Saturday, 22 September 2007
St Stephen's Shopping Centre
This is a new shopping centre in Hull, which has cost twenty million. It has effected our lives this week as my me, my Mum, Dad and Jack went round it today and we are looking after Alex tomorrow while his Mum goes round because he doesn't behave very well in shopping centres.
Fifth pic, a huge imposing cliff of a building, which reminds me of what Philip Larkin said about Hull Royal Infirmary, which is a similar building -
'That is what it means
This clean-sliced cliff, a struggle to transcend
The thought of dying'
There are huge glass windows, pillars and a cathedral-like interior. It is also called St Stephen 's, after the saint,like a church. First pic shows something of the scale of the thing with the dummies in the window being lifesize and the huge posters of giants, gods of consumerism, with the 'Must Have', bestriding the world like a colossus.
Perhaps shopping is the new religion because everyone flooded through the doors on Thursday when it opened, apparently the population of Withersea. Anyway, there is something profoundly reassuring about shopping in these buildings as everything is clean (look at the shining white polished marble floors) light,open and ordered and everything is a straightforward transaction - you pay your money and come away with something nice. Everyone knows its not that simple in the real world.
Alex's Mum Libby will be going to find some new smart suits for her work, and will hope that the shops rival the ones in Leeds. Alex himself has just got a picture of his printed as a star letter in the national 'Spongebob Squarepants magazine' so we went into WH Smith to check it out. Jack hung around the £40 games in the hope that his Grandma would buy him one, but seemed satisfied with his £15 Sims II game.
Jack likes it and said 'Great, it's a Mall' because it's like an American shopping mall and according to him everthing is bigger and better in America.