Saturday, 22 November 2014

Across the miles: American Authors & Mike Dignam @aauthorsmusic @mikedignammusic

Brooklyn band American Authors played their first ever Manchester gig at the Academy 3 on Wednesday, and Tim Sutton-Brand was there to capture these great photos. The alt-rock band played tracks from their Oh What a Life album and stated several times how they'd always wanted to play Manchester- its reputation as a music city must be well known in the New York borough they are from.

Thw support act was local Lancashire lad Mike Dignam from Preston, who also went down a storm, and both acts stayed behind to meet the fans- a nice touch- Mike's off to play Paris, Munich, Hamburg and Berlin next while American Authors return to gigs in the US of A.Hope they both go far...

Friday, 21 November 2014

Skywatch Friday: Taking things for granted

You could walk past Albert Square most days, as I do, and end up taking it for granted. It's good to make time and concentrate on areas of it to relish the architecture, just as I would if I were walking around Bruges. I spoke to a macaroon vendor trading in the square who usually trades from Bruges this week, hence my comparison. Taking part in Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Thursday Challenge: Architecture- Making a grand entrance at UMIST

The main building at UMIST is, I believe, one of a range of large buildings from the 1890s to 1960s that are up for sale since amalgamation with the University of Manchester. 

This grand entrance is part of what I have been told (by a colleague at Visit Manchester) is the largest brick-built building in Europe, with 8 million bricks used. The delicacy and grandeur of the stained glass is what I'm focussing on today though.

Taking part in The Thursday Challenge, which this week has the theme of "architecture".

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

ABC Wednesday: "S" is for stars and rainbow stripes

ABC Wednesday reaches the letter "S".The stars and rainbow striped flags outside New York New York bar. You'd have hoped homophobia was a thing of the past in any country that purports to be civilised but sadly not, as the mindless attack on two gay men who dared to sing a song on a tram on 1 November illustrates. There was however, a wonderful show of support from the majority of people, culminating in an LGBT choir singalong on the tram this week.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Funghi fun guy


Toadstool found out on a walk around Reddish Vale. Photo taken by Susie and taking part in Ruby Tuesday Too.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Monday Mural: Tree at the Park on West Ham Street

A tall tree in the pub garden of The Park Public House in Lancaster. The garden is round the back on West Ham Street. Those windowless walls on the end rows of northern terraced streets have their uses...Taking part in this week's Monday Mural.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

L'Amour no more, love for let...

L'Amour was a restaurant and bar that currently occupies this Altrincham building. But like many other clubs, cafes, bars and restaurants that have come and gone here over the last 15 years or so, it's now up for let again. Amberworks was one, I am sure I remember an American jazz-themed and another French-themed one before that...I think there was once also something called Chicken Grill too.

It's surprising to me, as Altrincham is affluent and its bars and restaurants are abuzz most nights with a wide range of ages partying and splashing the cash.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Weekend Reflection: Dale Street

When you can see a magical beauty, even in a puddle of dead and dying leaves on a grey autumnal day, you know that you have the key to true inner happiness!
Taking part in Weekend Reflections.

Friday, 14 November 2014

A vanishing view, by night

Same view as yesterday but a few hours later. I'll miss the view when it is obscured by the Ugly sisters but to be fair in order to see the view, I have to lean out over my balcony, twist, and look into the city, so it's not something I do that often anyway.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

A vanishing view, by day

Proving that an eclectic mix of architectural styles can work... We have Chethams' School of Music (red brick with tower), Urbis/National Football Museum (glass building) and The Printworks -once home to the Mirror Group's printing press and now cinemas, bars and restaurants (and rather cool looking inside where they have preserved or reinvented one of the original features).

Sadly this vantage point looking south-eastwards out of Salford and into Manchester will be blocked off soon, as the two "ugly sisters" dire black and glass office blocks a la Milton Keynes 1982 are rising fast. Tomorrow I'll show you the same view at night..