20 years after the first broadcast – exclusive photos of Queer As Folk on location on Canal Street

It’s 20 years since the broadcast of the first episode of Queer As Folk on Channel 4. I shot these photographs later that year as the crew filmed the final episode of the second series on Canal Street in Manchester.

As they did,the weather changed and there was a tremendous rain shower.

Queer As Folk series 2 on location on Canal Street, Manchester in 1999Queer As Folk series 2 on location on Canal Street, Manchester in 1999Queer As Folk series 2 on location on Canal Street, Manchester in 1999Queer As Folk series 2 on location on Canal Street, Manchester in 1999

On location on Canal Street, Autumn 1999.

I worked as an extra on another episode which was fun. I haven’t seen any other location shots over the last two decades, so I may have the only ones. Thanks to LGBTv of Manchester which paid to include one of these in a recent video.

Sorry about the large watermarks but light-fingered people will not leave photographs alone these days and unfortunately that leads to this. Since the beginning of the year I’ve had to go after two broadcasters, two newspapers, two websites, Twitter and Facebook.

You’re very welcome to link to this web page.


MP for Brighton misleads TV viewers about the PrEP Impact Trial in England

Last month Lloyd Russell-Moyle, the Labour Member of Parliament for Brighton Kemptown, appeared on the ITV show “Lorraine.” During the interview he stated that the NHS PrEP Impact Trial was “now full” in England. That was completely untrue.

The PrEP Impact Trial website

I’m uncertain of the exact day of the interview but ITV published it on their YouTube page on 16 January 2019. You can hear Mr Russell-Moyle say it in the video at 4 mins 35 secs. (more…)


Is a pressure cooker a worthwhile buy?

A couple of years ago I bought a pressure cooker. I got it direct from the manufacturers Prestige (I have no connection with them) and opted for the 6 litre high dome model. Currently that’s on offer from them for £45 and, barring a really exceptional special offer somewhere, I doubt you’ll find it for much less.

Prestige 6L high dome pressure cooker

Seen here on my classic 1970s Creda Carefree cooker.

This was a bit of step into the unknown for me as I didn’t grow up in a pressure-cooker-using family, In fact growing up in the north-east I can’t remember ever seeing one. Were they perceived as being a bit middle-class and southern?

So they remained mysterious hissing things. A bit frightening, perhaps even dangerous? There were those rumours of food on ceilings… (more…)


Leaving Manchester. Discussing Legends, power, Gay Village and a hurt city

A video from Manchester Shield which really sums up Manchester currently. The corruption, drab inappropriate development and poor-quality shifty politicians.

The only part I perhaps disagree with is that the gay village can be saved. I don’t think so. Since the 1990s it has been a marketing scam designed to enclose and exploit us. Far better to consign it to history and have gay businesses spread across the city, the way things used to be.


Home-made ice cream

I made ice cream a couple of times this summer and it turned out well. It tastes much nicer than some of the supermarket products and involves just a handful of ingredients.

Home-made ice cream

I followed this recipe from Mary Berry on Good Afternoon in 1973.

It’s just eggs, double cream, icing sugar and whatever flavouring you want. For one tub I used some strong coffee as she suggests and the juice from some brambles that I picked for the other.

I found the ice cream needs more than two hours in the freezer. The photo above shows it after two hours and you can see it isn’t frozen completely.

For subsequent batches I experimented using single cream and even putting some milk in. The result is less rich than with double cream, but perfectly acceptable.

Although it involves raw eggs the NHS says this is safe. However it writes that infants, children, pregnant women and elderly people should stick to eggs that are produced under the British Lion Code of Practice.

I’m lucky enough to have my own hens at the top of the garden.


Streetview Sightseeing: Carry On Camping – 50 years on

The filming of Carry On Camping began 50 years ago on 7 October 1968.

The house where Sid James and Bernard Bresslaw collect Joan Sims and Dilys Laye is at Pinewood Green, Iver. A mere 300 metres away from Pinewood Studios which is on the other side of Pinewood Road.

Location from Carry On Camping

Some of the neighbouring houses have had the area around the front door enclosed as a porch. But it’s nice to see that the owner of the house featured in the film has preserved the original look. Even the wrought iron gates on the drive are still there, half a century later.

Location from Carry On Camping