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Trees at night

7 Apr

The new trees and seats on Jameson Street have ground level lighting so you don’t bump into them in the dark… did you know that some trees at night let themselves droop by up to four inches? And furthermore there are people being paid a good salary to find out more about this valuable titbit of information.
The ever fascinating and never drooping Weekend in Black and White is here.
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The lamps are going out

3 Feb

Actually these lights are being thrown out as part of the grand makeover. There was a small heap of them outside BHS. I hope they’re going to be sold on and recycled somewhere.  Here’s one in better times.

The weekend in black and white is here.

The Quality Street Lights

23 Jan

So here’s some old flats on Porter Street all lit up as an arts project called “I Wish To Communicate With You” for some reason that escapes me. Puts me in mind of those coloured cellophane wrappers that came (probably still do for all I know) with Quality Street chocolates. Obviously it’s all to do with that damn culture thing. The pictures I’ve seen of it, including this one, really don’t do it any justice, it’s much more impressive in real life, though hardly a stunningly original piece.

The Alley

11 Jan

I showed the pleasures of the far end of this delightful place a while back (OK five years ago, who’s counting?). It looked like this. I don’t think it’ll have changed much since then.
I suppose in the interests of fairness, filling in space and finding something to say when completely out of ideas that the building on the right is reckoned to be one of the most haunted buildings in Hull if not in the whole country. The local rag regularly runs pieces (here’s one) on alleged paranormal happenings, there is apparently an evil force lurking within. Even the police have been called out, I bet they loved that. I guess even Hull has its dull news days (no, no it does, rarely, I admit, but it can be dull in Hull) so these fantastical reports should come as no real surprise. If I was to tell you that you can pay to spend the night there and be scared out of your wits you might think some sort of scam was being played. I couldn’t possibly comment.

Cottingham lights up again

28 Dec
Thanks to the efforts of volunteers and sponsorship from local shops Cottingham puts on a decent display of seasonal lights considering it’s only a village (albeit the biggest in England). It almost rivals Blackpool … almost.

As the evening sky grew dark

23 Dec

There you go; tree, lights and an illuminated fountain. Who says I don’t do Xmas?

Falling haloes, whips and other seasonal failings

8 Dec

It’s that time of year for silly window displays. Here we have some seemingly drunken winking mannequins tottering over to starboard with haloes at what can only be called a jaunty angle. If the intent was to say that angels get their kit at this shop I think it merits a glorious fail.

A few doors down we have a mannequin with a whip for no discernible reason. Maybe for some festive flagellation; who knows. Maybe whipping up trade … any way another fail I think.

And speaking of failure these shops are on Whitefriargate which, in the past, has had seasonal lighting that at least looked faintly impressive. This year there’s a tawdry single string of lights. Pathetic really, maybe they shouldn’t have bothered.