Nick Sellen

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20 July 2011

Note: this is being written slightly belatedly as I’m behind with my blogging, sorry! I left Manchester about a week ago now…

walking down a main shopping street

I spent my time in Manchester staying with Tim and Heather – when I stay at a place I like to fit in what might have been going on anyway and I think I more-or-less achieved that ! :) – assuming they eat such yummy food all the time.

Not so nice times

My brother Tom died in Manchester having spent two weeks in intensive care at Salford Hope Hospital (Salford counts as Manchester right?). During the day they kick you out of the hospital so you have to find something to do – we used to catch the tram to near Salford Quays and walk into central Manchester along the canal. Re-visiting the area therefore has a lot of attached emotions – although it was nice to be able to do it with people that are in Manchester for positive reasons.

canal area in Manchester


Hale is a well presented town attached to Manchester (the tram goes out there) but is technically in Cheshire. It has a sense of being a place in its own right though and has a range of local shops including ones I’d consider useful – butcher, fishmonger and various nice cafes as well as the not so useful shops selling upmarket things I would never actually want or use (but might look nice on a shelf).

a few shops in Hale

Tim and Heathers house (on the far right)

woooah a bed and all for me!


I was well fed.

seafood paella in the garden


cakes we made

baked mushroom risotto

Central Manchester

It’s got a bustling town centre.

busy Saturday (and a tram!)

nice canals to walk along (near centre)

lots of bars and things near the canal

Working in MediaCity

MediaCity is the new home of the BBC and the company I used to work for in Reading (Pharos) has an office there. I popped in to do two days of work continuing a project I had been working a lot in the last year.

working in Pharos Manchester

view of MediaCity (as seen from the imperial war museum)

the main BBC building

And gone again…

I spent about 5 lovely days in Manchester but there always has to be an end. Leaving a big city normal results in some fairly grim scenery.

grim derelict tower block on the edge of Manchester