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The place to be is Withernsea

23 Mar

If you haven’t been to Withernsea then all I can say is that you haven’t lived. With its balmy sandy beaches and inviting blue waters Withernsea is the seaside resort without parallel. The posters below on Whitefriargate last year gave only the merest hint of the pleasures that await you on the sunny Yorkshire coast. Just half an hour’s driving on delightful roads due east of the city of culture will bring you to this very special place.

OK it’s a bit of dead end, run down resort that used to have a lot of visitors until the railway was removed. Now there’s still a beach, a handful of shops and a lighthouse that was carefully placed so far inland that the eroding waves could never reach it. I went there once, it rained.
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Well Hello there …

29 Jan

Somehow I missed out on National Inclusion Week … story of my life really.

I’m not driving

16 Jan

Rolled up in town late on Friday afternoon about 4pm but could tell something was up as the bus diverted and left us to get off on a side street. The reason was obvious; each street in town was filled with traffic going absolutely nowhere at all. I wonder if you ever played that game as a child where you had to move from place to place without touching the ground? We called it Pirates, you might have called it something else. Anyhow you could play Pirates all round town on the roofs of cars stretching from the river to Beverley Road and all other points west and east. And the reason so many hundreds of vehicles decided to use the centre of town … someone decided to play with the Myton Bridge and oops, oh dear … it broke down. Hmmm …
The picture was taken last year on Spring Bank, another notorious bottle neck. It’s a stretch of about one thousand yards and my personal record for rush hour slowness on here is twenty five minutes; that’s a little over 1 mile per hour! Even I can walk quicker than that.

Work for idle hands

10 Jan

A while ago the local School of Art and Design teamed up with a bus company “to transform two double-decker buses into modern masterpieces”.  Well here’s one of those “masterpieces”: a bus decorated with the hand prints of folk from the town. The other bus I’m told “features landmark buildings from across Hull and quote from the city’s residents” but I can’t say I’ve noticed it.

Squee!

13 Sep

You know how I like the Council and greatly admire the wisdom of  its ways. Well this week I learnt that in order to minimise disruption caused by long overdue roadworks the Council have wisely chosen not to do this work at weekends and at night but rather on Monday through Friday from half sevenish in the morning until six thirty in the evening. This has, quite fortuitously, caused some truly beautiful tailbacks and gridlocks; reports of three minute journeys taking an hour and all those marvellous delays and hold ups that make life in this beautiful city so bearable and make me love Hull City Council more and more each day. And as there are to be five more weeks of this I feel like giving them a big kiss! Mwah! Mwah!

North Bar, Beverley

8 Sep

I posted about this remnant of Beverley’s town walls so many years ago there’s no harm in going back again. Back then I told the history of the North Bar but what I didn’t mention and what few these days might credit is that the local bus company had special buses made with a sloped roof designed to pass under the Bar. Nowadays a single decker passes through with no bother but forty five or more years ago it was a much tighter squeeze. And yes I do remember seeing these buses when I was so much younger than today.

Photo ‘borrowed’ from here.

The Bus Queue

30 Jul

Take the bus, they say, to ease traffic congestion …