the little tinker lad

By: Saiful Bahri

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Saturday, 14-Jan-2006 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark

flying rudolf
ufo's coming!
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saja je..boring2 ni..nak upload gambar lain tapi tak de masa
tension gak sekarang, nak pekse dah ni
all pics taken last month (last year!!haha) kat Trafford Centre ngan Cheshire Oak's factory outlet

Tuesday, 3-Jan-2006 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
.:Salford Quays:.

Ship Canal
Lifting Footbridge
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Photos were taken on Boxing Day (except the above). It was very cold and people still busy shopping everywhere. Took a bus to city and it cost me £2 for a single journey!! My £2 weekly ticket was not valid that day due to holiday. Anyhow, I was so amazed with the architecture and voted second most interesting place in Manchester after Old Trafford
Manchester Ship Canal
To understand the scale of the problem and the achievement at Salford, it is necessary to go right back to the beginnings of the site - and the opening of the Manchester Ship Canal by Queen Victoria in 1894. This was a feat of engineering, running from Eastham on the Mersey Estuary to Salford - a length of 35.5 miles. It enabled sea-going vessels of up to 12,500 tonnes to sail right into Greater Manchester and the industrial heartlands of the north-west, and was built at a time of great national confidence when Britain was the workshop of the world. Significantly, the Manchester Ship Canal opened just five years before Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, so setting the seal on an era of unprecedented industrial prosperity. Salford docks closed forever in 1982. Jobs at Trafford Park nose-dived towards an all-time low of 24,500 by 1985, as unemployment in the north-west soared above 30 per cent in some places. Salford City Council chief executive John Willis, who had joined the council in 1966, recalled how bad things were at the time: "All the traditional industries were shutting and we faced this urban wasteland right in the middle of the city. Unlike Liverpool or London, the docks didn't have good warehouse buildings that could in time be renovated. They were rotting wooden grain stores. The challenge was what to do with the docks and the Council took the view that it had to do something. And that meant partnership with the private sector."
Salford Quays
The Quays is Greater Manchester's unique waterfront destination, situated just 15 minutes by tram from Manchester city centre and an ideal destination for a day out or weekend break. At The Quays there is a wealth of world-class entertainment, leisure and cultural facilities on offer including The Lowry, Manchester United Museum and Tour, Imperial War Museum North, and The Lowry Outlet Mall. You can try your hand at rowing, sailing, canoeing or windsurfing at Salford Watersports Centre. The total cost of the project, £106 million, includes The Lowry building, the large triangular Plaza, the terraced areas down to the canal and the Lifting Footbridge leading to Trafford Wharfside and the Imperial War Museum - North. Also included in The Lowry project is the Digital World Centre (DWC) - a high-tech business centre providing quality, serviced premises. It will be home to the Digital World Society (DWS), a new think tank that will generate innovative projects in digital technologies. It is due to open in Autumn 2003
The Lowry
Accolades as the 2001 building of the year, The Lowry opened on 28th April 2000 with two theatres, a range of galleries, family activities, restaurants, bars and cafés. Set in a magnificent waterside location at the heart of the redeveloped Salford Quays in Greater Manchester, It is an architectural flagship with a unique and dynamic identity, designed to reflect the surrounding landscapes and flourishing waterways, in its glass and metallic surfaces. The Lowry comprises a sequence of geometrical shapes - hexagon, circle, triangle and rectangle. The promenade runs all the way round building is intended to give leisurely access to all parts of the building. The spaces are designed in layers like an onion and decorated with the bright colours that are typical of Michael Wilford's architecture.
Imperial War Museum
Opened summer 2002 Trafford's award-winning Imperial War Museum North (IWM North) concentrates on the effects of war and its relevance to our lives today. The Museum is housed in a remarkable building, the first in the UK to be designed by international architect Daniel Libeskind. Objects are displayed from the Imperial War Museum's famous collections alongside The Big Picture - a multi-screen surround sound experience shown at hourly intervals throughout the day.

Thursday, 22-Dec-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark

When snow showering
...and Santa ->
appears somewhere ->
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When the snow comes, and the temperature reaches below 0 degree, it is time for xmas.
Sadly it was for few hours only on that day and hope to start snowing again in early January.

.:Fadh – thanks
.:Zul – i did uploaded some photos in london earlier. btw, tak sume orang balik cuti kat m’sia..tiket mahal bro..
.:Tarantula - thanks 2u2
.:Lou – apasal sume spek hitam? panas ke? 
.:Edoras – memang seronok memanjang je la bila jalan2 ni.. 
.:Amethyst – Merry Xmas 2u
.:Azhar – tah, santa tu terlebih mekap rasanya. tapi ok apa..cute..
.:Haris - sini jarang snow pun. outside manchester ada snow..

Sunday, 27-Nov-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
.:Short Outing to Liverpool:.

Port of Liverpool Bldg
Cunard Bldg
Royal Liver Bldg
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Brief History
On the past, Liverpool prospered because of its shipping industry. As a great port, Liverpool attracted thousands of immigrants from Ireland & Scotland and for this reason its Celtic influences are still apparent. Between 1830-1930, however, 9 millions people emigrated to the New World. It was WWII that led to a resurgence in Liverpool’s importance. The port was once again important as the gateway for trans-atlantic supplies.
Albert Dock
Built between 1841 & 1848, the Albert Dock was one of the earliest enclosed docks in the world. In the 1980s, the warehouse were renovated as a tourist centre with shops, restaurants, museums and the new Tate Gallery. The docks were opened by Victoria’s Prince Consort I 1846 and reopened by the Prince of Wales in 1988.
Maritime Museum
This museum has a large range of imaginatively developed exhibits. Displays focus on emigrants to a New World, the WWII Battle of the Atlantic and Builders of Great Ships.
The Beatles Story
This is another museum in the Albert Dock which aims to recreate the 1960s Liverpool and to tell stories of “Four Lads Who Shook the World”
The Three Graces
The superb trio of buildings are located north of Albert Dock and is the departure point for ferries across the River Mersey. The Three Graces comprises of the Port of Liverpool Building (this Portland stone and classical dome building is designed by Albert Thornley in 1907); Cunard Building (1916); and the Royal Liver Building (1911) which is crowned by famous 5.5m copper Liver Birds which symbolised Liverpool. The Royal Liver Building was one of the world’s first reinforce concrete multi-storey buildings.
St George Hall
The imposing soot-blackened column is designed by Harvey Lonsdale Elmes and was opened in 1854. Located nearby the Royal Court Theatre and St George’s Place, St George Hall is recognised as one of the finest neo-classical buildings in the world and is a World Heritage Site.
Anglican Cathedral
The largest neo-gothic Anglican cathedral in the world was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, began in 1903 and took too much of the rest of the century to complete, and was officially completed in 1978. Beatles’s Sir Paul McCartney unsuccessfully auditioned for the choir here in 1953.

Tak berkesempatan nak checkout for Anfield.. too short period and the worst case, 4pm dah malam..boring..
Oh ya, Beatles's Penny Lane..yeah..."yellow submarine..yellow submarine.."
"It's been a hard days night"...

Wednesday, 23-Nov-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
:: Glory..Glory..MU ::

Main Entrance
The shop
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Just an update.
Went to the stadium last week. They are expanding the seat capacity from 60,000 to 75,000 so lots of construction works going around.
Manage to capture few photos only and as usual, it rains..
Last night I was there again..MU vs Villareal. A bit quiet game after the Keane quits. News were saying that Keane had to leave the club following his explosive comments on the club's tv station (MUTV) in which he criticised team-mates in the shock defeat at Middlesbrough

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