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... 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Middle-aged man of the people- #Morrissey makes World Peace

World Peace is None of Your Business- the new Morrissey album is now out. although long gone from his Mancunian homelands to a more reclusive lifestyle in, I believe, L.A, Morrissey still speaks for many of us. Especially when he is talking about animal rights or the monarchy then he is spot-on. I must read more of his musings...

Taking part in Our World Tuesday.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Monday Mural: Thirsty Scholar, Mod's Cafe

The Thirsty Scholar by Oxford Road station does a mean line in food on Mondays, courtesy of Mod's Veggie/Vegan CafeTaking part in Monday Mural.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Urban Psychosis @HoldenGallery

A fascinating multimedia exhibition at the Holden Gallery at the moment (until 22 August in fact). Urban Psychosis features eight artists; interpretations on the modern city’s intensity. In particular those moments when the intensity flips into a state where reality is obscured. 

Some powerful and thought-provoking pieces. Gillian Wearing  dances to a tune in her head that only she knows (not in above photos). Moyra Davey’s Subway Writers (second photo above) features a range photos of those absorbed in writing while commuting- I found this the strongest piece as I can relate to getting lost in the moment and zoning out into a singular faraway state while on the busiest of public transport networks. 

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Weekend Reflections: Spinningfields' 1950s resistance

Summertime in Spinningfields and a 1950s office block is offset by a modern neighbour. Taking part in Weekend Reflections.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Jazzwatch Friday...

The 19th Manchester Jazz Festival starts tonight, and there were plenty of interesting characters in town last night, as the final preparations took place. Taking part in Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Ornateness of a Thomas Street chimney stack

Look up as you wander down Thomas Street. This is possibly as close as Manchester gets to that lovely Flemish architectural style which is so prominent from Ghent to Amsterdam.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

ABC Wednesday: "A" is for Abito - "I inhabit"

"Abito" is the Italian for "I inhabit/live" and this is one of two Abito blocks in regenerating parts of Salford. This one is near Manchester Cathedral and Arena, the other is at Salford Quays. Designed as modular pods for affordable city living, they are great fun to live in, all have a balcony, ample storage and, maybe surprisingly, there is actually enough space for one person to live comfortably in too.

ABC Wednesday starts all over again at "A" today; another six month-long round of global blog posts.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Factory Records / Paradise Factory on Charles St

A famous local landmark, the home of Factory Records - which later became the Paradise Factory nightclub. It's still a vital part of Manchester's club scene to this day...