Outdoors

Roman Remains

If you didn’t know there was a Roman fort (or what remains of it) in Manchester, now you know. And here are the pictures of it:

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The remains of the fort are in the part of town called Castlefield–and this sign explains why:

roman fort sign

Here is the link to Wikipedia entry, where you can find more info about this fort.

Are there any remains of Roman civilisation where you live? What historical gems can be found in your home city? Share in the comments!

Gloomscapes, Outdoors

Gloomscapes #10

And here we are, it is the 10th entry in my Gloomscapes series! Can’t believe it’s been ten weeks already.

Did this used to be a family’s abode, or perhaps a school? Maybe a library, or a community centre. No one remembers, for there is no one left.

half torn wall

And the walls kept tumbling down
In the city that we love

~Bastille, Pompeii

#KeepOnGloomin’

 

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.

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 #4

In this week’s Gloomscapes entry, I give you some barbed wires.

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Dystopian fiction often features prisons or some kind of locked environment.

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You are guilty of harbouring negative thoughts about The State/The Empire/Our Almighty Leader/The Big Brother. 

#KeepOnGloomin’

Okay, if you go through my blog, you’ll notice that I have already posted both of these places, but from different angles–in my post Corner, which was a Weekly Photo Challenge entry. I completely forgot about Corner and only realised it when I saw the pics in my blog folder. The Corner photos would have been perfect for Gloomscapes but that was long before I ever thought of the series.

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.