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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 14th January, 2019)

Big Brother

Big Brother
Entrance to the Grand Arcade.

Photo: Jane  (Apple iPhone)
Views: 2,859

Comment by: Veronica on 14th January 2019 at 07:05

Le Grande entrance still manages to look like an afterthought attached to buildings at either side..... A Grande conservatory or green house! A Tardis even which covers a forgotten road. The young ones have no idea of what was there before. To them it is a Temple of Delight to Consumerism. They may well look back with fondness - who knows. We who do remember what lay beyond the road to nowhere, with its youthful memories of 'The Emp' and the Ritz will no longer be here. All blotted out by the winds of time and change.
It was good while it lasted though!

Comment by: Mick on 14th January 2019 at 08:37

What a lovely addition to the town centre the Grand Arcade is.
I remember in the olden days coming out of the Ritz and having to cough my way up Station road because of all them diesel smoking buses.
The modern Big Brother cameras do a good job, a few years ago the Police followed Francis Farrell with these cameras and saw who beat him to death in Frog lane

Comment by: Poet on 14th January 2019 at 10:15

Could be Stevenage or Milton Keynes or Bumfluff, Idaho. When all is homogeneous then nothing has character.

Comment by: DTease on 14th January 2019 at 10:48

There must be one camera for every shopper in Wigan now.

Comment by: Kath. on 14th January 2019 at 12:40

Its ;light, bright and undercover - a godsend in Winter I'd say. there are places to drink and eat, seats where you can rest and the toulets are clean. I don't know why people co,plain.

Comment by: Pw on 14th January 2019 at 15:25

Kath,people from Wigan always moan. We go every week and it is not the place it was but things have changed,just like life.Get on with it!

Comment by: TommyT on 14th January 2019 at 16:15

These places keep springing up and are kept going by people who have nothing else to do.
It's got kids and bored adults all traipsing around like lost sheep looking for stuff they probably don't need anyway.
Horrible place.

Comment by: Ivor on 14th January 2019 at 16:52

That Micks comments get more stupid by the day

Comment by: irene roberts on 14th January 2019 at 20:07

I don't mind the Grand Arcade but am glad I saw and remember Station Road, Oxley's and The Ritz Cinema, which the young ones will never know. What IS annoying is that they built Marketgate which was a failure and is now empty and silent, (and quite creepy if you're alone). So they left it to go to seed and built The Galleries, which was never really a success either. THEN they built The Grand Arcade, which I like, and I agree with Kath about the seats, the cafes and the shelter in Winter, but it seems such a shame when you think of what was spent and wasted before it. Just my opinion.

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 14th January 2019 at 20:15

If spuds are what you're searching for, as chips or mash or something more,
you could do worse than go on tour, and visit Bumfluff Idaho.
Their spuds are famous in the States. It says this on their number plates. The volume grown there indicates that what I'm saying correlates.
From Manchester it won't take long to fly there, say, via Tittybong, or Daisy Hill, should choice dictate. Ring Ryanair to get the rate.

Comment by: Beryl on 14th January 2019 at 22:08

Certainly couldn't be Nilton Keynes, as Milton Keynes Centre.com is vast with a wide range of the familiar and unfamiliar stores, stalls and entertainment etc.,

Comment by: Poet on 20th January 2019 at 09:00

When you've seen one shopping centre you've seen a mall.

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