Archive | June, 2010


30 Jun
These are outside the Hull University Business School. From their website: “The sculptures represent themes central to the field of logistics; moving matter, supply and demand, interdependence, and cause and effect, while also emphasising the importance of people within logistics and the supply chain.” Also ” The pairing of the two figures with these personal archetypes forms a curious drama: a metaphor for man attempting to understand his external and internal worlds.” I never would have guessed.
The sculptor is Joe Hillier.

The topic of this moth’s theme day is reflections.
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Parrots Go For Gold

29 Jun

I mentioned that St Mary’s in Cottingham had been having a spot of bother with vandals stealing the lead off the roof. Well here’s another problem that you really couldn’t make up. These are Orange Winged Amazon parrots and have been living in the area for a while. Indeed they have been reported on the local news programme for a spot of ecclesiastical vandalism. They ate the gold leaf of St Mary’s recently renovated clock! They’re also extremely noisy little beasts.

St Mary the Virgin, Cottingham

29 Jun

This is the inside of the church I featured the other day. There are some fine stained glass windows, reflecting the wealth of the patrons of the parish.

Land of Green Ginger

28 Jun
There’s a street, well it’s a more a narrow lane, near the old town called the Land of Green Ginger. No-one knows why it has this odd name and it really is a bit of a disappointment having mainly law offices , coffee bars and very little of any interest apart from a pub which claims to have the smallest window in England. This is little more than a slit between two bricks and in more enlightened times would be called a con.
Winifred Holtby  (who she?) wrote a book called Land of Green Ginger.
Alan Plater, who died last week, wrote a TV play called Land of Green Ginger, one of those gritty “realism” jobs that they always go on about when talking about how good TV was when there were only three channels and you had to get up to change them….Actually this is unfair to Mr Plater, who I once met in the old Hull Truck Theatre, smoking a ciggy and propping up the bar: he did boring so well it was almost an art form, non-events became the focus of his world, with complete fantasies woven into this mundane non-happening. Usually the lack of plot was jollied along with some fine old jazz tunes. I think old Plater was one of the good guys and will be sadly missed.
Wikipedia’s article on L of GG recommends that you see also Green Ginger wine; now this I can wholeheartedly agree with; top it up with some whisky, et voilà , instant cure for all that may ail you. Cheers!

Sunday, go to church

27 Jun
Here I present the beauty that is St Mary the Virgin,Cottingham.
Picture postcard perfect.
It’s been here since the early 13th century; that’s before France had borders, Germany was a country and well before the USA was a stain on humanity.
It’s main problems are caused by the insistence of English Heritage that the roof be made of lead. This has led to many thefts of lead from the roof; and damage to the the fabric of the building. If a suitable replacement were allowed the church would be saved many thousands of pounds in restoration costs.

Cool for cats

26 Jun
Big Charley finds some relief from the hot sun.

Sea at Bridlington

25 Jun

The German Ocean gently laps on Bridlington’s blue-flagged North Bay.
Today is the third anniversary of the great deluge that put parts of Hull under several feet of water. If the eco-doomsters are right then, in the future, Hull will be under the sea. So it’s not all bad news then.