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Glow World Spikey Balloon - B of the Bang LookalikeI 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.

Maharajah the Belle Vue Elephant's Skeleton at Manchester MuseumOn 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.


A few Photos of Paul Edwards from various events and festivals I have attended, and from other sources.

Paul Edwards at Manchester Pride 2009

Paul Edwards at Manchester Pride 2009

This news release was posted earlier in the week on B of the Blog and I feel more people should know about it and sign the petition. I have many memories of canals, from cycling, fishing, walking and even piloting the community barge, I for one want to keep them just the way they are, so if you have any feelings regarding canals please sign the petition, it only takes a moment.

Read the statement below for more information.

Yet another one of them silly days, my daughter is off college and wanted to do something in the garden. Obviously today was different, it was full of snow and my last attempt was a polar bear of sorts, so for my next attempt I looked for something completely different. My daughter likes Dr WhoDoctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a mysterious, humanoid alien known as "the Doctor" who travels through time and space in his spacecraft, the TARDIS, which normally appears from the exterior to be a blue 1950s police box., so I gave it a little bit of thought and decided  to have a go at Dr who's dog K-9K-9, or K9, is the name of several fictional robotic dogs in the long-running British science fiction television series, Doctor Who, and its spin-off series, The Sarah Jane Adventures.

It is starting to take shape, looking a bit like K-9.

I think when it snows it seems to brings out the childish behaviour in everyone, who can resist chucking snowballs about, building snowmen or sliding down hills. Today it happened to me, I got bored so I thought it was time to revisit my childhood. As it had been snowing pretty hard lately, it was perfect for my attempts at a snowman, something I had not done for over 20 years.