Friday, 1 August 2014

City Daily Photo Theme Day: Take Away Store @EighthDayVeg

Take Away Store is the City Daily Photo theme day for August and where else could I show you but the best place in town for take-out lunches: On the Eighth Day, we salute you! 

Their basement cafe is fabulous too but at this time of year alfresco eating in All Saints' Park with a take out from the Eighth Day makes it worthwhile going to work to earn a lunch break in the first place! Please can I have a Mediterranean pasty, a portion of olives and a sesame seed bagel?

Thursday, 31 July 2014

London Road Fire Station gig tonight! @JoshuaBrooksMCR @ManFireStation

8.30 tonight at Joshua Brooks. Live music, £5. Same Old Story - a fundraiser for the iconic at risk London Road Fire Station. A campaign which I've supported here before (so I won't repeat myself as to exactly what it is nor on the shameful company that has allowed it to go to ruin...)

A Greater Manchester Fringe Festival Event. 

★ Empire Signal, described by City Life as “stadium fillers in waiting”
★ Factory Acts, an electronic duo “at the edge of the analogue-digital divide”
★ The Fourth Circle “inspired psychedelic rock”
★ The Bones, a beautiful new acoustic duo
★ Additional entertainment will be provided by Rachele Whatever, who will perform her political punk poetic music, with Kelly Blue on DJ duties.

Raising funds for the October SoS Solutions conference, to pay for expert participation to end this 28 year stalemate.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

ABC Wednesday: "C" is for Commonwealth cleansing ...

Linked to ABC WednesdayThe Commonwealth Games taking place at present in Glasgow reminded me it's 12 years since the Games were held here in Manchester. This was the heart of the 2002 Commonwealth Games (the stadium that is, not the terraced housing!) held in Manchester. 

Rising above the houses and a school the City of Manchester stadium at Eastlands was purpose-built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games, after which it was adapted for use as a football ground for Manchester City.  Now it's known by the name of the current big name football club sponsor but I'll always call it Eastlands.

So, the Commonwealth games can bring some sporting facilities and improvements for the masses- housing, sporting venues and pubic transport improvements were Mancunians' gains over a decade ago. I hope that Glasgow's population get these and more. I am not sure whether the common wealth goes where it should?

However, as for the actual Commonwealth Games, we should not forget their roots- a symbol of the oppressiveness of the British Empire. A Britain (well, probably just England in reality) who invaded, subjugated and oppressed across the globe for a couple of hundred years. Why, in 2014, are 70 countries joining England to take part in these games? - it is a example of how easy it is for the establishment to whitewash history and airbrush the evil legacy that the games stem from.

In 1930 in Hamilton The British Empire Games  started, actually in the era where the Empire countries were slowly striking back and heading towards regaining independence from their masters.

The first British Empire Games 1930 The British Empire and Commonwealth Games 1958 

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Art in the park

Reusing an old plastic container, some painted metal tubing and here we have a wind chime, maybe a bird feeder, or even a bird scarer. Or maybe it's just a fine piece of urban art in All Saints' Park. 

I'll always remember the time a young student stopped me and asked if All Saints Park was named after the band of the same name. Bless! ....I gave her a quick but friendly history lesson, based on this.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Monday Murals: Slow worm wear your jacket graffiti

This is graffiti and not street art. There are no two ways about it, painted as it was on the subway under the Mancunian Way. Slightly amusing but it would probably not wind people up if it was in a legitimately sanctioned space for street art... I am unsure if the worm means anything!

Taking part in Monday Mural at the Oakland Daily Photo blog.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Barbirolli not so square

Offices at 100 Barbirolli Square, complete with palm trees. It's named after the English conductor and cellist John Barbirolli (1899-1970). Barbirolli is best remembered for being the conductor of Manchester's Hallé Orchestra from 1943 to 1970.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Downtown Havanchester

The old car (although British from 1969), the bright sunlight and the paint-peeling buildings near Cord Bar remind me of Havana in Cuba.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Salfordian summer

A summer's evening at Ontario Basin, Salford Quays. The light , greenery and boulevard could almost be continental...

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Tourist season...

It was a hot day on Deansgate, too hot to be wearing a rucksack that's for sure, and even hotter still if you were lost. I had just got back from a far hotter Istrian coast the day before and could relate to the vagaries of map reading on street corners and tracking down historic monuments and other holiday destinations.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

ABC Wednesday: "B" is for Bill's, breakfast to bedtime

Taking part in ABC Wednesday. Bill’s Restaurant opened recently on John Dalton Street in a blaze of well-placed social media publicity – well, I certainly saw a lot about it on the twittersphere. 

Although it looks independent it’s actually a chain and this is the 39th Bill’s. Starting in East Sussex as a local fruit and veg place I believe. The retro touches make it look appealing enough. I will pop in for a coffee to check it out as it's "open from breakfast to bedtime".

I have yet to try it myself and wondered what they cook for vegan and veggies- too often this is an afterthought with some restaurants. Here too it seems, Just two of 14 mains courses, so not that good in my book. In this supposedly enlightened , more cruelty-free, health-conscious world, I am still surprised at the lack of healthy cruelty-free catering on offer in general.

But back to "B" and I'm also amazed at how artisan beef (and beyond) burgers seem to have taken off recently in Manchester- and I assume beyond - and don't get me started on the plethora of Brazilian restaurants (I can think of three; two in the city centre and one in Altrincham) that only serve beef and meat. Blood trickling across my plate? no thanks...