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If you can read it then there needs to be no introduction, otherwise the intro is "Here's Stockholms Ice Bar".
A strange concept, it's -10 degrees Cecius outside, you come in from the cold to a nice warm hotel and you book to go into an Ice Bar. The Ice Bar is made of solid ice; you drink out of glasses made out of solid ice. You have to put on a coat and gloves before you go in because it's so cold and you drink different flavours of Vodka, but in the environment you can't say your Vs, and all of this from a warm hotel in what can be a cold country.
Here's Cross Street and the scene that in 1996 was obliterated by a bomb, supposedly the biggest bomb detonated on mainland Britain so far. Nothing much has changed in some ways, the bridge is still there, and the road still runs the same way. Of course the changes are that for I don't know how many years it was a building site and the other difference is that traffic is unable to drive down Cross Street as it did before. Apart from that and the fact that a nice little cafe use to be on the left (that disappeared before the bomb) I think it looks very much the same, just more glass, which is sort of ironic I think.
Whilst at Turton Tower (closed at the time but we had to get out of the house) there was this strange bridge. What you can't see is that it's over a railway line, what you can see are some steps for some reason heading up into a little tower thing on the edge of the bridge. There's nothing much to see from the top of that but it begs the question why it was build like that.
Whilst staying at a hotel, I did discover this curious sign. I really think that the last place I shall be heading for if the building is on fire is the rooftop garden, unless I am pretty sure that the building is constructed out of some fantastic stuff and even then I would prefer to chance other exit first.
The front of Ancoats Hospital as was. The blue bit is a fence to stop you getting in there, as it is to be demolished. It would be interesting to know more about the building such as when it stopped being a hospital and when it was shut up, perhaps after a little investigation I shall know.
Another picture of the street lights in Ancoats that looked pretty impressive... well I say that and in some ways they are just a little industrial for my liking. On the right is Ancoats hospital where my Wife's Granddad died, on the left you can just make out seats for people to sit and overlook a fence and some houses.
Also during our trip to Ancoats we found Ancoats Hospital, a now delapidated building, but as is my way with all old buildings I like it, what would be good would be to go inside and see the what it's like. Doubtless you can see history within there of all the changes to the building since it was built. It now stands there awaiting demolition probably for some more apartments; you never know perhaps the new Islington Wharf is something to do with it, as this is very close.
Driving through Ancoats (well not just Ancoats the trip was Ancoats, City Centre, Adrwick, Ancoats, Centre, Adrwick, Ancoats and then home) we stumbled onto this street in Ancoats. It's not a great picture and again the k700i didn't help, but I did set the contrast wrong so I had to adjust the brightness and contrast; whilst doing this improves the picture it would have been better to get it right in the first place.
These things in the middle of the road are streetlights and looked quite interesting with the sun low in the sky. In fact you can probably tell the lowness of the sun by the length of my shadow at the left of the picture that I have only just noticed. Of course I never saw this at the time due to the failing of many digital cameras in that they have a screen that you view from a distance and in high contrast lighting where your back is to the sun you can't make out a damn thing on the screen. Mind you facing the other way isn't any better. You would have thought that after the number of years of camera development they would have thought of this when they produced modern digital cameras but no But then again picture quality isn't what these cameras are about, it's about megapixels, storage space and image and style.
After going to the Istanbul Cafe in Manchester we walked back to the car. Since I am always a fan of cityscapes, here's a reasonable picture of the new tower in Manchester that will grace our skyline.
Of course the picture is slightly ruined a little by me not cropping the picture and the k700i lengthening the exposure and not giving me any clue that camera shake might change the shot.
This is a picture of the U-Boat on the Warship Museum in Birkenhead. Quite a small museum, but it's a good place to go if you have never even been on a warship, which sounds a stupid thing to say, because I suspect most people won't think of doing it. We didn't have a look at the U-Boat, the place was closing, but did get a chance to walk through a submarine HMS Onyx, and strange to think you could live in the cramped conditions for 90 days. I did try out a bed and being 6ft 1ins it wasn't my style, but strangely enough I didn't feel claustrophobic, but then again we weren't deep under the sea with goodness knows how many other people rushing about at battle stations. HMS Plymouth was interesting and being a boat had more room, but only a little more, but the U-Boat U534 (pictured) did evade us, so we shall have to go back and go for that tour next time.
Update 26/8/2006: I found out yesterday that the museum closed in February this year which it a great pity, I know the boats were scattered but the whereabouts of the U-Boat I don't know. If anyone does I would appreciate them emailing. I can't help thinking that the demise of the Museum was to do with the luxury apartments being build behind which is understandable, after all we definitely need more of them!
Update 25/3/2008: Found at last at Woodend Ferry Port