Red Trolley

Originally posted on Milford Street:

Red Trolley

This image was made at the beginning of the month at Open Doors Manchester…but more on that tomorrow.

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Gin Palaces in Regency England

Originally posted on AC:

'Gin Juggarnath or the Worship of the Great Spirit of the Age', 1835, G CruikshankWith the reduction of duties the consumption of domestic spirits more than doubled in England and Wales, rising from just under 3,700,000 gallons in 1825 to just over 7,400,000 in 1826. The number of licences to sell spirits also shot up and with them the number of gin palaces.

The combination – rising consumption and an explosion of outlets – fuelled the nascent temperance movement. Concerns about the effects of both surfaced shortly before the official launching of the British and Foreign Temperance Society in 1830. A great many people believed that the working poor were squandering both their money and time on cheap gin.

The new-style gin shops first came under sustained attack in autumn 1829 when the magistrates in Middlesex, who controlled the licensing of pubs across north London, urged their colleagues to withhold licences from speculators who were buying out old alehouses for the sole purpose of…

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Las Fallas

Originally posted on Megs Madrid :
From the 17th-21st March me, Anna and Sam headed to Valencia for Las Fallas, this festival takes place in commemoration of Saint Joseph and several festivities take place over several days leading up to the 19th March,…

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Manchester: Home of more than just football soccer

Originally posted on theglobalrambler:

Living in the shadows of football colour rivalry is England’s second largest city. Offering far more than just post-game pub clashes and riots, Manchester is once again a growing city with a proud history and a conscious lock on its beautiful heritage.

With buildings all around the city such as this one, you can walk for days just looking at what the streets have to offer. With buildings all around the city such as this one, you can walk for days just looking at what the streets have to offer.

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Sunday Stroll

Originally posted on My bag of pixels:

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Museums and Academics Research Network Meeting

Originally posted on MMU Research and Knowledge Exchange Blog:
The third in this series of museums and academics network events is co-hosted by North West Film Archive (Manchester Metropolitan University) and the Race Relations Resource Centre (University of Manchester), at…

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The Beautiful Library of the Real Gabinete Português de Leitura

Originally posted on Partial Magic:

“Feast your eyes on the elegant grandeur of the Real Gabinete Português de Leitura (known in English as the Royal Portuguese Reading Room or the Royal Cabinet), a 19th-century library in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Constructed from 1880 to 1887 under the direction of architect Rafael da Silva e Castro, the magnificent library has the distinction of holding the largest and most valuable collection of Portuguese works outside of Portugal, with over 350,000 volumes filling its countless bookshelves.”

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神戸 Summertime Samba

Originally posted on japangie:

Yet again apologies for my prolonged absence, I’ve been very busy lately and needed a break from my blog due to a bit of writing fatigue. I return this week and will hopefully get through a lot of posts I’ve been meaning to write for ages. The problem with visiting lots of temples is processing which temples were where and what their history is. Soon I will have ‘broken the knot’ so to speak, and will hopefully churn out a load of temple posts!

I want to talk about where I went today on this post. Today I went to Kobe Festival 神戸まつり (Kobe Matsuri), an annual event held in Kobe (near Osaka and Kyoto) on the 17th of May. I have visited Kobe before (see here) but this time it was rather different. All the streets in the centre of town were pedestrian and there was music and…

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Kallio Kukkii Parade

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Looking for Nigel Farage

Originally posted on Photomouse:

‘I know what you want, you want a book.’

‘Umm, well…’ I started to say.

But standing in front of me on this unexpectedly sunny day in January, with the UK election still seeming a distant mirage, was Gobby, legendary former BBC producer for 30 years, lesser known as Paul Lambert and now Nigel Farage’s ‘Director of Communications’. And as countless heavyweight political leaders have found before this small photographer – when faced down by this man, it is generally best not to argue.

SmallNigelPics_0016Unravelling flags with Beryl, Cliffsend Village Hall, March 31st 2015

I agreed that having spent the previous few months spent photographing migrants in Calais I was an unlikely candidate to be asking to document the UK Independence Party and their leader Nigel Farage’s 2015 election campaign, but it felt important to me to try and understand their point of view. One way or another they said yes. We…

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