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Unless anyone has any objections

Aug 31st, 2009 | By | Category: Ireland

‘Torpor’ is defined as “a state of mental and motor inactivity with partial or total insensibility”.

‘Torpor’ was painted in large black letters in the stairwell of the flats on the edge of Manchester’s Moss Side.  The area had exploded into rioting in the spring of 1981, but by the winter, with its cold Lancashire drizzle, there was an air of resignation and hopelessness.

The stairwell stank constantly of urine; the lifts did not work for much of the time, and, when they did, smelt even worse.  The occupied flats …