Posts Tagged With: The Northern Quarter

Curtains Down.

Mark Wallis apartment Manga Camera The Vibes

And house lights up. My funky loft, based on the apartment house in Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City series is no more. That’s all folks! Bye bye, Barbary Lane.

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Leaving the Northern Quarter

Maek wallis northern Quarter Manchester on The VibesIt’s with a heavy heart that I pack 13 years of my life into boxes ready to move on to pastures new. I’ll miss my bohemian loft, having lived in the Northern Quarter since I moved back to England from Amsterdam in 2000. Our landlord failed to extend his lease and so we all knot our spotted hankies and wander off into the wide blue yonder. ‘Change, my dear, and not a moment too soon,’ as The Doctor says while regenerating in a halo of golden light, and emerging with a completely new appearance. I’m thinking of it as regeneration…

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Dawn in the Northern Quarter

Nicky's Naughty Forty Party

Dance like no one’s watching

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A Tour of The Northern Quarter – Part 3

 

Neon Sculpture Manchestervintage type writer keyPeter Freeman’s ‘Toy Boy’ is a beacon sculpture which was commissioned for the Northern Quarter in 1998 to draw attention away from the corporate main drag of Market Street and attract people to the independent retail of Affleck’s Palace and beyond. The wonderfully-named neon tower is currently unloved by the City Council, who left it derelict for years. It still flashes it’s animated message to skateboarders and clubbers alike, and I used some of my artistic license to repair it for this post (it’s falling apart in reality.)

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Frank Sidebottom's mural

From Oldham Street you can see the graffiti murals of Stevenson’s Square, but my favourite is this one of Frank Sidebottom, the Bontempi Entertainer of Timperley, who bought joy to millions with his unique brand of cabaret and papier-mâché head. Not to mention Little Frank. Sadly Frank Sidebottom and his creator Chris Sievey have passed away, but his TV show is still running on Channel M… after three, now: ‘it really is!’

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Street sculpture in Manchester's Northern Quarter

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This mural is...smoking. If you get my drift.

That’s all from Bohemia for now. No more tiles from Tib Street. I’ve shown you the nicer side of Manchester, hope you liked it! Check out the other posts below.

A Tour of the Northern Quarter – Part 1

A Tour of the Northern Quarter – Part 2

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A Tour of The Northern Quarter – Part 2

vintage type writer keyThe weather’s sh*t but the clothes are fantastic!

Manchester would be perfect if it was just a little closer to the equator. The second part of my tour of the Northern Quarter looks at the wonders hidden between the boutiques and the bars.

metal bird sculpture
The light in Manchester can be really stubborn. This picture was unusable until I started experimenting. It’s amazing how much information can be extracted from the pictures we delete. This one went through iPhoto and Photoshop and I was surprised at what came out. These metal birds are just round the corner from my apartment. Everywhere you look in the Northern Quarter there are tiles or sculptures, murals and installations. The streets are paved with poetry! You can read Lemn Sissay as you walk up Tib Street.

Where home
truths trickle
home and confide
where the silent
forests brood

We even had a Banksy which was lovingly painted over by the City Council.

wall tile mural tib street

This mural was right outside my lounge window for years, and it was only when I took this picture that I noticed how rich it is, detailing the history of the neighbourhood.

Tib Street terracotta parrots
These terracotta parrots, loyal to Manchester, can be seen roosting above the flickering neon of Matt & Phred’s jazz bar.

Read A Tour of the Northern Quarter – Part 1 here.

A Tour of The Northern Quarter – Part 3

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