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A slight change of use

31 Aug

These Victorian offices on Union Street/Albion Street used to be the School Board’s Offices but now thanks to the passage of time, progress and what have you this is now a supermarket, in fact it’s a Chinese supermarket, Chong Wah, selling all sorts of goodies. It’s comes as no surprise to know that back in the day (1898) the Victorians weren’t averse to wasting some of the education budget on fancy decoration such as this elaborate window frame. It’s a Grade 2 listed property as you might expect.

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Front & Back

7 Jun

Kenworthy House on George Street is a pretty no-nonsense kind of building. If form follows function then you wouldn’t expect many thrills and spills from this place and you’d be right. That’s because it happens to be Hull City Council offices. I remember it used to be the housing department but now it’s children and young people’s services. The staircase at the back makes it slightly the more interesting view to me, but only slightly.

The Local Rag

15 Aug

These are the offices of the Hull Daily Mail, a sprawling block at Blundell’s Corner, the junction of Beverley Road and Spring Bank, that used to house a much bigger operation than at present. The paper is no longer printed here, that being done somewhere outside of Hull and then the papers trucked back for sale in the city. Don’t ask how much it costs, I haven’t bought a copy since Margaret Thatcher resigned! It claims a readership of 170,000 and is the largest regional newspaper in Yorkshire.
Now it has to be said that though it is called a newspaper much of what is reported by this institution is far from being new or even newsworthy. It is often wrong on facts, its standards of grammar are quite lamentable, it is not above copying stories from other sources without attribution. (I know plagiarism is the basis of all culture but when I found a senior HDM employee Tweeting my photo as if he owned the image it was a bit too much too far! Still waiting for some sort of apology for that.) Its reporters, if we may call them that, seem to have scant local knowledge and often misname places and streets. I could go on but you get the gist.
You can check out its web site here, but be warned, I’m told that the mobile site is a jumble of popup adverts that make it unusable, it often gives request timeouts and is generally poor. The only good thing on the site is the comments from readers which run the full gamut of sceptical denial of just about everything to rallying positively behind everything Hullish. I should just add here that I do not read the sports bits so that might be quite superb but somehow I doubt it.
Now having said all that, it came as no little surprise to hear that HDM has won awards for being the best regional newspaper. The judges said it was “delivering a newspaper completely in tune with the communities it served”; well quite! Makes you wonder how bad the other papers are.