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Manchester Challenge: Can You Spot The Ghost Building?

Jonathan Schofield invents a new word: Mancniscience

Written by . Published on February 28th 2013.

Manchester Challenge: Can You Spot The Ghost Building?

APPLE Maps has come in for a lot of criticism. It's been called 'glitchy' and 'gimmicky' and 'simply unfit for purpose'.

In September 2012 Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook issued an apology to Apple customers saying he was 'extremely sorry' - he probably did this from his guitar-shaped swimming pool in the Californian hills floating on a lilo shaped like a 100 dollar bill while flicking caviare fish feed at rare koi carp. 

He was right to apologise. 

It's all about Mancniscience - (pronounced like omniscience) a word we've just made up meaning comprehensive knowledge of all things Manchester. 

Look at the 3d App - if you have an iPhone of course - for our neighbour cities of Leeds and Liverpool and you can understand why people were disappointed. They just don't work right. The 3d maps for those cities are as flattened and not right as the nose on a Pekingese mutt.

Pug-Nosed Apple 3D Satmap For Liverpool And Leeds Represented By A DogPug-Nosed Apple 3D Satmap For Liverpool And Leeds Represented By A Dog

Manchester's 3d map however works a treat.

Of course things get a bit blurry when you get in close, but generally the 3d features work extremely well. Why we should be thus privileged is hard to say - although Birmingham among provincial cities in the UK is equally well-provided.

So to mark this, every week we're going to set a fun little challenge over Manchester geography using the stunning, if slightly spooky and intrusive, 3d Apple Satmap. 

The questions might be about buildings that have vanished subsequent to the maps being made, they might be about history, about hidden little features and landscape eccentricities. It's all about Mancniscience - (pronounced like omniscience) a word we've just made up meaning comprehensive knowledge of all things Manchester. 

There's no prize for answering the question, it's just a chance to be filled with an enormous sense of well-being as you guess correctly. The answer will be posted 24 hours after the question is posed. Some questions will be fairly easy and some will be damned hard.

Challenge Number One

Name the 'ghost' building on this picture?

Spot the 'ghost' buildingSpot the 'ghost' building

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5 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Steven ManginiFebruary 28th 2013.

I used to work in the BBC on Oxford Road. Not the most striking building in our City but great non the less.

Manc GuyFebruary 28th 2013.

I was a temp at the BBC in ’94 when the floors of the main building were being knocked through and made into large open plan work spaces. It looked like tons of money was being spent on it. Brand new desks, chairs, bins and sofas were doled out on a big scale. It looked really nice. The only people that I got on with and even spoke to me, were the porters. There was an overwhelming air of smugness about the place. From the reception, to the office, and all the way to the canteen. It was as though they were smug at the fact they were working for the BBC.

Anyway, that smugness has no doubt moved to Salford docks. Good riddance I say.

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self awarenessMarch 5th 2013.

Ever thought it was you?

AnonymousFebruary 28th 2013.

Thanks for your positive story.

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Manc GuyMarch 1st 2013.

It wasn't a positive experience, although you could see the young women dancing at the dance school opposite from the canteen window.

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