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My 231st Post, Not to be the Last one…

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS, BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT, BRONTE BITES, DESIGN, HOME, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES, OUT AND ABOUT MANCHESTER with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 20, 2009 by echostains

I can’t believe it’s my 231st post already!  Where does the time go?  So far, I have managed to blog approximately 226 days out of the 231, so I’m very happy with that!  The next update I will do is when I reach my 250th.

So what have I actually written about? (in the last 11 posts) and did I actually get round to doing any more in my altered book (answer: NO).  I commemorated Modigliani and Degas’s birthdays.

Modigliani

Modigliani, see his birthday

Modigliani, see his birthday

Degas

Included more Weird and Whacky designs.  Looked at how Antony Gormley’s Fourth Plinth project was coming along, and  I dipped into my archives (YES I have got archives lol!)

angel_of_the_north,one of many he did earlier

I reviewed ‘Daphne’ by Justine Picardie – a book I recently enjoyed.

daphne by justine picardie

daphne by justine picardie

Oh and I enjoyed a night out at the tiny Circus Tavern in Manchester City centre!

the circus portland street manchester

the circus portland street manchester

Things to do include working on my altered art book (and I know I KEEP on saying it…), writing some more in my Art I LOVE section, including some more teapots…and well, just loads and loads!

UPDATE:  I have now completed over 300 posts!  See HERE

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Last night I joined the Circus……

Posted in OUT AND ABOUT MANCHESTER, PAST PLACES with tags , , on July 11, 2009 by echostains

Portland Street, home of the Circus Tavern

Portland Street, home of the Circus Tavern

I went out last night..I won’t say ‘never again’, but NEVER AGAIN!  All I can put it down to is the hot weather and drinking a wee drop too much!  I’ve not had a hangover for years, I never drank alcohol at all for 5 years and never even missed it.  But last night I found myself turning into Oliver Reed lol!

circus decor

circus decor

In the past, I’ve often thought of running away to join the circus – well last night I did!  We went to a pub that I’d never been to before.  It is reputed to have one of the  smallest bars in Britain. The Circus Tavern is situated at 86 Portland Street and  is a tiny little  pub, full of interesting people.  The walls are plastered with photographs and memorabilia.  Apparently circus folk would meeet in this listed building before going on to do their circus acts in the nearby circus in Chatham  Street.

Kate, Memed and Emma

Kate, Memed and Emma

We met 3 interesting people last night.  Katie, a Visual Arts student, Emma, a Design student and a Magician called Nemed Phoenix.  He was rather good too, had us gasping with delight.  I don’t normally like magic tricks, but his were REALLY good.  He’s taking bookingsI believe and can be contacted at nemedphoenix@hotmail.com. Book early to avoid disappointement!

Circus patrons past and present

Circus patrons past and present

But, back to the Circus (Tavern).  The bar is so tiny that there is waitress service.  From what I could see, there are two tiny side rooms.  The atmosphere, even though there weren’t many people in last night, is palpable, and even the paint reeks of personality (a little like the French Bar in Soho London).  The building itself was built around 1790 and is listed.  I shall be certainly popping in again…….(obviously not learned my lesson lol!)

There’s a good review of this pub HERE

See my post ‘A Bohemian at Heart? or an Ass in Bohemia? HERE from my ‘London Belongs to Me’category