I’ve noticed a recent trend to revive the term Cottonpolis as an alternative name for Manchester. This refers to the textiles industry on which the city built its wealth and global economic standing.
First it was the Women’s Institute – they have a Cottonpolis branch based in Ancoats, to the north-east of the city centre.
And then just the other week a lavish new eatery opened in Manchester’s fashionable Northern Quarter, also proudly bearing the Cottonpolis title.
The restaurant is located on Newton Street, the less developed end of the Northern Quarter. Indeed, the frontage is so unimposing that I managed to walk straight past it!
The menu at Cottonpolis revolves around Japanese inspired ‘small plates’ – ideal for tasting a number of dishes – good, fresh and cooked to order.
But it was 6.30pm and very dark when we arrived for a ‘Girls Night Out’ event put on by Manchester University.
Libby Jackson, Astronaut Flight Education Programme Manager at the UK Space Agency gave us a great introduction explaining how studying science – and a lot of dedication – had got her into her current role.
We then had the opportunity to try out some fun engineering tasks, including launching rockets and operating a robot arm.
But the highlight of the evening was getting a picture of @ohlittlechief posing with one of her heroes – the soon-to-be British astronaut Tim Peake*.
Tim’s launch in the Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, to the International Space Station will take place at 11:02 GMT on Tuesday 15 December. Read loads more about the big event here and use #BritInSpace on Twitter.
*It may not have been the real Tim Peake but a well-lit cardboard cut-out.