Sunday, 25 January 2015

Inspired Sundays: Chapel Door...

One of the side doors at Chadkirk  Chapel. There are records of a chaplain at or maybe from Chadkirk in 1347. The chapel fell into decay, passed through a succession of owners and was used as a stable. For a time it was used by Nonconformists who were ejected during the reign of Queen Anne. It again became neglected and was "in a ruinous condition" until in 1747 it was taken over once again by the Church of England and restored. Further repairs were carried out in 1761 and 1860. In 1876 there was a restoration when much of the furniture was removed.The Chapel was declared redundant in 1971 and was acquired by Bredbury and Romiley Urban District Council. The Chapel was restored in 1995 and is now open as a visitor attraction. Taking part in Inspired Sundays.

Photo below and some of above text from Wikipedia.
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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Weekend Reflection: Babbling Brook on Fountain Street

A close up of one of the entrances to Brook House on Fountain Street. It's home to the Spanish Embassy, Active English Academy and various businesses, but of more interest to me are the doorway's classical head and the reflective surface. What tales he may tell, if only he could talk...

Taking part in this week's Weekend Reflections.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Skywatch over Marple

Fluttering clouds scud across a winter morning sky on a walk near Marple, where it's always seems a degree or two colder than back west down in the city. One for Skywatch Friday fans!

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Thursday Challenge: trees

This week's rather straightforward Thursday Challenge is Trees. Although there has been snow all around Manchester this week, especially up in the surrounding hills, down in the Cheshire Plain we have mostly been dealing with damp and fog, as here on a slightly spooky walk in fields and countryside in the Dunham area. With thanks to Susie for the idea and inspiration see her photo at Instagram of the same tree on 17 January.

I find the Thursday Challenges to be more of a theme than an actual challenge and would encourage them to change the title or up the challenge!

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

ABC Wednesday: "B" is for Belong...

ABC Wednesday where my "B" is for Belong -  
To feel happy and comfortable in a particular place or with a particular group of people. To sense a feeling of belonging... 
Something we'd all believe in...

Photo taken above a Korean restaurant on Princess Street.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Manc Floyd - Wish you were here?

Tribute bands sometimes get given a hard time, but they shouldn’t. They are merely playing composers’ music in the same way a classical orchestra plays Elgar etc. I added another Pink Floyd tribute band to my list on Sunday when I saw Manc Floyd at Bury Met Theatre. 

They were good, although the stage was too small to accommodate all eight of them and the screen, which made it all a little cramped and took away some of the joy in being able to see all of the musicians at their instruments.

There were several moments when I got that amazing buzz, adrenalin rush, floating feeling that such music can produce, especially live, which made my evening complete.
The one photo I took at the gig was at the start- then I put my phone away so as to not annoy fellow audience members. Shine on you Crazy Diamond with bassist and vocalist Simon Renwick left and guitarist and slide guitarist Benjamin Pritchard right.

As it’s the 40th anniversary year of Wish you Were Here they played the album in full. Then in the second half played The Division Bell, See Emily Play, Astronomy Domine, One of these Days, Lucifer Sam, Time, Money, The Great Gig in the Sky, Another Brick in the Wall. The encore started with Run Like Hell, but I missed anything further or I too would have had to run like hell to catch the last tram (an archaic Sunday service – "24 hour city"? my foot -  means the last tram Bury to Manchester city centre was at 2259).

IMHO the best Floyd tribute bands by far are Brit Floyd (as well as seeing them in concert I recommend their Live at Red rocks DVD, only a fiver!) and Australian Pink Floyd.  Others, such as Manc Floyd and Darkside are good enough for a Pink Floyd live concert experience to remember, and a lot cheaper to see. Only £12 for this one.

Taking part in Our World Tuesday.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Monday Mural: Ryan Vintage & Frank Sidebottom

For this week's contribution to Monday Mural we visit Oldham Street in the city centre. 

Ryan Vintage is basically an old style army-surplus shop that is riding its luck with the current in-fashion vintage tag. Mostly a dusty and disorganised large shop with militaria items and a scattering of 1970s hi-fis and vinyl, other oddities and bygones from a long gone era, along with some vintage dresses and other clothes that might appeal to those seeking vintage chic and who are prepared to work hard to find it and adapt it -unlike in nearby Affleck's where such items are more plentiful, better identified and presented by people with more of an eye for such items than the middle aged owners at Ryan- who are more specialists in militaria than what most of us look for in vintage.

The unrelated Frank Sidebottom mural outside has sadly been defaced now by people who show no respect. 

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Trinity in green

Sacred Trinity Church was the first church in Salford. Originally built in 1635 the current building dates from 1752 and is on the junction of Chapel Street and Blackfriars Road. It  is a lovely and lively community centre, with samba classes midweek. I have peeked through the doors to see some sultry, not very religious dancing going on inside. Other activities and organisations who meet here include:

Manchester Universities Guild of Changeringers ring the bells at Sacred Trinity most Sundays and practice every Tuesday during term time 7 - 8.30 pm. Beginners can practice from 6.30 pm.

Manchester School of Samba - Wednesday nights, 7.00 - 9.30 pm

Ydalir group of Vikings meet every other Tuesday at 7 pm.

Ara - A Sanctuary for Alternative people - 4th Friday of the month from 9 pm

Manchester Gay Christian Group - often on the 3rd Friday at 8 pm but check for details

STAG (Sacred Trinity Art Group) - Meet on Tuesdays from 12 noon. Open to all.

...and also Catholic services at the weekends.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Weekend Reflections: Patisserie

A chain of shops and cafes that sell over-sugary confectionery is the antithesis to what I approve of, but hey,  at least this cake shop on Oxford Road does reflect some grandeur in the early 20th Century architecture opposite.

Taking part in Weekend Reflections.

City Daily Photo bloggers post photographs on a theme on the first day of each month.  On 
February 1, they will address this intriguing question:  If you had to leave forever the city 
from which you usually post, what would you miss most?  

Friday, 16 January 2015

Skywatch Friday: A walk in the country

A frosty morning, bracing indeed and another Skywatch Friday ... with a crunch underfoot in mid Cheshire getting my weekend off to a magical start. Plane trails in the sky may look pretty but I get very concerned about the environmental damage they cause. In the
Another Green World thesis which exists in my head (and one day on paper/online maybe), we would all have more leisure time and be less dependent on air travel. We could afford the time to go by rail instead.