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Centenary of The Great War

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

​Extracts from The Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate for January 17-23,1916.
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MINING MATTERSThe march of the Wallabies, and the stoppage of the wheelers, top-hands, and off-hand labour, owing to dissatisfaction with the terms of the new agreement, affected the working of the collieries on the Maitland field during the pay ending on Saturday last.

TRAINING OF OUR SOLDIERSThe camp at Broadmeadow has been invested with added importance since the decision was made to form a local battalion at Newcastle. It has been elevated to the dignity of a training camp, where the men are not only to be trained, but equipped.The strength of a battalion may be roughly stated at a little more than a thousand, but accommodation will be provided for 1500 men. Already a beginning has been made with the erection of six huts which are to be built in the northern portion of the ground. At the present time the men sleep in the pavilions, horse stalls, and tents, and they have made themselves as comfortable as possible. Some of the tent-dwellers have given names to their present places of abode.The training of the men is of a most comprehensive character, including physical drill, squad, platoon, company, and battalion drill, rifle exercises, bayonet fighting, musketry in all its phases, from the preliminary musketry instruction leading up to the production of the war shot, all kinds of trench digging, manning as well as digging trenches by day and night, and bombing operations. The trenching and bombing operations have not been carried out yet, but a start is to be made immediately.

DUTY OF RUSSIANSThe Imperial Russian Government has issued an order that all Russian subjects of military age must either join the Russian forces or enlist in the Australian Expeditionary Forces.It is expected that all those capable of bearing arms, many of whom are employed in the mining district, will report themselves forthwith to the Consulate, where all information will be furnished as to what is necessary to be done.As in Russia military service is obligatory, all subjects failing to report themselves become deserters of war.

MUNITIONS MANUFACTUREAmong the passengers who arrived by the mail steamer Ventura this morning from San Francisco was Mr. G. W. Williams, a munitions expert from the United States, who has come to NSW to take charge of the new munition factory erected by the Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited at Newcastle, for the manufacture of shells. He will start the munition plant at Newcastle at once. It is intended to manufacture for the most part 18 pound British shells, and the factory will employ from 150 to 200 men.

IN HONOURED MEMORYThe gift of Commander Frank Gardner, V.D., tobe erected on the pavement in front of the Newcastle Post Office.The base is of Ravensfield stone, and the columns, tablets, basins, and statue of white marble. One tablet records the object of the memorial, and the other three will contain the names of the fallen soldiers from Newcastle. The statue will be life size (6ft high), and the total height about 14ft 9in.The wording on the memorial is as follows:- “Roll of honour. This fountain was presented by Commander Frank Gardner. V.D., in memory of the officers and men of Newcastle, who gave their lives to uphold the honour of the British Empire.”

Enlistments for the weekWilliam Amos, Kurri Kurri; Harold Allen, Aberdeen; Alexander Anderson, Cessnock; Arthur Andrews, Mayfield; Archibald Arbuckle, Cessnock; John Armour, Weston; Joseph Armstrong, Kurri Kurri; Alfred Ashman, South Cessnock; Robert Atkinson, Weston; William Atkinson, Wickham; FrancisAtkinson, West Maitland; Lea Bagnall, Nelson Bay; Leopold Barfield, Newcastle; William Barnett, Teralba; Thomas Barr, Dagworth; Herbert Bevan, Stockton; Joseph Birtley, Kurri Kurri; Samuel Black, Teralba; Charles Bowman, Hamilton; Oswald Brand, Maryville; George Bray, Muswellbrook; Arthur Breakwell, West Wallsend; David Breeze, Minmi; John Brennan, West Wallsend; William Broadfoot, Liddell; Frederick Brogden, New Lambton; Ernest Brown, Islington; John Brown, Dudley; William Brownlee, West Wallsend; Edgar Brunker, West Maitland; Sidney Burke, Cessnock; John Burt, Stockton; James Henry Bush, Cessnock; Wesley Callender, Dudley; William Carr, Cessnock; James Clark, Kurri Kurri; Stanley Connell, Maerannie; William Connell, Maerannie; Wallace Cook, The Junction; DavidCooper, South Maitland; James Crocombe, The Junction; Henry Crowley, Stanhope; Alexander Cumming, Kurri Kurri; David Cunningham, West Maitland; Llewellyn Dalling, Hamilton West; Oliver Davidson, Stockton; Donald Dempsey, Carrington; William Dempsey, Telarah; Milton Dickinson, Hamilton West; Herbert Dickinson, Bulga; Alfred Difford, Weston; Roy Dodds, Scone; John Donnan, Cessnock; Stewart Dunn, New Lambton; John Dunne, Adamstown; Norman Durham, Aberdare; George Duthie, Wickham; William Eagles, Adamstown; William Easton, Jesmond; Arthur Edwards, Rutherford; Alfred Eke, Weston; John Fairlie, Cessnock; Leslie Firth, The Junction; Herbert Fisher, Cardiff;Richard Fisher, Dungog; George Forrest, West Maitland; James Forrester, Boolaroo; Harry Freeman, Singleton; Frederick Frith, Singleton; Frederick Galleghan, Carrington; Robert Gardner, Adamstown; Charles Gerrish, Kurri Kurri; Arthur Gill, Pelaw Main; Henry Gimbert, Wickham; Arthur Goodworth, Singleton; Alister Grainger, Singleton; Richardson Grant, Stroud; Jacob Green, Weston; James Grimshaw, Gloucester; Arthur Hamilton, New Lambton; James Harrison, Smedmore; Albert Hartland, Homerville; John Henderson, West Wallsend; Albert Hewlett, Kurri Kurri; John Hill, Raymond Terrace; Leslie Hill, Cessnock; Henry Hincks, Abermain; Ralph Hinton, New Lambton; Edward Holbert, Tea Gardens; Hugh Holbert, Tea Gardens; Kenneth Horder, Cessnock; John Horn, Teralba; William Hoskins, West Maitland; Roy Hoyland, Killingworth; Victor Huddleston, Holmesville; Reginald Hughes, New Lambton; Anthony Hughes, Young Wallsend; James Hughes, New Lambton; William Hyde, New Lambton; Charles Ingram, Islington; Gregori Jakimov, Newcastle; Alfred James, Minmi; Percy Jarvis, Lambton; George Jenkins, Weston; James Jenkins, New Lambton; Jeremiah Jennings, Adamstown; Albert Johns, Kurri Kurri; Hubert Johns, Pelaw Main; William Johns, Kurri Kurri; HaroldJohnson, Newcastle; William Johnston, Barnsley; James Johnston, Newcastle; William Jones, Hamilton West; Herbert Jones, Cessnock; Robert Jordan, Green Arm; Norman Kay, West Maitland; JamesKearney, Gloucester; Ernest Kelly, Islington; Joseph Kelly, Hamilton; James Kemp, Plattsburg; WilliamKennedy, Lambton; Joseph Kirk, Kurri Kurri; John Lamb, Aberdare; David Lamb, Aberdare; Alfred Lavender, Bolwarra; Jonathan Laverick, Adamstown; Arnold Leach, Hamilton; James Leckie, West Wallsend; Herbert Lenham, West Wallsend; George Lightfoot, Cessnock; Ambrose Lockett, Ladysmith; Edward London, Ellalong; George Lucre, Abermain; Walter Lunn, Boolaroo; MadsMadsen, Kurri Kurri; Edward Maher, Singleton; Laurie Mannerman, Kurri Kurri; Francis Masters, Swansea; Harry May, Timor; Matthew McDonald, South Maitland; Walter McGovern, West Maitland; Frederick McIntyre, Pelaw Main; Neil McKinnon, Muswellbrook; John McKinnon, Hamilton; Edward McMillan, Smedmore; Cecil McNaught, Merriwa; Robert McNeill, Hamilton West; JamesMcWilliams, West Wallsend; Edward Messenger, Pelaw Main; Samuel Miles, Newcastle; Bertie Miller, Broadmeadow; James Milne, Newcastle; Henry Mitchell, Islington; Horace Mitten, Tighes Hill; Alexander Mouat, Newcastle; Ronald Mouat, Newcastle; Harold Mudford, Wards River; James Muir, Singleton; Aubrey Murray, Newcastle; Andrew Mustow, Hamilton; George Nash, Bowman River; James Nash, Gloucester River; Charles Neilen, Cessnock; John Nelson, Cessnock; Thomas Nelson, Cessnock; Tatisan Newell, West Wallsend; Thomas Newell, Kurri Kurri; Charles Newton, Maryville; Frederick Norrgrann, Upper Myall; John O’Brien, Teralba; Phillip O’Grady, Kurri Kurri; Robert Oliver, West Maitland; Ralph Oliver, Weston; Andrew O’Neil, Mine Camp; Thomas Padgett, West Wallsend; Douglas Page, Main Creek; Gregory Page, Main Creek; Herbert Parsons, Weston; Arthur Payne, Raworth; Thomas Pease, Adamstown; Andrew Peebles, Islington; Henry Phee, Cessnock; Joseph Phillips, Merewether; George Pickard, Minmi; Reginald Pont, Morpeth; Bert Poole, West Maitland; Patrick Porter, Tea Gardens; John Printer, Adamstown; Herbert Proctor, Islington; Martin Quinlan, Newcastle; Thomas Ramsay, Cessnock; Henry Randall, Weston; Joseph Randall, Kurri Kurri; Daniel Regan, Wallsend; Clifton Rhodes, Boolaroo; Edward Ridley, Young Wallsend; George Ritchie, Adamstown; John Roberts, Neath; Robert Roberts, Speers Point; George Robertson, Newcastle; Allen Rooke, Cessnock; Oliver Russell, Rothbury; Arthur Sattler, Singleton; Charles Schmitzer, West Maitland; Percival Scorer, Newcastle; Alexander Scott, Krui River; John Scott, Weston; WalterScribner, Carrington; James Scully, The Junction; Alfred Searle, Ladysmith; Job Sheldon, New Lambton; Thomas Shelton, Barrington; Charles Shepherd, Kurri Kurri; Clarence Smith, Dungog; William Smith, West Wallsend; John Smith, Plattsburg; Herbert Smith, Adamstown; Samuel Sproat, Kurri Kurri; James Stenhouse, West Wallsend; Robert Steven, Kurri Kurri; Joseph Storer, Killingworth; Thomas Sutton, Bulahdelah; Menalous Taylor, Weston; Christopher Thomas, Waratah; George Thompson, Teralba; George Thompson, Hamilton; Sydney Thoroughgood, West Wallsend; Robert Thurston, Boolaroo; Kenneth Tilburn, South Cessnock; Norman Trevallion, Hamilton; John Tunney, Pelaw Main; Benjamin Turnbull, Hamilton West; Andrew Walker, Cessnock; John Wallace, Newcastle; Lancelot Watters, Spring Creek; James Weimer, Adamstown; David Weinburg, Hexham; Colin Wharton, Gundy; Ernest Wheatley, Cessnock; George Whelan, Hilldale; Adam White, Adamstown; Thomas Wilcox, Teralba; Joseph Wilcox, Newcastle; Joseph Willetts, Cessnock; Algernon Williams, Dudley; John Williams, Dudley; John Wilson, Newcastle; John Wright, Morisset; James Young, Merewether; John Young, Weston.

Deaths for the weekPte Edward Denis Kendall, Singleton.

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PICTURES: 39 years on: Granville train disaster memorial snubbed by state government

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: People paying their respects. Picture: Michael Szabath.Memories of Australia’s worst rail disaster came flooding back on Monday. But this year was the first time the state government didn’t have a representative at the Granville train disaster memorial, after the Transport Minister didn’t respond to calls by organisers.
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It’s been 39 years since a packed commuter train from the Blue Mountains derailed and crashed into the supports of the Bold Street bridge at Granville which collapsed onto two carriages, killing 83 and injuring 213.

Victims’ families, survivors and rescuers relived the day through photos and television footage at a memorial at Granville Town Hall followed by a wreath laying service before going to the bridge to release 83 roses onto the tracks.

John Hennessey was at his Campbelltown home when the news broke about the tragedy.

The Granville Memorial Trust president helps organise the annual memorial.

‘‘We do it so it never happens again,’’ he told the Sun.

‘‘We keep the state rail on their toes like a beacon as the public are entitled to the best.’’

PICTURES: 39 years on: Granville train disaster memorial snubbed by state government Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: John Hennessey OAM. Picture: Michael Szabath.

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: Paul Touzell a survivor with Gerard Buchtmann. Picture: Michael Szabath.

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: Dorothy Robibson. Picture: Michael Szabath.

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: People paying their respects. Picture: Michael Szabath.

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: Picture: People paying their respects. Michael Szabath.

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: Gary Raymond & Kie. Picture: Michael Szabath.

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: Picture: People paying their respects. Michael Szabath.

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: People paying their respects. Picture: Michael Szabath.

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: Picture: Flowers laid at the memorial. Michael Szabath.

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: Gerard Buchtmann conducting the memorial. Picture: Michael Szabath.

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: Members of the Ermergency Services hand out roses. Picture: Michael Szabath.

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: Candles lit in remembrance at the memorial. Picture: Michael Szabath.

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: John Hennessey OAM. Picture: Michael Szabath.

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: Memorial service. Picture: Michael Szabath.

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: Annette Hogan (formally Gordon) with Scotty Mc Inally. Picture: Michael Szabath.

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Tax debt is Tinkler’s, not mine, says Williams

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

THE tax office is chasing former associatesof Nathan Tinkler for millions of dollars in tax owed by Tinkler Group companies.
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And the controversial businessman is facing personalbankruptcy over $US2.3 million ($3.3 million) debt being claimed by a finance company in relation to his former private jet.

Darren Williams, afounder of the Buildev Group that Mr Tinkler took control of in 2008, has confirmed the tax office is after him for almost $900,000 –money that he says should be paid by Mr Tinkler, not him.

TheNewcastle Heraldhas been told by people familiar with the situation that other former associates and family membersof the controversial businessman are also being chased with “directors’ notices” that could potentially reach $10 million or more.

The Australian Taxation Office’s interest in Mr Tinkler’s former associates appears to be part of a wider tax dragnet that includes the Deputy Commissioner of Taxation taking Queensland Supreme Court action againstMr Tinkler for $10 million in tax allegedly owed by two Tinkler Group companies.

The tax office action against the Tinkler Group coincides with news that Mr Tinkler and some new co-investors had contracted to buy the Dartbrook mine from Anglo American for $50 million.

Mr Tinkler is understood to still owe at least $400 million to his former financiers Farallon, with another $50 million owed to the Jeffries merchant bank in New York.

This is on top of the large numbers of smaller debts that Tinkler Group companies left with suppliers and other creditors across Australia.

The Queensland Supreme Court cases involve Aston Resources Investments for$6.4 million and Tinkler Group Holdings Administration for$3.5 million.

Queensland court records show both matters are due back in court on February 29.

When questioned by theHerald,Mr Williams said the Queensland action was against Tinkler companies –rather than Mr Tinkler as an individual –whereas the tax office was chasing him and other former Tinkler company office holders who had been left with liability for the tax debt.

Mr Williams said he did not expect people to besympathetic towards him, given the trail of debt and controversy that Tinkler Group companies had left in their wake, but he believed it was unfair to chase him –even if he was a director at the time the tax went allegedly unpaid –because Mr Tinkler was always the person in charge, and ran his businesses as a fiefdom.

PURSUED: Buildev founder Darren Williams is being chased by the tax office but he says it should be going after Nathan Tinkler, not him.

IN CHARGE: Nathan Tinkler took control of the Buildev Group in 2008 – Darren Williams says Mr Tinkler began using it as “his own personal construction company”.

Mr Williams said he was waiting to see the outcome of the Federal Court bankruptcy action that GE Commercial had taken against Mr Tinkler.

Court records show it washeard in Brisbane on December 14 beforeJustice Jacqueline Gleeson, who has reserved her judgement.

A lawyer familiar with the case told the Herald that if Justice Gleeson found for GE Commercial, Mr Tinkler would be immediately declared bankrupt.

Mr Tinkler had defended the matter by saying GE had used the wrong exchange rate calculation in converting the $US debt into Australian currency.

If he lost, and was declared bankrupt, it would probably impact on his ability to be part of the Dartbrook deal, given that a bankrupt would be unable to hold down a director’s position in a public company.

Australian Pacific Coal, which has signed an agreement with Anglo to buy Dartbrook, is a publicly listed company with Mr Tinkler as chief executive and managing director.

Asked whether it was concerned about Mr Tinkler’s potential bankruptcy, a spokesperson for Australian Pacific Coal said: “It is not the company’s policy to comment on hypotheticals”.

Mr Tinkler did not respond toHeraldquestions sent to him, personally,about the action against Mr Williams and others.

Mr Williams said he was no longer in contact with Mr Tinkler.

Mr Tinkleris reportedly living at aPullenvale, Queensland, property he bought soon after the Middlemount mine deal that sent him on the road to temporary riches.

He said Buildev had been “a good successful company” before Mr Tinkler bought into it and “began using it as his own personal construction company”.

Workers face uncertain future as Woolworths dumps Masters

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

Masters hardware.About 10,000 workers are facing an uncertain future after the announcement that Woolworths plans to sell or closeall Masters home improvement stores, including the warehouse at Rutherford.
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On Monday Woolworths Limited announced it intends to “exit its home improvement businesses, Masters Home Improvement and Home Timber & Hardware, through a prospective sale or wind-up process”.

The announcement follows reports that the business has lost more than $600 million since opening four years ago.

“Our recent review of operating performance indicates it will take many years for Masters to become profitable,” Woolworths chairman Gordon Cairns said.

“We have determined we cannot continue to sustain ongoing losses from this business.”

The decision affects 10,000 workers across the country.

The union for retail workers, SDA, was in discussions with Woolworths on Monday.

SDA national secretary, Gerard Dwyer said the union’s immediate focus was on supporting the at-risk workers.

“There are thousands of Masters workers waking up to news of an uncertain future,” he said.

“The SDA will be working with the major retailer to minimise the impact on individuals and doing everything we can to support workers during this period.

“The company has assured us that its preferred outcome is to sell the business as a going concern and if this is achieved the SDA will promptly engage the new owners on behalf of our members.

“This is obviously a devastating time for workers and their families, and the SDA will be doing everything we can to support them during this uncertain period.”

Woolworthsreleased a statement which said the top priority was to do the right thing by employees, suppliers, customers and shareholders.

“We will act quickly and openly to minimise the impact of this decision,” a statement read.

“If Woolworths is unable to sell all of the business and has to close any of the operations, it will seek to provide alternate employment opportunities within the Woolworths Group to all current Home Improvement employees.

“Woolworths will honour all gift certificates, product warranties, returns, and lay-bys and the completion of any contracted home improvement projects such as kitchens, bathrooms and floor coverings. Any gift cards can already be used at other Woolworths Group stores.”

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The sexiest hotel in Europe?

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

Artfully placed furnishings, money bag included, are a feature of Manchester’s Hotel Gotham. Photo: SuppliedGotham. The word tends to conjure up images of caped crusaders and grotesque villains; of eerie, crime-riddled skyscraper-scapes and frantic flurries of Sock! Bam! Pow! Yet anyone expecting a bombastic, kitschy Batman-themed bolthole,  with staff masquerading as Bruce Wayne’s alter ego and Catwoman clambering up the walls, will be slightly underwhelmed by Hotel Gotham.
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Punters, however, looking for an upmarket city centre retreat sprinkled with glitz and glamour (and some subtle, and not-so-subtle, references to the Dark Knight) are likely to be impressed, inside and out. While many of Manchester’s newest hotels and eateries occupy restored Victorian warehouses, spruced up Georgian and Edwardian mansions and gleaming modern high rises, Hotel Gotham has mushroomed over seven storeys of the former Midland Bank, a majestic Art Deco-cum-neoclassical affair designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens​ (the architect behind the Cenotaph in Whitehall and much of imperial New Delhi).

Now nestled in one of Manchester’s most refined dining and shopping districts, this white Portland stone landmark was (partially) revitalised in 2012, when Jamie Oliver opened a branch of his Italian restaurant empire in its north-eastern wing (replete with a private venue in its retired basement safe deposit vaults). Though Gotham shares the same address – 100 King Street – the hotel’s discreet black and gold entrance is round the corner on Spring Gardens, where a smartly-attired bellboy and concierge usher me into a lift and up to the intimate sixth-floor reception of an establishment which has designs on being “the sexiest hotel in Europe”.

As I tap into the free Wi-Fi, and sip my complimentary welcome drink – a raspberry-tinged gin – the cheerful Mancunian receptionist informs me that guests can order a personalised Martini trolley service to the 60 swish double rooms and suites scattered across this Grade II listed gem, which has retained and restored many of its period architectural flourishes while adding decorations that evoke its banking past and boom years (think: swag bag door stoppers and laundry bags, fake gold bars and vintage travel trunks).

Eye-catching artwork pervades the hotel, including cardboard sculptures of Alfred Pennyworth-esque butlers and illustrations of magnificent Manchester buildings. Boasting a geometric zig-zag carpet (which makes me think of bats), my ‘club room’ (506) is partitioned in two: the lower half features a plush purple armchair, wardrobe, mini-bar and tea, coffee and espresso making facilities, and a spacious bathroom with a walk-in monsoon shower, fluffy towels and bespoke toiletries. The slightly elevated upper section contains a flat-screen TV, comfy king-size bed, with an Egyptian duvet, pillows, roll cushions and faux fur throw.

A dressing table is laden with binoculars, an antique globe, travel magazines, books (F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Charles Schumann’s American Bar: The Artistry of Mixing Drinks), and ‘The Gotham Bugle’ (a newspaper that mixes tongue-in-cheek stories about fictional local socialites, footballers and fashionistas, with a guest directory, sightseeing map and the hotel’s diverse food and drink options, which number succulent seafood dishes, like oysters and lobsters, and hearty Lancashire favourites, such as lamb hotpot and ‘posh’ fish and chips). Attractive by day – when light floods in through the original windows – rooms look even swankier following the turn-down service, when the curtains are drawn, a dimly-lit decadence takes hold and complimentary Batman-shaped cookies are delivered. If you’d like a permanently seductive environment – and don’t mind forking out between £375-1000/$780-$2082 for the pleasure – book one of the hotel’s five lavish ‘inner sanctum suites’.

Shorn of natural light, they have leather-clad walls and a dramatic ‘wonderwall’, a giant screen that plays a quirky video of Manchester re-imagined as 1930s Manhattan, plus live shots of present-day Manchester. Other showstopping suites are named after iconic Mancunians like Morrissey, Ian Curtis and Anthony Burgess, while the Harden suite (dubbed the bank manager’s suite) has a striking steel bathtub. Hotel guests are free to enter the vault-like doors of Brass, a private rooftop members’ bar perched above Honey (a bistro-restaurant beside reception with bowler-hatted, bow-tied waiters, and typewriters stuck to the walls).

Relax in Brass’ snug booths with quirkily-titled cocktails like Lady Didsbury’s Daiquiri (apricot-flavoured Bacardi, Yellow Chartreuse and fresh citrus) and Oswald ‘Cobbler’ Pot (a boozy nod to the Penguin of Gotham City). If it’s dry – it’s known to rain in Manchester from time to time – head out onto the outdoor terraces and ogle views of the rapidly-evolving skyline. It’s absolutely fantastic up here. The only thing lacking is a Bat-Signal.

TRIP NOTES

MORE INFORMATION

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GETTING THERE

Emirates, Etihad and Singapore Airlines fly from Sydney to Manchester via Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Singapore respectively.

STAYING THERE

Part of the Bespoke Hotels group, Hotel Gotham has rooms from £125 ($260); hotelgotham.co.uk

Steve McKenna was a guest of Hotel Gotham, Visit Manchester and Visit Britain

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