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Thursday 28 June 2012

Camp Cooks

I filmed the Camp Cooks — Wynnie, Rose, Cleo and Lucy — as they rehearsed for their forthcoming tour of UK festivals and events.

As seen on ITV’s This Morning show on Thursday 28 June!




Visit them on Facebook, Twitter and the Camp Cooks website.


Filed under: Food & cookery,Fun,Gay,LGBT,Manchester,With video — GS @ 11:10 am
Sunday 24 June 2012

The Olympic torch relay arrives in Manchester (video)

Watch the video.

The Olympic torch relay at Deansgate and Bloom Street on Saturday June 23, 2012.


Filed under: Manchester,With video — GS @ 4:58 am
Tuesday 5 June 2012

Bells ring out at Manchester Town Hall (video)

The bells were rung at Manchester Town Hall at lunchtime on Tuesday June 5, 2012 as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. It continued for about 45 minutes.

Watch the video.


Filed under: Manchester,With video — GS @ 3:05 pm
Wednesday 21 March 2012

Photographs expose the marketing hype behind the 2012 Manchester Irish Festival Parade

As Manchester City Council cuts services and grants to various events, it’s essential that the public is able to have an honest debate about what should be funded.

Corporation StreetThe organisers and City Council exaggerate crowd numbers for this parade enormously, probably by a factor of ten, while the media fail to scrutinise and report accurately.

The photographs below show the true level of attendance at the 2012 Manchester Irish Festival Parade as it passed through the city centre on 11 March.

On the event’s website, the organisers claimed: “100,000 people are expected to flock to the city centre and line the three mile route” and that this was “one of Europe’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day Parades.”

Since the parade, they’ve continued. Claiming that: “Organisers said an estimated 12,000 were packed into Albert Square alone — with more than 100,000 lining the full parade route.” See below for more analysis of these figures.

I was first alerted to this last year by a fellow photographer who had gone along and afterwards expressed amazement at the low turn out as compared to the hype. So the small crowds this year aren’t anything new…
(more…)


Filed under: Manchester,Politics,The media — GS @ 6:56 pm
Wednesday 14 March 2012

The changing face of…?

Demolition in St. Peters Square, Manchester

You may struggle to identify this location at first glance because it looks so different. Certainly I got a big surprise last Sunday as I turned the corner from behind the Central Library.
(more…)


Filed under: Buildings,Bygone Manc,History,Manchester — GS @ 1:01 am
Saturday 22 October 2011

Outnorthwest front covers. Who knows who?

Frog in pond.

Photo: by Vera Kratochvil.

In the small pond that is gay Manchester, a couple of dozen people back-pat and promote each other. Publicity and awards are given. (more…)


Filed under: Gay,LGBT,Manchester — GS @ 6:09 pm
Thursday 20 October 2011

Manchester Pride charity figure for 2011

Manchester Pride has announced a figure of £105,000 for good causes.

However, only £98,000 of this amount was raised during the ten day festival. The other £7,000 came from fundraising at the Manchester Pride Dinner which took place in September 2010 — almost a year before. (more…)


Filed under: Gay,LGBT,Manchester — GS @ 9:38 pm
 
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