My day trip to MediaCityUK started bright and early at London’s Euston station; but inside the building, I faced the onslaught of grey and harrowed faces on the commuters hurrying importantly off trains arriving in the capital.
Once on the train, the countryside flashed past outside; bright clear sunshine revealing fields at last showing the welcome colours of a spring to end this seemingly interminable winter. Going north, it was still spring in the Trent valley but once through the tunnel to Macclesfield, much less of the green glow of new growth on trees and crops. Splendid views from the railway viaduct at Stockport of the town below and now no snow on the Pennine hills far away, unlike just ten days ago on my trip to the Lake District.
Change from fast train to urban tram at Manchester Piccadilly; the sunshine persisted, showing Manchester’s dour red brickwork at its best. Manchester's Metrolink tram ground and bimbled its way out from Piccadilly towards MediaCityUK at Salford Quays.
The tram arrived at the terminus with the sun still shining: MediaCityUK in spring sunshine! The statue of Petra the dog, the first television pet on UK television, surveys the Blue Peter garden, heathers flowering for the first full spring since the Blue Peter garden was relocated from BBC Television Centre in West London.
And so to work in the new buildings of BBC North. Compare with the bleak views of my previous trip to MediaCentreUK in May 2011.