A fantastic instalation on this rather drab and boring building, there should be more stuff like this everywhere. It could well have cost a packet but I don't care, if we are going to have boring buildings in the town then lets make them a little bit interesting.
28 February, 2006
The fantastic reflection of Portland Tower in one of the many CIS buildings in central Manchester. Both of these buildings are infact very bloody ugly, but the ability to turn them into objects of art sort of makes up for their existence but not by much.
However it must be noted that Belhaven's St. Andrews Ale is no where near as good as the Old Jock Ale. The latter I can heartily recommend, the other is like dishwater.
27 February, 2006
I have also found out that for some reason this blog is not available in China for some reason. A friend of mine who is working over there cannot access the site but can access my blogger profile. I have no idea why this is but am proud that I have published something that could cause offence to the so called communist regime in China.
Today's recommended SD card is Viking 512MB Secure Digital (SD)
25 February, 2006
Today's recommended listening is Marconi Union - Distance.
When you look at it I was being terribly cosmopolitan.......... I am a Highland Scot living in Salford, drinking a beer brewed in the Scottish Borders, which was purchased in the Lowlands of Scotland. The glass was manufactured by a French company and bought from a Asian Hardware store in Rusholme, and the bottle was opened using a bottle opener bought from the Native people of Newfoundland.
The photograph was taken on a Japanese camera with a memory card made in the USA. Finally the computer I am writing this bollocks on was made in China.
Right then what I am saying is that if anyone says to you that multiculturalism does not work then punch them. My phenomenal hangover is a direct result of multiculturalism in action so there.....
24 February, 2006
23 February, 2006
The unnamed barman (who is incidentally the most wonderful and awesome barman in the pub) above is showing his contempt for John Smiths Extra Smooth by not giving each pint the attention it deserves, but it is John Smiths.........
22 February, 2006
21 February, 2006
For some strange reason the metrolink station at Shudehill has this very nice roof on top of it, I am not sure why this is and don't really care. The two photos I posted today were taken within an hour of each other and both show dramatically different skies, just with till the summer when we get 5 different types of weather in one day.
20 February, 2006
I am much much happier with the second shot taken somewhere in Hulme. It has the word Aquarius on it which is supposed to be the age we live in. I am also getting increasingly frustrated with using an old camera which is held together with tape and rubber bands, roll on pay day.
17 February, 2006
16 February, 2006
Right at the top of the building as you look out at the Whitworth Street side there are a few grotty little windows which this picture was taken from. It is an experiment to see what would happen, as a result it almost looks like you are viewing through a rater grotty Television. I also like the feeling of claustrophobia that you get here as you look out between the northern quarter and the town centre. I also like the change in perspective you get from this vantage point, but not the feeling of vertigo I got from up there.
15 February, 2006
Alas when I got to Tibb Street in the Northen Quarter there was nothing interesting there. Nothing other than this row of shops. Hussain's Barber Shop has always intrigued me. I have only seen it whilst rolling round this part of town late at night, this was my first visit to it during the day. I was amazed to find that it is not in fact a barber shop but a trendy shoe shop, this makes it better as they have decided to keep this wonderful shop front, and long may they continue to do so.
14 February, 2006
13 February, 2006
On the minus side though I miss my camera that died on the weekend and my old 1.3 mega pixel camera just does not cut the mustard.
12 February, 2006
11 February, 2006
10 February, 2006
09 February, 2006
What a fantastic building and I only noticed it today after a friend of mine pointed it out to me. This was the old headquarters for the Fire Brigade in Manchester as the badge on the building proudly states..........
I love this type of attention to detail in old buildings because it says that the architects and town planners saw these things as being important and were making a statement about it. Looking at the towers above the station you see sculptures of sentinels and eagles which are there to watch over and protect the city, fantastic stuff and pretty dam inspiring.............
08 February, 2006
The steps leading down to Harrys Bar on the old UMIST campus now the North University of Manchester Campus. This was an experement which was only partially sucesfull the overall affect I was trying to create was of stepps going off into infinity. I could have started from a lower camera angle but am too self-concious to lie on the ground.
07 February, 2006
Another reason to celebrate is the uncharacteristically empty bike rack at my work, which they are also painting. I hope that my mountain bike appreciates the new colour scheme......
06 February, 2006
On the other hand walk a few hundered yards up the road and the old Department of Employment Office is there, in all its disgusting glory. The sooner this building is torn down and destroyed the better, I would love to see some greenery here though. There is a plethora of new building going on around Manchester lets have some green spaces too please.......
04 February, 2006
Visitors to Manchester would be well advised to avoid the Inner Ring Road in the city, and if you find yourself there then get off it as quickly as possible. It is like a big circular black hole blockading the city, once on it all you can do is hope to achieve escape velocity. The above photo of what was once "The Manchester Coffee House" on the corner of Whitworth Street and South Pump Street was taken before such an adventure on the inner ring road.......
This was my second attempt to get off the ring road at Sudehill which failed miserably, as I wished that I owned a crane hire company as they must be making a small fortune here right now............. It only took two circuits of the ring road to get off this time and I have been living here for 4 years today, I know from bitter experience what happens to newcomers to this city on the inner ring road, and it is not nice so avoid it at all costs.
03 February, 2006
Manchester apparentley has the largest student population in Europe, it also is reported to have the buisiest bus route in Europe, along the Oxford Road Corridor. It also has an insane number of bus companies offering a range of fares that are highly varible for the same journey. It is obvious to the casual observer that Manchester City council does not have a sane transport policy at all. This is why I cycle whenever possible avoiding as many bus routes as possible, look at the number of busses in this scene!!!!! not one of them is more than a quarter full, and how much crap are they chucking into the atmosphere? A lot more than me leaving my telly on standby thats for sure.... This is why I feel that cycling is the only sustainable form of urban transport, buy a bike save money on bus fares and get healthy it is a win win situation.
What a fantastically photogenic building even though I have real mixed feelings about it, especially how it completely breaks through the Manchester skyline. However it is the tallest building in the UK outside of London, so a major poke in the eye for everyone else neh neh.