Thursday, 30 April 2015

1294 : Barking Mad


PALM TREE, SPAIN

When you think about it, most palm trees wear ridiculous coats. Oaks, and Ash and Sycamores sport staid, respectable, classic trunks; the Crombies of arboreal outerwear. But with palm trees some mad, hippy designer seems to have lost the plot, coming up with a design that would even raise eyebrows on a Paris catwalk.

Monday, 20 April 2015

1293 : A Classic English Local


BAR IN PINOSO, SPAIN

Day 1 in Spain and I am woken up at some unearthly hour by Radio Leeds wanting to interview me about what makes for a good English pub. We do the interview over the phone whilst I am sat under the Spanish sun. It all seems wrong somehow. Later we walk by this Spanish "pub". Somehow it doesn't fit in with my definition of the classic English local.







Sunday, 19 April 2015

1292 : The Echo Of A Euphonium


SALVATION ARMY CITADEL, CROSS BURGESS STREET, SHEFFIELD

It is fifteen years since any hallelujah rang out through these rafters. The band marched off to new premises in 2000 leaving behind memories, the echo of a euphonium and the empty shell of a listed building. It might sound like sacrilege but ... it would make a good pub.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

1291 : Keeping Time For The Dance Of Progress


HALLAMSHIRE COAL CLOCK, VICTORIA QUAYS, SHEFFIELD

Hallamshire Coal Supplies Ltd is long gone from Victoria Quays in Sheffield. Where once coal was unloaded from barges, now skinny lattes are sipped and amusing little chiantis are uncorked. But the clock remains. keeping time for the dance of progress.

Friday, 17 April 2015

1290 : A Pint Of Dark Mild


YE OLD HARROW, BROAD STREET, SHEFFIELD

Built in 1825, the Old Harrow is the last of some 17 pubs that stood in Broad Street, Sheffield. And whilst the building is still standing, nobody will be downing a pint in there any time soon as the interior of the building is wrecked. When it was open it was supposed to be haunted: dark figures were reputed to wander through the bars late at night. For several years the dark figures have had the place to themselves, which is sad. Very sad.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

1289 : Freudian Photoshop



ABBEYDALE ROAD & LONDON ROAD, SHEFFIELD
I am not sure what I did to this to make it look as though it was taken thirty years ago rather than last Friday. I will have pressed some Photoshop button for too long or slid a scale somewhere I shouldn't have. But I lived in this city thirty years ago and Photoshop cleverly interpreted my dreams and memories.

Monday, 13 April 2015

1288 : A Python Of A Tramway

SHEFFIELD TRAM TRACKS, PARK SQUARE

Like some concrete snake curling its way from the town centre up the road to Meadowhall. Going shopping perhaps, ready to constrict itself around a three-piece leather suite or a new summer coat. A python of a tramway, a serpent of a commuter line.


Sunday, 12 April 2015

1287 : Safer With Elephants


ORNAMENTAL CARVINGS, CLYDE WORKS OFFICES, THE WICKER, SHEFFIELD

The Clyde Works Offices in the Wicker, Sheffield were originally built for the firm of Shortridge and Howell. John Shortridge was one of the main movers behind the construction of the magnificent Wicker Arches. He died in 1869 when his horse bolted and turned his carriage over. He would have been safer being pulled by elephants.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

1286 : Vertigo In Manchester Taxi


MANCHESTER SUNSET : (c. 1983)
A plethora of verticals. Enough to give you vertigo. Bisected by a classic English taxi.

Monday, 6 April 2015

1285 : A Four Lane Objet Trouve


SIGNPOST AND LIGHT, BRIGHOUSE, WEST YORKSHIRE
Florence has David. Gateshead has the Angel of the North. Junction 25 of the M62 at Brighouse has a signpost and streetlight. Think of it as the sculpture equivalent of an objet trouve.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

1284 : Vistas As Filling As A Three Course Lunch

BRUNSWICK STREET, HALIFAX (c.1968)

There was something grand about streets like Brunswick Street. If you had a door why not add a portico? If you have a tower why not attach a cupola? Streets that were interesting to walk down, vistas that were as filling as a three course lunch. It's gone now - a demolition pattern in the shadow of a flyover.

Friday, 3 April 2015

1283 : Regressing To The Mean Of Greyness


CLEETHORPES PIER AND BIG WHEEL (c.1990)
Is it just false memory syndrome or is the sand at Cleethorpes really grey? The sky often is and the Humber Estuary tends to regress to the mean of greyness. It is part of the attraction of the place.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

1282 : The Faux News Of The Popular Press


MAN IN DECKCHAIR, EASTBOURNE (c. 1982)
We have all done it - fallen asleep in the sun. Knee bent, ache in the making. Put to sleep by the faux news of the popular press.