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

Saturday, February 25, 2017

enjoying sights of Hull and (56)

Sadly the storms of Doris Day  slowed our train down and we arrived in Hull about 3 hours late.
Great though that our hotel could not have been closer (pretty much on the concourse)

queen Victoria stayed here

It's a real pleasure to find how much the status as City of Culture is having on the city - there's a big moth thing going in here (more about that later)

Larkin the poet/librarian is associated with the city

And can you believe it £72 50  third time 


A nice looking sign, again in the Brentham  garden suburb development.

Here's 56

Friday, February 24, 2017

White in Art (55)

Part of the visit to the Tate Modern this week was actually investigating what 'modern  artists'  have done working with just white - there's a whole room of it.

The 'picture below is by Netherlands Artist Bram Bogart who has worked as a house painter which may partially  account for his playful use of cement.

The work next to it is 3 dimensional and shows much about light and shadow.

This is by Bram Bogart called 'White Plane White'' 1974

A white work by Jan Schoonhoven

So it wasn't only the Tate Modern where I was seeing White , here's some from Eduardo Paolozzi at the Whitechapel Gallery - more about that visit soon...

A rather neat embossed job at Whitechapel
Not only embossing but Ceramic too

Another day but still £72 50 while we're away
And £72.50 twice


Here's a door in the historic Brentham garden suburb (Ealing).

Thursday, February 23, 2017

At Tate Modern with painters (54)

In this age of Photography and with a history behind us (largely) of great painting  of course the question can be asked is painting over?

Well James took us around some Modern painting to see the direction Modern artists have taken painting and hanging works (generally on canvas) in.

Course Leader James stands next to 'Los Moscos' by US artist Mark Bradford
The work above is much influenced by the neighbourhood and maps. It is large and  is about Los Angeles, made of paper Fragments which the artist connects with memory.

Unusually the artist a Black American  is a qualified hairdresser who graduated in Art at the age of 30.

More about this visit, the fourth of the  CityLit course soon.
£72. 50 (once)

As we're away for a few days I've added £5 to cover the next days.


Hidden away there you can just about see it's Mattock Lane

The steps make it imposing

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Photography at Tate Modern (53)

Photography taking centre stage
Back at Tate Modern for part four of the CityLit Intro to Tate Modern (more on that another day) - surprised at how very exited as I went around the Wolfgang Tillmans exhibition, photographic exhibitions vary and what this was was engaging.

Tillmans is great

The range was great from Portraiture (including giants of the 20th Century like Richard Hamilton and Oscar Niemeyer) to landscape, pictures that were photographic collages  and some that mirrored the abstract art that can be seen elsewhere in the gallery.

Another of the things I loved seeing was really big photographs you felt you could walk into, here was work that competed with the large canvases, work about the human condition, looking at issues like pollution but also great images shoeing the cosmos.
Rather Black & White

Quite different from The Radical Eye  the collection of Elton John's that is also showing - this is (by its nature) about a collection and a collection of historic black and white photographs, some superb (like the Man Rays) but my criticism of it would be that  it tells us a lot more about Elton than the wider world.
Breaking my own rules today £67 50


This road seems to be connected to family from a Surrey Village (Lindfield) - the door looks like perhaps it has seen a bit of life.

Lindfield means 

Yes it is 53 at the top of the door

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

West London - Mosaic Room Art (52)

A sign on the Cromwell Road

West London Kensington/Earls Court area has a strong Arabic presence and it's good to see that there's a place (The Mosaic Rooms) for some of the art coming out of the Palestinian experience to be shown.

I am not clear, as yet (probably not alone in that) in seeing how Donald Trump the current US President will move a Middle Eastern process forward but it felt clear to me having looked at the work on show that there's a fair amount of despair and unhappiness amongst the Palestinian artists operating in the area.

A flyer for the evocative exhibition
It was interesting to learn that President Obama was working to bring all sides together even towards the end of his White house tenure.

Inside the gallery -Part of Pattern Recognition 

I found Ruba Salameh's video project Open Sea quite insightful and recognise the nostalgia that is mentioned in descriptions of her work

Definitely the input from artists is welcome and the communication of the 2nd class nature of the existence of many Palestinians needs addressing urgently  - hopefully progress can be made by positive pressure from good heart-ed  people who wish for better for future generations of whatever their  faith or race.

More on Retail and Quality of life

Listening to Radio 4 archive programme  with the admirable Matthew Sweet (Lunch is for Wimps) about the demise of the 'proper' lunch hour I'm  reminded of how it was when I started work - lunch even if only 30 minutes (and it was often far more) was pretty much sacrosanct often there was alcohol invariably there was wide ranging talk. I recall too my mother speaking of when she worked for  in more relaxed times where bosses could have a 'nap' or time was spent completing crosswords.

The borders between work and leisure  as well as between Public and Private have all but ceased to exist in the developed world - partly as result of technology but also as result of the monetizing of nearly all activity.

Is it good? Generally I'm saying no - 'standard of living' is so different from  Quality of life - our direct interactions with others seem to be in terminal decline - I remember reading  recently how we should consider the older person in front of us who takes some time as she makes her purchases, this might be her only human interaction for the day, she's dressed for the occasion and wants a degree of contact - soon as we move to more online and even in the physical world more of those efficient but soul-less  self - check outs this will be all of us.

£67 15p is where we are now
What is it if we are only consumers and not part of something more?

Business rates are not just about preserving small traders they're about preserving something worthwhile in the continuity of communities.

Dodo Doors

There's a growth now in  the Micro-Brewery as a social space for a drink - I suppose it's a cross between a Wine bar and a pub.

The door and grill to this one though brings to mind Caribbean Rum Shops I have seen!

Back in Hanwell

52  (The Dodo Micro Brewery) is behind protective barrier