Recycling

Acrostic, Cityscapes, Poetry

Salford, 14th August 2019

Someone at the depot, didn’t really

Enjoy the manual extraction of

Paper , Metal , Plastics and Glass

As they passed him by on the conveyor belt

Reaction ? swift as bright coloured cousins joined the usual receptacle

And Markets created to conjure household rubbish by the

Tonne, into something much more pleasing to the

Eye, as yesterdays news transformed into blank new canvas

Cacophony

Cityscapes, Life, Poetry

Cacophony

It begins quietly enough

the sound of birds waking from their nests

and perching themselves on the sculpted columns of buildings

the sound sweetly moves past the windows

joined by a wail of a cat and a dog

arguing over the stray beefburger

dropped the night before

the rumble of tyres – joined by their horns

as products make way from a to b

kids on the march from home to school

noise from records in an aim to look cool

the birds fly away – soon to return

and you have to get up – as your ears start to burn

 

 

On the corner

Cities, Cityscapes, Leisure, Outdoors, Parks

Salford, 6th September 2017

Corner

“No man is an island” – or so they say.

Living in Salford, Nr Manchester there’s loads of housing, which makes it a vibrant and lively community.  There are Squares, in the sense of traditional gardens with houses around it,  but you’re more likely to lead into a path onto a main road.

They spread out like trees, with little side streets and cul-de-sacs.  The houses opposite my bedroom/office weren’t even there when we first moved into the house we’re living in.  It was affectionately known as “The croft” – an overgrown waste site which housed the occasional wildflowers and with them butterflies and wild animals

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So what’s on my corner – a redeveloped docks, and a dual carriageway and just up the pavement – a patch of green known as the local park, there’s two areas, Ordsall and Monmouth – but those who use it know it as Ordsall Park

Its got its own entry on the blog here

Bridge

Buildings, Cities, Cityscapes, Photography, Places, Water, Waterside

Salford, 5th July 2017

in response to the photo challenge Bridge

 

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It can be happily said that where i live, in Salford, you’re no more than five minutes away from a bridge of some sort.

The mass of water you see above is the Manchester Ship Canal , which flows towards the river mersey, and flows through the county of Greater Manchester

as a result – there’s a number of bridges that cross this expanse.

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The one i cross most days is the Trafford Road Bridge, which i cross when going to sporting events on the other side of the county.Trafford_Rd_Swing_Bridge

Occasionally, i’ll cross this bridge – the old dockside swing bridge – affectionately called “Detroit” as each of the docks is named after an american lake.  Detroit passes over “Erie” Basin, a place once for ships – but now more akin to Open water swimming

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Erie has an adjoining canal, called Mariners – and this too has a set of bridges to enable those living on the dockside to get about. This pic was taken at the point where the mouth of Erie flows into Mariners – which joins up with another set of Basins at the other side.

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The newest of all the bridges on the quayside (and the last in the sequence on my journey to Imperial War Museum North) is the Millennium Bridge – built for the year 2000 and providing access across the waterway between the Lowry arts centre in Salford, and Imperial War Museum North – in Neighbouring Trafford

(Sports fans might have also noted – its used for quick access to Manchester United Football Club’s stadium – Old Trafford)

Manchester

Acrostic, Cities, Cityscapes, Memorial, Poetry

Manchester

Heritage pic

An acrostic in memoriam to those affected by the Manchester Arena Bomb

My sister city
As days go on
Never forget those
Cherished individuals
Heaven’s doors are surely open
Everyone remember those who fell – but
Stay strong – don’t allow
Those who did this to win
Everyone knows what a great place you are
Rejoice in remembering the good times ahead

Echo

Acrostic, Cities, Cityscapes, Life, Poetry, Science, Weather

Echo

Escaping a Salford Subway

Carrying call of the person rebounds

Hopping around the chamber – to and fro

On its way to the other exit

Ears pick up what seems like a choir

Cacophony travelling down towards the ear

Happily, sending the message

Or fading away into the distance

Each word bounces around as the

Call travels down the tunnel

Hastily , it makes its way to be heard

Or disappear, into the fog

The return of the lights

Cityscapes, Colours, Festive, Fun, Holidays, Home, Outdoors, Photography, Places

Salford, 12th December 2016

I have had a wonderful few days in the run up to the Christmas festivities

Manchester’s volunteer choir were well received at the volunteer celebration at the Town Hall, whilst the smells and sounds of the Christmas markets have been in full swing.

However, today I had the opportunity to take in the Latest instalment of the lightwaves festival which returned (alas, without the bunnies) to Salford Quays and Media city

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The Doctor has landed on the Quayside.

And his enemies the Daleks decided to join him 🙂

For world-annihilating robot like creatures – they weren’t half a friendly bunch.

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There was the odd astronaut….

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and a children’s cartoon character or two, as Blackpool’s Illuminations landed on the dockside of Salford Quays, near to the Mediacity : UK complex.

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Noddy and Big Ears parked by Postman Pat

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The walkway to the illuminations was lit up by these very special Christmas trees.

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and these floating boats produced a wonderful coloured light show on the waters of Erie Basin.

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I liked the way they twinkled on the water and produced some wonderful patterns.

Dark and Light

Cities, Cityscapes

Darkness

Satellite in the earths sky
lights up the darkness
as one half swaps the sun with the other
casting its shimmering net over the water
And out of the darkness
from behind the trees and bins
furry shadows are sharpened
by the dusting of light from the moon
Pawprints disperse in the dockside puddles
as suppertime treats await
from the fisherman’s throwaways

 

And Moonlight skips over dock and quay
passing over gardens and trees
creating a eerie midnight scene
where once the great ships had been

As moonlight skips over marshmallow clouds
light flickers through the velvet of night
silence only broken

by the nightshift coming home

And as felines feast
Luna keeps watch
till the sound of the cockerel
and return of the sun

The Bridge

Buildings, Cities, Cityscapes, Industrial, Photography, Places

Salford, 23rd June 2016

In response to the prompt
Curve

Strolling round my hometown of Salford, you can see Many curved structures.

The river Irwell traverses around the cities various districts and as a result, crossing points have been created to cross this body of water

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This pic is of the millennium bridge, straddling the Manchester Ship Canal from its point at Salford Quays at the Lowry, towards Trafford Wharf and Imperial War Museum North, on the other side of the canal.  The building at the back of the bridge is the Ship Canal HQ.

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The bridge itself lifts by means of two sets of weights at the top of four towers each side of the bridge. as these are moved by the bridges cables it moves the bridge.

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As the canal reaches the quayside it makes its way through Five canal basins interlocked by a series of mini canals which are crossed by footpaths and bridges.  Mariners Canal which links Ontario Basin with the larger Erie Basin has a bridge connecting the main road (Trafford Road) with the Offices and Houses on the Quayside.  This bridge was completed in 1989.  It has its own curves – islands for Street lights which cross over the canal.

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Detroit Bridge, Salford Quays

Detroit bridge has a curved walkway, for special events that take part throughout the year in the city, in particular the Open water swims and Triathlon events that occur during weekends and on fixed dates during the year.  Its been a venue for Commonwealth Games events and Triathlon.

The Canal itself cuts through areas of Greater Manchester till it reaches its source at Eastham.