Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Did you see Jeremy this week? No - not University challenge which I have to watch so I can say – ‘Ooh well done Kev’ - but his prog on 'The Victorians’.

In Manchester we are surrounded by 'What the Victorians did for us' and I have to admit that this programme made me a bit proud to be from Manchester by reminding me about the terrific architecture of our town hall and the pre Raphaelites in the City Art Gallery.

Ford Maddox Brown's ‘Work’ is a magnificent tribute to the importance of manual labour. The best thing is that you can just pop in for a look on the way to the bus – entrance is totally free.. still one thing we Brits can be truly proud of.

We now have our very own Antony Gormley. I went to see it yesterday. Here it is with the man himself.

Not quite as good as the Angel of the North or the Another Place installation at Crosby which we saw again last week.

[Click to enlarge – can you spot 5 figures and and lots of waders?]

But it will have to do - because our B of the Bang at the Manchester City stadium must be taken down for good (elfin safety). Bits keep falling off.

I now know why we saw Jeremy in Market Street last summer on our way back from seeing The Dark Knight - I gave him a little smile and he smiled back (blush)

He was filmed walking along with a typical urban crowd. If I'd been 5 minutes earlier you would have seen me on the telly.





Anonymous NiC said...

I didn't watch Jeremy's prog because you weren't in it.

I hadn't seen that Man City one before...shame it's coming down, it's rather good isn't it? It wasn't there when I was last in Manchester (1980-something-low).

8:52 am  
Blogger scarlet-blue said...

There's something about posh blokes like Jeremy... I just know he'd enjoy a bit of smut...

9:12 am  
Blogger garfer said...

Paxo is a dwarf. I would beat him in a fight easy.

9:45 am  
Blogger Rog said...

I bumped into Paxo at Sandringham Flower Festival a couple of years ago where he was schmoozing with Chazza and Chlamydia. Went down in my estimation that day. (As I did for being there myself).

Nice Crosby pic Kaz.

10:45 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

The B of the Bang is to the North East of the city in the grounds of the new stadium where we had the Commonwealth games before man City took it over.
Antony Gormley himself has tried to save it
(PS - is it safe to come back to your place yet?)

Don't we all - especially the ...

Thanks Garfer:
Just for once - I was trying to do a cultural post here about sculpture, architecture and health and safety issues.
But you had to bring testosterone into it. (sighs)

Ah well - birds of a feather and all that .... Just stick with the Southport Flower show in future. You can call in at Crosby while your there.

10:51 am  
Blogger Geoff said...

We started watching it but gave up because it was time for bed. I've now wiped it from the Sky Plus machine which would have pissed me off if you were in it. I've had to make do with seeing my mum in the audience of Wogan.

It doesn't surprise me what Rog said. I had him down as a bit of a crawler on the sly. (Paxo, that is).

1:13 pm  
Blogger Ackworth born said...

The B of the bang seems to be going oot with a whimper - dread to think what they'll put in its place.

1:31 pm  
Anonymous NiC said...

Yes, safe to come back in bloom, no more snaky amphibians.

2:00 pm  
Blogger I, Like The View said...

oh - wow - I really like Gormley


there's some fantastic pre Raphaelite work in the V&A - you'd probably appreciate the Leighton frescoes

last time I was there, I saw that foppish haired chap from tv designer house shows - whose name escapes me - floating along rather too swankily in his over-sized collar and cuffs. . .

. . .think Jeremy would have been my preferred celebrity sighting

(years ago I stood behind Andrew Marr at the supermarket checkout - he has the most enormous ears!)

2:56 pm  
Blogger I, Like The View said...

(I didn't mean anything by the ear reference, I mean it's not like the size of a guy's foot or anything, is it)(is it?)

2:58 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

Was there mention of Manchester originally being known as Mamucium or “breast-shaped hill”?

3:13 pm  
Blogger CyberPete said...

I am not big on the Victorian stuff although the building is lovely. The other stuff is great. Especially the one with the 5 people.

Oh and Britters boots ;-)

3:38 pm  
Blogger Arabella said...

Manchester art gallery is fab and slightly pips B'ham's 19th century collection. I intended to do mu Phd on Victorian drains so always had a soft spot for 'Work'.

4:36 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

If I was in it I'd have kept it quiet - I'm just like that!
Are you sure you mean Paxo?

Have you seen those roadside statues in Ashton - on the road leading to IKEA?
Mostly people doing sport - not very classy in my opinion.

That picture set my therapy back by weeks.

Manchester's best Lord Leighton is 'Captive Andromache'.
I could look at that for hours and always find something new and brilliant.
Do you mean Laurence Llewelyn Bowen - he is a pre raphaelite.

Who knows - which reminds me Jeremy has a big nose - someone once told me that women find big noses sexy(?)

'The Roman fort of Mamucium was indeed the birthplace of modern Manchester.'
Amazing that I had to find this out from a Canuck!

So glad you were jesting about those boots. I thought you'd had a taste bypass.
Remember Kylie's exhibition was on in our Art Gallery.

All the blokes love that Water Nymphs one by John Waterhouse. I always think they look like something out of Woodstock.
Jeremy spent time going round the Victorian drains in London. Unfortunately the Manchester system has needed lots of repair over the last few years which has done nothing for the traffic jams.

5:30 pm  
Blogger tony said...

Yea I saw Paxo.he looked a little fish-out-of-waterish, hob nobbing with Those strange Northern Folk but it was interesting.
I seem to remember another Manchester thingy recently on TV.......looking around the Town Hall etc.?
Manchester truely is The Gilded Palace Of Sin!

5:32 pm  
Blogger CyberPete said...

I know. It was lovely don't you think?

I had the pleasure of seeing it at the V&A in London. The guard had to tell me not to touch the designs twice and remind me that I had spent two hours in the exhibit and maybe it was time to move on.

5:42 pm  
Blogger Dave said...

The Times advertised the programme as 'contains no Kaz' so I failed to watch it. Don't know why, because I think I am a Victorian. I should have been one, anyway.

There must have been something violent on another channel.

6:29 pm  
Blogger Steve said...

Jeremy is always worth a starter for ten and three musical bonuses. I like his grumpiness and his ability to cut through all the crap and just tell it like it is. I say him on The One Show - he had the presenters quailing and even put Giles Bandwidth in his place. Good man for that alone.

8:13 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

'The Gilded Palace Of Sin!' - of course.
So I wonder why we spend most of our time in front of the bloody computer.

Ha ha!
2 hours eh?
Now why doesn't that surprise me?
I hope you ignored the guard - after all he spends all day there.

You need one of those hard disk things like mine - Panasonic!
Or there's iPlayer.
Oh, and talking of University Challenge - Kev was amazed and impressed when I dropped the fact of Saint Charles the first casually into the conversation.

It annoys me when he tells contestants off for getting Shakespeare wrong when he obviously has no idea about the science questions.
But I like his grumpiness - you can usually trust a grumpy person.

9:08 pm  
Blogger CyberPete said...

I know! He probably wears it after closing!

I know I would.

6:43 am  
Blogger Liz said...

I saw that programme and enjoyed it. Documentaries that are presented by enthusiasts rather than experts are always worth a look, I think.

Did you see Paxman's episode of "Who do you think you are?" a few years ago? He traced some family who had moved from rural East Anglia to Lancashire during the industrial revolution. He's got Lancashire roots, tha knows.

10:58 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

OOOh - jealousy eh?
It would fit me better... but you are the right vintage.

Tony suggested that Paxo was a bit uncomfortable with 'those Northern Folk' - but to me, he just looked uncomfortable with people in general.
That's probably why he is such an aggressive and uncompromising interviewer.

4:46 pm  
Blogger Mopsa said...

Real shame about B of the Bang...couldn't it be used to spike some unsuspecting bankers?

6:57 pm  
Blogger CyberPete said...

I'm verrrrrry jealous. During the exhibition I would have loved to be a guard there.

Now, not so much.

The clothes wouldn't really fit me though but just being able to play around with them would be fun.

7:25 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

I'd prefer something in the city centre - perhaps in one of the squares.
The Bang's good but you never see it unless you supprt Man City.

I've just been watching Manchester City playing in Copenhagen.
It looks like it's snowing over there Brrrr!
It's warmish in Manchester.

8:51 pm  
Blogger CyberPete said...

Yes it's snowing now. It's also pretty cold and windy. To sum it up, it's dreadful.

Why are you watching football? Who's forcing you and what are you getting out of it?

9:12 pm  
Blogger Dave said...

I'm just surprised that Scarlet hasn't yet said that Paxo wants stuffing.

2:33 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

I like watching football and always have. A beautiful game of skill.
But I prefer to watch when one of my fave teams is playing - not City.
Surely you didn't really think anyone was man (?) enough to force me!

I don't encourage smutty comments here - I just make them on your blog! :0)

7:40 pm  
Blogger zIggI said...

That Kentish lot are getting a big horse to show off with, and big noses are sexy, and in my experience it's true what they say about them.

oooo Roney's just scored!

6:00 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Ziggi - I am sooo jealous of that horse.
You stole Roney (sic) from us - apart from that obscene amount of money that changed hands.

9:17 am  
Blogger CyberPete said...

I would never watch football unless I got something good out of it.

Good god! Nobody could force you to do anything you
Don't want to do but I find sometimes one compromises in order to get along or get something one really wants later

7:46 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

"Sometimes one compromises in order to get along".
Funnily enough I've been doing this recently instead of being a drama queen.
I seem to be a lot happier too.:0)

8:00 am  
Blogger CyberPete said...


3:52 pm  
Blogger The Poet Laura-eate said...

Aye, monumental architecture ain't what it used to be.

Kind of reflects the throwaway society we live in in this supposed age of Green though dontyathink?

10:24 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...


The Victorians built to last. Have you ever looked at their resevoirs?

11:47 am  

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