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MANCHESTER looks less like Manchester and more like northern Europe or North America.

ALAN TURING has a mini-snowman sitting on his lap - the work of a late-night reveller from the previous evening, when the snow showers first swept into Manchester.

Town/area: Manchester
Local authority: City of Manchester
Ancient county: Lancashire

THE FACADE OF UMIST main building towers above Whitworth Street. Thick snow falls on Sackville Park. This is real snow, with no digital enancement!

Town/area: Manchester
Local authority: City of Manchester
Ancient county: Lancashire

ON WHITWORTH STREET drivers of cars and buses have to cope with the unusual weather conditions. Many commuters were delayed by several hours.

Town/area: Manchester
Local authority: City of Manchester
Ancient county: Lancashire

THE SNOW gives Sackville Park a look of places far removed from Manchester. This could be Helsinki Finland or New Hampshire USA. The Austrian emigre painter Georg Eisler painted scenes of Manchester similar to this.

Town/area: Manchester
Local authority: City of Manchester
Ancient county: Lancashire

BLOOM STREET takes on the quality of a painting of Paris by Corot. The neo-Gothic tower is the Law Courts on Minshull St. On the left is Chorlton St car park.

Town/area: Manchester
Local authority: City of Manchester
Ancient county: Lancashire

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