I hope you like the photo i have used in the new title header above. I came across it whilst searching through other peoples photos of my local rivers and lakes on flickr.
The photo shows one of my favourite weirpools on the River Irwell, an area where no major redevelopment has taken place, and where evidence of Manchesters dark satanic mills still remains.
The IRA bombing of Manchester City Centre in 1996 was the catalyst for the most intensive period of change since the city was built in the 19th Century. However this corner of Salford seems to be largely forgotten. This photo was taken only last year and imagine my delight when on closer examination i discovered that it showed from left to right, my son Matt, Big Dave, me, Nick (anglingforsomething) and Tom (whatsthecatch).
My blog post on the day http://manchesterfishingfiend.blogspot.com/2008/02/perfect-day-nearly.html was entitled "perfect day nearly" its wonderful that someone has captured the moment with such a lovely photograph.