Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Cottage 'cross the Mersey

Cottage in the suburbs – Ashton on Mersey has some lovely housing surprises such as this little cottage on Dumber Lane, near the river.

It’s back to work for everyone today- I hope your May Day holiday weekend was as fun-packed and busy as mine- The Beat Back Soup Kitchen gig on Thursday (see last week's Mancunian Wave posts!) then a happy day in Liverpool on Friday: Matisse at the Tate, amazing Thai food at Chilli Banana on Lark Lane and a great gig at the Buyers Club – young Liverpudlian bands Mamatung and She Drew the Gun were, at times, breath-taking.

Saturday was the successful and inspiring Manchester Trades Council May Day march and associated events. Followed by my going to see ancient prog rockers Yes at the Apollo where I made some new friends - always great to see another woman into that genre- hiya Candy!

Sunday was domestic chores plus editing BDXC Communication before we went to the last evening of the Hebden Bridge Burlesque festival- all new to me and an eye opener into another world- part counter culture, par retro, part something uncategorisable.

Monday was catching up with emails and updating the Manchester People’s Assembly site, before a nice afternoon stroll in sunshine, past the above for a walk along the Mersey. So it seems that I walked along both ends of the Mersey this weekend as well as plenty of exciting activities in between. You could say that I'm tired now - maybe kinda Mersey beat? ;-) (groan...)

Monday, 2 May 2016

Monday Mural: Chameleon Youth

This week's Monday Mural promotes the Chameleon Youth. They are recruiting young people, age 11 to 18, to join their new youth dance company for Manchester. 

Dance experience is by no means essential; they are looking for a real mix of abilities – from loads of experience to no experience. What’s most important is a big desire to dance and be creative. This is an opportunity to… 

· Develop dance skills through an exceptional programme of classes 
· Understand the workings of a professional dance theatre company 
· Learn about producing professional dance theatre for stage 
· Take part in a wide-range of performance opportunities 

In the run up to the launch of Chameleon Youth they're running free Taster Sessions at Manchester Central Library. For any further information please visit the website or contact Natalie Davies (Learning & Participation Officer) on: natalie@companychameleon.com

Sunday, 1 May 2016

"Smells" #CityDailyPhoto theme

Smells is this month’s City Daily Photo theme and there were many aromas in the air yesterday on the Manchester May Day March. As the scents of the last blossoms of spring in All Saints Park faded, the spring showers of sleet and rain gave a freshness to the air, detracting briefly from the usual acrid polluted smells of the Oxford Road corridor. 

As the hundreds of us assembled and then marched, the waft of food smells mingled in the air. From the wholesome heartiness of On The Eighth Day past the artificial chemical smells pumped out of fast food stores along Oxford Road. Bellowing bus and van exhaust fumes sprayed out on the other side of the road to the march and the occasional red flare was set off – the latter causing rather a pleasant smell in fact.

We marched, drummed and chanted our way to Sackville Gardens where we were greeted with gazebos and tents all set up for the day of entertainment, education and campaigning. The coffee stall aroma was welcome and warming (and free to the first hundred people in recognition and solidarity) and, in sunny spells, we enjoyed the smells and tastes of great veggie and vegan stalls, donating what we felt was a fair price for the food fare. 

An inspiring day marching with the People’s Assembly Against Austerity, the NUT, CND and many other unions and political parties. Happy May Day to all fellow workers of the world - unite! 


Thursday, 28 April 2016

All to the Soup Kitchen for #BeatBack gig Manchester #PeoplesAssembly tonight

On Tuesday evening it was a quick dash from the office across town to Levenshulme where I was honoured to be interviewed by Caroline Boyd on ALL FM’s Drive Time show. The main reason I was there was to promote the Beat Back gig Manchester People’s Assembly Against Austerity are holding tonight, Thursday 28 April at the Soup Kitchen café and music venue on Spear St in the Northern Quarter. Four Manchester acts, three music, one poet. Tickets on door £7. The gig will take place at Soup Kitchen in Manchester, Thursday 28 April, 7pm – 10pm. Performing are The Tapestry, Novustory, Gareth Evans and Gerry Potter

We spoke a little about the People’s Assembly Against Austerity’s campaigning work and the active Manchester branch, who campaign tirelessly on many fronts and offer many solutions and alternatives to the austerity measures which benefit the millionaires and leave the rest of us to pay for it in all senses.

There is no need for ANY cuts to public spending; no need to decimate public services; no need for unemployment or pay and pension cuts; no need for Austerity and privatisation. There IS an alternative.

We need a government to reverse damaging austerity, and replace it with a new set of policies providing us with a fair, sustainable and secure future. We can no longer tolerate politicians looking out for themselves and for the rich and powerful. Our political representatives must start governing in the interests of the majority. For a full overview of the policies we support, download The People’s Manifesto and The People’s Charter.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Support #JuniorDoctorsStrike #SaveOurNHS #picketprofiteers #JuniorDoctors

A large turnout yesterday to support the 45,000 Junior Doctors on strike across the country (yesterday and today). This was at the MRI – I spent my lunchtime with them but then had to return to work so had to miss the march to Albert Square. The case is made well by 28-year-old Louise Congdon, a paediatric trainee at Bristol Children’s Hospital explaining why she had to go on strike, at 
The Pool.

There was also a great Picket the Profiteers action in Piccadilly in the morning (one of eleven actions nationally) , fighting against the privatisation of the NHS where the Tories have effectively handed fat contracts to their friends in dodgy organisations like Capita Serco, Virgin etc. I suffered at the hands of one of these such companies a few years ago when they took over a mostly lovely company I worked for (who were doing good public engagement work in the NHS and third sector) - and then made many of us redundant. It was their loss and my gain in the end, ironically.

The photo at Victoria's statue is from Plan C Manchester.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Beat Back Gig Thurs 28 Apr @SoupKitchen_Mcr with @TheTapestry_UK @Novustory @garethevansblog @gerrypotterpoet

Beat Back is an initiative of the People’s Assembly Against Austerity, bringing artists together to oppose the cuts. The gig will take place at Soup Kitchen in Manchester, Thursday 28 April, 7pm – 10pm. Performing at the night will be The Tapestry, Novustory, Gareth Evans and Gerry Potter.

Politics can be a serious business…but who says you can’t have fun while resisting the cuts? Thursday 28 April marks the Manchester launch of Beat Back with a night of music and poetry at the Soup Kitchen in the Northern Quarter.  Beat Back is a national initiative of the People’s Assembly Against Austerity, bringing together some of the many musicians and artists who condemn the government’s cuts, to host fun creative events in aid of the anti-austerity cause.

Local bands The Tapestry and Novustory, singer-songwriter Gareth Evans, and performance poet Gerry Potter join a strong tradition of famous musicians and artists who have spoken out against the government’s ideological austerity programme, such as the singer Charlotte Church, band Super Furry Animals and comedian Rufus Hound.

The night is compered by Manchester People's Assembly Against Austerity's very own punk poet and rabble rouser, Steph Pike.

Beat Back comes hot on the heels of the recent People’s Assembly Against Austerity demonstration in London on 16 April, when over 150,000 people came out to show their fury at the government pushing ahead with the cuts.  Events like this, of which there will be many more in the coming months, will keep the pressure on the Tories. 

Our aim is to continue to show the strength of public discontent against the cuts, by all of the means at our disposal, including music, performance and the spoken word.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Sunday, 24 April 2016

#Beachmaster at The Eagle

My local pub must possess one of the smallest music venues in the country. The space at The Eagle on Collier Street is a couple of small rooms knocked through with the ceiling partially removed. It makes for a great vibe - I like the rest of the pub too. and I popped in late doors on Thursday to catch the end of Beachmaster's set. Lively music and some great lead guitar work. A band to follow I think. 


Friday, 22 April 2016

Skywatch Friday: Shadows at The Landmark

Above both Tusk and Walrus is proof of some glorious sunny evenings this week (and days too but I'm stuck in an office too often to appreciate)...