October 31

The screaming skull of Wardley Hall

screaming-skullWardley Hall, the early medieval manor house in the Wardley area of Worsley, is one of the few buildings in the north west to have had a mention in the Domesday Book.

Before it was occupied by the Roman Catholic Bishops of Salford it had a chequered and chilling history and was known for 200 years as ‘Skull House’.

The story goes that the house had a cursed skull which refused to remain buried and that when thrown into the moat caused terrible raging storms.

The grisly relic is believed to have been the skull of Father Ambrose Barlow, who was hung, drawn and quartered in 1641. According to legend it is indestructible and would wreak terrible havoc if anyone attempted to remove it from the house.

The skull has in recent times been removed from the house without any resulting paranormal effects.

October 31

The grave-robber Old Kanky (Canky)

kankyYou’ll have heard of Burke and Hare the Edinburgh grave-robbers turned murderers, but were you aware of Greater Manchester’s very own ‘resurrection-man?’

In Middleton there is a passageway called “Kanky’s Ginnel” that runs from the River Irk to the churchyard at St Leonard’s.

According to local legend it was used by a local grave-robber named Kanky to transport bodies down to the river and onwards into Manchester to sell.

It is unclear whether Kanky (also written as Canky) actually existed as no one has ever been able to find anything other than apocryphal evidence of his dark doings.

According to some, Kanky, who by all accounts was a hoot at parties, would watch as grieving relatives buried their dead and then by cover of darkness would dig up the body.

March 28

A Story about Mike…

There once was a COBOL programmer named Mike. After years of being taken for granted and treated as a technological dinosaur by all the relational database modelers, client/server programmers and website developers, Mike was finally getting some respect.

After separating from the Air Force, he’d become a private consultant specializing in Year 2000 conversions. He was working short-term assignments for prestige companies, traveling all over the world on different assignments, and making more money than he’d ever dreamed of. He was working 70 and 80 and even 90 hour weeks, but it was worth it. Soon he could retire. Continue reading

March 27

Interesting Anagrams

Someone out there either has way too much time, or is deadly at Scrabble!


Dormitory Dirty Room
Evangelist Evil’s Agent
Desperation A Rope Ends It
The Morse Code Here Come Dots
Slot Machines Cash Lost in ’em
Animosity Is No Amity
Mother-in-law Woman Hitler
Snooze Alarms Alas! No More Z’s
Alec Guinness Genuine Class
Semolina Is No Meal
The Public Art Galleries Large Picture Halls, I Bet
A Decimal Point I’m a Dot in Place
The Earthquakes That Queer Shake
Eleven plus two Twelve plus one
Contradiction Accord not in it
Year Two Thousand A Year To Shut Down


February 22

New server is up!

imagesMikeapollo’s new home at Equinix LD4 in Slough comes online full time this week – fingers crossed!

No need to adjust your sets… hopefully you can just sit back and enjoy faster access to Mikeapollo hosted sites.

If you’re lucky enough to have an IP6 connection, Mikeapollo sites will be native too so no need to hang around waiting for tunnelling!

Testing is continuing but everything is looking great for a launch!