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What brought the kindred spider to that height …

26 Sep

…Then steered the white moth thither in the night?
Ok, it’s a green moth or rather Gypsy Moth and the spider is a man in a costume. So here’s Amy Johnson and Marvel mixed and matched on a wall near Humber Street; make of it what you will.

Much better murals on a Monday are here. (Yes I know it’s Tuesday)

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Dancing in the street

22 Jul

Not having TV or social media folk had to make their own entertainment in the old days. In Yorkshire and North East England they came up with this, it’s called rapper sword dancing. It involves five dancers, five double handed steel blades and a guy on the pipes or maybe an accordion playing a catchy rhythm. They whirl around, leap over one another and weave to and fro never leaving go of the handles and trying not to decapitate themselves as they go. The dance ends with the blades intertwined in a star-like figure which is then held aloft as if the solution to all life’s problems has been found. It is profoundly pointless and that I suppose is the point as, having made the star, they start all over again, always twirling, twirling, twirling …
These guys were part of the three day Hull Folk and Maritime Festival which this year I managed to get to see part. There was folk singing on several stages. Not really my scene. I don’t mind a bit of the Irish pipes, (Planxty and so on) but modern “folk songs” make me want to reach for the mute button. But then there were lots of folk dance groups doing their thing in various spots across town. Now somehow this appealed; the often bizarre costumes, the music: all good stuff. Below is a sample. 

And last but by no means least …

Now this being Hull the city of culture as well as all these delights the BBC Proms was being broadcast from the stage in the dock and the UK Pride festival was being held in Queen’s Gardens.  I could post about them now but I think I’ve gone on too long as it is…

Amusing Misuse of Resources

8 Mar

Many lifetimes ago I used to use Linux as my operating system, I vaguely remember concerns about the mighty Microsoft taking over the world and other silly nightmares that were common at the time. Anyhow between figuring out the many and varied scripts that kept the computer swimming and wondering how to get a wifi dongle recognised I was made aware of a program called AMOR. AMOR caused a little figure to appear at the top of a window which would then run along and fall off or it would just wander aimlessly around the screen. Utterly pointless and, of course, AMOR stood for Amusing Misuse of Resources. So what has brought that fascinating snippet of my past to mind? Well here on Humber Street an iron dais has been erected which at night time allows a person to have their spoken words captured by voice recognition software and then projected dot-matrix style on the flood barrier at the other end other street. Here‘s an example from the local paper. I’m sure it’s all very hi-tech and we are told the machine will ‘learn’ to recognise the Hull accent and, of course, it comes with the usual culture-speak nonsense about changing the way folk see public spaces yada yada yada. But come on now, admit it; it’s just a big toy and about as much use a wobbly widget on an X screen. 
Oh and as for the Linux thing forget it, I learned to love Microsoft’s Windows XP and no, I will not upgrade, never, not ever, do you hear me?

Scott’s Square v2.0

9 Feb

I have posted about Scott’s Square in the past and about how it is nothing more than an alley way leading to an empty space, a home for the destitute. Well as you can see there are plans to build dwellings for people to live in the area once again. This has got to be a good thing.

You win some, you lose some

8 Feb

After nearly two years of repairs and whatnot Humber Street is now back in use with most of the buildings having been saved. However the ones that stood next to this building which I last showed being propped up by a forest of scaffolding and ballast did not respond well to treatment and had to be removed. The place is now on the tourist “must visit” list again and there’s plenty of art galleries and eateries and drinkeries for those that like that kind of thing.

Live, Work, Play

4 Feb

or push a pram.

Don’t ask me ….

27 Jun

..’cos I haven’t a clue. This fragile rusting thing attached to some boards hangs in an alley off Humber Street. I can make out the words ‘The Monitor Loops’ or perhaps ‘The Loops Monitor’. It obviously meant something to someone at some time.