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BBC Proms at the stage in the dock

28 Jul
I mentioned that last Saturday that along with the Hull Folk Festival Hull was also host to the BBC Proms held at the little stage in the old dry dock. Those without tickets could listen from the footbridges at each end or turn on the radio or download it from the wonderful web.

Classical music may not be to everyone’s taste and I captured the leader of Hull City Council making a early getaway; perhaps Morris dancing was more his thing. I’m sure he’d cut a fine figure dancing a jig in a shirt and baldrics with knee-length breeches and bell pads or more likely just playing the fool.
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Oh what a lovely war

19 Jul
The Government’s announcement in 2012 that it was to spend millions on celebrating, oh sorry, commemorating, the centenary of the slaughter of the First World War must have brought tears of joy to meeja types. With just over a week till the start date no doubt they’ll be gearing themselves up for a feeding frenzy. All rather sickening really.  Bookshops’ shelves groan with the latest WW1 tasteful tomes as publishers seek to cash in. Not to be outdone, in fact, way out in the vanguard as would be of keeper of the nations memories, the BBC is touting this little touring circus designed to “reflect on the dramatic impact the war had on families and communities”, nice work if you can get it. And when this bean feast is over we will, to paraphrase Lloyd George, have to go through it again in 25 years and at three times the cost.

Sudden elegancies

20 Sep
This is the view across Queen Victoria Square from Princes Quay’s multi-storey car park. I knew there had to be a good use for those motor car crèches.

Fountain

26 Aug
This is the fountain in Queen’s Gardens in front of the newish BBC building which also has fashionable apartments for city centre living.