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Wanna buy a bank?

31 May

I’ve shown bits of this building before but for some reason never the tout ensemble. This was until recently the HSBC bank on Whitefriargate. Imposing old pile isn’t it? The usual outlook for buildings of this nature is to be transformed into a bar/club/restaurant and perhaps given the HSBC connection something with a little Mexican/Columbian flavour might be appropriate. They could called it El Cartel, just a suggestion.

Look what they done to the hole, Ma …

10 May

Now I know you should not judge something before it’s finished but this is not looking good. Regular readers will recall the Hull hole otherwise known as the Beverley Gate ruins or remains or whatever. It had become an uncared for, litter strewn place where youths gathered to do whatever youths do (skate boarding, drinking, smoking, in short all the fun things). The options were to fill it in or re-jig in some way to make it more amenable. A public vote decided on the latter option and we are where we are with this; well it’s about half as big as it used to be, the lining seems to be horrid brownish beige 1970’s concrete tiles that clash with the ancient brickwork, the steps are just ugly, it looks awful. Oh sure there’s a lot of planting behind where I’m standing and the taxi rank has been moved (much to the annoyance of taxi drivers) but I don’t see this as anything other than worse than before. And where are our discontented youths to go now? And who will pick up the litter? Maybe filling it up was the better option … it’s never too late.

Just Passing

17 Mar

Somehow I think the carefully designed advertising for some upcoming cultural event is not reaching its intended audience.

The STAND

14 Mar

You can see this is a place to park bicycles, you don’t need someone to put silvery studs in the ground spelling out STAND. It seems the Council has gone for the no expense spared, money to burn approach to the installation of street furniture. Oh that thing on the left? It’s old sharkey reinstalled (doesn’t every bike stand come with a shark these days?) 
Meanwhile at the other end of the street the bike stand has attracted the attention of delivery vans not once but twice. (and I think the woman in that shop window hasn’t really got half an upside down corpse … but you never can tell).
Margot took the the top picture.

Out with the modern in with the old

12 Mar

Parliament Street is one of the last places to get a make over and consequently has those old familiar orange barriers making a maze out of straight line. When I first posted about this street back in 2011 someone commented that the square paving stones made the place look modern I wonder what they’ll make of the new look stone blocks. Here’s another view of how it used to look.
And while I’m here I may as well add the HSBC bank on the right to the list of empty buildings on Whitefriargate.

And while we’re on Whitefriargate …

12 Feb

And while we’re on Whitefriargate, a short mediaeval street just 200 yards or so in length and once the flourishing bustling heart of town, I thought I’d count the empties as it were, the shops that serve no customers. I made it thirteen as of the end of last month. Even the charity shops have closed. I read recently that the death of the high street had been exaggerated, that people would not forgo the experience of real shopping for online purchasing. Well not here it seems.You expect to see tumble weed and hear coyotes howling.  Must make all those culture vultures wonder what kind of a place they’ve come to. Still the paving’s new if a bit uneven in parts and there’s a brand new phone box to call the Samaritans.

This ‘joke shop’ was opened at the beginning of the year of culture for one week only but seems to have survived. Click on it to enlarge and read the ‘amusing’ posters; the humour may not travel well.

I counted this as one but it could be two, so make that fourteen empty shops.

This one has been empty since at least 2014.

It’s another Hull thing

11 Feb

OK it’s one of the things that Hull is noted for: cream coloured phone boxes. I’m sure I’ve been over this before but briefly for those who don’t know the story behind it; when all municipal phone companies were nationalised many years ago Hull Council stood firm and the phone company remained in council hands. So that’s why the boxes are this distinctive colour and not red as in the rest of this pleasant land, they also lack a crown coat of arms but that’s a detail for geeks. So, as I say, all phone boxes in Hull are this colour except for this one and erm that one and maybe that other one as well.
Anyhow I’m not here to talk about old history. It being the year of culture and Hull just having gone through a massive makeover (yada yada) the now privatised phone company was asked to plonk a load of these boxes around town, often in places, like here in Whitefriargate, where no phone box had ever been. I think they are actually working boxes but no-body uses them as everyone has got a mobile these days and also they’re very expensive. Basically they’re just there for no good reason other than Hull has cream boxes and you, as a visitor, will damn well see cream boxes. (Gee would you look! A cream phone box! That’s got to be way cool!) I believe the word ‘iconic’ has been applied to them as well, and why not? It’s applied to everything else in this cultural town.