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The Week in Fun

Food
In the scrapbook style of The Vibes, which is two years old today, here’s a diary of Gianni’s Grand Tour of Manchester. He came all the way from Katerini in Greece to stay with us for the week.
 

Underground Manchester
There were underground ghost walks beneath the city and gourmet burgers…
 
Chill Factore
Krispy Kreme donuts and snowsports
 
Oz the Great and Powerful
Oz the Great and Powerful in 3D…
 
Cats
And Cats the Musical in the flesh. I’m exhausted and high on junk food, but we sent Giannis home with a big smile on his face. Manchester rocks.

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Bloodshot Moon

Bloodshot Moon by Mark Wallis on The VibesI’ve been overdosing on the Werewolf Season on Film Four in the UK and also Being Human, the ingenious horror/comedy from BBC Three. You can tell, can’t you? This was originally a phone picture of the moon, and I’ve been meaning to do something with it for a while now. Inspired by ‘Werewolf’ by Cat Power, a beautiful and unsettling song which gives me the creeps. Remember, werewolves aren’t real, but some people do go a little loony around a waxing gibbous.

“Stay on the road. Keep clear of the moors. Beware the moon…”

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Captain America

Exploding vintage car on the set of Captain America Manchester 2010
Hollywood came to Manchester in 2010 to recreate 1930s Brooklyn on a grand old backstreet right in the heart of the city. The elegant ghost of the past was evoked with plastic lamp posts and chipboard shopfronts creating a world so convincing that local residents begged the film crew to leave the set standing when they left. Tax incentives and the world’s most respected film industry means that Uncle Sam often comes to Britain to make his movies. Alfie was remade in Manchester’s Northern Quarter just down the road from Dale Street where Captain America staged a chase scene. Continue reading

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The Woman in Black – the mechanics of fear

The woman in black novel hardback
In the style of Susan Hill…

Illuminated Gothic letter It was with some apprehension that I purchased the book, pretty as it was, with an embossed jacket and the air of a handsome Victorian novel. My life at Vibes House meant some degree of detachment which veiled the world beyond my Internet Web Log, or ‘Blog’ as the youths of the day might call it. But still I heard the name, and the posters would jump out at me on my travels, only to recede again from my sight and thus my conscious mind. I find such intrusions largely annoying, since I prefer to make my own decisions about which spectrum of our popular culture to indulge. The fact that the book had become the most successful film in the British Cinema left me cold and being obtuse of nature I relented and soon found myself in the uppermost turret of Vibes House, reading the tome by moonlight, rather than gracing my local fleapit and watching the film.

To begin, I found the prose stilted and lumpen, striving as it did to ape the style of vintage novels by the likes of Jane Austen, or perhaps Charles Dickens. The lack of action at first held me back but the seeds of mystery are sown early on, and I found myself compelled to persevere. My concern lay with the protagonist whose failure to heed casual warning from his fellows lands him in a mire of pure horror. The hauntings themselves, for it is a ghost story, remain few and are detailed with such unadorned words that I accepted them as reality and was thus swept into a dark world of marshes and burial grounds from which I was grateful to escape.

It is a short tale which can be satisfactorily digested in one sitting, but I found a break necessary as the penultimate chapter reached its unrelenting climax. Twice my hair actually stood on end, a testament to the power of the author, who must have studied the mechanics of fear and fine-tuned her vehicle accordingly. So deeply did I believe in this fiction that I took pause to watch shadows in my drawing room, and listen to distant screams in the night, hoping they would cease and not magnify the torment in those pages.

Never have I been manipulated with such precision by a tale, accustomed as I am to the incontinent ramblings of Stephen King (procure an editor, tedious man!) who never wrote a novel better than his first, Carrie, which similarly is written with restraint and finesse and yet is greater than the sum of its labours. I must address Susan Hill the author of The Woman in Black, as a master of her art, and I should venture next to purchase the DVD with alacrity. I hate popcorn.

To be read accompanied by a glass of good brandy…

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