MANSION MADNESS… Sometimes we’re lucky enough to win a bottle of wine or box of chocolates at a raffle, but grabbing a mansion for £2? It’s the stuff of dreams. Dunston Low certainly scored high when he put his mansion up for sale. He’d been struggling to sell his country manor on the border of Cumbria and Lancashire so, naturally, tried raffling off the tickets in May. He managed to sell the 500,000 tickets which paid for the cost of the mansion and solicitor fees, and this week a random number generator selected Marie Segar of Warrington as the winner. And there we were, happy with our Merlot… from on Vimeo

PHOTO MASHUP… Globe Hunters is providing THING with our weekly dose of history, with a selection of magnificently superimposed images showing well-known views of past and present. Comparing Blackpool in 1900 to 2017, it’s clear how little has really changed, with the core of the seaside resort remaining the same. It’s far more picturesque than London’s Piccadilly Circus, anyhow. See more at—now–the-world-s-favourite-holiday-destinations.htm#EEE


PANTONE’S PURPLE PRINCE… Instead of a raspberry beret or little red Corvette, why not design something that’ll always be iconic? Pantone has done just that by releasing its latest standardised colour as a shade of purple, in a nod to singer Prince who died last year. Working with The Prince Estate, ‘Love Symbol #2’ was created using Prince’s famous purple Yamaha piano as inspiration. The Estate is rumoured to be collaborating on products using the colour. Let’s go crazy and hope there’ll be an umbrella for any purple rain, or when doves cry.

TURING’S THEATRICAL DEBUT… The story of code-breaker and mathematician Alan Turing’s trial is being reinterpreted as a theatrical performance, in the same Knutsford building where he was sentenced to chemical castration 65 years ago. The show is a collaboration between Cheshire East Council and Heritage Dock, and there’ll even be a virtual reality exhibition where audiences can view a pre-recorded part of the trial as performed by actors by wearing headsets. Theatre company Re-Dock is also looking for extras to help in courtroom scenes for the filming, so if you fancy having a whizz at acting, now’s your chance. Filming takes place at the Courthouse Hotel on Sunday 3 September from 3pm, and there will be three performances on Friday 8 September and Saturday 9 December.

ARC-ATTACK… You know when someone is just too talented? Patricia De Isidoro is an architect and artist who works in the London office of Sheppard Robson, and her sketchbook could be an Instagrammer’s dream. She puts the usual stick men doodles to shame with these incredible designs. Get the girl up to Manchester!

WHEN RENT’S TOO EXPENSIVE… A boat found in the middle of a Manchester street was, surprisingly, not someone pitching up to live there. In fact, the boat had been stolen from Walk the Plank, a Salford-based art company, and dumped in Collyhurst. Naiad, the name of the boat, had been attached to a trailer, which is still missing, and Walk the Plank’s creative produce Liz Pugh thinks it’s the reason why the boat was stolen. At least the safe return of Naiad means it can continue to be transformed into a river monster for an event next month.

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