Abstract Poetry

Hungry postbox

Salford, 15th March 2021 – from a writeclub prompt

A postbox is a box that eats socks

Rochdale pioneers Museum, Rochdale – Image By Inky

There’s a reason why they are red.

Just before night fall – the humans put the washing out

in the hope they’ll be dry in the morning

the crows cry out – but everyone’s asleep

as the poor old washing line find’s itself

accosted by the eater of socks

and right socks and left cry out for each other

as the holder of the mail

helps itself to a night time snack



Salford, 23rd May 2020

#weather #nature #winds #trees

Something’s afoot,

the barometer has moved with a bounce

it’s not a Winds day but it

feels like it and the

foliage on the trees – is dancing

Westerly winds

in a rush to navigate their way to

northern pennine hills

determined trees – doing their best to

stay upright from the invisible charge

Museums Photography Places Victorian

Dial M for Museums

#CFFC #LetterM #Photography

part of Cees Fun Photo Challenge…..16/11/2017

Come up with up with photographs with two Ms in the title

OK Cee, I’ll do me best!

To start with here’s a couple of Museums photographed in the area where i live….

Most of these were taken #Midsummer – so theres another word with more than 1 M

Rochdale Pioneers Museum (c) Brian F Kirkham 2017
Oldham Museum & Art Gallery (c) Brian F Kirkham 2017

The Fusiliers Museum in Bury holds not only the Regimental Collection but is home to the Cenotaph for the town, and in regards to the regiment the County – in Memoriam

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Lancashire Fusiliers Museum, Bury  (c) Brian F Kirkham 2017
Manchester Museum (c) Brian F Kirkham 2007

Manchester Museum is located by the Victoria University of Manchester on Oxford road, and is known primarily for its Archeological and Historical Artifacts.  In fact, there’s a special exhibit that greets you at the entrance – his name is Rex.

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Rex at Manchester Museum – Saying Hello! (p) Brian F Kirkham 2007

As part of the artifacts, you will come across the Egyptology exhibits – The Victoria Museum is known for its Mummies

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One of these artefacts actually came down the road from Salford and is still known as the Salford Mummy to this day, so its nice to pay her a visit!

Salford Museum is the Home of Lark Hill Place, a Victorian Street that shows how people lived during that time – there’s the old cobbles and washing lines, and you’ll hear the sounds of the Grocers, the Blacksmith and the chemists

Salford Museum & Art Gallery (P) Brian F Kirkham 2017

And how can i forget the foundation stone on which this blog was made.?…(Ha Ha)

My second home (well, i volunteer here enough to call it home! 🙂 )

Imperial War Museum North , (P) Brian F Kirkham, 2013
Heritage Historical Industrial Museum Museums Travel

A busman’s holiday

#blogging101 #Napowrimo #travel #photography #pennine #Oldham #Rochdale

Rochdale, 9th April 2016

Rochdale Town Hall, Greater Manchester


I’ve been busy today.

My little sister called on Mum and Dad to look after my nephews this weekend, which meant I’ve been home alone … I filled my time this Saturday by taking a little trip on one of the new lines of Manchester’s Metrolink System.

Rochdale Pioneers Museum


Upon landing in Rochdale town centre, I took a walk through the town market and saw the restoration of Rochdale’s historic bridge, which crosses the river roch, which gives the town its name. I reached the Pioneers Museum on Toad Lane (Catchy Name!), which gave a comprehensive tale of the Co-operative society, its aims , values and people behind it in its infancy.  It reminded me upon arrival of Matthew Tomlinson’s shop in Lark Hill Place in Salford.  The Museum’s front door was dressed  as if you were back in time in the 19th Century, and beyond that weights and measures of the time were displayed as you were greeted by an original counter marked out with the 7 principles of the Rochdale pioneers…

As part of the first world war centenary – there was a lot of focus on what families sent to loved ones out on the front line as well as tales of the co-operative staff sent out to serve on the allied lines during the war.

There was also a section in the museum on the Pioneers work with the Woodcraft folk, an organisation similar to the scouts, without the early military aspect.

Oldham Museum and Art Gallery


I got back on the tram at Rochdale station and headed for my next stop, Oldham Gallery.  which was brimming with artworks from renowned artists from Oldham and the surrounding area.  I enjoyed looking at the paintings, and the sculpture studio was a pleasant surprise – the bronze of LS Lowry raised a grin.  Equally the tales of famous sons and daughters of Oldham made me smile, and there was a brief military exhibit in relation to the first world war – as part of the centenary celebrations organised by the Imperial War Museum*.  I had to hold my stomach to get through the taxidermy exhibit though….Might be nice to look at, but Owls and Birds of prey should be flying over the Pennines – not be on display in it’s museums.

I raised a smile at the wall of famous sons of Oldham – I am a fan of Eric Sykes’ comedy and enjoyed reading his story in the museum, I liked the goon shows he helped write with Spike Milligan.

I finished the visit off by having my lunch in the Museum Café ….A lovely sandwich salad – Really nice food and friendly staff.  After a brief walk around the town centre and enjoyed the Pennine views, I headed for home with my memories of the day stored on my camera. Best bit of the day enjoying the pennine views and the lovely gardens in both of these Lancashire towns.

*small addendum – I volunteer at the Northern Branch of the Imperial War Museum during the week, so it was great to see what other museums were doing as part of the centenary celebrations.


Airport BBC Cricket Destinations Football Leisure Museums Rugby Seaside Sports Travel Work

Station Hopping

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Trains, Planes, and Automobiles.”


Lands end to John O’ Groats on Public Transport ?

It sounds like a preposterous suggestion to make, but its not that far fetched.

You see, living where I do , in Greater Manchester – there’s an excellent network of Buses, Trains and Trams to get to.  Even in the short period of time while I was waiting for my Travel Pass, a Tram ticket cost a meagre £1.20 for a return into the city centre, and with the BBC Moving in opposite the Lowry Arts Complex

BBC North – One of the Destinations on Manchester’s Metrolink network.

at Salford recently – the supply of regular trams has been constant.  They don’t want to upset the London crowd you see.

So, I can now take a Pennine trip from Salford to Rochdale, before popping onto a West Yorkshire Metro from Rochdale to Todmorden in West Yorkshire if I wish…I could take in the delights of Bury Art Gallery or Lancashire Fusiliers Museum or take a trip around Oldham town centre and be back in time for Tea

The Football Set are smiling, as the metro lines take in both Old Trafford (Home of Manchester United FC) and the Etihad Campus (Home of the Commonwealth Stadium in 2002, and now Home to Manchester City FC) – and if Football isn’t your thing – then it also stops outside Lancashire Cricket Club

(Rugby Fans – Salford’s stadium is a short distance from the Eccles Stop – and they put on buses there!)

Get to Piccadilly Station, and Manchester’s Sporting Complex awaits – or if I feel like it a trip North to the Lancashire sands, taking in the delights of Morecambe’s Seafront, Blackpool’s Tower, The Lake District or Zakynthos’s Wildlife

The Metrolink now lands at Manchester Airport – so if you book your ticket – and pack a bag you could go further than you think on the humble little tram – But the Airfare costs a little extra!