Bridgewater, Brindley and Lord Foster

Affectionately known as the “Dukes Cut” the Bridgewater Canal was the first canal built in the UK that didn’t follow an original watercourse. It opened on 17th July 1761 to take the duke of Bridgewater’s coal to Manchester and a later route through Cheshire to the Staffordshire Potteries. It was built under the guidance of the engineer James Brindley.  The new apartment building was the first residential project in the North West by the architect Lord Foster. It stands amongst the remnants of Broadheath’s Industrial past waiting for the redevelopment of the area, which to date has not happened.

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It will be all over by Christmas

Sarah, Olly and I went tonight to watch FC United in a charity match against a local team whose ground was next to a group of houses which were completly destroyed in a recent gas explosion, the proceeds were to go to the families who had lived there. There was two television crews and several from local radio attracted by the recent publicity about the club just before their second round match against Brighton on Saturday.  Five years ago just after the club was founded sceptics said at the time ‘it will be all over by Christmas’,  how wrong they were. This fan being interviewed had come all the way from Norway to watch the game, he was telling the interviewer how he had skied from his home to the airport.

A depressing camping trip

Oh what a joy to be back in England, after a good trip back through France we arrived at the hotel in Kent which was surrounded by fast food joints and a cinema, Karen insisted we eat at ‘Frankie and Bennys’, she had eaten there before and liked the food. Both our meals were less than average and overcooked even after me asking them not to do so, we were told that health and safety rules required them to cook food well done, it’s a sad day when the enjoyment of food is dictated by corporate lawers. We then went to the cinema to watch the latest Harry Potter movie, I have never been a fan but Karen bless her is, I can only describe the film as a story of three grumpy teenagers on a depressing camping trip around The UK, its only saving grace was the stunning scenery including Malham cove in Yorkshire a place I have visited many times and have fond memories shared in far more congenial company than Harry and his chums. I could not understand why they just didn’t walk slowly down to Malham village down a few pints of black sheep bitter and all would have been well with the world, it always worked for me. PS. Karen thought it was boring too.

Todays Image is of Archie and Helen his nan, he is my great nephew and I met him for the 1st time today, he is a delightful little chap his great auntie Katy would have loved him.

snow

On yesterdays trip into Spain after the trip to the supermarket to buy cheap wine etc we went back into France over the Col to see the snow and take some photographs, we were reminded that even in this beautiful and peaceful area they is the threat of violence. At the junction up to the Coll there was a police roadblock with machine guns and shotguns ready to blow out the tires of anyone refusing to stop, the separatist group ETA operate both in France and Spain and is is not uncommon to see roadblocks on the Spanish side, only yesterday there seemed to be a lot of activity with police cars flying around everywhere. We tried to look as Un-Eta as possible and drove slowly by.  Further up the snow was fresh and still pure white piled at the side of the road, we passed over the border and whilst decending into Luchon spotted this waterfall.

Letter from Sarko

Another photo from last week of our Mayor on November 11th reading out the letter sent to every mayor in France from the President.

I have been busy completing my assignment for my photography course and neglected taking new photos so must try harder this week, we are nipping across to Spain Thursday to buy goodies to take back to England, olive oil, wine and tobacco for Bryan Karen’s son, so passing over the mountains will be an opportunity to take some as the snow on the tops is thickening fast.