Monday, 1 September 2014

City Daily Photo Theme Day: Rust and Ruin

This 1960s' Morris Minor has been in the family for many decades. It's been parked here for the past 25 years or so which has enabled a magical woodland to grow around and across it. 

I did get some interest from Morris Minor collectors who would like to take it away to restore. Two problems with that are (a) the need to chop down a tree that has grown and boxed it in and (b) the fear that removal may make the car collapse completely- it is held together mostly by rust, moss and ivy. 

For many years it's been a storage space for old carpets and toddlers' toys. But that's not all - if you look closely you may see a little of the bonnet of another Morris Minor behind it! -  in a darker shade of blue.

It makes for a choice of photo that I could not resist posting for September's City Daily Photo theme day of Rust and Ruin.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

The wonderment years: children's tv & radio at The Lowry

“Eh-oh”... Tinky Winky and fellow Tellytubbies greet you at the Lowry.

Here’s one we made earlier is an exhibition of BBC children’s programmes past present and future. In a gallery at the Lowry just across from BBC Children’s TV HQ at Media City, it has been busy throughout the summer holidays and runs until October. Children of all ages have attended, including yours truly.

A timeline charted the development of BBC children’s programmes started 90 years, on the wireless, leading through to its post World War II boom and way beyond to now. The advent of televisions for the masses across the land ushered in a surge of quality and quantity tv programmes. Displays of actual puppets, sets and characters, video and infotainment ensure all are taken on a nostalgic trip when they attend.

I have to mention some of my favourites: the black and white of Pogles’ Wood and Ivor the Engine from the 1960s which preceeded the 1970s' colourful explosion of Mary, Mungo & Midge, Sir Prancelot, The Herbs, Sooty, Blue Peter (and its space age cartoon Bleep and Booster) and Bagpuss (and yes, I did win a Blue Peter Badge, being a runner-up in a Keep Britain Tidy art competition, in my pre-teen days). 

The turn of the century explosion of classics such as In the Night Garden and Tweenies continues to this day, with 2013’s Strange Hill High (its Green Classroom is below) and autumn 2014’s Sesame Street spin-off, Furchester Hotel.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Weekend in Black and White: over a barrel

Duttons' cafe bar on an early morning, open for breakfast but before any takers. 
Taking part in the Weekend in Black and White.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Skywatch Friday: Exchange Square

Heading out of Exchange Square on a sunny afternoon and looking towards the Printworks, under a sky with billowing clouds. Taking part in Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Ecstastic eating at Evuna @Evunamanchester

Evuna started life in Manchester in 2003 as a wine merchants on Deansgate and expanded into a tapas bar and restaurant. Both their branches in Manchester are great, with one in the Northern Quarter (photo below); both serve fabulous food, and there's a good atmosphere, I have eaten there as part of a large groups and just with two of us. Service is good,as is the wine choice and the food I have eaten there is mouth-wateringly wonderful.

Like most restaurants, I wish there were more vegetarian, vegan and cruelty-free options on the menu. But I just about have a choice and (as in above photo) tend to go for the vegetable skewers with bread, patatas bravas - a powerful tomato and chilli based sauce gives them a real kick, Best of all all are the lovely stuffed sweet piquillo peppers- these are the best tapas in town in my view.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

ABC Wednesday: "G" is for green glimpses

Some summer greens in the city centre, snapped with my phone as I hurried by. Alwats trying to see your city as a visitor might is the best way for me to look out for joyful glimpses that you would probably otherwise miss out on. If I had seen this on a weekend in Belgium or near a Paris Metro stop I would have been pondering the meaning of the lions and salivating over the art nouveau style design. 

Taking part in the "G" round of ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Messing about on the water, keen at the Quays

Salford Quays is popular for aquatic enthusiasts even on these grey summer days. It gives city dwellers a chance to experience the great outdoors.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Monday Mural: son of the artist #akse

Painted on 16 and 17 August on Stevenson Square by the talented Akse. This is his son. (Nelson Mandela from the other week is on the other side of this concrete block). Taking part in Monday Mural.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Weekend Reflections. Parsonage Gardens from Kendals

Looking into the rather nice window display at the back of Kendal's Department Store the other morning you could see the new and old buildings on the far side of Parsonage Gardens. Flowers in the display resembling fluffy clouds. 

Taking part in Weekend Reflections.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Weekend in Black and White: Lincoln Square

Walking up from Lincoln Square on a bright summer's morning. The sun shines down onto the treetops, commuters and the paving. Taking part in the Weekend in Black and White and Weekly Top Shot.