Cross Channel

Torpor

Aug 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Cross Channel

“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 in the winter of 1981. The area had exploded into rioting that spring, but by the time of the dark days, with their 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 than …