This picture (which is not clear) is of a viaduct, not a great picture I must admit. Whilst in Philips Park, we noticed this. Not knowing what it transported I had a look and it appears it transports nothing anymore, however it does seem to be home of trees (don't take my word for it I didn't actually confirm this, it just looks that way when you get right up to it). The viaduct stops at the road on the right just near the tree, cut off to make way for some building nearby. I can only assume that it would be for trains, but I thought it was interesting and that’s why there's a picture here.
Just across from the (Manchester) City ground is Philips Park. I must admit I have never been there -until now- and never knew it existed, but I have been educated. It's a really nice park and here is a pic of the peace garden. The kids’ playgrounds are pretty special too. Not only do they have things that seem quite imaginative, but also they still work. There is a grid of squares that you bounce on them they make different bell sounds, also they have what look to be railway sleepers that make fluteish sound when you rock them, they also have and a really different take on a seesaw that has a bit of a roundabout in it. Whilst this is off the subject of the picture, but because I have a daughter I have seen quite a few playgrounds and in each one people have put quite a bit of time and effort into making them different, however so many of them have things in them that are imaginative but broken. Heaton Park's Archimedes screw is just one, I could name many.
On a routine shopping trip... well not that routine, we were going to Asda instead of Sainsburys (not my choosing) and on the way down we spotted some bunting on a fence near the park. Not wishing to miss out on anything we stopped for a look and found Gorton Festival.
I must admit it was the strangest thing ever. Perhaps the problem was that despite the warm hot and sunny weather we've been having, Friday, Saturday and Sunday turned a little grim and rainy. There was a huge empty field with a tent (the one pictured) hammering music out to the few, 100 odd yards away was the fast food with kiddies bouncy castles (doing better trade than this attraction) and then a few stalls hugging the edge of the field like wallflowers. It was all rather empty which is a shame
The picture here is of the choir packing up. I'd have got a picture of them singing but I wasn't fast enough. As you can see it was a packed jeering mob requiring containment by the guy on the left in white and orange.
By far though I think the best entertainment came from three lads (in front of centre stage not pictured) who started showing their football skills whilst not spilling a drop of their Stella cans. I however showed my lack of football prowess and proved to myself that I just don't learn. The football was miss kicked into the kids playground. I attempted a well-placed pass over the fence, only to be dummied by the fence. I wouldn't mind but as I went to kick it a little voice in my head said "Pick it up, you know what's going to happen", however undeterred I ignored that thought and found the ball coming straight back to me. This was very similar to the last time that I thought -for a moment- that I was David Beckham.
I liked this picture when I took it, however it never came out as I had imagined. The problem wasn't the DV5, I think it was more the fact that in my mind's eye it was a better picture. By the way we were at Lyme Park today, and this wall is just up the hill from the hall.
This is one of the stained glass windows in Manchester Cathedral, I don't know what it is all about, as I found no description, but I'm guessing it's either supposed to represent fire or blood or both as I think it was this section that was bombed in the war in addition to which it is the chapel for the Manchester Regiment.
I like the mix in the picture. I have a few other pictures in the Rollei for this probably with better exposure... I hope, not that this is too bad with the sun behind me. I just like the different ages of structure. We have the Cathedral to the left, The wattle and daub building squeezed in at the bottom the concrete Arndale towering over the scene and the new wheel vying for space.
A view Jodrell Bank's Lovell Telescope. I quite like the shot, however the visit was less impressive than this rather average picture. Since the whole places seems to be under construction at the moment, the tour consists of a shop, a cafe and a small room that's more or less the waiting room to go into the 3D Cinema tour which has a few exhibits in it. It’s a long way to go for just that. It was raining too... I knew we should have gone to the sweet factory for a tour, that would have been better I'm sure.