Sunday, 28 May 2017

THIS IS OUR MANCHESTER 2017

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The last time I visited Manchester was 20 years ago when I went to see The Charlatans at Manchester Arena, the same venue where the attack took place last Tuesday. On Thursday, my friend D and I travelled to Manchester. The main purpose of our stay was to attend the gig by Courteeners and The Charlatans at Old Trafford Cricket Ground. 

I'd be lying if I said that I was comfortable with the idea of going ahead with our trip. The UK terror threat level had been raised to 'critical', the highest, which meant that another attack could be imminent. When I got to Manchester though, I was instantly amazed by what I saw: people were just getting on with their lives. At St Ann's Square I read messages of unity, strength, and hope. There was no sign of bitterness or defeat. It was powerful and inspiring. 

At Courteeners' show, the lead singer read out a poem written by Mancunian Ryan Williams in the wake of the tragedy. I think that it pretty much sums up the spirit that I witnessed during the past couple of days:  

A grey Tuesday morning, 'neath Lancastrian skies 
We wake once again to wipe tears from our eyes. 
Forced to wear robes of weakness and pity, 
As cowards attack the very heart of our city.

Like always, we'll comfort and hold one another,
A Mancunian family of sisters and brothers. 
For a time our strut is reduced to a stagger, 
But make no mistake, we'll rekindle our swagger.

We'll learn how to live with another deep scar. 
If you think you can beat us, you don't know who we are!

We're Collyhurst, Ancoats, Moston and Sale. 
We're Oldham and Bury; Ashton; Rochdale.

We're Pankhurts and Turing, the Gallagher Brothers, 
We're Morrissey, Marr and a million others! 

We're a city of workers, a city of shirkers. 
A city of tracksuits, and bibles and burkas. 

Vegetarian, Rastafarian, Atheist, Jew. 
100 red! 100% blue. 

We're each of us different but never alone. 
In the Cosmopolitopia, we get to call 'home'.

So, come at us again, and again if you must. 
Time after time we'll rise from the dust. 
You'll never prevail - not against us... 
This is Manchester, our MANCHESTER 

And the bees still buzz!

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22 comments

  1. I have to say I was very impressed you traveled the same but as you said life goes on and we cannot be frightened but their coward attacks. Love the poem, so inspiring indeed. Kisses! xo

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  2. I'm glad to see you're safe! What happened is terrible... The poem is beautiful!

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  3. It's really good to hear that Manchester is still standing strong after the attack. The human spirit can be very beautiful and and resilient. The world stands with them.

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  4. Your photos are so inspiring, It makes me want to bet a more portable camera to take with me all of the time
    xo
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  5. What happened there was awful and cruel. I love that the people of Manchester are resilient and I know that the good will take over the bad. Thank you for sharing this. Such beautiful words!

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  6. Bella Skoog (Bella)5/29/2017 6:10 pm

    What happened in Manchester is so terrible, I just can't believe how people can even be that cruel to do such a thing. It's just.. so incomprehensible. Not long ago there was a terror attack in Stockholm, wich is close to where I live, and I totally shook my whole country. The terror has to stop.

    Hugs Bella, http://nouw.com/bellss/outfit-kostymbyxor-30248123 // Instagram: bellaskoog

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  7. Was in shock when I've heard the sad news :(. Wish some people could stop being so narrow minded. Wishing you a lovely day! xx

    Andreea.
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  8. I'm glad you went to Manchester. The terrorism was so sad and heart-wrenching. Thank you for your beautiful photo journal of your trip and your poignant prose.
    xo, janea
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  9. Beautiful tribute <3 Love the spirit of Manchester!

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE
    IG | @VIVIYUNN_

    ~

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  10. Wow. It's great to see everyone getting on with life and banding together. That is how we win in the end.

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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  11. Carmen Jny (carmitive)5/30/2017 12:15 pm

    This is such a beautiful post Anouk. It's important to stand together nowadays and the spirit of Manchester is such a big inspiration.
    Love, Carmen - http://www.carmitive.com

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  12. Eleine Pereira5/30/2017 1:34 pm

    This was so so sad, heartbreaking. Gorgeous post

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  13. Carina Vardie5/30/2017 6:37 pm

    I'm still heartbroken over what happened there. I haven visited Manchester, but would love to. It looks like an amazing city.

    xo
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  14. Jane Fitfabfun5/30/2017 6:56 pm

    Such a beautiful city and amazing capture!!
    xo, Jane
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  15. Allie Mackin5/31/2017 12:11 am

    Thank you so much for posting this, your photos show that Manchester is a vibrant city that will not live by fear. Being a New Yorker I know how this is.

    Allie of
    www.allienyc.com

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  16. Very true. Life goes on and we can't stop living...

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  17. I think people there did the right thing - to stay strong and to hope for the better. What if everybody stays at home or is scared most of the time? I would also feel uncomfortable going to such a venue, sadly, we are living in a cruel world. Hope that this madness will stop soon!

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  18. I love that you wrote about this is such a beautiful way. This images are stunning but the message even more so <3

    xx, mel
    http://melinspired.com

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