Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Flowers for Manchester


photograph © Gerald England, 2017.

On the afternoon following the tragedy at Manchester Arena, a woman has placed a bunch of flowers below the information display at Piccadilly Gardens and is now taking a photograph. The display says "We love Manchester" and gives out the emergency contact number for the police. Doubtless more flowers will be laid here and around the city as the day goes on.

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Hindu Temple

The latest issue of the online anthology Cosmopetry is entitled "BET ON PLANETS or THE SMALL OLYMPICOSMPOETRIADA OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM" by SARM Cosmpoetry Master Club and Friends .

It starts with photographs of the moon and Jupiter by Valentin Grigore over Targoviste in Romania. It is followed by numerous photographic contributions from around the world of heavenly bodies including, nebulae, eclipses, Saturns rings, the transit of Mercury, the Perseids, the Aurora Borealis as well as poems on astronomical themes.

My own contribution is an astro-photo-tanka from March 2001 in Singapore.

the Hindu temple
through the open doorway
people at prayer
over them in a dark sky
sickle moon and Jupiter

© Gerald England



Other photos show the similarities between Teide Volcano, Tenerife and Mount Fuji, Japan. Catalin Beldea displays a lovely sequence showing the total solar eclipse of March 8th 2016 over Indonesia. Adrian Bruno Sonka writes about Asteroids with Satellites. The whole collection was coordinated by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe and designed by Florin Alexandru Stancu on behalf of the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy.

See the whole thing at Cosmopetry.

Also visit Skywatch Friday.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Strathearn Gardens Mural


The inside of the perimeter wall on the north side of Strathearn Gardens in Royal Leamington Spa has been painted as one long mural.


The apartments in the background are on Stamford Gardens and were built by the local authority in the 1960s.


The mural was painted by local artist Izumi Segawa in 2013/14 when the gardens were renovated and renamed from Stamford Gardens to Strathearn Gardens.


The gardens link Rugby Road to Clarendon Crescent and contain various pieces of children's play equipment.


Photos of the work in progress can be found on the artist's blog.


A contribution to Monday Murals.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Somme shadows at Heywood


Yesterday I stopped briefly in Heywood, a Lancashire town that lies halfway between Rochdale and Bury. This photo was taken in Heywood Memorial Gardens looking across towards St Luke's Church.


Four World War commemorative benches have been installed in the Memorial Gardens and were dedicated in the Battle of the Somme centenary anniversary commemorative Service held as part of the Heywood 1940's Day on Saturday the 18th June 2016.


Heywood Township provided a World War One and a Lest We Forget bench and worked with local Groups to provide another two, The Heywood Rotary Club purchasing a World War One bench and the Heywood Armed Forces Covenant Partners, The Lancashire Veterans Association purchasing a World War Two bench.


The bright February sun was casting strong shadows across the grass.


A contribution to Shadow Shot Sunday and Inspired Sundays.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Ceramic Murals at Dinting Station


One of five murals created in 2014 by Glossop ceramicist Adrian Holt and members of Project Earth at High Peak Community Arts and displayed at Dinting Station.


Dinting Station opened on 24th December 1842. It was originally called Glossop station and was the terminus of the line from Manchester until the line through Hadfield and the Woodhead tunnel to Sheffield was completed.


The branch line to Glossop itself (the East curve from Hadfield) opened on 9th June 1845 and the station was renamed Dinting. The West curve linking the Manchester line to Glossop opened in 1884.


The Woodhead line was closed in 1981 and only Hadfield station survived. Although in Derbyshire it is part of the Transport for Greater Manchester rail network.


Trains from Manchester generally stop at Dinting en route for Glossop. On arrival at Glossop the trains then travel to Hadfield and back to Glossop before returning via Dinting to Manchester.


A contribution to Monday Murals.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Sysyphus by Alex Void


In May 2016 a team of artists created nine new murals as part of the "Cities of Hope Street Art Festival" in Manchester.

Sysyphus on the side of a building off Oldham Road is the work of Alex Void.


More information and photos of the artist at work can be found on the Insta-grafite mag

A contribution to Monday Murals.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

ABC Wednesday: A is for Andy Pearce


On the evening before the start of the annual Victorian Extravaganza Weekend, the lifeboat "Andy Pearce" was towed onto the slipway where it remained for the whole weekend. The Mersey class "Andy Pearce 12-006" arrived at Llandudno on 15th November, 1990 and after a week of intensive crew training, she was placed 'on station' on 23rd November. It is capable of operating at up to 17 knots (31 km/h) and can be launched from a carriage but can also lie afloat or be slipway launched when required. Its propellers are fully protected from damage when launching or in shallow water by partial tunnels and two bilge keels. Its low height can be further reduced by collapsing its mast and aerials which then allows it to be stored in a boathouse. A sealed cabin gives it a self-righting ability. Power comes from two Caterpillar 285hp turbo-charged engines. It carries 1,110 litres (290 US gal) of fuel to give it a range of 240 nautical miles (440 km). It has a crew of six and can carry a X Boat inflatable which it can deploy at sea. Its survivor compartment can carry 43 people, but more than 21 prevents self-righting should the boat capsize.


The All-weather Lifeboat 'Andy Pearce' cost approximately £455,000.00 to build and was provided out of a legacy from Mr Andrew Pearce, plus other gifts and legacies. Andy Pearce successfully carried out her first rescue on 17th April 1991 when she was launched in early darkness to rescue two men in difficulties off the Rhos-on-Sea breakwater. The two men, in a 25' converted ships lifeboat, had been in trouble at the boat's mooring because of a strong north westerly wind (more than 40 mph) and a four foot swell. Both men were taken abroad the lifeboat unharmed and landed safely at Deganwy.


After use the lifeboat is towed back through town to the lifeboat station. Llandudno Lifeboat Station is the only lifeboat station in the UK to have its boathouse located in the middle of town. Whereas most lifeboat stations are situated next to the sea for obvious reasons, Llandudno Lifeboat Station is situated in Lloyd Street, almost equidistant from both of Llandudno's shores. The reason for this unique situation goes back to 1861 when the boathouse was positioned so that the boat could be towed equally quickly to either North Shore or West Shore.


The current boathouse was constructed in 1903. A new lifeboat station is currently being built at Craig-y-Don where a larger boat can be accomodated.

For more information visit the lifeboat website.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

ABC Wednesday:
Y is for Ynys Gored Goch


Ynys Gored Goch (Red Weir Island) also known as Whitebait Island sits in the Menai Strait between the two bridges that link Ynys Môn (Anglesey) to the mainland. The stretch of water is known as "The Swellies" due to whirlpools formed by the string tidal flow.

In 1590 the island belonged to the Diocese of Bangor who leased the island to Thomas Fletcher of Treborth who paid three pounds plus one barell full of herring. The island was used as a fishing trap. During high tides fish would swim into traps set near the island.

In the early 20th century, it was fashionable for visitors to cross to the island to enjoy whitebait teas. They would walk down to the shore by a footpath through the Coed Môr woods, ring a bell placed on the shore for the purpose, and a boat would put out from the island to collect them. The Gorad Whitebait Tea consisted of a pot of tea, brown bread and butter, and whitebait "fried in a basket", priced one shilling. During very high tides in the spring and autumn, the water sometimes reaches the outside of the houses on the front and west sides.


In more recent times the island has been privately owned and according to the details on the Wales Directory the two houses on the island are available for use as holiday accomodation, although this information may not be current.

Information sources:
Anglesey Today;
Wikipedia;
Anglesy Hidden Gems.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday and Wednesday Waters.