Monday, 25 May 2015

Monday Murals. Eurocultured Festival ii

New Wakefield Street and a remaining mural from the old Eurocultured festivals which used to take place at this time of year. time for some updates along here I think. I liked the smoking chimney factory scene that is hidden within though. Taking part in Monday Murals.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

The people united will never be defeated #PeoplesAssembly #AntiAusterityCuts

Organised by the Manchester People's Assembly, yesterday's demonstration in Piccadilly Gardens brought together thousands of local people opposed to the Tory cuts. Trade unionists, the Occupy movement, the homeless, disabled, health service users, students, environmental campaign groups, anti-nuclear groups, political parties. The angry and the caring of all ages were there to fight back against the next round of cuts.  

Inspiring talks and witty protest songs from people fighting the cuts, before a march in support of the homeless people's camp now set up in St. Ann's Square. 

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Weekend Reflections: Castlefield in white

Following on from yesterday's blog post, the view from the Castlefield Hotel bar made for a tranquil scene, considering it's just off the city centre. All was quiet and much seemed monochrome. One for Weekend Reflections.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Skywatch Friday: Forward planning, rainbow over Castlefield

I was down at Castlefield hotel and the Y Club on Monday evening, seeking out a potential conference venue for the September 2016 European DX Council Conference, which I am hoping to host in Manchester with the British DX Club. While sampling their food and wine on what was a day of showers, sleet and sunshine, a rainbow appeared, arching gracefully over the whole Castlefield Arena. A lovely sight and maybe a good omen... Enjoy your Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Reusable tables of colour, thank you #ManchesterCityCouncil

I'm always quick to criticise parts of Manchester City Council but whoever is in charge of outdoor furniture today gets my plaudits. These bright and funky picnic tables do the city centre good service. Here they are after last weekend's food festival, before they reappear perhaps next week in the St Ann's Square Spring Markets, and then spend much of the summer in residence on Albert Square at the Jazz Festival, International Festival and other events. Great reusing MCC- more of this please!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

ABC Wednesday: "S" is for Share in National Vegetarian Week #NVW2015

So, ABC Wednesday stops at "S" this week, and this National Vegetarian Week poster at Muse Cafe (I have always thought that is such a great name for the Manchester Museum cafe) advocates that we get together and share in this healthy, cruelty-free way of life.

For tips, Kate at the Veg Space blog is good, as are the Vegetarian Society in Altrincham.  

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Eviction of the vulnerable by Manchester City Council

The homeless camp, set up a few weeks back, which I mentioned here, was being torn down this morning. A heavy police presence - almost as many police as there were homeless people, about 25, were on hand as council workers stole perfectly usable tents (these people's actual homes) and threw them onto this lorry, before disposing of them.

The homeless and their supporters seemed in stoical good cheer, singing protest songs as their homes, and safe community, compared to sleeping isolated around the city, was dismantled.

So where are the homeless people meant to sleep now, Manchester City Council? It is shameful that a Labour council should act in this way. They are responsible for the protection and safeguarding of the vulnerable in our city and yet they do this.

The government is responsible for the cuts and policies that have made over a million people in the UK need food banks. Policies and cuts which have increased stress and homelessness on the most vulnerable. The misery, the illness and the blood of those who have suffered or died as a consequence is on the hands of every Tory voter, be they the over-privileged 1% or the others that made up the mere 24% of the electorate who voted Tory, brainwashed by the Mail and Sun. 

Join us for anti-austerity demonstrations this week: on Wednesday at noon in Albert Square, Saturday at 10.00 a.m in Albert Square for a protest picnic followed at noon in Piccadilly Gardens for an anti-austerity demonstration.

Reporting this outrage today from a dis-United Kingdom to readers of Our World Tuesday.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Monday Mural: Map of the north

The wonderful map, (early 20 Century?) on the tiled wall at Victoria station depicting rail routes in the glorious north of England. Last week three workers were buffing up the black war memorial below it with what smelt like boot polish (which didn't make for an interesting enough photo). 

Trending this week on social media is the hashtag #ScotlandTakeUsWithYou , a only slightly tongue-in-cheek plea to Scotland from the north of England to create a new independent country when Scotland gains its independence from England- surely inevitable in the next few years now? And something I have mooted in jest and in seriousness for many years. 

Taking part with other street artist admirers at the Monday Mural.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Castlefield Food Fest

A sunny afternoon on the second of three days of the Castlefield Food Festival. An estimated 10,000 people will attend over the three days (today being the last day), There is the type of stalls you'd expect plus cookery demonstrations and live music. A craft stall or two as well and a camoiagn to improve the Castlefield basin area's facilities and reach. By the far the three best food stalls were a French boulangerie, a Greek baker plus a vegetarian artisan cheese seller. This wine caravan was the coolest looking.

It was fun but a shame that the area it's isn't still a Manchester beach as in 2011, 12 and 13. See three of my posts at this page.

I should have also gone to the Vegan Festival at Chorlton's Irish Centre yesterday but you can't do everything ;-)

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Revolting students...

The Free Education MCR group began their anti-government demonstration at the Manchester Business School on Wednesday afternoon.It's an understandable protest at the government's unnecessary and reckless austerity cuts, and tuition fees. 

They state: The University of Manchester is in occupation. We are occupying because we know what five more years of a Tory government means. It means the hopes of millions of young people and workers shattered by cuts and privatisation. There is talk of another rise in tuition fees, funding apprenticeships through 24 cuts to further education, and scrapping the disabled students allowance once and for all. We know what the market does to education, and we know we need to fight it. We are occupying to reclaim space from the university’s corporate projects - and to use it to educate ourselves freely.

There is a major local anti-austerity demonstration in Manchester next Saturday 23 May from noon in Piccadilly Gardens. See you there!