Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Joys of architecture, Peter St

It's always nice to just post an everyday street scene, although some of the architecture of Peter Street is far from everyday. with the Albert Hall (right foreground) and other impressive towers and turrets beyond to Deansgate.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Monday Mural: Stevenson Square women rise up..

The current crop of murals on Stevenson Square were painted this month, after a National Trust event in March, The Ladies' Room . "Celebrating the radical history of Stevenson Square through Mancunian women past and present. Amy Coney is the artist and I'm waiting for confirmation of who the women are: an author and a Suffragette or two I recognise...

Sue Fox Ha what a great question! I think third from the left is Enriqueta Rylands (see my blog post http://signsiren.blogspot.co.uk/.../mrs-rylands-library...) and there may be two Pankhursts - Sylvia (?) and her mother?
Blog about the library Enriqueta Rylands built in memory of her husband in Victorian Manchester.
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Hayley Flynn was the brains behind the March event: "Historically Stevenson Square was declared the meeting point for protest marches, political speeches and newspaper readings. Many of the city’s most radical figures have been its women and so, as part of the Wonder Women month long celebration of women, The Ladies’ Room presents a carefully curated day of talks, workshops, tours and performances delivered by current women, and in dedication to historical ones".

Taking part in Monday Mural.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Sounds of Spring #CityDailyPhoto

The last of the blossom lingers and was a decorative backdrop to some fabulous lunchbreaks this week. I was able to sit in All Saints' Park and read the e-newspaper. I wasn't alone as there were dozens picknicking on the grass, or just on the grass (in both senses). Unlike the birdsong of the suburbs and countryside the main sounds heard were the roar of buses and music from tinny phone speakers. The guitar playing of the guy in the foreground was lost in the hubbub.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Weekend Reflections: open all the windows

It's been a hot and steamy week in the city, unsually warm for April. Windows were opened above shopfronts on Thomas Street, creating nice reflections and showcasing the contrast of Manchester's two main historical building colours: honey-coloured stonework delights and solid red brick. This is one of many global-wide contributions to Weekend Reflections #291.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Signs of new life in an old quarter #citydailyphoto

Manchester Cathedral in the distance is surrounded by buildings from medieval times and, of course, the 19th Century. Even though the few trees in the area are still in bloom and showing news signs of life, they too must be fairly mature. 

I wonder if there are any other cathedrals so surrounded by pubs? Manchester has The Mitre Hotel and Pub, built in 1815 (on the left here and originally for a Bishop presumably), The Old Wellington (timber framed in photo, first built in 1552), Sinclair's Oyster Bar and at least two others within 100 feet or so...

Thursday, 23 April 2015

The Big Green Comedy Show tonight at The Dancehouse

There's a benefit- The Big Green Comedy Show- tonight to raise fund for both the Manchester and Salford Green Parties. Doors open 7.15 at the Dancehouse on Oxford Road, the concert starts at 8.00 and tickets cost only £10 (£7 concessions).

It features a handful of comedians who support the Green Party who will entetain and inform-:

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

ABC Wednesday: "O" is for Out on the riverbank...

Opening my eyes on another sunny Manchester day, as we reach the letter "O" at ABC Wednesday. Contrary to what I said yesterday, not everyone sits outside pubs on sunny evenings - there are many who have better things to do, such as these people on the River Irwell's banks last night.

A heads up that the May City Daily Photo theme day is Revolution (a topic chosen by yours truly...)

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

View from a tram...

The English lounge, or do they? Certainly on another sunny day like today they will, nipping off early and lounging in pub gardens and parks. Even though I identify as an internationalist rather than as English, I am tempted to join them. Photo taken en route to Shudehill.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Monday Mural: keeping it simple...

Skeleton, lion back last late winter / early spring. It was the Project's Round 9 or 10 I think... A contribution to Monday Mural.

Apologies for the lack of comments on fellow City Daily Photo blogs this past week- I have been away in the US of A...

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Manchester old looks onto new

From inside the Manchester Museum looking down on the round university building.