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The Trafford Centre by Mark WallisSome of my followers at The Vibes have been wondering if I’m drifting away from the cupcakes and kittens of WordPress to darker pastures. Like Facebook.  After a colourful summer rolling in the grass and taking lots of pastoral pictures, I’ve been getting in the mood for Halloween as the nights draw in and we huddle down for winter. Planning spooky costumes and making little horror movies has kept me from publishing some of my photographs, so here’s the first batch. We’ll call them Architecturals.

The Urbis, Manchester by Mark Wallis

These are all views of Manchester, where I live.
PiccadillyGardens, Manchester by Mark Wallis
Rainy City, Manchester by Mark Wallis

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Christmas Carousel

This should get you in the mood for Christmas, if you happen to be pretending it can’t be happening. Again. In amongst all the Victorian schmaltz, here’s a bolt of logic: Christmas should be like the Olympics, where countries have to bid to hold the festival every few years. Big enough humbug for you, eh? Ok, bring on the tinsel!

Victorian carousel Signage
If you go to Manchester’s Trafford Centre, you’ll find a big Victorian Carousel with sparkly lights and horses that go up and down. Very festive.

Victorian Carousel Horse
It’s so retro and nostalgic that it had to go on my blog.

Victorian Carousel

Victorian Carousel Lights

Victorian Carousel Signage
We climbed on for £2 a head and behaved like overgrown kids! Overgrown kids with HD cameras. That’s the thing about being flung around on a wooden horse with no saddle or safety harness: you’ve got to hang on for dear life and make sure you don’t drop your Panasonic. Very difficult to take pictures and my movie footage was all over the place.

Man on carousel
Panos always seems to be riding something on this blog. Last time he was on a donkey.

Victorian carousel Horse
The lights and the detail were amazing, and the whole experience was a bit wilder than we expected. Those Victorians knew how to rock.

Shopping Mall Dome
The gloriously tacky Trafford Centre will feature in documentaries in the future about how it changed from Vegas-style eyesore into a temple of kitsch. I bet it even gets a Grade 1 listing. They don’t even have anything like this in Dubai, which goes some way to explaining why the Arabs bought it.

See the movie The Haunted Carousel here!

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