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What a performance!

24 Sep

As well as the morris dancers there were a few others putting on a show on Saturday afternoon. The Elvis look-alikey was, well I won’t say good because he wasn’t terribly, more persistent. He did put it out on a grand scale singing along to backing tracks complete with all the Elvis pelvic manoeuvres for well over an hour and a half to my knowledge. It was hard not to laugh …

And not to be out done just along the street was this colourful display of South American (Peruvian?) native costume. Playing the pan pipes, of course, and again to backing tracks. I’ll let you have a guess at what the tune was … yes, yes, it was El Condor Pasa! ( well it just had to be! ).
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On second thoughts

15 Sep
For the sake of civic virtue
They’ve got fountains there that squirt you…
Now that the summer is all but over and  the leaves are starting to think about submitting to gravity and there’s a little bit of a chill in the air, the screaming kids have gone back to school and are no longer treating Queen Victoria Square as a public showering place and playground maybe now, on reconsideration, this fountain thing is not so bad after all.

(Margot played no small role in this picture in so far as she clicked the shutter, I took it upon myself to play with it thereafter.)
 
The weekend in black and white is here.

YOLO

31 Jul

I’m told it means You Only Live Once. It’s how the youth of today communicate with one another. IKR too busy to use words, poor darlings. 

Today’s first of the month City Daily Photo theme is ‘Young at heart

Margot took this. We are both still searching for our inner adult. TTFN as we used say back in the day.

The right to bare arms

12 Jul

“The police are the public and the public are the police …”

                                                                                                             Sir Robert Peel

In this country, well in Hull anyway, the sight of armed police patrolling the streets was until recently thankfully extremely rare. We don’t much want guns on show in public for obvious reasons. The Humberside force does hold the record for the highest use of tasers in the UK but that is another matter. After the Manchester attack in May this year, however, Humberside Police have been keen to show they are protecting the public with little displays of force like this in Queen Victoria square. I’m not quite sure what good they think are doing by standing around armed to the teeth like this. I’ve seen pictures in the paper of them posing with children and tourists in a blatant PR blitz. I suppose they get the chance to chew the cud with colleagues, stretch their legs and get some welcome sunshine on their arms. I have to say I didn’t feel very protected but then I didn’t feel very threatened either.

Lost in music

5 Jun

Here he sits picking out pleasant tunes on his guitar and being roundly ignored by all and sundry. I suspect he doesn’t care. He seemed oblivious to all the commotion and screaming not fifty yards away.

Two Circles of Hull

1 Jun

So the promised fountains are in business. And instantly turned into some kind of amusement feature for screaming children to put on their cossies and splash around in the jets of foul smelling over chlorinated water. Cue jokes about the great unwashed of Hessle Road or East Hull (take your choice) getting their annual wash… Someday perhaps the novelty of these fountains will wear off but until then Queen Victoria Square, the centre of town, has been turned into a stinking nauseous pit of hell.

Finishing Touches

30 Mar

The public works were due to be finished today but to no-one’s great surprise some bits and bobs are running a tad late. So we’ll have to wait till mid-April for the fancy fountains in Queen Vicky Square; such a shame as I was really, really, really looking forward to them …….