A fabulous walk and picnic in Lancashire yesterday, around Entwistle reservoir. Photos of that another day but this is the quaint station approach. Just 45 minutes away from Manchester, above Bolton, an easy enough commute if you fancied living out in the lush green hills. One for Our World Tuesday.
Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Monday, 30 May 2016
Sunday, 29 May 2016
Betley in east Cheshire
It’s been a fast and furious, fun and emotional, inspiring and promising start to the bank holiday weekend. I left work in Manchester early on Friday afternoon to get to the far flung suburbs of west London, for a BBC reunion. Amazing that I hadn’t seen most of the people there since George Orwell's infamous year, an eon ago. A 1984 BBC promo video of where we worked in Equipment Dept is here.
What lovely warm people they (moi aussi!) all grew into to. We were all so young back then, finding ourselves, a bundle of hormones and angst, failed by the education system and thrown into dead end jobs at 16-18. But we all seem to have found happiness and success in our own ways.
Saturday morning it was a dash across London to Rise at Bethnal Green for the inspiring Dangerous Times Festival. Great speaker such as Tariq Ali, Lyndsey German. Natalie Bennett, Clare Solomon and Kate Hudson, debating many topics, from Lexit to Trident, unions to reclaiming the media.
Had to leave early to head homewards, well to Betley village in Cheshire in fact, where it was a dear colleague’s 50th.
Late train from Crewe to Manchester and happily in bed by midnight with a glow of amazing memories of past, present and future people and politics buzzing in my head.
Plenty on the cards for today - off to the Peaks for a walk, but started with breakfast on the balcony and writing this- enjoy the sunshine my Mancunian friends and honorary Mancunian readers!
Saturday, 28 May 2016
Thursday, 26 May 2016
The Cities of Hope festival this week is attracting much attention. Street art is an empowering act of protest and awareness raising. Each of the international artists working in Manchester this week is driven by different social issues demanding our (the people - and the government) immediate action and input; environment, homelessness, gay rights, sustainability and more.
It's arranged by Vestige, a not for profit social justice organisation, that uses the Arts to inspire action on the social issues that define our time and support the work of agencies that champion these.
“From its beginning, Street Art has championed the oppressed, standing defiant in the face of injustice as the voice of the powerless. Street Artists are beacons of hope, champions of the struggles that many would rather ignore.” Cities of Hope
While wandering around Ancoats admiring the Cities of Hope street art on Monday night, I was moved by this scene on Red Mill Street. Lock 82 providing a gateway onto industrial heritage and the bright green hope of late spring. The slate grey sky adds to the contrast. Skywatch Friday.
Tuesday, 24 May 2016
After a fascinating wander last night through the Ancoats and NQ streets identifying new street art that was part of the Cities of Hope events, and old, we retired to the lovely Whisky Jar on Tariff Street. More on that another time but its craft beers and 250 whiskies, plus decanter lampshades , comfy old sofas and a wonderful playlist made it a home from home.
I’ll be checking progress on all the street art this evening too. This was on Port Street as the last rays of sun sank in the west.
Joining in with the Monday Mural even though it’s Tuesday.
Monday evenings in the western world don’t have to be ones of drudgery and domesticity. We were off for a self guided tour of Ancoats and the Northern Quarter to track down street artists taking part on the current Cities of Hope street art event taking place in Manchester.
International street artists, lectures talks and discussions all week. Creative and empowering, watch this mural evolve as Dale Grimshaw from Accrington transforms the space on Spear Street. I’ll be posting before and after pics here all week so keep tuned in.
Saturday, 21 May 2016
Friday, 20 May 2016
Two Sundays ago we headed off at 7 a.m. from Manchester city centre along the A55 North Wales coastal road. Two hours later were at the foot of Mount Snowdon, tallest mountain in Wales (and taller than anything in its eastern neighbour of England too). 1,085 metres (3,560 ft).
After the unexpected rain dissipated we started our attempt on summit. Up the Llanberis path along with dozens of others of all ages and shapes, children and dogs, the fit and the less fit.
It was an amazing three hour walk to the top, with natural view points along the way and every time you turned around you would be taken aback by the distance and beauty. Incredible views westwards along the Llyn Peninsular and southward along the west coast. After a break in the café at the top we came down via one of the other paths- the miners’ track.
It felt like you were up in the sky at times so I felt this would make a good post for Skywatch Friday.