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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 29th June, 2019)

Lost Ones Mind

Lost Ones Mind
Watching the renovation work at Wigan Pier.

Photo: Brian  (Sony DSC-H200)
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Comment by: Mick on 29th June 2019 at 07:51

Ive heard now Better Bathrooms store as closed down the building will also be part of the new Wigan Pier development.

Comment by: Veronica on 29th June 2019 at 08:12

I left my crown by the old Mill Town,
But have no fear , I can still see the pier,
Dirty old town , dirty old crown..
Apologies to the Dubliners

Comment by: Fred Mason on 29th June 2019 at 10:18

Just stood there watching..!!! He must be brainless...

Very good angled shot, Brian.

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 29th June 2019 at 12:30

It's the head of planning at Wigan council getting hands on.

Comment by: DTease on 29th June 2019 at 14:18

This is a statue of Chris Graying. They never did find that one elusive brain cell.

Comment by: Julie on 29th June 2019 at 16:05

I’m wondering where to put the pensioners pool area ? This will be a 25 metre pool and as pensioners swim , tunes like Some Enchanting Evening , and Moon River would play . Anyone caught splashing would be asked to leave the pool and lose one token from his or her free tea/ coffee allocation. Diving will be strictly not allowed as this would create waves in the pool and disturb a swimmers stroke . The roof area will eventually be domed ( which can be opened all round like Wimbledon ) in order to have a restaurant, painting classes and astronomy.
This , as previously mentioned , will be paid for by the young generation secondary tax . This be a strictly pensioners only enterprise . There will special cons sessions for ex services men and women. There will be special events held at the centre , to mark and remember days in our history, organised by the pensioners themselves . Maintenance or any building work for this centre will be done by fully trained apprentices , with no charge payable . They will come to learn that to do this work would be an honour and a privilege.
This building is crying out for such an enterprise. All that is needed , is a positive imagination. Young people starting out at work will come to not even notice this secondary tax. They will accept it without question, knowing it is going to a good cause . .
Hobbies like stamp collecting, model railways , chess and many others , could all be brought in as the centre develops and expands . There could be trial centres like this across Wigan , which could then be interlinked, to share ideas .
Just looking at this picture I see some dark structure . There is your glassed lift to the rooftop restaurant. Yoga classes in the open air , then a salad lunch . Then downstairs to the library, or attend a lecture about the years of steam or what we talk about here on WW. But , organised lectures.

Comment by: Mick on 29th June 2019 at 16:08

[url=https://flic.kr/p/PncpC4][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/4816/31088640207_37b77b2a2f_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/PncpC4]P1220765[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/154715975@N05/]Mick Byrne[/url], on Flickr

Comment by: priscus on 29th June 2019 at 17:10

Veronica, It is a Ewan Macoll song (1949). It has been recorded by:the Spinners (1964), Donovan (1964), Roger Whittaker (1968), the Dubliners (1968), Rod Stewart (1969), the Clancy Brothers (1970), the Pogues (1985), the Mountain Goats (2002), Simple Minds (2003), Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (2003), Frank Black (2006) and Bettye LaVette (2012). A very versatile songwriter who also penned the award winning 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face'.

DT, "a statue of Chris Graying: Love it!

Comment by: Veronica on 29th June 2019 at 19:46

Thanks for the info Priscus - the last one you mention is one of my old time favourites. I was in Ireland last week and the number of times I heard the song 'Dirty Old Town! Julie the pool would just be up my street - I never swim less than 30 lengths every week!
Indeed the 'youngsters' should pay tax for the amenities , after all we had to!

Comment by: John D on 29th June 2019 at 20:09

Ewan McColl wrote the song about his native Salford. It is the walk on song for Salford City FC,

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 29th June 2019 at 20:34

Julie, I can't for the life of me fathom out why you didn't put your name forward in the recent local elections. An opportunity lost I would call that. You'd have got my vote and no danger.
And don't lose any sleep worrying about where to put the pensioners pool either. All that's required is to sprise a few of this work-shy gameboy generation away from their iPhones for a day or two to dredge a few of the Asda trolleys out and we could use the canal.
We're Northern you see, so we aren't fazed by a little hardship.
And even though I may be stuck in the ice age and in possession of a bus pass, I reckon I could still swim to Crooke and back and still be in time for the salad lunch.

Comment by: Susan on 29th June 2019 at 21:14

Is this Julie person all there (me thinks not)

Comment by: Poet on 29th June 2019 at 21:35

Secondary tax ain't new either Julie. With rates and VAT on top of income tax, statistics (in the real world) show that the the biggest tax burden falls on 46_56 year olds.

Comment by: Poet on 29th June 2019 at 23:31

Salford being the original 'dirty old town' I believe! A good number but a little less than Formby's magisterial ' In my little Wigan Garden '. Our own Bad Grandad would certainly rip up the Glastonbury stage with that one.

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