's performance. Also been trying to extract some relevance or meaning for today's world out of it, but oppressive tyrant slain by work-shy, get-rich-quick thief is the best I can do, and I'm not sure there's much of a moral in that. Any suggestions?

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Two Highlights

Much of the week has been spent on business as usual, how we deal with the growth and neighbourhoods budget over the next three years, accommodation for the Manchester Growth Company ( New Economy, Manchester Solutions, Marketing Manchester, MIDAS, the Business Growth Hub ), the Council 's progress on public service reform, government proposals around Syrian refugees, the implications of Healthier Together for Manchester, a session with Mike Kane our new MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East, CityCo's business plan and so on. However there were a couple of things outside the norm.

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Love Manchester

There. That's the Valentine's Day stuff out of the way except a brief mention for Mike Kane MP, who though technically elected yesterday, didn't get his result until the early hours of Valentine's Day morning. Congratulations to Mike who has big boots to fill in following Paul Goggins but I'm sure he will do a great job in representing Wythenshawe and Sale East in parliament. Not just yet though as parliament is now in recess - isn't it always - so he won't be able to officially sign in until a week Monday.

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A New Leaf

I have been rebuked separately by two of my colleagues for not keeping up with the blog, the first in the belief that it is an important avenue of communication, the second to be able to track what I'm doing. I do have a good reason in that I have been very busy but I am turning over a new leaf and will strive to get back to posting twice a week minimum.

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