Tuesday, 28 July 2015


A grey summer's day but I really enjoyed this cup of black coffee, in upcycled style at Grindsmith on Deansgate.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Monday Mural: Summer past

Four horsemen of the apocalypse riding by on Stevenson Square on a wet day in the summer of 2013.

Taking part in Monday Murals.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Typographical Society of Manchester

Looking up at a section of Caxton Hall, which was built in 1904 on Chapel Street for the Typographical Society of Manchester.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

The temple in Heaton Park, high spot of Manchester!

Evidently the highest point in the city of Manchester (so not very high in this flat city) it was designed by James Wyatt in 1800. Paper cranes decorate the inside at present.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Skywatch Friday: Mr Blue Sky and his chemtrails

Jetting off to somewhere sunny, on a day when it is perfect down on the ground in the north west anyway. But do you know about some conspiracy theorists view of these chemtrailsHave a look at other Skywatch Friday posts around the world. 

"Runnin' down the avenue, See how the sun shines brightly. In the city on the streets where once was pity, Mr Blue Sky is living here today ..."

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Lunch with Victoria, a Piccadilly picnic

Picnicking in Piccadilly Gardens under the gaze of Queen Victoria's statue. For the record, as much of historic Manchester in this blog is from the 19th century, Queen Victoria's reign lasted from 20th June 1837 until her death on 22nd January 1901.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

ABC Wednesday: "B" for blood on their hands #ManchesterCityCouncil

ABC Wednesday and a big "B" for blood on their hands. Manchester City Council's social cleansing policy towards the homeless has led to 8 homeless people dying as a result so far in 2015.

I was at the court case yesterday- see yesterday's blogpost for details.

There was an excellent symbolic protest at the weekend at the Manchester International Festival highlighting some truths about alleged corruption and genocide by Manchester City Council and the connections with the festival.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Manchester Homeless Camp - Solidarity sit-in today

They just want somewhere to live!

Manchester City Council is trying to ban the Manchester Homeless Rights of Justice Camp from Manchester City Centre! The Camp is now facing one of its biggest challenges - the protesters could be banned from the city centre.

Solicitor Ben Taylor, who represents the homeless campaigners, has said that breaking the ban could lead to “being committed to serve a two-year prison sentence for doing nothing more than not having a home in which to sleep”. If the ban is allowed in Manchester, other councils could also follow suit, using the ruling as a precedent.

This morning, Tuesday 21 July, a judge will decide whether this ban goes forward.

There is an action planned to demonstrate to the judge and those involved that there is widespread support for the Homeless Rights of Justice Camp, and to highlight the ludicrousness of banning protesters and criminalising a messy social issue.

We will set up outside of Manchester County Court (by the People’s History Museum) with sleeping bags, hot drinks, pillows and placards, and show a peaceful physical presence to mirror the efforts made by the Homeless Camp protesters. The ruling it set to take place between 10am - 1pm, so the sleepover will start at 9.15 am until a result is announced.

Even if you can’t come for the whole thing, please come for as long as you can. Please bring a sleeping bag to bring the point home about sleep rough, and bring as much biscuits and tea and musical instruments you need to stay comfortable!

It’s a small effort to make in order to show crucial support at a key moment in this city’s democratic history. Will Manchester pursue the protesters with draconian, punitive legal measures? Or will this be a turning point for how this city deals with homelessness?

Monday, 20 July 2015

Monday Mural: Artist at work @stina_jones

The summer round of the Outhouse Project Street art was completed in Stevenson Square last week. Here we see Stina Jones creating a world of blue and white. More Monday murals here.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Art therapy at Madlab

I went to my first art class for decades on Thursday. It’s more of a social thing with likeminded artists of varying skills from brilliant down to my level and a wide range of ages spanning 50 years I should think. All courtesy of Madlab in the Northern Quarter in a cool little loft space. A couple of dozen people, a model and a series of short and longer poses, interspersed by wine and nibbles. I have hit on something great here, as well as fun and therapeutic,  and I will return to one of the weekly classes soon. Above are a few of my 10 minutes efforts…