Fireworks at the HIV Candlelight Vigil 2013, Manchester (video)

Fireworks at the end of the HIV Candlelight Vigil in Sackville ParkThe HIV Candlelight Vigil ended with fireworks on Monday 26 August 2013. Filmed from a tall building to the south of the city centre. A larger sized version of this wil be put up on the website in due course.

Technical: Canon 600D DSLR, Zoom H2 audio recorder, edited with Sony Vegas Pro 10, encoded with XMediaRecode and MetaDataMover.

 

Police With Pride (audio)

My audio recording of the Police With Pride discussion event. It happened on Wednesday 21 August 2013 at Manchester Town Hall and the the subject was relations between police and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities.

Police With pride discussion at Manchester Town Hall, 21 August 2013Police With Pride discussion at Manchester Town Hall, 21 August 2013

On the panel were:

* Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd
* Paul Martin, chief executive, The Lesbian and Gay Foundation
* Councillor Sue Murphy, deputy leader, Manchester City Council
* Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan, Greater Manchester Police
* Inspector Emma Taylor, Greater Manchester Police

The discussion was chaired by Smyth Harper, Head of Press and Media at Manchester City Council.

It’s in three parts. Total running time: 1 hour 48 mins. This was recorded with my (high quality) portable recorder at the side of the room. However Gaydio intends to broadcast its own recording of the event at some date in the future and no doubt that will be better quality. So listen now or wait: your choice.

Part one

Part two

Part three

 
 

Unexpected early closing at LIDL, Rusholme

LIDL, Wilmslow Road, Rusholme

With a new Morrisons about to open next door you might think that LIDL would be keen to look after its existing customers? Not so… On Tuesday evening the Rusholme branch shop closed two hours early.

In the minute I was outside a series of disappointed shoppers arrived to find a notice about undertaking improvements. And, in my case, the patronising marketing speak about extending the refrigerators so they could “stock even more tasty products” just served to heighten the annoyance.

Why not pay the staff overtime and do it after normal closing, as other shops seem to do?

I’ve been buying more from ALDI recently. The meat, fruit and veg are better, with a greater number of staff on the tills. I wonder how many people feel the same way?

 

Another fire on Oldham Street (video)

Two 15-year-old girls have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after a fire in an Oldham Street shop yesterday. A fire-fighter died and another was injured as eight crews tackled the blaze.

It broke out in the storeroom of Paul’s Hair and Beauty World near the Piccadilly end of the street.

This is the third major fire in the Northern Quarter this year and the second on Oldham Street. In April an art-deco former department store caught alight and was so badly damaged that it had to be demolished and last month a fire at the Almost Famous burger restaurant on High Street caused the roof to collapse.

The timelapse video shows smoke rising from the scene at around 22:30 last night.

While the loss of buildings comes second to people, it’s sad to see another attractive frontage on this street damaged and perhaps facing demolition.

 

How Google hides free copies of public domain books while directing people to pay-for reprints

Google has been allowed to scan hundreds of thousands of out-of-copyright books from libraries around the world and supposedly this is a wonderful free resource for all of us. But, over the last year or two, I’ve found it increasingly difficult to find the free versions while Google Books presents reprints to buy.

Here’s an example… (more…)

 

Fire on Oldham Street, Dobbin’s drapers and general outfitters

Fire hydrant on Tib StreetAnother small part of Manchester’s heritage went up in flames on 11th April when a former department store caught fire on Oldham Street.

Fire fighters had been tackling the blaze for several hours when I shot these pictures just after 8pm. The street was closed off and people had been evacuated from neighbouring buildings. (more…)