On September 8-10 I was in Manchester for a MANCEPT Workshop on the current state of libertarian political philosophy. Organiser Andreas Wolkenstein put an interesting group together; one of the participants was left-libertarian Billy Christmas, who will also be on the Molinari Societys panel on privilege in December.
In honour of Manchesters industrial heritage (and also because it was cheap), I stayed at a former warehouse converted into a hotel. (Its industrial! Its radical!) I also enjoyed dining on the Curry Mile, a section of Middle Eastern and South Asian restaurants; Mughli was especially good.
Touristic informations Mancunian edition:
To catch a bus, it is not sufficient to stand by the correct bus stop with an expression of expectation. The bus will whiz right by you. You need to flag it down like a taxi.
Also the price for the same ride will be different every day.
In London, vendors are familiar with American credit cards; but theyre a puzzle for vendors in Manchester. They look for the chip instead of the strip.
The Lebanese version of baklava has halvah in it.
After the conference I squeezed in a couple of days in London: caught a beer at the Harp with Sam Bowman and Ben Southwood; visited the William Morris Museum; visited the graves of Herbert Spencer and Douglas Adams at Highgate Cemetery; walked around on Hampstead Heath; and visited Forbidden Planet and the National Gallery.