A mostly 1960s' architectural scene lay beneath a wintry lilac-blue late afternoon sky as we look north to Manchester city centre from the top floor of Crawford House.Click to see today's other Skywatch Friday posts.
One big event in town this weekend is Sunday's anti-fracking demonstration:
CITY CENTRE MARCH & RALLY called by Frack-Free Greater Manchester. Gather Piccadilly Gardens 12 noon for a march to Cathedral Gardens for a rally at around 2 pm. Details of entertainment and speakers to be announced. Please bring family, friends, workmates with you. Also banners or homemade placards if you can. Show local activists and the magnificent Barton Moss campers that they have widespread support in Greater Manchester and beyond!
A Hollywood film of Frankenstein is currently being made in Manchester- they were filming at Manchester Town Hall yesterday and today and are in the Northern Quarter next week. Horses are stabled in Albert Square and when they are not eating hay and doing what horses do, they pull these 19th century carriages around. A nice yellow crested one and a hearse carriage marked up in the company name of Hare. James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in the film I hear, although having never seen the latter act I have no strong feelings on that- I imagine it must be difficult to throw off the Harry Potter label and avoid being typecast, but he seems to have successfully done so and is set for a long theatrical and film career. Manchester Town Hall is often used as a location for films. I remember another 21st century "movie" of a 19th century fictional character that was filmed here: The first Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes film. I vividly recallthe use of Manchester Town Hall's Gothic interiors and a never to be forgotten scene where Sherlock takes a giant leap out of a Manchester Town Hall window....only to land seconds later some 200 miles away, in the River Thames...
Mancunian Wave istaking part in ABC Wednesday where "H" is for happiness -when I can browse art and see local community studio artists over a cup of something hot at Liv's cafe. We return to the Local Creation cafe and gallery. On Monday I showed you the murals outside, today we enter...for great food and coffee, funky surroundings and original local art for sale. It's open from Mondays to Saturday 10.00- 5.00. Hidden away slightly at Altrincham's 1 Central Way - there's also pedestrian access down the alleyway between Holland and Barratt and the Bricklayer's Arms pub. Wonderful. Do visit if you can- just hop on a tram to Altrincham.
Fire broke out at a recycling plant in Ordsall, Salford at 2330 on Sunday night. I took this photo going past at about 1730 on Monday. Smoke is still billowing out today and roads in the vicinity are closed. It's almost 36 hours since it started. Thankfully no immediate injuries were reported although I fear what poisonous fumes we are all going to be breathing in as a result over the coming days.
Local social media has also been ablaze with photos and updates covering the event. Mancunian Wave is playing its part by spreading the fire to Our World Tuesday.
On Saturday I stumbled across a place in Altrincham that was new to me- though it opened in 2011. It's both a lovely cafe (Liv at Local Creation) plus an art gallery and studio space (called Local Creation) on 1 Central Way, WA14 1SB. Its large forecourt has at least three murals- I am posting a couple here now- a third one I need to catch in better light before I publish it- it was half in sunshine and half in shade when I was there. Local Creation encourages local artists and community spirit with low cost studios to rent. they are so right with their belief that "artists and creatives of all disciplines are key to the future of the High Street and that cultural activities are the building blocks for the building of a community - they are the activities that bring us together." The area sang out as my kind of place outside and inside, and with an ethical cafe too- I was in heaven! Come back on Wednesday for a look inside- or visit the cafe's Facebook page. Taking part in the Monday Mural.
There have been signs of spring all this week, with crisp but sunny days and flowers emerging above ground, in the countryside and, as here, in the Manchester Corridor. Daffodils out in time for St. David's day yesterday across the border in Wales. It's been raining this morning though ;-( The slightly disorientating effect in the photo is the result of me pointing the camera into some office windows. A more settling, if rather dull, photo of how it really looked, is below. Taking part in this week's Weekend Reflections.
March's City Daily Photo Theme Day is People on the street. I snapped a photo looking down from the first floor of a building through a window that was slightly casting reflections- my resulting photo certainly didn't look the best. I thought I would try adding what I call a "water colour" effect, as I have enjoyed seeing a lot of those in artwork lately, both some Mancunian examples (such as Bill Usher) and here. Plus further afield, such as at Artfinder and the likes of Darren Thomson . When I cropped out the red traffic light (which was too distracting) the purples and pinks balanced the shot andit all seemed to work a little better.
A moving sky, viewed from a tram. I snapped the sky silhouetted by trees on Tuesday evening - the sky was so rich with colour that I couldn't resist- and I quite like the abstract effect my phone-camera captured. Have a look at this week's other Skywatch posts. In town tonight- a great free event for the Save Ancoats Dispensary campaign at Hallé St. Peter's. Live entertainment including the Chinese Lion Dance; Manchester Senior Choir Golden Voices; performance by Brighter Sound; and graduates from the Royal Northern College of Music will perform a variety of pieces making the link to Ancoats Hospital.
"Established in 1828 the Ancoats Dispensary moved twice before finding its home in 1869 at 94 Mill Street Ancoats, Manchester. In October 2011 the Victorian Society listed The Dispensary as one of the 10 most at risk buildings in England and Wales."
A tranquil walk along the canal towpath last Saturday soothed the mind, especially with some overdue sunshine to warm us through. We have devised a gentle looped walk that starts in Dunham Forest, goes through the golf course, over the fields and through Dunham Massey. Past the house and stables there and out through the woods, up onto the canal, then into Dunham Town (which in reality is barely a village let alone a town). Back into Dunham Massey then returning to the golf course. The walk's well under two hours long (about 5 miles?) and it is an uplifting start to the day. Many species can be spotted, which include rabbits, deer, dogs, dog walkers, golfers, joggers, groundstaff, gardeners, church goers, cyclists, canal and farming folk... Taking part today in Rurality Blog Hop number 52.