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April 12, 2014


Well, there you go, I've been reading your blog for years, have a number of your books and regularly celebrate the fact that you introduced me to Persephone Books and I never knew we went to the same school (and hated the same walk to the same hated hockey lessons for the same reasons) I did, however, view the toast rack from a different bus….

What an amazing design for a building! I do hope the new owners retain its integrity. Conversely, I loved hockey at school, and played at every opportunity. Tennis, on the other hand, I hated, and I asked my violin teacher to excuse me, as it was "bad for viloinists' wrists"!

If ever there was a time I wished I could win the Lottery big time, (if I actually bought a ticket!), then the chance to buy into that history is one of them.
As a visitor to and lover of, Manchester I revel in its' architecture...a joy to behold!
Z xx

Ladderhouse Productions is a student group from Winchester, and this is our award winning documentary about Yarn Storming and Guerrilla Gardening in London and Portsmouth. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoOWH6L_9ZE

I went to a college where I trained as a uniformed nanny just down the road from the Toast Rack. I clearly remember walking to Birch Church, past the building, as I knew I would find wild flowers growing in the churchyard . Homesick for rural Kent I would pick a bunch to keep on my dressing table.

I don't know which I like better: the building itself or the fact that it has been nicknamed "Toast Rack". Cool.

I've only just seen this post. I studied in the Toast Rack - Clothing Design and Technology - back in the 80's. It was a great place to study, and they did great courses. I just took it for granted too really - that I was studying in a rather iconic building. Shame they no longer run courses there. I hope who ever buys it doesn't just knock it down.

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