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"…the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood"

31 Jul

“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel…the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.”
Susan Brownell Anthony
…or just two women on bikes.

Today’s City Daily Photo start-of-the-month theme is bicycles, those things that fish really need …


Why not try teaching?

29 Jul
Alfred Gelder Street, Hull
This colourful bicycle advert is for teacher training in Hull (School Centred Initial Teacher Training!) and was one of several around town while the student degrees were being doled out the other week. I suppose if you can make it in Hull then you can make it anywhere. Teaching is not for everyone, and my experience, admittedly many years ago, is that really good teachers are rarer than hen’s teeth. I know I couldn’t do it, at least not without facing manslaughter charges after each lesson! Now I come to look at that bike again it does look a bit bloody …

Cycle Park

28 Jul

Every year hundreds of bikes get stolen in Hull so any measure to provide a secure place to park your expensive multi-geared mountain climbing machine (how they sell these things in flat old Hull is a mystery to me) from the thieving toe-rags with bolt-cutters is welcome. This is the recently opened Hull Cycle Hub in what used to be the ticket office of Paragon Station. £1 a day will see your bike locked up and waiting for your return. And if you’ve got a flat tyre there’s even a workshop for repairs. You can also hire a bike from the same place for £3.50 a day. There’s more about all this here.

The Wellington Assembly Rooms as was

18 Jan
The Welly Club, Beverley Road, Hull

It’s come to this, I’m taking advice from a cartoon rabbit: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all”  … 

Let’s have a butchers …

31 Dec
Here is Princes Avenue’s sole remaining butcher’s shop, T L Norman. Now it’s been called T L Norman for longer than I’ve lived in Hull but Mr Norman retired a while ago and it’s now run by some body else. Looking for something to say about this I found that there used to be six butchers on the avenue, I can only remember two others. They are now either a café or a bar along with just about every other shop that used to trade in this street.

This miserable year appears to have run out of days … more of the same tomorrow then! Oh and remember; “Better the butcher than the meat.”. 

Walking home

4 Oct
Hull Road, Cottingham
I could always catch a bus and pay whatever the fare is these days from Cottingham to Golf Links Road but then it’s not like it’s that far and it’s hardly unpleasant … so one foot in front of the other it is then. Perhaps I could get a bike!