Portrait of Blackpool – Winter on the Fylde Coast

My hometown of Blackpool is a caricature of the traditional Lancashire seaside resort; sticks of rock, garbage covered, crowded beaches at the merest hint of sun, booze fuelled parties and miles of amusement arcades. Families used to traipse around from one attraction to the other in the height of summer, these are in decline now however. The drunken stag and …

Winter in Manchester – Doorstep Surprises

Is there anybody that doesn’t love a pleasant surprise? An early morning start in the winter landscape of suburban Manchester recently provided some unexpectedly pleasing photographic surprises. The forecast had been for extremely low temperatures and a morning ground frost so an early visit to the local woods seemed a worthwhile prospect. The parked cars in the street showed initial …

Postcards from Autumn; chilly tales from a Manchester riverbank

Taking a step out into the biting chill of an early morning in autumnal Manchester, the light was just beginning to win its eternal battle with night. My steamy breath freezing instantly, producing continuous vapour trails like a kettle on the boil. The parked cars dusted in frost, appeared as if the stars had fallen from the clear night sky …

Mabon in Manchester – The Post Nobody will Read

Yesterday was Mabon, the autumnal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, as the weather was fair it seemed sensible to get out with the camera and capture some scenes of autumn in Manchester. To keep the post relevant it needs publishly quickly, meaning posting on Sunday, which apparently contravenes traditional publishing advice. The reason; few people read websites at the weekend, …

Festive Manchester – Marketing Christmas

Having lived in Germany for a number of years I have a great fondness for Christmas markets. I especially enjoy markets in the smaller towns as they have a more intimate feel about them. People seem to know each other better and arrange to meet up for a few laughs and drinks. “bratwursts, grillflamme and glühwein of the European stalls …

Guy Fawkes & Bonfire Night – Fireworks in Salford

I was standing in the middle of a muddy field in Heaton Park in Manchester on a slightly chilly November evening for nearly an hour. Waiting for the promise of a spectacular display to light up a dismal Salford night that was showing no sign of starting can seem a little insane. Looking around it seemed as if there are …

Wild Nights in the Lakes – The Lakeland Haute Route

Taking the high road Mention the Haute Route to any keen skier and the chances are they will get a faraway look in their eyes and start waxing lyrical about endless slopes of pristine virgin powder and awesome scenery.  The Haute or High Level route links the great alpine centres of Chamonix and Zermatt.  Boasting Mont Blanc as the starting …