Public performance by Granny Turisimo causes havoc at a recent Skyride event held in Manchester 2012.
I think some one is havin a larf, couldn't believe my eyes as I was walking past the City of Manchester Stadium at Sportcity. I had to look twice and try to remember what day it was, i thought it was April Fool's Day or some practical joke. On that same spot we used to have what was the tallest sculture in the UK, it was called the B of the Bang, now we have a plastic lookalike. The B of the Bang was the subject of much discussion, local opinion was divided between like it, hate it, some were indifferent, but many were glad to see it gone for good.
On a recent visit to Manchester Museum I was pleasantly surprised, I noticed an exhibit that brought memories flooding back of Belle Vue. In fact the exhibit in question deserves to have a film made about his short life, whether the stories were true or not does not matter, he is without doubt part of local folklore and was a celebrity at Belle Vue. He was born around 1865, the elephant was about 7/8 years old when he was purchased in 1872 as part of a job lot at an auction, animals from Wombwell's Royal Number One Menagerie in Edinburgh were being sold off after closing down.
Brazil meets Chorley, the public were treated to a colourful event for free in Astley Hall's Walled Garden at Astley Park, Chorley.
Dance, Percussion and Drum groups from around the North West blended music styles from africa to brazil, a fusion of sound you only find at big carnivals, mixed in with traditional dancing. The event was a success and I for one would like to see it repeated in places like Manchester, the crowd watched the cream of groups from the north west giving a fine display on their buildup to participating in upcoming carnivals.
Unheard, Unseen, Unauthorised
Event 15th May 2009
Over 20 Manchester musicians hit the city centre streets, playing an eclectic series of impromptu gigs in a variety of secret, unauthorised locations, from the very public to the very hidden. Organised by local music collective Single Cell, and taking place as part of the Futuresonic 2009 festival, the gigs, running from midday until 8pm, it featured a diverse range of artists who volunteered their services such as Aidan Jolly, Billtone, Craig Winterburn, Dave Birchall, Dave Leach, Dominic Berry (poet), HoneyFeet, Hot Bone, John Fairhurst, John Robb, Julie E Gordon, Leonie Higgins, Lunar Coup, Mike Garry (poet), Mind on Fire Collective, Phil Davies, Tom Kerswill, TG Elias, Ben Mellor, The Spokes, Tanante and more, representing everything from african drumming to heavy metal and acoustic folk and Poetry.
“Asylum seekers appealing decisions made by refugee courts are left without benefits or the ability to earn a living. These busking performances are taking place without permission in marginalised locations or hidden in very public places, mirroring the status of these destitute refugees.”
Today was a bit special, as a community reporter I got to visit the BBC along with fellow community reporters, and take a look behind the scenes of the Northwest Tonight program featuring presenters Gordon Burns and Ranvir Singh. This is part of a partnership between MCIN and the BBC who are supporting the Community Reporters programme, there will be another couple of visits next week where we will cover an introduction to journalism. It was nice to meet Gordon Burns, I remember him from years ago when we were both younger, what a nice man, a very nice man. It was also extremely nice of him to take some time to explain what he does and a basic guide to the use of the computer software programs and pose for a few photos.
Belle Vue Zoological Gardens was a large zoo, amusement park, exhibition hall complex and speedway stadium in Belle Vue, Manchester, England, opened in 1836. The brainchild of John Jennison, the gardens were initially intended to be an entertainment for the genteel middle-classes, with formal gardens and dancing on open-air platforms during the summer, but they soon became one of the most popular attractions in northern England. Before moving to Belle Vue, Jennison, part-time gardener, had run a small aviary at his home: the beginnings of the zoo which over the years grew to become the third-largest in the United Kingdom.
Jennison set out a small amusements area in Belle Vue during the 1870s, which was expanded in the early 20th century to become what was advertised as the "showground of the world". Popular rides included the 60-mile-per-hour (97 km/h) Bobs' rollercoaster and the Scenic Railway. Other entertainments included grand firework displays from 1852 and an annual Christmas circus from 1922. Music and dancing were popular attractions in Belle Vue's various ballrooms. The Kings Hall, opened in 1910, housed The Hallé Orchestra for several years and also hosted concerts by artists such as Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Leonard Cohen and Led Zeppelin.