Outdoors, Weekly Photo Challenge

Favourite Place

What’s my favourite place?

The one I’ve been posting most pictures of, ever since I started this blog–Heaton Park, 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?

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:

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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 it’s the tallest building; with so much construction going on in this city this may change sometime in the future–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.