Northern Quarter

The Northern Quarter has always been there…it just ddn’t go by the name ‘Northern Quarter‘ until it was thus branded in the early 1990s. Started its rise to fashion-nobility with Afflecks Palace, circa 1981, and Factory-owned Dry Bar aided Manchester’s shift in focus over to Oldham Street. Thomas Street, Tib Street and Dale Street – […]

The Britons Protection

The Britons Protection is one of those places in Manchester that have always been there and which we take for granted. But as swathes of Manchester City Center is  turned into soulless gated communities, the Britons Protection and its ilk is starting to take on a whole new meaning.   A Manchester Print Gallery   […]

Manchester – A Visitor’s Guide

Welcome to Manchester A visitor’s guide to Manchester in pictures. This is my City. I’ve been around its streets and clubs and pubs since I escaped the factory floor, with a job at one of Manchester’s best ever clothes shops. I know its nooks and crannies. Its diamonds and its flaws. And so will you. […]

The Golden Door

The Golden Door T’was 11.35 When the clock struck one Though I didn’t even notice I was so far gone A humid night On Midsummer’s Day I’d supped my fill And was walking with a sway Glum and heavy hearted My head hung low I’d had a bad day Which is all you need to […]

Wednesday Morning Magic

Something strange is afoot on Wednesday mornings throughout the Summer months. From Preston to Blackburn, then on to Whalley, Clitheroe, Settle and through to Carlisle, people are drawn to a weekly spectacle as if moved my strange magic or a magnetic spell. Cars pull over. Playground footie games pause. Roadworks stop (do some ever start?) […]

Northern Soul: A Top Ten

Ten all-time great Northern Soul records. A personal Northern Soul top ten. I haven’t listened to some of these Northern Soul tunes since I was in my teens, preferring as I did to keep moving, though it’s good to hear them again. There were so many truly great Northern Soul tunes (many of them ushered […]

Ibiza Uncovered ?

The original Ibiza Uncovered series is rerun from time to time on Sky television channels. When it was filmed across Ibiza in 1997 I was on the Island, supposedly to shoot film for a travel company. Ibiza Uncovered in many ways led the way for cheap, fly-on-the-wall television and was a precursor for bottom-of-the-barrel ‘reality’ […]

Blackpool

We met someone in Lytham last year who told the story of an Australian family, who arrived in Blackpool expecting to see Las Vegas, but instead were horrified by tacky reality (hence their sharpish escape to Lytham!). Those of us who’ve grown with Blackpool’s reality – since we went on a first holiday with Nan […]

Millennium Bridge

Millennium Bridge

Millennium Bridge Sunset I think it was Kierkegaard who advised we should write down our thoughts and ideas before they escape, because many don’t come along twice and the best ones will be lost forever (…Kierkegaard also believed the majority couldn’t think a thought through to its ultimate conclusion, so don’t be volunteering him for […]

Imperial Red

When it decides to perform, North Western light is spectacular and its goosebump time when you get one like this, especially over two of the North’s landmark buildings.  The metal cladding of the Imperial War museum and the Lowry perfectly reflect the red sunset sky and the general smoulder of twilight. This was taken minutes […]