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Even the drains have beauty …

30 Sep

…in the City of Culture. Barmston drain again with the onset of Autumn

Margot took the second one, and quite possibly the first; one camera, two idiots.

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ASDA, Hessle Road

25 Aug

If you look at old maps of Hessle Road you’ll find the area between it and the docks along the Humber crammed with housing, every inch taken up with dwellings for the families of fishermen, rail workers and so on. The 60’s and 70’s saw much of this quasi-slum demolished and people shipped out to the sunlit uplands of Bransholme and Orchard Park. This left a large open space on the edge of town and as nature abhors a vacuum so in rushed a superstore, ASDA. It’s a large, bland and inhuman space (now owned by Walmart) but at least does have windows to reflect the mural I showed the other day.
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Trick of the light

18 Aug

OK so I waited ’til a blue car went past is that such a sin?

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BBC Proms at the stage in the dock

28 Jul
I mentioned that last Saturday that along with the Hull Folk Festival Hull was also host to the BBC Proms held at the little stage in the old dry dock. Those without tickets could listen from the footbridges at each end or turn on the radio or download it from the wonderful web.

Classical music may not be to everyone’s taste and I captured the leader of Hull City Council making a early getaway; perhaps Morris dancing was more his thing. I’m sure he’d cut a fine figure dancing a jig in a shirt and baldrics with knee-length breeches and bell pads or more likely just playing the fool.

You have it to do

19 Mar

It’s a strange compulsion I know, a kind of reflection fetish … Someone puts up a set of windows and you just have to see what reflections they give. So here’s what you get from the office windows around the new dry dock stage. Below is what it looked like straight on. This is, of course, the penguin prison and fish farm a.k.a  the Deep.
Apologies for the grainy pictures, entirely my fault.
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Grainy Day Photos

9 Mar

If these pics of the tidal barrier seem a bit grainy that’s because some idiot (that would be me) left the camera at a ridiculous ISO setting of 3200 (don’t ask) and didn’t realise that, unlike my old camera, it does not go back to auto when turned off.

I think you can just about make the word #city on the tower part of that ‘see your words in print’ thing that I mentioned yesterday. And as luck would have it a passing tourist asked me all about this so I was able to do an impersonation of a tourist guide. He seemed quite impressed by the place but then he gets to go home in the evening.

Reflections of Queen’s Gardens

24 Feb

The continuing works to titivate this town are now reaching out to Queen’s Gardens. The result is that the two duck ponds are fenced off and the fountains are also out of action. As a result for once the surface of these ponds is absolutely mirror-like. I don’t know what the renovations to this place entail but I did hear that in the original plans those trees were due to meet their maker and the horrible cheese-grater that was refused elsewhere is to be installed right next to this spot. It’ll be awful, on that you can rely. Hull is very good at awful.
The weekend in black and white is here.
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