Sunday, 31 October 2010

Quiet service at Trinity tonight.

Rebecca led the service tonight. It's alays really nice to settle into the bean bag and find some quiet peaceful prayer.

Monday, 25 October 2010

British Museum, Robert Smirke who designed St Phil's also designed this.

It took several years to build the quadrangle of buildings in very grand neo-classical style. Work started with the East wing in 1823 and finished with the south wing in 1847. The building on the right in this picture is Robert's design. His brother Sydney designed the round reading room in the centre of the quadrangle. The glass roof that makes it the great court was added in 2000.

2 minutes silence with the Deansbank singers...

A poster in a lift at Church House, Westminster. I was amused by the thought of the Deansbank Singers leading the two minutes silence!

Today's travel option in London

As I had to get from Euston to Westminster I thought I'd try out the new cycle scheme. It's similar to the ones in Lyon and Paris, and is certainly very convenient. I registered online and my key came very quickly. There is a bit of a trick to getting the bikes out - put the key in and once the green light comes on lift the back of the bike up and then slam it down releasing the front wheel (or just pull very hard). There are bikes available in a lot of places but it helps to know where and I downloaded an iphone app to help with this. The bikes are heavy and clunky but are fine for short journeys. It helps if you have an idea where you're going. The bike's are free, apart from the £1 per day access fee, for up to half an hour at a time, so it wouldn't be good to get too lost or you might start paying. It's a shame about the advertising but I suppose that helps pay for the scheme. For visits to London I'd recommend using the cycle scheme and I'm looking forward to getting something similar in Manchester & Salford. There's been talk about it for quite a long time and it would be good if it could happen. Having said all that it was lovely to get back to Piccadilly, climb on my own bike and cycle home fast!

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Launch of revamped Islinton Mill

Bill makes a speech whilst Mark sees the light! It was a really nice event and the Mill looks good. What stunningly good people they all are.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Fantastic off road routes in Prestwich Forest Park

I haven't cycled along this bit of route 6 for a while and I didn't realise that the Forestry Commission have out some really nice little routes in.  The surface of Route 6 has also been finished off and so it is much better.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Whalley Abbey gardens

The view from my window whilst staying at Whalley Abbey. Very nice.

British Sea Power playing Man of Aran

A fantastic gig at St Phil's, part of the wonderful Unconvention. The band had the film, Man of Aran playing and they played along to it, sitting with their backs to us, watching the film with us. Truly a very special event.