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Thursday 16 October 2008

Thuggish geese

Autumn leaves at Castlefield, Manchester

Imagine the scene: a beautiful sunny Autumn day on the banks of the canal in Castlefield, golden leaves rustling above my head.

I sit down on a bench, lift my Greggs chargrilled chicken sandwich out of the paper bag and suddenly I’m surrounded by three large geese. One of which keeps running up to me, trying to get at my sandwich.

Persistent goose at Castlefield, Manchester

I get the impression that this bird knows exactly what tactics are most likely to get a result. He’s large, really quite intimidating and at one point I retreat behind the bench. But eventually I realise that I can keep him at bay by stretching out my legs. So I sit down again. Actually he’s not that bad after all. Quite cute.

But what’s this? Sudden a ‘honking’ sound in the distance. Two really big swans arrive, leap out of the water, wings open and run towards me. They could probably break your wrist with a peck, so I leap behind the bench again. Much to the amusement of some people who are passing safely on the other side of the canal.

Swans at Castlefield, Manchester

Eventually the swans give up and take to the water again. One flaps its huge wings and they sail off into the distance.

Swans at Castlefield, Manchester

Swans at Castlefield, Manchester

Take my advice, if you’re thinking of relaxing with a sandwich, stick to Piccadilly Gardens…


Filed under: Environment,Wildlife — GS @ 8:41 pm
Tuesday 5 August 2008

King Street: from Starbucks to no bucks

If you want an example of how the current economic situation is hitting retailers, take a walk along Manchester’s King Street.

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Filed under: consumer,Manchester,Shopping — GS @ 5:22 am
Friday 22 February 2008

How will Manchester fare if there’s a recession?

Walking around Ancoats recently I noticed how many of the buildings (many old cotton mills) are still empty. Some are semi-derelict, in other cases the shell has been tarted up a little, but not much done inside. It’s hard to know how many apartments in the converted and newly-built blocks are occupied. If it hasn’t been possible to ‘regenerate’ this area completely during the property boom of the last few years the question is: will it ever happen now?

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Filed under: Manchester,Politics — GS @ 12:58 pm
 
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