A night of mixed news for our local sides in the football stakes.
Rochdale are out of the Carling Cup - going down to premiership side Birmingham 3-2 and that after a disputed penalty. Jones was the scorer for Rochdale in the 26th and 76th minutes.
Manchester City beat Politehnica Timisoara of Rumania 2-0 tonight - winning 3-0 on aggregate in the Europa League qualifying match and in front of a disappointingly small crowd. Wright-Phillips and Boyata were the scorers.
Today saw the draw for the Champions League and Manchester United will meet Glasgow Rangers, Valencia and the Turkish side Buraspor. United should finish ahead of this group with a bit of luck.
Well England's football season 2010/11 is now well under way and all the arguing; sorry match analysis will be starting in the bars, TV and press ....
Manchester City having spent £100m this summer on new players only managed a draw at Tottenham - I hope they are going to get value for their big outlay.
Newcomers to the Premier League - Blackpool - managed to beat Wigan 4-0 - a very good start for them.
Our local team Rochdale have made a reasonable start - newly promoted to League 1 they have a clean record with 2 draws and in the League Cup managed to eliminate Championship side Barnsley 1-0. Not bad !!
The River Irwell rises in the moors above Bacup and flows for 39 miles through Bury,Rawtensall and Ramsbottom - it separates the city centres of Manchester and Salford before it joins the River Mersey at Irlam.
In the Industrial Revolution it was heavily polluted and not much wildlife survived - now much of the industry has gone and the river is slowly returning to it's natural state.
Here in the Burrs Country Park it looks quite genteel.
In a surprise move today Manchester United confirmed that subject to a medical the Portuguese striker Bebe otherwise Tiago Manuel Dias Ferreira will be moving to them from Vitoria de Guimaraes for a reported 7.4m.
The 6"2" 20 year old had only been at V de Guimaraes for 5 weeks - prior to them he was with the 3rd division Estrala da Amadora.
A genuine "street footballer" he spent part of his earlier life in a youth shelter.
Himalayan Balsam a weed from the Himalayas is also known as Policeman's Helmet or Indian Touch-Me-Not.
It is often found by rivers and seems to be spreading year by year.
I always understood that the seed had been in bales of raw cotton imported from India and had grown up in the waterways surrounding the cotton mills of Lancashire BUT having Googled the plant I now find it was introduced to Kew Gardens in 1839 and then managed to escape into the wild.
The whole plant can produce a yellow dye and the sap can be used to soothe the rash caused by Poison Ivy.
Blackberries starting to form - just waiting for some sun to ripen them and hopefully they'll be ready for picking.
These are wild blackberries growing on the bank of the River Irwell in Bury.
Not very big ... !!!
We have noticed this year on our rambles around the district that the fruit in the hedgerows is very poor - small or withered away completely. Perhaps this is due to the extremely dry spring that we had.
My World is one where industry in the shape of engineering and cotton manufacture played a very important place in our lives and in our culture. Sadly the industries are no longer important but reminders are still with us.
Here at the Burrs Country Park is a reminder of our industrial past - machinery dating back to the 19th century.
The park is situated near to Bury centre on the site of now demolished mills - it houses a visitor centre and a canoe training centre.