Sunday, July 30, 2023

Desktop Calendar : 28-30 July 2023


We took a walk around the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on Wednesday and I spotted this delightful scene. You never know when you visit the park whether things are exhibits or merely chance objects - which is part of the enjoyment of a day out there. I spent some time trying to spot how they had managed to create a lifelike grazing highland cow, before realising that it was a grazing highland cow!

We went shopping to Bradford yesterday, but spent most of the time looking at buildings rather than looking in shop windows. If you sneak out of the back door of the Broadway Shopping Centre you will find the Liberal MP William Edward Forster (1818-1886) addressing the absent crowds in front of the old Post Office building. Best known as a social reformer for his role in getting both the 1870 Education Act and the 1872 Ballot Act onto the statute book, he later blotted his radical copybook by his opposition to Irish Home Rule. He now waves at people as they leave the back door of Marks and Spencers.

Grimsby Fish Docks forty years ago. I can still remember the boxes full of fish heads, the ice, the taste of sea salt, the vans and trailers: all set against one of the most extraordinary buildings in the north of England, the Grade 1 listed Grimsby Dock Tower.

1 comment:

  1. Had to look up the Grimsby Dock Tower and read about hydralic powered dockside machinery operated by it. Very cool!


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