The Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors Wish Everyone “Happy Chinese New Year”

The Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors wished a Happy Chinese New Year to everyone in Manchester to mark the Year of The Rooster.     The Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors is an art installation modelled on the famous clay army which guards the tomb of the 1st Emperor of China. There are forty lantern warriors representing the original 8,000-strong army. Chinese lantern making is a tradition dating back over 2,000 years. They have appeared in iconic locations around the world, including Sydney Harbour, a castle in Prague and the central square in Zagreb. We were delighted to see them when we came out of the theatre last week. They were attracting a great deal of attention and admiration. They did look stunning.   Click on Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge icon to see more odd balls from bloggers around the world:

Hot Food on a Cold Day

Hot Food on a Cold Day is my post for Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Hot and Cold I took this photograph at the Christmas Markets in Manchester a couple of years ago.     To see more on this theme from bloggers around the world, why not click on this link:

The Colour Purple

There’s a challenge for every photo and a photo for every challenge. (Well, almost all of the time) When I saw this week’s Fun Foto Challenge from Cee:Purples, I remembered these photos of Hotspur House in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Manchester’s most characterful, independent district is a jumbled network of streets to one side of Piccadilly Gardens – once home to busy textiles warehouses and even the occasional umbrella factory. Now, the red brick buildings with their New York-style fire escapes are regularly used in film sets, and the streets are bursting with independent cafés, shops, bars, and cultural hotspots. The Northern Quarter has become a destination in its own right, with the laid-back, bohemian vibe during the day transforming at night into teeming pavements of people in search of good food, craft beer, pop-up events and live music. – Creative Tourist      

Thursday Doors: Emergency Exit

Thursday Doors: Emergency Exit  The Zombie Shack is  (apparently) “A Popular Tiki Cocktail Paradise  in the Heart of Manchester”. I don’t even know what a Tiki Cocktail is, nor am I ever likely to. I looked on their website and there do seem to be a lot of fun nights planned with live music. If their back wall is anything to go by, I think I’d definitely have given the club a try in my (much, much) younger days.

Steps and Stairs

Here are some pictures of Steps and Stairs for this week’s CFFC . I hope you like my selection. (I don’t think I have any pictures ladders, so I’ve shortened the title and omitted that part). This first one was taken using my iPhone last week on a visit to the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester:   This one was taken on a visit last year to The Lighthouse, an arts venue in my home city of Glasgow:   The rest of this week’s pictures were taken in Malta:        

Four Bridges

I have four bridges for CFFC this week and they are all in the same frame. This was taken in the Castlefield area of Manchester. With its canals, narrowboats, bridges and warehouses it is a photographer’s paradise.    

Bright Lights, Big City

Bright Lights, Big City by American bluesman Jimmy Reed is playing on Apple Music on my laptop just now. Classic 12-bar blues! It was music of a different genre which took us to the Quays Theatre at the Lowry Centre in Salford the other night. We were lucky enough to get tickets for Opera North’s production of die Valkürie which was sublime. The whole Salford Quays area is amazing and it was a visit there about 3 years ago that got us thinking we needed smaller (and lighter) cameras. You can’t really go to an opera or a play, looking like you’ve just come off a mountain with that huge backpack you need for DSLR plus lenses, filters, maybe a small tripod for night shots etc  etc. So after a great deal of research and consideration over a period of at least two days(!) we invested in Fuji x100s cameras. And have never regretted it. The outdoor pictures here were taken hand held at ISO 4000. This wee camera performs well at ISO 6400 but that wasn’t necessary on this occasion. The indoor pictures were taken with iPhone 6s.             The Shopping mall was deserted […]

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