Friday, 28 August 2015

Skywatch Friday: #ManchesterPride

It's the annual big weekend of Manchester Pride - where LGBTQIA* communities and friends can celebrate life and raise money for charities. Here are two of the stages being set up on Bloom St/ Sackville St on Wednesday. Dannii Minogue and Atomic Kitten are among the acts lined up.

What are your plans this August public holiday weekend? (I refuse to refer to them as "Bank Holidays") I think a visit to the vintage fair at Manchester Cathedral (which is today and tomorrow), The Stockport Old Town Fringe Festival (which is all weekend) and a walk in the hills above Rochdale are on the cards for me...  

A photo for Skywatch Friday, sharing skies of all hues and colours around the world.

* Should anyone need this explaining, it stands for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex or asexual

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Paving the way on St James' Square @PaveCoffee

Pave Cafe in the city centre is a good place to start the day. A Taste of Manchester gave it a good review here and I look forward to having time to stop one morning or evening to check it out myself.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

ABC Wednesday: G is for Ground floor Garden flat

G is for a ground floor apartment garden flat in Piccadilly Village, in late summer bloom by the River Medlock. These are city centre purpose-built apartments on a large riverside development completed in 1990. Linked to ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Hang the baskets!

High and late summer is a dangerous time on the early morning streets. Freshly watered hanging baskets outside pubs drip and cascade onto unsuspecting commuters below. But the flowers are with it, as shown here at the Ape and Apple. 

Friday, 21 August 2015

Skywatch Friday: 3.15 at the Exchange

Mid-afternoon in St. Ann's Square. The Exchange clock has long since stppoed working and why it's not been fixed I do not know.... Click to see this week's other Skywatch posts.

I'm off for a few days, walking on the Llyn Peninsula and you can follow my trip on see my Instagram account, 3G on the Welsh coast permitting. 

Due to an incredibly busy week at work co-organising an international conference and out socialising every night in Didsbury, Rochdale and the city centre, I have run out of blog posting time. So Mancunian Wave is taking its first ever break in its 4+ years. Have a great weekend folks and see you bright and early on Tuesday!

Thursday, 20 August 2015

A case of the blues at Oasis aquarium...

Oasis Aquarium on Great Clowes St in Salford has been helping fishkeepers since 1985, but I am not sure about the ethics of tropical fish keeping...

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

ABC Wednesdays: "F" is for football museum

A banner for the National Football Museum which opened in 2012 and is worth an hour of anyone's time. Linked to ABC Wednesday .

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Coffee break on Hewitt Street...

Not quite opening tme at Man Co Co, a Manchester coffee roaster cafe on Hewitt Street, Fairtrade, ethical and housed in an old railway arch, a great place.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Monday Mural: St Anthony @stanthonyMCR @TheChristie @mikegarry #AnthonyHWilson

A musical tribute to Tony Wilson 
was released on 14 August wasThe single is a fund raiser for The Christie cancer hospital and is available in independent record stores and at the Saint Anthony website.  The video has some famous Mancunian faces (including a former Dr Who) lip-synching to a Mike Garry poem.Musical arrangement is by Joe Duddell. 

It's a really moving paean to Manchester too (it made me cry) and this promotional poster is my Monday Mural contribution.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

#PicPerfectWithThree Three’s Samsung Photography Masterclass

Yesterday I and some other local bloggers (photo below) were invited to an afternooon of tips in phoneography from legendary Aidan O’Rourke of . Then we headed out on a tour of the Northern Quarter,followed by talking all things photography with Aidan over refreshments back at the Ziferblat.

Organised by Three's Samsung Hub, we were all loaned a latest Samsung Galaxy 6 phone, which was good camera-wise but far too large for me to hold properly. Will stick to my Samsung Galaxy 3 mini!