Haworth

One of the wonders of literature is how the Brontë Sisters managed to unearth such marvels from relatively shallow lives. But the life of the imagination is a back-tale unto itself, and – with the right quill and under the right gaze – the lines on one solitary face can be made to outlive those […]

Royal Exchange Theatre

One of my favourite places is the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, though not entirely for the theatricals. I find it at its best in the mornings, especially when the music has been muted so as not to interrupt rehearsals. The silence is somehow embellished by distant voices ricocheting around the theatre round, and the […]

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. […]

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?) […]

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 […]