Friday, 31 October 2014

Pandering to our needs...

We're coming to the end of another long week, where the nights have drawn in and we head to that time of year when us in the labour force rarely see daylight during the week.

Something needs to change...and until then, all we can do is ensure we grab the most of what free time we are allowed, and reflect on the better, small things in life. Bathing is out these days, I don't think I know anyone who bathes instead of showering, on environmental grounds, but I am prepared to make exceptions if you are a giant panda soaking in the tub... 

Thursday, 30 October 2014

#Ed, X marks the spot...

Today's photo is taken by Holly. She was one of tens of thousands of ecstatic fans in the Manchester Arena audiences who were taken to a magical place by Ed Sheeran this week.

Ed's 2014 album X (which stands for "Multiply") has sold in its millions.

And "X" is where Alhpabe-Thursday has reached today- this is my first blog post to them.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

ABC Wednesday: "P" is for Pollution...

ABC Wednesday reaches the letter "P".

Out on a wander along the towpaths of the Bridgewater Canal near Daresbury there is one direction that you don't want to look in or it spoils your walk... I feel for the people who live in that house. It affects us all though, so we need to use less gadgets around the house. The 1970s "Save It" campaign should have been reinstated years ago, in fact, it should be a way of life for every one of us in the western world.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Monday, 27 October 2014

Monday Mural: Paper woman and paper crane

An old photo that was taken on a wall off of Tib Street near the Lighthouse Building a year ago. A plea for a peaceful start to another challenging working week, no doubt. Taking part in the wonderful Monday Mural meme, sharing innovative street art around the world.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Country roads

I suppose we all have an idea of what a typical road looks like in a certain country. Often these are stereotypes but they are usually based on an element of truth.

I imagine that my overseas readers may see the above as a typical English countryside road with a typical British car (looks like  a new Mini?) on it? It was taken the other week near Dunham village in northernmost Cheshire. 

When I think of typical roads I have driven on around the world, I come up with visions of unmarked tarmac roads winding up hot and barren hillsides in the Greek Islands; of lush greenery as I steer past fields and forests in Wales; of endless straight and dry desert roads in the American west; the sheer distances on the Queensland coast of Oz; and narrow bends along the Amalfi Coast.


Friday, 24 October 2014

Skywatch Friday: under the rainbow

My contribution to Skywatch Friday this week is a rainbow that I saw from my balcony in mid-week. It was a blustery day, caused by the tale end of Hurricane Gonzalo.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Thursday Challenge: Home

This year is the Thursday Challenge meme's 10-year anniversary. It's the first time Mancunian Wave has taken part. Each week there is a different, often straightforward theme. Last week's was "Happy". This week's subject is "Home" so I thought I would share part of my bedroom and home office space with you! I am as inquisitive as the next person and like to see how people have designed and used their special spaces. The wall hanging arrived this week from Latvia and is, I believe, a 1970s' Scandinavian design.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

ABC Wednesday: October onset, On set

ABC Wednesday reaches the letter "O" and there is filming on Harter Street and elsewhere in the Northern Quarter and King Street all this week. Manchester doubles up as 1920s New York for the film Genius, with Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, Dominic West, Guy Pearce and Colin Firth (release date is in 2016).

On Sunday they had to use fake rain but a Mancunian rain shower on Monday helped them out. I am afraid I am going to break the City Daily Photo (singular) rule today and give you the photos that I snapped while wandering around on the set, mostly on Harter Street, with the last one on Mangle Street.