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Todmorden turning into another Hebden Bridge?

My fellow blogger Kindadukish told me about a new cafe he’d found which he thought was worth a visit for our weekly “business meetings”.

I had a look online and it seemed interesting but then I noticed it was vegetarian.

Now I know my friend isn’t averse to eating on the wrong side of the tracks from time to time as it were but I’m a dedicated omnivore.

However I decided it was worth a try and as we thought at least I could have an omelette. Well no as it turned out. They don’t do omelettes (although they have other dishes with eggs in them). Too much trouble they said. So I had to settle for a potato hash thing with an egg on top. It was OK but I left half of it, it just wasn’t appetising enough for me.

The Illy Italian coffee was very good though, with a very smooth and rounded flavour.

However the service was a bit hit and miss. I ordered a ginger IPA but they forgot about it and even when reminded it took a while to come to the table.

They also allowed dogs in which I object to. (When I was visiting Keswick I had the same problem. Thank goodness for Costa coffee and Wetherspoons which don’t allow them)

The building is the old Todmorden Industrial & Cooperative society and has scrubbed tables and an interesting collection of canned beers with fancy titles (and prices to match) as well as bottled ones. They also sell seconds crockery and there were some nice pieces although I couldn’t see the prices.

Outside and next door is the Kava cafe – yet another vegan and vegetarian venue. This was a quick visit, I had another appointment to go to and I was parked on a 60 minute spot. However Todmorden seems to have a free parking policy on all its public car parks, no wonder they were all full.

Before I left I took a couple of photographs of the Rochdale canal area.

There is a guillotine at Lock 19 and some interesting fish art on the wall alongside the canal.

My friend took several photos so I’m sure they’ll appear on his blog soon when I’ll make a link to it.

In the meantime you can check out this stretch of the canal on the Pennine Waterways website.

I will probably go back for another visit providing I can find a “proper cafe” – although I’d go back to the Co-op for its coffee. If I’d wanted veggie I’d have gone to Hebden Bridge again, not far up the road (or canal.)


White van man’s considerate parking at Tesco Burnley

Let’s just park it close to the entrance. Zebra crossings aren’t important!

Not the only stupid/lazy driver that day.

Young guy parked in child & family spot, someone else doing a Clarkson, but this was the worst.

Not the first time I’ve posted on this either.


Ukrainian Orthodox Easter in Rochdale

Easter is the most important festival in the christian calendar and is celebrated in the Ukrainian orthodox church over a weekend of services.

This one during the day on the Saturday involved moving the symbolic shroud of christ from the body of the church to the altar, changing the altar cloths from black to white and taking painted eggs and paska Easter bread to be blessed and shared.

And tonight there will be an all-night service for the faithful because the Easter service and festivities last the whole weekend

For previous posts on this topic go here

For more pictures go to UOC Rochdale Facebook page


Facebook helping you suss out snoopers

It’s not often I say anything good about Facebook (and I’m still not happy with their attitude to fake news – expecting the public to discover it rather than spend money on doing it themselves – not unlike YouTube).

But dwelling on a positive for a moment. Facebook has introduced a facility so you can check who’s been looking at you. So your ex-partners or other leery types will no longer be able to stalk you anonymously.

Look for the Stories feature at the top of your news feed in the Facebook app. Tap on the roundel for any friend and you will get any short video clips or pictures they have uploaded in the past 24 hours.

This collection of selfies and video footage of your wildest moments are likely to be of much interest to anyone checking you out. Unlike ordinary updates the creators of the post can see exactly who has looked at them.

Facebook has never previously allowed users to know who was looking at their updates. A study found that a third of users in a relationship regularly checked out their partner’s Facebook page and a third continue to do so after a breakup.

This is known to have negative effects. Regular monitoring of an ex online is associated with “greater distress over the break-up, more negative feelings, more sexual desire, more longing for the ex-partner, and lower personal growth”

I knew there were many reasons I disliked Facebook!