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Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Give Us Our Daily Bread

Another shot from last week's European market. A close up of the French bread stall. I didn't buy any, as I thought the prices were quite expensive and you wouldn't know how fresh or stale they were until you tucked in.

Tuesday, 30 October 2007

And The Walls Came Tumbling Down

Here's a photo of the building that's being knocked down on Clumber Street from late last week. As you can see, it's slowly disappearing. The walls are being demolished by hand, rather than by a bulldozer, due to it's location.

Monday, 29 October 2007

Digital Wimbledon

As promised, here's one of the more striking images from last weeks' computer game fair. A Wii game of tennis, shown on a giant screen. I'm not really interested in computer games, so most of it didn't mean that much to me.

Sunday, 28 October 2007

Flaming Hell!

I know I promised you a photo from the computer games event, but I decided I'd share this shot of the Italian hot dog stall instead. I wasn't near the stall, when he lit the fire. I just saw a big plume of smoke rising into the crowd. I rushed over, as I thought one of the stands had caught fire. I don't know if he is chatting on his mobile while he is cooking.

Saturday, 27 October 2007

Food For Thought

Yesterday, it was very busy in the Old Market Square. Besides a computer game exhibition (tomorrow's post) there was a European market. Quite a number of stalls were selling all sorts of foods, handicrafts and gifts. As you can see from my photo, lots of people were attracted to the food smells and the opportunity of buying some different Christmas presents.

Friday, 26 October 2007

Don't Pull That Face At Me

Here's another one of those gargoyles that seem to feature quite a lot on some of the older buildings in the city. A shame they don't still do similar things with todays architecture.
Alas it's not my best picture, as it was quite some way up, and I only have a 4x optical zoom lens.

Thursday, 25 October 2007

Blowin In The Wind

Autumn's here & so too is the colder weather, dark mornings & of course leaves. Lots & lots of leaves. There's so many trees in the grounds of the castle, that the gardeners there have to use blowers to round up all the leaves.

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Have You Forgotten Something?

One's memory is an important thing to a person. Thinking about all those events that happened in ones life. Old Man Lincoln's stories are a prime example. So it's very sad when people start to lose their memory. I have a friend who's like that. We went to see him a while ago & he asked me about a dozen times where and when we first met. So I welcome the opportunity of publicising this roadshow, which is in the Market Square this week.

Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Identity Crisis

Here's something you don't see everyday, a group of Santas. I'm not sure what you would call then; flock, gaggle, blaze?
They were all in the Market Square yesterday to promote the 'Wish Upon A Star' charity.

Monday, 22 October 2007

Moving House?

Here's another in the series of decorative buses. This one is advertising a local estate agents. Here's the link to their website, should you be thinking of moving to Nottingham, or want to know what sort of property is on offer.

Sunday, 21 October 2007

Face From The Past

This gargoyle or statuette is on a building on Market Street. I have walked up that road a thousand times & have never noticed it before and if it wasn't for my blogging, I might never know it was there. Besides the long distance friendship that we gain from doing this hobby, it also gives us an opportunity of looking at our hometowns differently and spotting things that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Saturday, 20 October 2007

Let There Be Light

We've all been told to reduce our consumption of electricity to counteract the rise in global warming and the threat to the planet. So why were these street lights on St James' Terrace allowed to burn all day long on a sunny day? Couldn't the timer be changed so they only came on when it got dark?
Have you got similar evidence of waste?

Friday, 19 October 2007

Not Long Now..

It may be only 66 days away, but anyone would think Christmas is just a few days away with trees, decorations & of course calendars on sale. This calendar stall in Broad Marsh just seemed to appear one day & then it will vanish around the middle of Jan, when they usually sell any remaining ones off for a quid. Everyone whose ever done anything remotely famous seems to have a calendar this year.

Whose up for doing a bloggers calendar?

Thursday, 18 October 2007

The Girl, The Place, The Book

I've actually read this very interesting & amusing comic book after seeing it on a recent television programme. It is a potted history of Sunderland and it's connection with Lewis Carroll and his Alice in Wonderland story. The drawings are in many different styles; from Tintin to Boys Own adventures. It took about 4 years to complete. So I had to take this photo of some advertising for it in a comic bookshop on Market Street and recommend that you all borrow copy from your library. It costs £14.99 to buy. For more info about Sunderland, I recommend Curly's DP site.

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

My Life In Your Hands

I was in my local branch of WHSmiths yesterday, when I saw this long queue of people. I wondered why and then saw former England cricketer Ian Botham signing copies of his autobiography. Not one for missing a blogging opportunity, I managed to get this candid shot from the side of a bookshelf.

Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Another One Bites The Dust

Here's the latest victim of the demolition gang. Scheduled to be flattened sometime next week. It's located on the corner of Lincoln and Clumber Street and has been empty for some time. I don't know what will be going up in its place, but I'm sure with a bit of TLC and a lick of paint, this building would look better than anything they decide to put in its place.

Monday, 15 October 2007

Light And Lace

You might not think this row of buildings was of anything particular, other than being old and slightly run down. Well the secret lies in the shape of the windows. They are specially designed to let in the most light. This was needed because lace knitting machines were being used on the top floor and the operators needed lots of light to see what they were doing and the lace was coming out right.

Sunday, 14 October 2007

Dead And Gone

Following on from some of the comments about my posting yesterday, I've managed to find a photo of the old Evening Post building in one of my reference books, where the Cornerhouse now stands. It was built in 1897 and has that typical Victorian Gothic look. It was quite a big building and lots of people worked there. I've shown you the building where the newspaper is now produced. Such a difference.

Saturday, 13 October 2007

Night On The Town

Nottingham is quite well known for having a very active nightlife. There are many bars, clubs and pubs across the city to keep most people happy. This is the Cornerhouse, which houses a cinema, many different eateries, and a casino has recently opened. The Evening Post had their offices on the site, which was unfortunately demolished several years ago now. This was a shame as it was quite a Gothic looking building with lots of character.

Friday, 12 October 2007

Seal of Approval

This frieze depicts Queen Victoria's jubilee and lists all the countries that Great Britain ruled over. It is situated over a bar on High Pavement in the Lace Market. I don't know what the building was first used as, but the moulding still looks very clean, considering it's been there for over a hundred years.

Thursday, 11 October 2007

A Wall Too Long

How would you like to repair this rather long & tall wall? I thought not. But this team of workmen are doing exactly this along Hollowstone, which is in the Lace Market. They are also putting new railings up as well, just to make it look better.

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Red Sky At Night

Yesterday the weather wasn't very good. Rainy, dark and grey. The nights are drawing in too, so I was pleased to see tinges of red in the sky last night. This means it should be a nice day today. Although at the moment it is still rather overcast. But we shall see if the old adage comes true.

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Bright Lights, Big City

Gail & I went to see a concert last night. A Scottish folk/rock band by the name of Runrig. I didn't attempt to take any photos, as they never come out very well, unless you're on the first few rows. Anyway as we were leaving, I took a photo of the Elite building. A nightclub called Gatecrasher have opened there recently and they have installed these lights that change colour.

Monday, 8 October 2007

Acting Up

The Arts Theatre on George Street in Hockley is threatened with closure, due to funding problems. It has been going many years, and used to be known as the Co-op Arts Theatre. It is a stage for amateur actors, with one or two having turned professional. No one knows yet what its going to happen to it.

Sunday, 7 October 2007

Peace In The Heart Of The City

This is another part of St Mary's church, looking towards Kayes Walk. The buildings are all smart offices. I used to collect the mail from a couple of them a few years ago, when I did a stint as a Postie.

Saturday, 6 October 2007

Lunchtime Rush

I may have mentioned before that my first job was working in the Lace Market. It was quite a bustling place in 1979, with vans going up and down the street, collecting or delivering goods and people leaving their place of work and going out to lunch. The Lace Market was the most busiest during the 1960's. This photo shows Stoney Street around 12:30 on Thursday, and the building on the right is where I used to work. As you can see, it's practically deserted. My old building has now been turned into offices & a snooker club.

Friday, 5 October 2007

I Can See You

This acrobatic squirrel in the grounds of St Mary's church just sat still long enough for me to take his photo. Then with a swish of his tail, he hopped off and scurried up a nearby tree in about 3 seconds flat. Wish I was that agile.

Thursday, 4 October 2007

I'm Just A Jeep'ster For Your Love

For some reason there were these three American army Jeeps parked in the Market Square. There were no banners explaining why they were there, and they didn't seem to be attracting much attention from the passers by. But they make for an interesting photograph.

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Make A Wish

This pond is in the grounds of of the castle. Considering the number of visitors the castle gets every day, I wasn't surprised to see so many coins, thrown in by people hoping for a change in their fortunes.

I wonder how many wishes have come true?

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Open For Business

A few days ago I showed you a shop that was being prepared for new tenants. Well yesterday I walked by, and it was open. Another travel agents. It joins the several that are on Wheelergate already, including the Flight Centre, Trailfinders and the Co-op.
Where's my suitcase?

Monday, 1 October 2007

View From The Top

I've missed signing up for this month's theme day, so today's picture is connected to the theme of churchyards, as this photo of part of the Beeston skyline, is taken from the bell tower of my local church. You may remember the old stone staircase photo from a couple of weeks ago, well this is what you see when you get to the top.