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‘What Manchester does today. . . ’ Readers will realise that the contribution that follows was not written by a Londoner. Naturally, it comes from someone in the Manchester area-in fact, from Mr E. H. F. Taylor who gave a splendid Chairman's Address to the Lancashire and Cheshire Branch of the Institution on 16 October 1980. Regrettably, we have had to shorten it: ‘What Manchester does today, London does tomorrow’ is a quotation engraved at birth on the hearts of all Mancunians, or at least, I think, on the hearts of my contemporary Mancunians. Who said it? Is it true? Was it ever true? Is it wishful thinking? Some time ago I decided to investigate. Verulam