Gloomscapes, Outdoors

Gloomscapes #12

So here it is, Number 12 in Gloomscapes series, which means now I have a dozen worth of posts, hopefully worth a bit more than a dime.

And it wouldn’t be it without some brutalistic architecture!

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Ministry of Truth, his place of work, towered vast and white above the grimy landscape.

~George Orwell, 1984

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#KeepOnGloomin’

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The Ha-Ha

What am I laughing at?

Well, nothing. 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:

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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.

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Beetham Tower, Manchester

Located on Deansgate, it’s the tallest building in Manchester. (169 m.)

At least at the time of the writing. You never know when this might change with all this construction going on in this city–so that it doesn’t look like I’m spreading some fake news here.

It is still fairly new, only completed in 2006. Apparently it divides opinions, but I like it. I think it’s cool to have an iconic skyscraper in the city. Thin and sleek, reminds me of today’s tech gadgets.

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The view from the top floor must be something to kill for!

The old and the new:

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This blog needs more of Manchester red brick architecture, methinks.

 

Gloomscapes, Outdoors

Gloomscapes #5

Welcome to Number Five of my Gloomscapes series, today I present to you a Building That Used To Be:

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Look closer:

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Maybe it used to be a rebels’ base. Or Opposition’s headquarters. Whatever it was, it is no more.

#KeepOnGloomin’

These photographs are brand new, only taken yesterday. I never expected to come across a half-demolished building, I had no idea it was there!

Disclaimer: the text in italics is entirely fictional.

 

 

 

 

Gloomscapes, Outdoors

Gloomscapes #3

What’s up everyone, here is Number Three in my Gloomscapes series.

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It used to be a lively neighbourhood, with families and dogs and greenery… now all that’s left is a wasteland.

There is a lot I like about this photograph: the concrete building, the brick wall, the leafless trees (it was March), the barrier things, the dull sky. It came out pretty well, if I say so myself! 🙂

#KeepOnGloomin’

‘Til next Sunday.

Disclaimer: the text in italics is entirely fictional.
Outdoors

Bridge – Bonus

I’ve already posted my contribution to this Weekly Photo Challenge, however my fingers keep itching to add one more. I really need to talk about the most (in)famous bridge in my home town of Bratislava–the Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising. Most SNP in Slovak (most means bridge). It is also commonly referred to as UFO Bridge. You can see why.

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Danube River

This is a controversial bridge. Why is it controversial?

The construction of the bridge started in 1967. For the bridge to be built, a portion of beautiful Old Town, including a Jewish quarter and a synagogue, had to be demolished.

For one reason or another, they built it in such a way that a roadway had to lead onto the bridge and it was for this reason they deemed the destruction of historical streets and buildings, even a part of castle hill, necessary.

Well, that’s Communists for you.

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Photographed from Old Town side, the other side is Petrzalka

Obviously it’s deeply tragic. As far as I know, no such sacrilege took place in any other Communist country (please, feel free to correct me in the comments if I’m wrong). But the way I see it now is, you can’t escape your history and so, the SNP Bridge is as much a part of Bratislava as all the nice parts.

That round spaceship thing at the top has a restaurant in it–I haven’t been there as an adult though, so can’t tell you what’s on their menu. Apparently there is also an observation deck–imagine the views! I really must go there on my next visit.

You can find more information on the UFO Bridge here, if you want.

Also, Girl Astray has a cool post about it.

That’s it for my Bonus Bridge post.

Although, try not to knock down beautiful historical castle walls, while you do it!

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Bridge

Bridges are one my favourite things to photograph. In fact, they are one of my favourite things ever. Bridges are great, really. I even like the word bridge. It looks nice written down (or typed) and is easy to pronounce for a non-native English speaker.

I decided to go for this one for this week’s photo challenge.

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The bridge is a metrolink bridge in inner city Manchester. Not quite aesthetically pleasing, perhaps, but that’s the point. If it wasn’t for all that glorious sunshine, it would be a proper grim shot!

Inspiration for this photo came from a scene in The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I’ve taken a few similar shots after reading the book.

I’ve also been listening to my mega 90s playlist, which of course features the Red Hot Chili Peppers song Under the Bridge; probably one of the most iconic tunes of the decade. The song deals with feelings of loneliness and past drug abuse.

Under the bridge downtown
Is where I drew some blood
Under the bridge downtown
I could not get enough
Under the bridge downtown
Forgot about my love
Under the bridge downtown
I gave my life away

-lyrics by Anthony Kiedis

Speaking of music, a bridge is also a section of a song, but I have no idea what exactly it means. If you know, please do enlighten me in the comments.

Another bridge that comes to mind is captain’s bridge on a ship. Or better–a spaceship.

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Starship Enterprise NCC-1701-D from Star Trek The Next Generation

So that would be it regarding the bridge. Have a great week/month/year and remember:

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Wanderlust

Liverpool Albert Dock 2

Today I will share with you some photographs from my recent trip to Liverpool, more specifically the famous Albert Dock.

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Albert Dock is a complex of dock buildings and warehouses that was completed in 1846. It enabled ships to be loaded from warehouses directly and was the first structure in Britain built without wood using cast iron, bricks and stone. Today it’s a popular tourist attraction.

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Also, one of the other things Liverpool is famous for is a certain four-member rock band you may or may not have heard of.

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I did visit the Beatles Story, the museum dedicated to all things Beatles, so hopefully I will post some pictures from there soon.

Obladi oblada, life goes on.

Wanderlust