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Orange, White and Green

9 Apr

The willow trees on Paragon Street are getting new surrounding walls and some fresh soil by the look of things. I hope the new walls are as comfortable to sit on as the old ones.
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Oh! we don’t want to lose you but we think you ought to go

13 Mar

The thing that has been littering  Queen Victoria Square for the best part of three months is due to depart next weekend as the year of glorious culture completes its first quarter (how time flies when you’re having fun, I mean, culture!). It is due to sneak its way back to east Hull some time on Sunday morning so I doubt I’ll be around to see it go nor, to be honest, will I miss it much. This view down Paragon Street shows there’s still work ongoing (hate that word) with plenty of our old friendly orange barriers in evidence and the place looking like a bomb has gone off.

Tattoo’s (sic)

21 Sep

Ah well nobodys perfect.

Say Cheese

12 Jul

In Latin American culture the instruction is, quite rightly, “Diga ‘whiskey‘” and while Swedes like to say ‘Omelette’, Danes have “Sig ‘appelsin‘”, say orange. Germans, I’m told, prefer spaghetti, Iranians apples and Moroccans bread. All silly ways to make people smile while having their photos taken. (I suppose the modern version is along the lines of “Say Selfie”) Are you smiling? No? Well suit yourself.
Oh and if you can say ‘Cheese’ ten times without laughing then it seems you are a very truthful person. 
This is the service gate of the Hull Cheese about which I posted at length some time back, here.

Forget-me-nots

28 Apr

Exactly five years ago this wholesome old romantic posted the first of the Hull and Hereabouts on the pleasant subject of private property and shopping. Well I had to start as I meant to go on I suppose. Anyhow after five years of austerity and working together to secure a solid recovery for all the people of this country and … sorry, sorry, you try to avoid so many election broadcasts but they seep in by osmosis …oh yes now where was I? Hmm, now the old fool is reduced to posting pretty flowers and wondering how quick the time flies and thinking how little things have really changed ….

Further development

19 Mar

And while we’re in the vicinity of Paragon Street I suppose I’d better mention the opening of this Nisa store in what had been a long vacant shop that I posted about sometime ago. There’s a trend for smaller supermarkets in town these days, Tesco opened one in the Summer and Sainsburys are making a comeback as I mentioned the other day and I’ve heard yet another discount “pound” shop is to open as well. So it’s no longer exactly all doom and gloom in town anymore but I wouldn’t go so far as to say we have a full recovery, let’s say the patient is still seriously ill but stable…

Change of use

18 Mar
Paragon Street, Hull

In what appears to be a remarkable outbreak of common sense Lloyd’s Bank is moving from its position on Paragon Street to a new place round the corner on Jameson Street. Yeah wow, I know, exciting (not). But bear with me, the old place along with the empty former Job Centre next door is being converted into apartments with affordable rents. Bringing people to live in the town centre, occupying these large empty shops and offices has got to be a ‘good thing’. If the scheme succeeds there are plenty of similar buildings that could be used in this way. Whisper it gently though, this is social housing (if by proxy), with a not-for-profit trust and the Council owned builders firm involved under a Government project to bring empty buildings back into use. And it only tickles the surface of the massive housing shortage crisis in this green and pleasant land, still the journey of a thousand miles begins by putting your shoes on as someone once said.

Jameson Street, Hull