At noon and six pm (and around 10 am on Sundays) church bells play a tune over Pendleton. I think this church, St. Thomas, is the culprit.
Heading east from St. Thomas, I found the first evidence of what would become a recurring theme.
The Pendleton Cooperative Industrial Society put their name to a lot of buildings in the area.
Post-industrial Pendleton seems to have mostly gone over to recycling based businesses. In its run-down, faded way, it reminded me of Ancoats and canal-side Manchester in the nineties and early noughties, though I’m not sure it will ever be rehabilitated and gentrified in the same way.
Laundry Street is just as sad and abandoned as the sign suggests.
This spire standing by itself in the middle of a housing estate intrigued me. Why was it left when the rest of the church was knocked down?
The rest of this building has been demolished, so all you get is the end of its name.
….and two different dates.
There are more images in the Pendleton Architectural Wander set, and more to explore. I’ll get on the bike some day and have a longer wander around the area.
I’ve argued with conspiracy theory believers, and been called all sorts of names because I’ve pointed out the implausibility of their claims. However, it’s these people who like to crow about being the only ones who can see the “truth” who are the most gullible. The distrust in authority or “the mainstream” (and everyone else) that they foster, makes them more likely to accept without question ridiculous, and often contradictory, ideas so long as they show the Establishment in a bad light. It’s a sad way to live, and I often find myself feeling sorry for them at some point during our exchanges.
Britain and its allies sent as many as 20,000 dogs to the trenches in the First World War, where they did everything from carrying messages to being used to haul guns.
In an alternate history, Ronald Reagan saved the world when the makers of the Enfield electric car took his offer of subsidies and became a huge success.
The future of condoms could come from Manchester! Okay, the intention- improved sexual health, particularly in the developing world- is serious, but it’s hard not to make funnies about condom research.
With all the students in town, it shouldn’t be hard to get volunteers to test them out. (I think I did it again.)
This is the potential setup for some sort of caper movie or slapstick chase film, with people finding, and then losing or having stolen, a hard drive loaded with Bitcoins (or made up filmic equivalent).
I took a few pictures of the Black Horse Hotel/Inn ages ago, but I’ve only just got around to editing them and uploading them. The rest can be found in my Black Horse set on Flickr.
Not long to go until Christmas, so, if you’re unsure about what to get your friends and family, may I suggest a couple of online shops.
It may seem like an odd thing for a cyclist and longtime eco-worrier to say, but I like cars. Interesting cars, not everyday ones or even those supercars we’re all supposed to drool over. Stuff like this- a two engine, four supercharger 1927 Ford Model T hot rod. It’s insane and awesome and far more interesting than any Ferrari could ever be.
If someone has nearly- deliberately or accidentally- seriously injured you, you’re not allowed to be angry about it, it would seem.
I wonder how many homes the whole Underground network could heat?
Here’s a picture of a GI I left in Jabez Clegg-
And here are a bunch of young people hanging around in a corner of it during my third of a century party-
Corrugated Citroen Cliche, originally uploaded by spinneyhead.
Okay, so you have to mispronounce Citroen to get that to alliterate, but I hope you can appreciate what I was going for.
I love the look of these old French vans, but they’re everywhere now, lazy shorthand for "authentic" and "artisan". I’d love to see some old Bedfords, or even first-gen Transits being used as well, just to mix it up a bit.
I’ve stared across at Mayfield Station from Platform 14 many a time, and used to pass it on the way to work for a while. Urban Ghosts have got some images from inside it.