A Grim North

Musings from a northerner living in the deep south…


Posted by Alan on September 7, 2012

Hovercraft, originally uploaded by Alan Perryman.

Just in case you missed it earlier… today I finally managed to take a ride on a Hovercraft.

Great fun – it felt like such an effortless machine gliding across the water onto the shore. Guess they must be *really* expensive of we’d have more of them!

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Olympic cycling

Posted by Alan on August 1, 2012

Olympic cycling, originally uploaded by Alan Perryman.

Anyone know what this sign is all about in Snaresbrook?

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Mint Creams

Posted by Alan on July 24, 2012

Mint Creams, originally uploaded by Alan Perryman.

Hackney Wick is literally a stones throw from the #lympic park. But the corporate world seems to end at the canal and the forbidden towpath…

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London’s Cable Car

Posted by Alan on June 28, 2012

Today saw a brand new piece of infrastructure open across London’s sky line: branded Air Line by it’s sponsors, a new cable car from North Greenwich to Royal Victoria Dock.

Cable Car

Cable Car

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Shiny Plane!

Posted by Alan on June 27, 2012

Shiny Plane!, originally uploaded by Alan Perryman.

One more from yesterday – some kind of plane heading away from City Airport.

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Big Yellow Spike

Posted by Alan on June 26, 2012

Big Yellow Spike, originally uploaded by Alan Perryman.

Today I had to bring my camera into to work to get some portraits of my colleagues – so I also took in my 1970s 200mm prime to see what else I could grab during my lunch break.

This is probably my favourite, the o2 (“North Greenwich Arena” / Millennium Dome / Tent) up close and spiky.

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Horniman Aquarium

Posted by Alan on June 22, 2012


Here little fishy…

A few weeks ago, when my parents came to stay we decided to venture across the river to a museum I had read a little about: The Horniman.

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Cycling – the Mancy Way!

Posted by Alan on June 6, 2012

When I first started cycling, I never expected to be in a position to cycle along a motorway; for obvious reasons it’s illegal!  However… this bank holiday Monday I had the fortune to stumble across a cycling event running along the Mancunian Way (A57M or Mancy Way as known locally).


Looking up Mancunian Way towards UMIST and the west

On spotting the cyclists whizzing overhead, I thought I should get a closer look, so proceeded up the slip road just by Upper Brook St.  Very quickly I could hear someone yelling behind me. A glance over my shoulder revealed an angry looking G4S security guard running in my direction.

Man, Bike, Cider advert

I am bicycle man

Taking the hint that this wasn’t wise I stopped. Apparently the road was closed to “all vehicles” and my bike counted as a vehicle. I did protest slightly pointing at the other bicycles up on the carriageway but figured it would be easier not to get into an argument with a Scots guard.


Overpass over London Road

Heading back through the old UMIST campus to the London Road junction I found a few more security guards.  Local lads, they were much more amenable particularly as I approached them directly to ask what it was all about and “did I need a number” to ride? They were happy enough to let me on saying the last few riders in the race (it was a charity thing organised by The Mirror) had now passed here and I could catch them up!

Motorway, UMIST

Looking back towards UMIST

So off I went, the wrong way down a motorway on my bicycle. Having cycled into Manchester already I didn’t feel the need to go too far – half a mile later I came off again headed on my merry way.

Definitely an enjoyable experience that I would have another go at given the chance, those overpasses have some interesting gradients!

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Cranking it up

Posted by Alan on May 11, 2012

Snapped Crank


A few weeks ago I was unlucky enough to suffer a snapped crank whilst cycling to work. As you can see from the dirt in the stub above, this must have been a fairly old injury that had been gradually worsening over time. Even though I am not very mechanically minded, I set out to find the tools and parts to repair. (If you aren’t interested in bikes stop reading now.) Read the rest of this entry »

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View Tube

Posted by Alan on May 10, 2012

View Tube

View Tube & Tower Block


Another shot from film, the View Tube container café is dwarfed by the development on Stratford High St.

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