Wednesday, March 01, 2017

The blade and hooray for Hullywood (60)

Okay I'll try and stop going on about Hull after this entry.

This is currently the iconic feature of Hull City of Culture and it's a rather impressive 'Blade' manufactured at Siemens in the City  - some facts about it here 

Thanks Siemens for this and more generally for the blades on your wind turbines

As you can see from the description - a (sort of) decision has been made to re-designate the item as a readymade.
Okay so an Industrial product has been become 'readymade' -sounds familiar 

The other thing that I really loved was this project (below) Quentin Budworth has got a great idea and run with it.

The idea is iconic films re-imagined and the enthusiasm of those taking part is palpable.

Exhibition space currently  at Princes Quay (one of Hull's shopping centres) but it's out there with a life of it's own on YouTube.

Well done Quentin

And the gallery

A new month and we're at £76.10 


Down near the old Ealing College (which is now Wniversity of West London) a classic front door straight on the street.

The sanctified Mother 

A classic door straight on the street

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A bit more about Hull and those moths (59)

They had their own 'phone business
Well I've got a few last observations on Hull.

They have managed to reinvent themselves - if you go back to the 60's and early 70's the big business was fishing and they still retain good relations with Iceland  (this statue has a 'double' in Iceland - and this is actually a replacement, the original was nicked for scrap).

Well it's someone looking out to Sea (for the fish)

The statue is known as Voyage and is by Steinunn Thorarinsdottir.

The City (unusually) doesn't have a cathedral it has an enormous parish church which Archbishop Sentamu is due to upgrade to a Minster this year.

It's a big church (Holy Trinity Church)  but it's not a Cathedral 

(The Late) Mick Ronson was very much the heart of The Spider from Mars (David Bowie's imagined and realised band) - he was from Hull and is remembered by a café named for him.

It's how he'd want to be remembered (perhaps) 

Amy Johnson (who flew a 'Moth') is the inspiration of the moth trail.

Most of the Moths will eventually be auctioned for good causes (in May).


Gordon Road is my main way into Ealing and the Broadway station here's number 59 - Perhaps it's the famous Gordon (Charles George) who it's named for?

A road regularly traversed 


Multiple bells indicate flats 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Hull- Nice place and another book finished (58)

Made to feel welcome in Hull

Well We continue to find out more about the UK by visits and chatting with people when we can.

Hull as City of Culture is very welcoming. Last night we went and took a look at the Great Thornton Street Flats - residents there have transformed the nigh landscape with simple application of filters.

A small action can transform a residential estate into something welcoming and human 

other highlights include the powerful Wilberforce House Museum - reminder of the actions Great Britain took to end slavery, including 'Sugar strike' which held firm despite our well known sweet tooth.

Wilberforce was unhappy with his nose

A powerful message about slavery

The worrying thing is that slavery still exists 

[Oh yes and the break has given me the chance to read Grayson's Book Playing to the Gallery , from his Radio 4 Reith Lecture series of nearly 4 years ago- very good read.]

Back on the game with £74


Liking this door in Northcote Avenue -it's seen some life too

Norhtcote Avenue in W5

Brown and knocked about.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Maritime history of Hull (57)

Well we're still away and yesterday found out more about Hull and its maritime past at the museum that looks back on when it was England's third most important
port (after London and Liverpool).

It's still £72 .50 (fourh time)

As well as things about Whales there are bits from boats like The Earl of Beaconsfield.


In W8 for a change

Turn out that light