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MANCHESTER, England - This may be England's third-largest city, but Manchester thinks of itself as second.

The birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, one-time processor of 80 percent of the world's cotton, Manchester has diversified and transformed itself into a tourist destination. Its rich cultural scene is highlighted by its contributions to rock 'n' roll. Hugely popular bands have rolled off the city's production line for more than 40 years, from the Hollies to the Smiths to Oasis.

There is a thriving gay community here, a large university and a statue of Abraham Lincoln. And at this very moment, 100 life-sized, individually decorated fiberglass cows adorn the city...