I have long wanted to go to work on a tram, through Salford.
I write to you from Media City tram stop. I am bypassing the “Lowry Corporate wi-fi network” though the thought of Lowry endorsing mobile blogging appeals. Instead, courtesy of a Vodafone 3G connection and an HTC googlephone- recently refreshed by my Nigerian chums in Brentford (thanks girls), I bring you …From the Piccadilly Tram.
It is a blue morning – not a blue Monday. This tram is rattling along to Salford Quays , along the dockside where the empire plied its trade, where today rusting gantries tip their hooks.
Who says Britain is broken? This is the most glorious September morning – warm, windless and the Mancunians and Salfordians are beaming from behind their designer sunglasses.
It is 7.30am. Last night Manchester United were saved from the ignominy of a home defeat against some Swiss part-timers by a late Ashley Cole goal. Old Trafford sits on the horizon as sullen as its manager. Today I do not begrudge them their success.
To all who read this silly thing, I wish you the morning I have had after a night in hotel stupid – replete with ritual struggle agains remote control. The prospect of a day with our Mancunian actuarial crew discussing the fate of Seafarers, the plight of the unions, the state of the nation and whether Ed Milliband is fit to lead us.
I wish you well my friends – from the Piccadilly tram.
- Trams in line to ease crowding on the railways (menmedia.co.uk)
- Manchester Pub Sign The Piccadilly (socyberty.com)
- Passengers facing delays after Metrolink tram breaks down in city centre (menmedia.co.uk)
- Blue Peter presenters arrive for first show in Salford Quays by helicopter and jetski (menmedia.co.uk)
- FeTRAM memory could be faster than SRAM and more energy efficient than flash (gizmag.com)