Outdoors, Random and Weird Phone Shots

Random and Weird Phone Shots – Strange Skies


I snapped this on the way back from Tesco yesterday evening. It looks like a shot from a different planet–maybe something the Curiosity rover took on Mars–but trust me, it’s just a Wednesday in Manchester.

I don’t often photograph sky with my phone, but when I do, it’s out of this world.

Gloomscapes, Outdoors

Gloomscapes #7

It’s that time of the week to post another entry in Gloomscapes. And here in Part 7, let me tell you about one of the things I hate the most–littering.

It’s harmful to the environment, not to mention ugly. Which makes it perfect for my series.



The red on the grass is especially striking.



What about killing fields
Is there a time
What about all the things
That you said were yours and mine

~Michael Jackson, Earth Song



Miscellaneous, Outdoors

The Pankhurst Centre, Manchester

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Happy International Women’s Day!

For this occasion I’ve taken some pictures of The Pankhurst Centre. This is where Emmeline Pankhurst, the suffragette, lived with her daughters.

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Emmeline Pankhurst was born in Manchester and this house is where she started Women’s Social and Political Union–the organisation fighting for the women’s right to vote. First women were given right to vote 100 years ago–those over the age of 30 who owned property. Finally, in 1928 the suffrage was extended to all women over 21.

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There is a little museum inside but I haven’t been in–the Centre is only open on Thursdays and two Sundays a month. Something for a future post then!

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For more information on The Pankhurst Centre, visit their website.


The Ha-Ha

What am I laughing at?

Nothing, actually (at least nothing connecting to this post). It’s a different ha-ha I’m talking about today.

A ha-ha is a type of a wall (keeping the theme here) that keeps livestock out but doesn’t ruin the view.

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Sign in Heaton Park

Heaton Park in Manchester has them and here I give you some pictures:



Naturally, the first question one asks is, how the hell did they get that name? From Wikipedia:

The unusual name “ha-ha” is thought to have stemmed from the exclamations of surprise by those coming across them as the walls were designed to be invisible.

It’s a good job those coming across weren’t swearing. Otherwise we’d have to call them fuck-where-did-this-come-from.