Drum & Bass on the Bike Manchester – 27 June 2021

Starting at 2pm in MediaCityUK, we arrived for Dom Whiting‘s Drum & Bass on the Bike ride. If you don’t know who Dom is, he’s the Drum & Bass DJ who’s been cycling round various UK towns and cities on his rather fantastic adapted bakfiets cargo bike, find out more about him on Facebook or watch his videos on YouTube.

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Stretford Arndale late 80s / early 90s

With all the current discussion going on about the redevelopment of Stretford town centre, it’s good timing that I came across some old negatives of mine, including these shots of Stretford Arndale from the late 80s / early 90s. As you can probably guess, I’m not really sure of the exact date, but it was around that time.

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Princess Road and Medlock Street roundabout improvement scheme – February 2021

The Princess Road roundabout is one of number of large busy junctions on Manchester’s inner ring road. Since it was built as part of the Mancunian Way in the 1967, somewhat unsurprisingly, it’s been dominated by motor traffic. It has also had a poor safety record, which has included the sad death of Jaye Bloomfield in 2014, who was killed by a speeding driver while she was cycling across one of the slip roads.

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Stretford Mall Public Consultation 2021

On 15 January 2021, Trafford Council and Bruntwood Works published the latest consultation for Stretford Town Centre and Stretford Mall, on the back of the recent fantastic news of £17.6m being awarded to the town from the government’s Future High Streets Fund.

This is the latest in a long line of masterplans and consultations for Stretford town centre, going back to the ill-fated UA92 proposals and the revised Stretford Masterplan and beyond.

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France 19: Dives-sur-Mer and Cabourg

In August 2019, we had a trip to Normandy, staying at Camping Village La Vallée. This is part 2 in the series, part 1 looked at our campsite, Camping Village La Vallée and the town of Houlgate.

While Houlgate was the closest town to where we were staying, the towns of Dives-sur-Mer and Cabourg were very close by, just along the coast. We visited both towns a couple of times on our bikes during our stay in Houlgate.

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France 19: Camping Village La Vallée and Houlgate

In a surprising break from our usual habit of holidays in The Netherlands, we decided to head to Normandy in France for our 2019 summer holiday. We were staying in the seaside town of Houlgate in Calvados, at Camping Village La Vallée. While this is a campsite, we were actually staying in an Al Fresco Holidays mobile home.

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Netherlands 20: August 2014 (Duinrell)

2020 was due to be our 10th consecutive trip to The Netherlands. Unfortunately, world events and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has put a stop to that. Rather than dwell on what might have been, I thought I’d take the opportunity to look back at our previous trips to The Netherlands.

This is part 7, looking at the last leg of our 2014 camping trip in August. You can find part 1 here, looking at 1989-2011, part 2 here, looking at 2012, part 3 here, looking at 2013 and part 4 here, looking at June 2014.

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