Archive | December, 2010


31 Dec
A pair of doves, nothing special about that you might say. Until you notice that they are standing as mirror images of each other, now that you must admit is a bit weird.

The Hutton Cranswick Affair

30 Dec
Here’s a place I’ve only ever passed through on the train.
It’s a quiet village that serves as a dormitory for Hull and Bridlington. Wikipedia informs that it has a large village green and two shops.
The main (should that be only?) thing I know about Hutton Cranswick is its connection with a horse racing scandal in the early 1980s. A horse called Flockton Grey was substituted with an older and stronger horse called Good Hand who romped home at odds of 10-1. The bookies became suspicious and an investigation found the trainer and two others had been  naughty boys. Flockton Grey was supposed to be stabled near Hutton Cranswick but its exact whereabouts were a bit of a mystery. Flockton Grey died at the age of 29 two years ago. You can read more here.
I’m sure Hutton Cranswick is a lovely place it’s just that I’ve never been there, maybe someday … 

Wilberforce Museum

29 Dec

At the top of the High Street in Hull’s old town stands the Wilberforce Museum in the house where William Wilberforce lived. Three years ago there was a big celebration of the bicentenary of the passage of the Slave Trade Act with signs attached to every lamppost in the city urging people to sign an anti-slavery petition. A film “Amazing Grace” was made about the struggle to pass the legislation. I’m not sure what good all this did and the cynic in me thinks it was just an excuse to waste public money on entertaining celebrities.
If you go to the museum you can tell me what it’s like since I’ve never been inside the place.


28 Dec
Another tree in the Avenues area that has been carved into something wondrous. I posted one before here.

Birds of a feather

27 Dec

…flock together.  

Roe, a deer …

26 Dec
Taking my usual constitutional walk yesterday I came across these Roe deer. I think they were surprised to see anyone out and about and they soon ran off but not before I managed these shots.


25 Dec