|I TAKE MY NIKON COOLPIX DIGITAL CAMERA
with me wherever I go, so I can take advantage of unexpected
photo-opportunities. Here are some pictures from mid-September
(the top two posted the same day they were taken), and one from
HEAVY RAIN AND GREY SKIES were followed by bright sunshine
and blue skies on Wednesday 20th September, 2000, leading
to some amazing rainbows over Manchester city centre.
The two upper views are from the Arts Library on the second
floor of the Central Library - we can see the Commonwealth
Games insignia put up by Bruntwood Properties on the south
wall of Portland Tower (built 1962). The white building visible
in all four pictures is Century House, (built 1939). The Sunley
Tower, part of Piccadilly Plaza (completed 1965) is brightly
lit, standing out from the grey rain clouds beyond.
The tram lower right about to depart for Salford Quays and
Eccles. The time is about 5pm.
People say it always rains in Manchester, but the rain often
gives way to sunshine, as we can see here.
THE MANCHESTER AQUATICS CENTRE, also known as the Commonwealth
Games Pool, opened its doors to the public on Monday 18 September
2000, in time for the start of the university term.
I'll be dipping my toe in the water soon, and will publish
some interior views of the complex.
THE AMERICAN FLAG flies over Manchester Town Hall (built
1873). To the left is the statue of Oliver Heywood, the distinguished
19th century public figure.
Flags of foreign nations are often flown over the Town Hall,
for example on national days or on the occasion of official
visits from overseas.
This photograph was taken in early September 2000 - Thanks
to all those readers who e-mailed me to say that the reason
why the flag is being flown is it's Labor Day.
BAR 38 is the unique triangular-shaped plate-glass construction
which replaced the grimy row of buildings at the bottom of
Behind it is a sunken amphitheatre. Behind us is the Great
Northern building, which hasn't opened as the Great Northern
Experience. It's July and office workers have flocked here
to spend their lunchtime in the open air.
Just a couple of years ago, this area was a back yard car
THE COBBLED FORECOURT OF the Great Northern Railway Goods
Warehouse is seen here on a drizzly day in 1997.
The Great Northern Railway GoodsWarehouse was built in the
1880's and was in use until the early 1970's. Trains arrived
at the opposite end of the warehouse, goods were unloaded,
stored on the upper floors and eventually taken to their destination
by horse and cart, in later years by lorry.
A canal running underneath the building was also used for
the transshipment of goods.
After closure, the builidng was converted into a car park.
In 1998, work commenced on converting the warehouse into the
Great Northern Experience, an ambitious leisure and entertainment
A HUGE GAP has appeared next to Market Street, Manchester.
It's September 2000. This was the site of the temporary Marks
and Spencer store, which moved to its futuristic new building
at St Mary's Gate in 1999. The canopied entrance to the underground
Market Centre used to occupy the end of Brown Street, on the
far left of the picture
In the distance can see the CIS tower, and on Market Street,
the only facade on the east side of Market St to have survived
the Arndale Centre, in fact, it was incorporated into it.
To the far right we see Lowry House, one of the tallest and
in my opinion ugliest office towers in Manchester. Just off
the picture to the right is the Central Post office.
The CIS has been granted planning permission to build a retail
development on this site.