Miscellaneous

Manchester: One Year On…

#ManchesterTogether

It has been a year since the Manchester Arena attack and Manchester remembers the victims.

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All bees must buzz… As I mentioned previously, bee is a symbol of Manchester.

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Trees have been placed in the city centre between Victoria Station and St Ann’s Square, on which people can hang hexagon-shaped cards with written wishes.

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Messages in chalk in St Ann’s Square.

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Animals, Outdoors

Bee-live It!

So, as usual I went to Heaton Park with my camera. And would you bee-lieve my luck, this is what I got:

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I was taking a landscape shot when this wonderful bee-ing landed in the flower. I’ve bee-n (okay, I stop now) seeing headlines and articles about decline of bee numbers lately; this is worrying–without bees, the humans can pack it. So here is a list of 20 facts about bees and how we can protect them.

Bee is also a symbol of the city of Manchester. This comes from 19th century and the Industrial Revolution, with the hard workers of the city, the “worker bees”, being a sort of a “hive” of activity. After the Arena attack last year, it also became a symbol of unity.

From the memorial at St Ann’s Square, shortly after the attack:

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If you visit Manchester now, don’t be surprised to see an image of a bee in shop windows and on buildings.

Street art in Northern Quarter:

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Since I’m on the topic of bees, I have just remembered a favourite TV show from my childhood–Maya the Bee. I’m talking about the 1975 anime version (obviously, not the new series on Netflix). I don’t know how well the series is known in the Anglosphere, if at all. It was German-Japanese co-production and managed to break through the thick Iron Curtain and get broadcasted in several Communist-bloc countries, including former Czechoslovakia (there is both Slovak and Czech version). We used to watch it like mad, I recall they used to show it as part of the Sunday morning kids’ TV slot and on Monday morning at school we would ask each other “did you watch Maya the Bee yesterday?”

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screenshot from YouTube

She meant a lot to all of us.

Outdoors, Weekly Photo Challenge

Favourite Place

What’s my favourite place?

The one that has unapologetically featured on this blog from the very beginning–Heaton Park in Manchester.

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You feel like you’re in the middle of the woods without having left the city.

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I go there in spring, summer and autumn and I always take a lot of pictures. I have more photographs from Heaton Park on my hard drive than any other place.

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It’s been good doing the Weekly Photo Challenge again!

Favorite Place

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.

Outdoors

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.

Outdoors

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.

 

Outdoors, Weekly Photo Challenge

Silence

Well it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these! Late to the party but here it is:

Prestwich Clough
No noise allowed

The hardest thing about this Weekly Photo Challenge has been choosing the right picture–I have so many that would qualify. In the end this one won. This little piece of woodland is Prestwich Clough in Manchester and I discovered it in April 2017.

It’s amazing how quiet a place in a city, that is not even very far from a main road can be. It must be the trees.

I remember reading a children’s story back in my home country about a guy who collected silence and he had this big house with many rooms and every room had a different type of silence. Forest silence, beach silence, field silence, cave silence and so on and so on. Anne Shirley in Anne of Windy Poplars also talks about different types of silence in her letter to Gilbert.

I’m sure if I were totally blind and insensitive to heat and cold I could easily tell just where I was by the quality of the silence about me.

So it’s never a total silence then. I imagine that would only be in space.

Break the Silence

I’ve been going back and forth with this paragraph, typing and deleting, typing again and deleting again. This is only a photo posting challenge, nothing more but even Cheri asks at the end of her post whether silence can be a negative thing. Because I believe it can (in a different sense than my photograph) and I was thinking about the #MeToo movement and other horrible things that have been happening and are happening, so I just want to add this: if you see a case of injustice happening, please do speak up.

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
~Martin Luther King, Jr

 

 

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