Monday, 25 February 2013

Sophie Ryder Sculptures - Cartwright Hall

     This is one of a pair of large scale sculptures by artist Sophie Ryder currently on display at Cartwright Hall.  The sculptures are made from galvanized wire, lots and lots of it, formed into these huge mythical creatures.   Unusual, striking, and impressive.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Chinese New Year Festival 2013 - Leeds

     There was not a great deal going on in Bradford this weekend so my wife and I took a trip to Leeds for the Chinese New Year Festival and the year of the snake.  It's quite a colourful event, held in the concert hall at Leeds Town Hall, a marvellous venue for a marvellous event.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Bradford Industrial Museum

     It was one of those nasty winter days yesterday, rain, sleet, snow, and strong winds, so I spent an hour at the Bradford Industrial Museum.  The upper floor of the museum contains a large selection of textile machines, from the earliest weaving looms to machines probably built in the 1960's, many of them manufactured here in West Yorkshire. These older machines were really built to last and were exported to countries all over the world and I wouldn't be surprised if there were still a few of them running in some distant region.  The machine in the picture was built by Smith & Sons, Royd Works, Keighley..

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Jamia Markazi Mosque - Parade

     A parade was held in the Aire valley town of Keighley on Sunday to celebrate the birth of the Prophet Mohammad.  Several hundred members of the Keighley Muslim Association took part in the annually held procession which started at the Jamia Markazi Mosque in Emily Street and proceeded through the streets of Keighley, stopping at intervals for warm drinks, food and prayers.