Ostentatious

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Ostentatious

Definition of Ostentatious

Characterised by pretentious or showy display; designed to impress.

There are many places that meet this criteria, but you could say the refurbished Manchester Waterside comes close.

Firstly they cleaned up the basins, and placed lots of fancy housing around where the dockside warehouses are…whilst that was going on, they built a hotel on the dock 6, the nearest to the Trafford road bridge, built the bridge a sister and turned Trafford road into a dual carriageway

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Wildlife made its way onto the Dockside, whilst a line of trees followed a walkway commemorating the areas past and transformation, as office blocks, hotels and shopping malls made their way onto space where industrial and ship repair warehouses once stood

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The Office workers were given modern housing set by the waterside, and the owners paid a fortune to get the water in the basins cleaned up.  Old Bridges were given a lick of paint, and the Gem in the crown of the transformation – An Arts centre – the Lowry was placed in a prominent position on the canalside

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Detroit Bridge Salford Quays

The latest piece of the Jigsaw ?  arrived when BBC Manchester were considering a new base for their broadcast HQ.  This led to the development on the furthest part of the quayside adjacent to the Lowry by Erie Basin.  They called the development “Mediacity:UK” and hosts broadcasting facilities for BBC TV and Radio and ITV…as well as several production houses

Definitely a change from the Old Dockside…..

Ostentatious ? I’ll let you be the judge of that !

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Mediacity

Photography, Places, Poetry, TV

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A Glass palace has been built

on the banks of the canal

it’s not for the royals –

but its not common or banal

 

It’s a place where programmes will

be written and played

and where young northerners

will learn out a trade

 

Where Drama – of Th’ Lowry

will be played out on screen

whilst players eat at restaurants

in buildings between.

 

And major networks set up in old port

broadcasting most of the national sport

from old Trafford’s cricket and football in day

to far off events in places away

 

These building is local – built up by the skilled

trained up by academy – in City and Guild

Taken over by companies of National Aplomb

plenty more lights, camera, action to come

Chocolate by Brian F Kirkham

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “No Apologies.”

A Mug of something magical - normally my mug of hot cocoa from whittards!!!

A Mug of something magical – normally my mug of hot cocoa from Whittards!!!

Every day,

at the same minute

at the end of the day

when the house is empty,

I’ll heat up the milk

and watch as the cocoa

makes patterns in the vortex of the mug.

then i’ll sit in a comfy chair

Cup in hand

turn the volume up

and listen to stories

on Radio 4

Chocolate

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