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  • Bill Rogers - book cover Angel Meadow

    Interview with Bill Rogers Manchester crime author

    In October 2015 I had the privilege of meeting and interviewing Bill Rogers, writer of many crime thrillers and other titles, both fiction and non-fiction. We met at the Portico Library and he told me about the inspiration he draws from Manchester and how he has found success as a self-published author.   Aidan O’Rourke: […] more>>

  • Northern Rail DMU at Carlisle Station

    A day out on the Northern Rail network

    In December 2014 my late evening train from Liverpool was delayed. It stopped just beyond the platform at Lime Street. It was just a minor fault and after 15 minutes it was on its way, but I missed the last train from Piccadilly. I sent a complaint to Northern Rail and a few weeks later […] more>>

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    Photography workshop in Manchester with 3 Mobile

    In August 2015 I was asked to lead a photography workshop for bloggers to be held in Manchester. It organised by the 3 mobile phone network via London-based PR agency Arena Media. Participants would be able to try out the camera on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and learn some photography techniques. I was very excited […] more>>

  • Manchester Civil Justice Centre

    Buildings in Manchester we love to hate

    There are some buildings people love to hate. I’ve listened politely to many opinions on Manchester’s newer landmarks. As I often say, architects are like gods. They create our world, or at least, our built world. But they can get things wrong. When something new appears, people often start to moan: “Monstrosity!” “I hate it!” […] more>>

  • Oxford Manchester 3 July 2015

    Manchester’s Oxford Road – chaotic but fascinating

    Oxford Road begins at the River Medlock under the rail bridge and extends to Moss Lane East by the Curry Mile. Oxford Road and the area on either side has a remarkable assortment of facilities: Four third level educational institutions, five hospitals, a strangely shaped theatre, two Catholic churches, one of which looks like a […] more>>

  • Ancoats Hospital 25 April 2004

    Ancoats Dispensary – its future secured

    Few places symbolise the true character and spirit of Manchester more than Ancoats Dispensary. It’s not a stately home or a concert hall or a grand municipal building. It’s a former hospital that served the people living in and around Ancoats, the first industrial suburb in the world. It was mentioned in Elizabeth Gaskell’s book […] more>>

  • Urbis Manchester, 2002

    Futuristic buildings in Manchester

    Manchester has been called the ‘shock city’, where the future arrives early, and this is reflected in some of its buildings. When Urbis was under construction in 2001, I thought its roof would make an ideal launch ramp for UFOs, the ‘spike’ at the front used to moor them, like airships. The CIS tower was […] more>>

  • Abstract artwork by Karen McBride

    An amazing artwork that took shape before my eyes

    As a followup to her recent Stripped Back exhibition and launch evening, I visited photographer and artist Karen McBride at her apartment and studio. She has a cabinet full of classic film cameras as an office full of photo books, negatives, lighting equipment and an with Apple iMac with thousands of images on it. We […] more>>

  • Manchester Day Parade 2015

    Manchester Day Parade photographs

    Here are a few of the photos I took this afternoon of the Manchester Day parade as it passed down Deansgate. It was a wonderful experience to see the parade which was very colourful and there were some amazing large scale figures, including Cruella De Ville, an eagle and a dog representing Greater Manchester Fire […] more>>

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    Interview on BBC Radio Manchester 10 June 2015

    Here’s my interview on Radio Manchester on the morning of Wednesday 10th of June 2015. The transcript is below. Due to a technical problem with YouTube, I have not yet managed to add subtitles to the video. Announcer: Alison Butterworth and Phil Trow BBC Radio Manchester Phil: It’s nine minutes away from eight, Megabrain on […] more>>