Line shafting heaven in Bradford

DSC00754Made my first visit to Bradford Industrial Museum recently, and what an excellent place it is, packed full of working (check before you go, as they say) textile and other machinery. The line shafting on the ground floor of the mill is the best display I’ve seen, while the assorted weaving and spinning machines upstairs are brilliant, really make the process come to life. Indeed, one of the machines is so complex, bits of metal ‘arms’ waving in all directions, that it almost seems alive. It is a huge place, with lots more to see, including some good enamelled metal adverts. It was originally Moorside Mills – congratulations to Bradford Council for keeping it open and retaining the free admission policy. Well worth a visit.

 

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A dog’s life at the Brussels Beer Weekend

beerfest4┬áJust back from my first taste of the Brussels Beer Weekend, when the country’s brewers get together to offer their products in the Grand Place and parade through the streets. Wonderful spectacle, but admit I was surprised to see this little terrier-type on the Omer wagon, clearly having a good time. Came back from Brussels just in time to do a talk on brewery architecture at The Tetley in Leeds, was a very enjoyable evening, ending, of course, in their splendid bar.

A writer’s dogs

IMG_0098Every writer needs distraction (aside from beer, that is). So here are my two, Razzle the border terrier, now about 11 years old, and Petra the Jack Russell cross heaven-knows-what, age 7. Both are rescuepetra1 dogs; I think Petra must have had some Blue Peter connection…..