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Old Chestnuts

26 May

It’s that time of year when the Horse Chestnut trees send forth their floral delights. These contrasting specimens are on the corner of Newland Avenue and Cottingham Road but you can find them spread all over town. Only the white ones produce conkers of any usable size. For some unfathomable reason these are sometimes known as Buckeyes in America … there’s even a fetid buckeye which sounds truly delightful.
Margot took this.

One of ten

26 Apr

I was on my way to the doctors surgery (nothing serious, just some paper work) yesterday when I spotted this new addition to the University. Naturally I didn’t have a camera but Margot had fortunately brought along the old Fuji. Then I remembered reading about some ten statues being added to the campus all by Icelandic sculptor Steinunn Thorarinsdottir she of the leaning figure Voyage down by the river (1 2 3 4 and 5). So I made a mental note to pop back and seek out the others at a later date. If you can’t wait the local rag has kindly made a short film (with obligatory irritating music) about them here if nothing else it shows you the University campus in all its glory …

Pick a colour, any colour

15 Mar

What it’s got to do with culture I don’t know but if you fancy picking the world’s favourite colour then head on over to this site and waste a few minutes of your precious time choosing a suitable shade. I believe there’s a prize for the winner although I’ve always been a bit hazy on the concept of winning so I can’t be sure. It’s actually a cunning piece of market research by a paper manufacturer (who just happens to be a sponsor of the City of Culture) but who cares these days?
This tosh is at the same place as the vacuous nonsense I posted earlier this year and is clearly reaching the exacting standards of culture demanded in this town. I expect there’ll be more delights.

Five minutes

28 Feb

Walking along Cottingham Road when I get to this point I know it’s just five minutes to go and then I’m home to put my feet up and have a nice cup of tea.

The Vacuous Nonsense

20 Jan

As part of the cultural bonanza currently being spread like field manure, hither and yon, several advertising hoardings around town are to be taken over for what is termed Art. Now I know art is not meant to mean anything so this is clearly qualifies as art, a house, a car like thing and Rudolph the reindeer suddenly discovering who has been sworn in as 45th president of the US of A. A whole year of this fap crap, oh how wonderful!

The Takeaway

9 Jan

This one is on Cottingham Road but it could be just about anywhere in town, they’re ubiquitous and they all look pretty much the same.

The Laundry

4 Jan

You can’t make an economy out of taking in each other’s washing said somebody, (possibly Mark Twain it sounds like the sort thing he might come out with). Well maybe not an economy but certainly a thriving little business. The laundry at the end of the road seems to being doing nicely so much so it has recently expanded into the old Victoria Wines off licence next door. I’ve always called this place sounding like Netta but it occurs to me they might want to be more like Neater, who knows or even cares?