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November 6, 2017

On my way (virtually) to Boggart Clough Hole - Manchester park tightly recommended by John Roby, author of TRADITIONS OF LANCASHIRE (1872): “Not far from the little-snug smoky village of Blakeley, or Blackley, there lies one of the most romantic of dells, rejoicing in...

November 6, 2017

“(…) the historian reads mankind in cities; the philosopher in the clouds. He” [or she…] “who is anxious for the truth should look abroad on the plains or in the woods, where man’s first prerogative, the giving of names, was exercised.” Interesting excerpt from TRADITI...

October 30, 2017

Spring Cleaning is coming early this... (pause) academic year. Won't last long as while dealing with yet another pile of miscellaneously organised books + documents, I spotted one of the English Letters penned by French philosopher Voltaire (1778). It was one of the it...

October 16, 2017

On my way to THE CHETHAM LIBRARY which according to JOHN HEYWOOD’S COMPLETE POCKET GUIDE TO MANCHESTER + SALFORD (1869) “is a quaint, old-world edifice, lying a little apart from the tumult of the town, + steeped in a strange monastic quiet. It has about it a curious s...

September 25, 2017

Never made it to SPRING GARDENS (but that's another story) as intended [see #treestory (1)]. Yes, I got lost... - my GPS- free stream of consciousness led me to QUEEN'S PARK* by Eddie Quayle:

The tall silent trees have been standing here so long

Their very grace + beauty...

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