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A place to rest

2 Aug

The rather silly Boer War memorial on Ferensway makes a nice perch for a sea gull. I think he improves it tremendously; I’m  thinking of calling him Steven …

The Aristocrats

19 Jun

Allow me, if you  will, to have my annual rant against hot weather. It’s 29C and stinking humid as hell and I’m hating it. I know, I know 29C is just warming up for some places but this pale psychrophilic Englishman much prefers 19C;  actually now I come to come to think 9C is just dandy. To add to the misery everyone is supposed to be happy now summer is here: oh look! blue skies and barbecues and relaxing in the glorious sunshine (sunshine is not glorious it’s a vile irridiating emission from the furnace in the sky and it can bugger off). Stuff that for a game.
Deep intake of breath …
aaand relax …
Where was I? Oh yes
These common gulls were taken by Margot in wonderful cool March. It’s difficult not to see them as laughing at something, the human condition perhaps or the Brexit talks that finally start today, the PM who is afraid to show her face in public (“strong and stable”), that bloke from Hull and Hereabouts; there’s so much to choose from. Or maybe they’ve just heard the dirtiest joke ever.

Got a ticket to my destination

9 Nov

At stations there are signs that politely inform the intending passenger that it is illegal to board a train without a ticket if you get on at a station with a ticket office that is manned, or words to that effect. Which seems fair enough to me. So form an orderly queue at this rather splendid Victorian booking office which was clearly designed to cope with far more passengers than ever use this line. You might have to wait as the ticket seller is probably having a coffee in the buffet across the way …

I’ve waited in far worse places than Bridlington station for my train to arrive though, as I’ve mentioned before, the hanging bikes are a bit of an oddity.

Being by the seaside brings with it a yearly influx of young gulls learning the delicate art of walking on a sloping glass roof.

Common Gulls

19 Jan

Well the first dusting of snow in two years thankfully melted away before I could get any pictures. Here’s one I took earlier, much earlier, these are Common Gulls (Larus canus, the grey gull!)  in Pearson Park where they gather en masse to steal the bread out of the beaks of the ducks. Snow is just snow; you’ve seen one load of it you’ve seen the lot. I can live without thank you.

East Park

12 Dec

As I often do at this time of year I visited East Park to see if the goosanders had arrived but I didn’t see any. However I have heard that there several at another park over in west Hull maybe they just fancied a change of scenery. There were still plenty of seagulls on the lookout for a free lunch.
The weekend in black and white has snooken up on us again and it’s here.

While waiting for the lights to change …

10 Dec
… I took these from a taxi on my way to east Hull a fortnight or so ago. This is Trinity Methodist church on the corner of Newland Avenue and Cottingham Road. It’s main feature is the octagonal dome which is almost always topped by a sitting sea gull. The building was designed by our old friend Alfred Gelder in 1927ish.  I’ve seen this building described as looking like a cinema but personally I don’t see the similarity. The bus stop on the right is the one overlooked by a skeleton (see here).



9 Dec