Sunday, 12 August 2007
Using up my last batch of gritty urban pics
I am going to sign on on Tuesday, so doubtless I will come back with a whole load more urban pics.
First pic, anchor fountain on Hessle Road. Hessle Road is the street where a lot of the fisherman lived when Hull was still a great port, and here is a reminder of that fact, though it is now a place where children play.
Second pic, Victorian buildings (built when Hull was a great port) sit side by side with the industrial present. The factory is Smith and Nephew (makers of medical dressings)where Holly's Mum used to work and where my friend Bridget used to work. I used to look after her kids in the afternoon after school and after a nominal payment she used to bring me fancy plasters, like Winnie the Pooh plasters for the kids, as she used to act as a guinea pig for the new plasters when they were being developed. Quite useful having a friend who did this when the kids were still in their falling over phase. You can see Clive Sullivan Way, which is a very fast dual carriage way and one of the main arteries leading into Hull. I once took a wrong turning and ended up on this and I could hardly used the gear stick, my hands were shaking so much.
Third pic, 'Heaven and Hell', I thought this was a night club, but my husband says it is a lap dancing club. I was lured in (not literally, just to take the pics)by the imaginative design of the club as depicted on the poster outside. It has two floors, and you go down a twinkly glittery staircase full of pure blue light (Heaven) into the bar which is a bit nondescript(Purgatory). The fun really starts on the basement floor which is lit by flickering orange strobe lights. I am quite open-minded about things like this, I have to be because I live in Hull.
Fourth pic, city centre, notice the noble architecture, pleasant flower beds (all over Hull, supplied by the City Council) and more kids larking about.
Fifth pic, sad this, an elegant Victorian building fallen on hard times.