With the completion of my PhD in September, my time in Manchester has most likely come to an end. While I’m still officially a resident, I’ve been moving around Germany (with a quick stint in Barcelona) for the past couple of months, visiting friends and family, and there’s some more holidays planned. I’m not quite certain what my next stop will be, and whether I’ll be continuing to write on mightaswell, start a new blog, or leave the writing and ranting to others. For now, I’ll leave this site up as an archive of my five years in Mancland (I keep referring people to blog posts… quite handy!) and then I’ll see what I’ll do with it once I’ve got a fixed address again. Exciting times.
“We were lucky this year – summer fell on a bank holiday”.
(someone on Twitter)
I was going to write an elaborate blog post about how we cycled down to Dunham Massey (a large country park south of Manchester) where we had a picnic in the gardens and saw deer and baby rabbits, but all you need to know is this: Start at Chorlton Water Park, carry on to Sale Water Park, keep going until you’re at the point where it says “Overflow River Channel” on the map snippet below. You’ll be going under a bridge, follow the bend of the path just up onto the “bridge” which turns out to be the canal. Then follow along the canal for about an hour or so until you get to the exit off the tow path that’s closest to Dunham Massey (GPS/Google Maps is your friend). The surface is quite good in most places except for some bumpy bits when you get closer to Dunham Massey, but I managed well with my fairly thin hybrid wheels. If you get off at the right spot, you’ll go under a bridge again and end up almost outside the park. Say hi to the baby rabbits.
[Photo by David Jones]
I don’t usually announce events on this blog, but I would like to recommend this exhibition to all of you:
Typographic, Urban and Americana Art by Patrick Macauly
Exhibition at 2022NQ, Manchester October 4th – 10th 2013. Opening night on 4th October by invitation only.
Patrick’s art combines typography, colour, and wood such as reclaimed timber into pieces which remind of deserted houses and factories and… tumbleweeds. Besides the beautiful art, Patrick and his wife Linda are also rather awesome people: I’ve known them since we did the “Beards of Manchester” calendar (Pat was our “Mr December”), and Linda has been a core member of Manchester Girl Geeks for quite a while – I can’t thank her enough for the time she dedicated to helping out at our workshops and “Digital Skills for Women” IT courses.
So, if you want to see lovely art and meet lovely people, get down to 2022NQ in October!