Tuesday, August 03, 2010

New blogs: The Mangle Street edition

Hey, it's new Manchester blog time. First off, I have whole heap of new writing blogs to add. Seriously, a lot. Check this out: Write in for Writing's Sake is an interesting use of the tumblr format to host an online writing group. And Figs Might Leaf is a short story blog. And Manchester-based Fantasy and SF author Andy Remic has a blog here. And Khmer Rouge Strippergram is a joint Mancunian-Irish humor blog. Other Manchester writing blogs: The Paper Face Girl and Something Every Day. Oh, and Potwatch: Observations of a Kitchen Porter. In verse. You don't see that every day, eh?

Onto the city and neighbourhood section, where Manculiar is a new blog about the city's past, present and future, and has turned up some very interesting stuff. mightaswell is exploring the city and poking her nose into all sorts of odd corners. There's plenty more fascinating reading over at Manchester's Radical History. And Hulme seems to have some new hyperlocal action with Best of Hulme.

Mediawatchers will be interested to hear about the MediaCityUK Blog, which "delivers the latest news, views and rumours about the MediaCityUK development in Salford Quays, Manchester - entirely independently and unofficially."

On the arts and culture tip, Andy Brydon writes Curated Place,"A blog trying to capture, critique, explain and explore the meeting points of culture, tech, art, places and people in a world that has gone beyond the museum." A couple more new arts and culture blogs: fellow Rammy-ites Fishink and Pinnikity, who both make stuff. And there's a new fashion blog: Pastime Bliss.

Music-wise, Richard H-J's blog an appropriate response to reality is mainly video-based (music and other stuff.) Bad Cover Versions, on the other hand, is pretty self-explanatory.

The photo above is from this week's new photoblog. Being a former New Yorker in Mancunian exile, you know I love photoblog Manchester is Not New York. Those fire escapes are something you don't notice at all when you live in NYC, so I was almost surprised how taken with them visiting Brits are (someone I know returned from a trip to NYC with hundreds of fire escape photos.) And who knew the Northern Quarter had so many of them? This particularly ornate example is from the corner of Dale Street and the delightfully-named Mangle Street.

And if anyone wanted to get to but missed our Manchester blogmeet last week, I'm sorry for you. It was really great. Seriously enjoyable. The inimitable Fat Roland has an exhaustive (and slightly spooky) round up on his blog here. Many thanks again to the folks from The Lowry for coming and telling us all about their Spencer Tunick exhibition and buying us beer. And also thanks to the fine people at Common, who have a way with the taps and whose halloumi and felafel kebab is a thing of awesome beauty.

Stay tuned for news of another blogmeet in the Autumn.


NonStop Mark said...

For MediaCityUK followers, there is also the MediaCityUK LinkedIn group at : http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=79227

For the latest photos of the development goto the MediaCityUK Photo Timeline Journal (15,000) photos at:


Fat Roland said...

Thank you for the link, and also thanks using only the word 'spooky' when, probably, 'creepy' and 'obsessive' would have been closer to the truth.

Manculiar said...

Thanks for the mention. It's encouragement to get out of the house and take some more photos, although I need to wait for a new battery as I'm only getting 12 shots before my current one dies!

Aaron (wifws) said...

Thanks for the mention, really appreciate it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link Kate,
much appreciated.

Would love to see you at the exhibition launch next week...we'll be having tea and cake courtesy of the Cupcakery on Saturday (21st) afternoon. If you're around town pop down to 52 Princess Street.

Thought it might make a change from the normal wine and cheese type do.

Swiss James said...

I didn't realise such things happened, will look out for the autumn meet up.

NonStop Mark said...

LinkedIn group for MediaCityUK BBC North Timeline can now be found at http://www.mediacityukforum.co.uk