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Uk 1995 diary manchester

  1. 1. UK 1995 Diary Daddy took me to the airport on 19 June, a Monday, for my PAL flight to London. I boarded the plane at 6PM, and took the seat near the emergency exit. We had a one- hour stopover at Frankfurt, and arrived at Gatwick about 9:30 am the next day. After one hour at the Immigration, I took the monorail, struggling with my big blue suitcase, to the North Terminal for a British Air flight to Manchester, arriving there at about noon. Changed some dollars for pounds and took a taxi for ten pounds to Hornby Road, where Joan’s place is, at the Old Trafford Town. Joan’s house accommodated transients and backpackers for 12 pounds a UMIST night. Ate pizza and salad for lunch. Slept the whole day, and woke up at 10:30 pm, it 10 Hornby Old was still daylight. So I slept Trafford again, and woke up at 4:30 town hall am to find that the sun was already up. I took a walk to Manchester United and waited for the shop to open at 9. Bought t-shirts and baseball caps for Carlos and Rio. With the two Malaysians who also stayed at Joan’s, we took a taxi for UMIST, venue of the 2005 UK LA “Under one umbrella” Convention, arriving there before noon. Met Myriam from Cali, Columbia and Carolyn from Simmons College, Boston. After settling down to my own private room at the University of Manchester’s Weston Conference Center Hall, Myriam and I took an afternoon walk to the Post Office where I sent a postcard and walked to the Piccadilly Plaza. Back to the Weston Hall, we had an orientation meeting with Joyce Weston Hall Wallace, and our trainors- lecturers (Lucy Tedd, Tony Thompson, and Ida Flynn). Univ of Manchester June 22, Thursday began with a heavy English breakfast, and an introductory lecture by Lucy on “Computer Applications in Libraries; an overview of Piccadilly Manchester Town developments.” After her lecture, I Piccadilly went on a sight-seeing trip by myself to see the Manchester Central Library, St. Peter’s Square, and the City Art Galleries to view the Holocaust exhibit. I also took photos of Princess Street (lined with 18th century edifices), where we would usually start off on our daily walk to the center of the town. The Princess evening was capped with a formal reception with the Mayor of Manchester at the Street Town Hall. The next day we listened to Ida’s lecture on the “Internet.” Then after lunch, I took a long stroll along Market Street, shopped at Marks & Spencer, and bought kid shoes for Cybele (which I found out when I got back was marked “made in the Phils.”). Took photos of Manchester
  2. 2. Manchester Cathedral (another masterpiece of Sir Christopher Wren who built St. Paul in London), and Piccadilly Gardens, on the way back to Weston Hall for the Exhibitors Reception dinner at Barnes Willis. There I joined a quiz show with 4 Britons, a Swede, Chuli (from Sri Lanka), Myriam, and two Jamaicans as contestants. I won 3rd prize. June 24, Saturday was spent at the plenary session, listening to 2 lectures (one by Phil Sykes on “Convergence” and the other on “Internet Developments”. At 11am, I rushed to John Rylands Library (Deansgate) before it closes at 1pm. Then I joined a Chetham Library tour given by Michael Powell, the librarian, who described how books were arranged by size, color, etc.. Chetham’s is the oldest (1421) public library in UK, where books remained chained to their shelves. Its rare book collection rivaled those of Oxford and Cambridge, and it possessed 13th-14th cent. Medieval manuscripts. We sat on 17th century chairs in the general reading area. Both visits were powerfully awesome in grandeur and historicity of the collections. The only place I was allowed to take a picture, it seemed, was the toilet, so I did. In the late afternoon, Myriam and I walked towards Manchester U to visit the Whitworth Gallery, but it was already closed. Sunday was spent in the morning attending 2 lectures and after lunch, Myriam and I took Carolyn for a walking tour of St. Anne’s Church (1712), where we listened to an organ recital, shopped at Marks & Spencer (bras, etc) and rested awhile at Piccadilly gardens. The next day, we listened to Tony’s lecture on “International Developments on Multimedia” at UMIST library, and had lunch at Barnes Willis. In the afternoon, we were treated to a visit at John Rylands and an evening reception tendered by the British Council. Back in Weston, Masuda showed me his camera (made in the Phils.), a good one, while mine, a Nikon (made in Japan) was not functioning well. Inside St. Anne’s Tuesday, June 27, after breakfast of English toast, sausage, scrambled eggs & bacon, plum, peach, English coffee, and orange juice, Myriam and I went to Lewis to shop, where I got a backpacker. At ten, the motorcoach took us to the British Library at Boston Spa, (a copyright library, where I bought a sweatshirt), and after the library tour and lecture, we went to York for an evening stroll of the York Minster Cathedral (one of the world’s famous cathedrals, built in 1220 where Archbishop Walter de Gray was entombed), the King’s Manor (now part of York University, where Charles I had his
  3. 3. headquarters in 1639 and 1642), the art gallery of York Town, The York Opera House, and the ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey (which was dissolved in 1539). We were home by 10pm at dusk, late for dinner, but since it was St. Mary’s Abbey summer, it was still light. The next day, we traveled the whole morning to Oxford (the land of “dreaming spires”) , arriving at St. Hilda’s College at 1pm. I had the best room, spacious, surrounded by glass walls and windows, overlooking the gardens and the river Cherwell. The afternoon was spent touring the Bodleian Library (another copyright library), Sheldonian Theatre, and a leisurely stroll along High Street. Dinner was superb – pink salmon pate, roast beef, salad, cheese and crackers, ice cream and coffee. After dinner, we went punting by the river, with Lucy, St. Hilda’s Anthony, Collin, Chuli, and Therese (the Jamaican). For 30 minutes, we were encircling the river, getting nowhere, creating quite a spectacle. Walked around the beautiful gardens of St. Hilda’s until dusk at 10:30pm. June 29 was a cool and crispy morning. Before breakfast, I managed to take an early stroll along High Street, towards St. Aldates St., past the Memorial Garden and back to St. Hilda’s in time for a sumptuous breakfast. By St. Hilda’s 8am, I was walking around the Botanical garden with Yati and the Malaysian, Wan. Botanical At 10:30 we Bodleian Library were at Blackwells Bookshop and had lunch at King’s Cross College with Chairman Miles Blackwell. Then we toured the Ashmolean Museum (the oldest in Britain and one of the greatest in the world) at St. Giles St., Blackwell’s Bookshop at Broad St., and Christ Church back to High Street to see the Museum of Oxford but it
  4. 4. Christ Church was already closed. So I just took photos of ChristChurch College (above photo), the largest, richest, and most War Memorial magnificent college in the University, founded by Henry XVIII in 1546, but originally established by Cardinal Wolsey in 1525, after he had fallen from power), and its Cathedral (built 1121 on the site of the Priory of St. Frideswide, founder of Oxford 727 AD), the beautiful War Memorial Gardens along St. Aldates St., and the many universities surrounding the area: Oxford University All Souls College College (the oldest, 1249, believed to be founded by King Alfred), the Queen’s Queen’s College College (1341), Oriel College (1326), Merton College Martyrs memorial University (1264), All Souls College (1438), Brasenose College (1509), Trinity College (1555) and back to St. Magdalen College, along High Street, on the way back to St. Trinity Hilda’s, stopping by at College Whittards to shop for souvenirs. St. Magdalen College