Is that a Dragon I see above me?

Originally posted on Travel with Intent:


Hanging high above the Northern Quarter, on the corner of Tib Street and Church Street, shines the Tib Street Horn.  This enigmatic, silver sculpture, half dragon and half saxophone, coils around the remains of an old Victorian hat factory.


Commissioned in 1996, it is part of a series entitled “Unsound Instruments” by Cornish artist David Kemp.


Kemp himself said of the piece, “It’s not really a saxophone, nor a dragon…. Perhaps it’s a listening device, filtering the left-over sounds from the street corner below, where the past bumps into the future, shooting the lights.”


Whatever it represents, it is a striking piece that has survived the Manchester weather well and appears to stand guard over the entrance to the Northern Quarter.   The puzzle it presents fits perfectly with the quirky nature of this exciting area of Manchester.

Linked to One Word Photo Challenge: Silver.

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Thai boxer kicks down door of burning building as family of three are rescued

Originally posted on Do The Right Thing Daily:

Hero-fire-rescuers-Darren-Robinson-and-Mark-Rileyby Dean Kirby, Daily Mirror

A kickboxer booted down a door to rescue a family of three from a house inferno.

Darren Robinson, 42, has been hailed as a hero after he kicked down the front door and rescued the 19-year-old’s mother from the smoke-filled hallway with the help of his neighbour Mark Reilly.

They dashed to the rescue after being woken by the screams of a teenage girl in the early hours.

Father-of-five Mark, 51, also put a ladder up to the bedroom window and saved the girl and her father from the blaze.

The Manchester Evening News reports also held down the door handle to open the lock as Darren kicked the door more than 20 times to smash it open. Mark’s metal ladder melted in the blaze.

A mystery man who also took part in the rescue in Dovecote Lane, Little Hulton, Salford, left the scene afterwards and…

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Man – The Descent

Originally posted on The Invisible Sage:

You shall be forgiven for believing that this post concerns itself with the book by Charles Darwin entitledThe Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex - you know, his book that followedOn the Origin of Species. Nope. Nothing to do with either of those.

This post honors an animation by a gifted man called Steve Cutts, simply entitled ‘Man’. Having viewed Steve’s animation several times (warning: watching it too many times leaves one feeling, understandably, depressed!) I decided to add in my post title the words ‘The Descent’. I offer it here, astute reader, for you to draw your own conclusions on man’s nobility, and to engender comments! I thought the demise of Man rather apt. I feel certain that you shall too.

Music: In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg.!/Steve_Cutts

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Favela Life in Brazil

Originally posted on Writer On The Move:

With the World Cup mania going on full speed, everyone’s eyes are now on Brazil. This has gotten me to think about my most recent trip to the sunny country and about one of my most memorable experiences there – the week I spent staying in the favela of Pavao near the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.

While I was immersed in the colorful life of the favela – a slum for lack of a better word in English – I was bombarded with questions from foreigners and Brazilians alike: what’s it like to stay in a favela? Is it dangerous? Scary? How do you move around there? How do the locals react when they see you?

That’s why I decided to do this video that shows me making my way from our home on top of the favela down to the street level and back – a full…

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Manchester embraces its heritage…

Originally posted on David Martin - Daymar Law:

Only in Manchester, England, could you find a government-sanctioned plaque plastered with the symbol for a hit of Ecstasy.

That telltale smiley face — which doubles as a logo for the British “acid house” movement of the late ’80s and early ’90s — sits mockingly on a building that once housed a club called the Boardwalk.

Today, it’s an upscale office building, but in edgier times, it served as the suckling place for some of Manchester’s most storied rock bands, from the Smiths to Oasis. About 25 years ago, this small, dank venue also helped nurture a scene — centered at the nearby Hacienda Club — that gave the world that drug-fueled dance phenomenon known as “raves.”

From the NY Daily News (July 6th, 2014). To read more visit  Manchester, England, proudly embraces its musical and political heritage to become a world-class destination – NY Daily News.

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Where am i…?

Originally posted on Aimee loves to love...:




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To Read is to Fly

Originally posted on Steve McCurry's Blog:

“To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which
gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety,
ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries.”
 - A C Grayling, Financial Times
(in a review of A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel)


I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
- Jorge Luis Borges


There is no frigate like a book 
To take us lands away, 
Nor any coursers like a page 
Of prancing poetry. 
This traverse may the poorest take 
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot 
That bears a human soul.
- Emily Dickinson

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We read to know we’re not alone.
-  C.S. Lewis

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When I get a little money I buy books;

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Levenshulme Market

Originally posted on sagarandcampbell:

One of the first places, (other than St Marys Hospital Manchester) we started our campaign to collect lost lonely earrings was very local to myself, the budding monthly Levy Market. It now runs every Saturday and we are going back, having finished the Chandelier and as Finalists of the National Lottery Awards…..think it is beginning to sink in!

Going back to let everyone know to support us and VOTE here for the Chandelier.

The chandelier is a mass participation art work of many peoples earrings and their stories woven together into one glittering shining Art work …… it is a community of lost earrings which continues to build and roll forward………  we just follow it and try to keep up ……it has a life of its own I believe and this is because it is made from the many life stories of all those who donated.

Do please come and say…

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city guide: mad for manchester

Originally posted on bespoke offers blog:

Friday 4th July 2014

Plastered on the wall in one of the city’s coolest districts, you’ll come across a long-standing mosaic mural that humbly proclaims “…And on the sixth day, God created Manchester”. You see, Mancunians aren’t particularly modest when it comes to bragging about their beautiful city, and why should they be? The self-proclaimed capital of the North boasts a bustling night-life, amazing architecture, some of the most friendly and down-to-earth people you’ll ever meet, and has made a name for itself as one of the world’s biggest powerhouses for music, culture and sport.

The locals are proud as punch of their city, and more than willing to welcome visitors with open arms into the no-nonsense hustle and bustle of the North – well, as long as you’re willing to have a chat at the bus stop and pour gravy over your chips. But how exactly should you spend…

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Where decluttering meets Feng Shui

Originally posted on The Clutter Fairy's Blog:


I recently met a fascinating man with an amazing life story. He has just moved back to the UK and wants to spread the word about the ancient art of Feng Shui. Here is a guest post by John Groeneveld. If you want to hear more and are in the Manchester area, you can attend a free talk at Haigh Lea Therapy Rooms on Thursday 3rd July at 6:30pm.

Where Decluttering meets Feng Shui

From the perspective of the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui, decluttering is an essential process. Feng Shui is concerned with having a beneficial and healthy circulation of energy in the home or the workplace. The energy we are talking about was called Chi by the Chinese. Chi is universal subtle energy, and it has different cycles, and different ways of moving and manifesting. Wherever there is some form of energy that we have named…

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