Friday, 19 December 2014

Skywatch Friday: Misty Manchester morn

Last Saturday morning I awoke and saw what I thought was low cloud on my 8th floor balcony; it was actually fog all the way down to ground level. I wandered through a muffled sounding and quiet city centre in the early morning to see the sun rise over frosty fields in Cheshire by the time I was on a London-bound train. It turned out to be one of those blue sky, crisp days that we had so few of in autumn but which I hope to see plenty of now that we are about to head into winter. My contribution to Skywatch Friday.

P.S Don't be fooled by the Royal Exchange clock, which hasn't worked for several years. It is poetically stuck at midnight (or noon) ...

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Ice rink repeats... @Spinningfields

I make no excuses for my annual photo of visits to the ice rink at Spinningfields- it sums up the season so well in my eyes. Here too are links to my blog photos of it from the three Decembers past, in 2013, 2012 and 2011.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

ABC Wednesday: "W" is for the Wheel

Today's photo is taken by Tim Sutton-Brand from the summit of the Manchester Wheel, with "W" being this week's ABC Wednesday  letter of choice.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Familiar faces

Some Christmas markets return year after year to the same spot- this lampshade and wood carvings seller on Albert Square always provides an attractive display. The markets end their 5 week run on Sunday, so the countdown has begun for the 300+stalls before they pack their wagons and head homewards, to locations from Lancashire to Lapponia.

Taking part in Our World Tuesday - take a coffee break glimpse at places all over the world today.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Monday Mural: Penguin Parade

You've got to smile at this mural on Tib Street by Pete McKee. I showed the other side on 24 November. Composition-wise I liked the way they seem to be about to surround the unsuspecting man on his phone. Taking part in the wonderful Monday Mural meme, sharing innovative street art around the world. 

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Castlefield 'Off the High Street' Christmas Market

A weekend Christmas market worth visiting is the Off The High Street one in Campfield Arcade at Castlefield. Some great photography for sake along with, craftwork, vintage items from around the world - and a big refreshments bar. It'll be less crowded than the Christmas Markets elsewhere in the city centre- where masses flock at weekends.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Weekend Reflections: Bridgewater Hall this autumn

The Midland Hotel reflects in the entrance of The Bridgewater Hall from a few weeks ago. (although it is still autumn for another week!) Taking part in Weekend Reflections.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Skywatch Friday: Chapel Steet dusk

Looking down Chapel Street at this time of year can be gloomy- as can be everywhere in the northern hemisphere with days that rarely, barely rise above a dusk grey light. There are blue skies as I post this though, which lifts the spirits. What else is at Skywatch Friday?

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Cheese and whine at Monroe's this Christmas

While much of the city centre and suburbs go for tasteful and stylish decorations, there's something reassuringly old school, if a little cheesy, about Monroe's pub and hotel on London Road. 

The pub has had a tough couple of years, with the demolition of the iconic Twisted Wheel club (home to Northern Soul) next door and then being dwarfed by the inconsiderate construction of yet another hideous, out of character, unwanted by most of us mega hotel all around it. Time to boycott the 330 room German budget hotel... There's a depressing video here.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

ABC Wednesday: "V" is for vintage Photomaton booth

ABC Wednesday veers towards the letter "V". In a corner of Fred Aldous' arts, craft and creativity mega shop, stands this late 1960s (?) vintage "photo-me" booth. It cost  2/- (two shillings = 10p) for the classic strip of black and white passport type photos. These were a hi-tech novelty for those of us who remember the 1970s... 

There is actually a modern booth elsewhere in the shop although nothing beats a bit of vintage! Oh, and the cows?- well, who knows (moo knows?) - it's all part of the three floors of the quirky Fred Aldous wonderland on Stevenson Square.