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Picture Perfect Polaroid’s #14

Hello Everyone!

October is here which means the month is full of changing weather, brighter lights and darker nights and of course, spooky events ready for Halloween. October for the people of Hull also means Hull Fair is back in town.

Hull Fair is one of the largest travelling fairs in Europe. It’s been a part of Hull’s history for over 700 years which I think is pretty impressive. Over time it has evolved and adapted, but it’s still as vibrant as it was when it originally began. If you’re interested in knowing more, click here.

I just wanted to share with you all a picture I took at the top of the Big Wheel. It’s actually quite high and a bit blowy at the top. Nevertheless, the view is absolutely worth it. I hope you enjoy it!

I hope you’re all well and having an excellent weekend. I’ll be back soon with a another post!

Big love all xxx

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Hull’s Alternative Heritage Plaques

Morning Beautiful People!

First of all, I’M FREE! No more marking, no more school and finally summer is here. Don’t get me wrong, I’m absolutely exhausted but at least another academic year is over. I hope all you lovely people are well and are enjoying the weekend.

Today I wanted to share with you a little discovery I’ve made in Hull. My previous post was about my birthday meal and walking home from there I passed a quirky blue sign. Hull has numerous heritage signs all around the city, but this one was ‘alternative’.

I researched into this and was absolutely amazed! I spent a couple of nights this week going round Hessle, the city centre and Newland Avenue to find more.

Firstly, some background information. The original Heritage Plaques, produced by English Heritage, originated in London from 1866. They celebrate notable figures and the buildings they lived or worked in. However, there was strict rules into obtaining one of these blue plaques. So, a local company, Drunk Animal Creative Studio created these plaques to celebrate the people of Hull who make up its beating heart now.

“The weird, the wonderful, the obscure, the fascinating stories and facts that permeate every street and every community in the city are now celebrated through out Alternative Heritage plaques.”

Clearly, this was going to be an opportunity for explorations. I started off dashing to Hessle for a food related sign. The heart wants what the heart wants, after all.

Then I drove back to the centre of down and had a mile and a half walk to locate the following, including finding the studio where these gems are created.

These were in the local shopping centre to celebrate the amazing Bee Lady, parks, on pub walls and on the wall by the always busy A63. As you can see, they celebrate the every day, the people in our community now.

The second evening where I went exploring was the other side of Hull really, around the Drypool Bridge area. Here I found links to mathematicians, food inventors (that can only be found in the city) and the controversial sporting decisions.

My final little walk was along Newland Avenue. I used to spend a lot of time down here at a student. It is down here that one of my favourite signs is. I’ll leave you to work out which one it is!

There’s 22 of these plaques in and around Hull so I guess I consider this part one. It’s become a bit of an obsession of mine to try and find them all. If I accidentally bump into you because I’m looking on walls instead of in front of me, you’ll at least know why.

I love everything about this. Hull has a deep and rich history, something which it’s residents are adding to daily. This is like something I’ve never seen before and it is awesome. Time to start researching where the next ones will take me!

Lastly, I hope you all have a fantastic summer. I’ll be catching up on everything I’ve missed – both commenting on your amazing posts and catching up with my own. My little blog has been a bit neglected but I’ll be back on it! I’ve also got some more books to hide for Left & Found this weekend too.

Big love all! Xx

 

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Picture Perfect Polaroids #8

Hello Lovelies.

I have been sat thinking hard about my post today as it’s something I have found really difficult to come to terms with. You may have heard the name Libby Squire recently. On February 1st, Libby disappeared after a night out in Hull. 7 weeks later, her body was found in the Humber Estuary.

I don’t want to focus on the story, the how’s and the what’s. I want to focus on the memory of a 21 year old girl who vanished and died. I went to Hull University. I’ve been to the clubs she went to. I’ve walked down the road where she was last seen. I’m not the only one. We’ve all been there, in this city or any other.

I feel it too because it is not what the people of Hull are like. We are a community. We are a city who look out for one another.

As a city, we are mourning the loss of a beautiful young girl. My heart breaks for her Mum, Dad and family. For her friends and loved ones. The city is grieving with you; for you.

This polaroid is of the memorial bench where Libby was last seen. I’ve added my own bunch of pink roses and a card. It’s the least I could do.

So, hug someone you love just a bit tighter today. Find comfort in those around you. We will carry on. We will be the strength for her family if they need us.

Heaven has gained an angel.

Big love all xx

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Picture Perfect Polaroids #6

Hello Lovelies!

Today I want to share with you something that really has literally just caught my attention: a 27ft Knife Angel.

The Angel is made from over 100,000 knives that were handed in as part of a national amnesty. It’s also engraved with messages from families of the victims of knife crime. This is so poignant and emotive, I absolutely had to share this with you all.

Big love xx

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Land Of Green Ginger

Hello everyone!!

I hope you’re all well and enjoying soaking up the amazing sunshine we are currently having. Firstly, my apologies to you all, I’ve neglected you. I’m bogged down with exam marking but I promise to take time now to catch up and read all your wonderful posts. Secondly, I want to share a little treat with you today before my June post for the Read The Year Challenge. So whilst I had a spare twenty minutes to sit in the park (look how postcard perfect it is!) I want to show you this little wonder.

Last week, every house in Hull received a copy of the magical Land of Green Ginger book. This book follows the huge success the city has had as City of Culture in 2017. Inside this amazing little book are the stories of the city, a bonfire in Longhill and an enchanted golden nose in Bransholme. The writer, Katie Fuller, has expressed her love of the project and its impact on the city.

“The project was for everyone; it was designed to surprise, delight, intrigue and remind everyone of the joy of unleashing a childlike imagination.”

The Land of Green Ginger was a flagship project which contained a number of events homed under one narrative, coming together at the end of the year for Land of Green Ginger Unleashed parade. This book is the seventh and final Act of Wanton Wonder and it’s a pure gift to the people of Hull. This book keeps the magic alive for future generations. Katy Riddell’s illustrations are so beautiful too!

What’s it all about?

This book contains a number of poems about different events in Hull. It starts with the prologue explaining about the Acts of Wanton Wonder and what the book is about. The magic is in the ordinary people, the sounds of the city and the delights it holds for us.

Act One: 7 Alleys

To some, the 7 Alleys are a place of fun, games and laughter. However, to others they are spooky. This poem centres around Scary Mary and children playing Knock Off Ginger. However, one boy, Richard, had to knock the door but he fell over! Disaster! He lands at the door of the most feared lady around. Nervousness follows. Yet, he meets Scary Mary and she wants to hear tales of the alleys. He explores and adventures with his friends who mock him about the baby fairy tales he’s believing. Nevertheless, he continues to believe and experience them from the previous events. He reports back the following day. (Not So) Scary Mary wants to go! We see her energised and excited; young again.

“The ground beneath them moves, Vibrating with beat of hooves.

A whinny, bells, the violin;

Smoke and sparks and it begins.”

Act Two: The Gold Nose Of Green Ginger

This poem centres around the arrival of the Gold Nose in Bransholme (found 50 years before as the first homes were being built.) Chelsea, a shop owner who deals with gold, didn’t have a clue as to what all the fuss was about and was rather curious. However, as interest in the Gold Nose increased, trade for her decreased. Following the belief that those who came into contact with the nose would be blessed with good luck, she wished hard for a baby of her own. However, she was a little bit underwhelmed at the appearance of such a special nose…

“But Chelsea would always remember that day.

For standing alone there with the Gold Nose,

The hope in her belly ignited and rose.”

Act Three: The Longhill Burn

This is probably my favourite part of this book. It’s just so so lovely! This poem celebrates the Longhill Burn which involved singing, dancing and excitement. Jimmy Johnson didn’t feel quite right; he knew something was missing. That one person is Laura. He takes a walk and bumped into the Firesmiths. Here he learns that they have been asked to build a fire. Not just any old fire though, a fire beyond anyone’s belief for Eastmount Playing Fields. The Firesmiths ask everyone to write down what gives you hope on a card ready for the fire, to free them into the world. His joy: Laura returns!

“All their hopes are crammed within,

And burning them till black and curled,

Will send them out into the world.”

Act Four: Re-Rediffusion’s Voice Park

Agnes, the main character of this poem, is wandering around Walton market, looking for supplies when she is approached by a man collecting voices. Agnes can make herself disappear and believes she has nothing of any value to say. He gives her a card in the hope she changes her mind, with details of a future event in the city. The Voice Park. She heads to Pickering Park on the bus having completely forgotten that chat some months ago when she feels a pull towards those who have the same cards as her. The noises, the lights, they’re all calling her. She finds the man from before who gives her a potion to help her speak, to give her a voice of power. Three months later she is transformed and she is now confident and a Hull Volunteer, helping others live the city.

“Then all of a sudden, to her great surprise,

She feels like her body’s been magnetised;

The pull is insistent, and she’s not alone”

Act Five: Micropolis

Dave was a watchman at the Springhead site where workers there deal with the constant stream of rubbish discarded by everyone in the city. One thing that causes him constant irritation is the flashing light. One evening he heard a sudden crash! What he sees is this incredible little city with its own shops and schools. Hours go by but Dave doesn’t leave: he’s entranced. He rushes back to tell everyone what he has seen. Crowds form to see it which is completely unexpected for him. Thankfully, they all love it too!

“Perhaps, he thinks, the time has come

To be a happier watchman.”

Act Six: Land of Green Ginger Unleashed

This final poem tells the story of how something is brewing in the city. People can hear horse hooves; something is approaching! Crates that brought this very book to the people of Hull are being described. People surround them, overtaken with curiosity. All of a sudden, the crates burst open and the tales of the city are for all to share. Giants, horses, Gold Noses, magic and song. Everyone is together, old and young. Life will not be the same again.

“And nevermore will life be dull.

Forevermore for those from Hull

These wanton, wondrous Acts will linger:

Memories of Land of Green Ginger.”

Overview:

This was a complete surprise in the post and what a magical little gift it is. I’ll treasure it forever. What a way to celebrate City of Culture. Life here has changed. Now, I realise many of you won’t get to see this. However, if you ever do get chance to read it or read about it, DO IT. Information Here!

Yet, the messages from this book are universal. The everyday, the ordinary, the people we meet make our lives extraordinary. You have all made a huge impact on my life.

Big love to you all xxx

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Bye Bye Blade

Hey all!

Happy Sunday! Two posts in two days! I am on it! Today’s post is another City of Culture post. Today marks the end of the iconic blade in Queen Victoria Square as it is being moved back to where it was made: the Siemens plant in Alexandra Dock. 

Photos below taken 3rd February 2017. 


It’s quite an overwhelming piece of architecture really. It’s massive! A whopping 75 metres in fact. As strange as this sounds, it’s incredibly smooth as well! 

The blade is the work of Nayan Kulkarni. He took a rotor blade, that would normally be used to be a part of a wind turbine, to create the artwork. It is there to represent the work in Hull on engineering and manufacturing. Whilst it had mixed reviews from those outside of Hull, for us it’s become a massive talking point. In a way, I can’t imagine the square without it. 

So today I popped back to say ‘bye’ and to marvel in it’s wonder for the last time. Apologies for the bedraggled selfie – it was raining and I’ve not been very well! 


That’s it! Bye bye big blade! What’s next Hull?

Big love x

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Ferens Art Gallery Hull


Hey everyone! Happy Saturday! 

I hope you’re all well and spring is treating you well. Today I had some spare time so I went for a wander around the newly refurbished Ferens Art Gallery. 

You may have heard that last month Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited as part of their day around the City of Culture. I had to see what had changed and what amazing art was being housed here. 

The last time I visited the gallery was in 2012 as part of my Masters degree. I studied a module looking at art and Victorian literature. Now, 5 years later, I can’t believe how much it has changed! 

Gallery 1: Renaissance. It is here that Ferens currently homes Pietro Lorenzetti’s stunning panel painting, Christ Between Saints Paul and Peter. It absolutely took my breath away. I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was or how it’s still survived all these years. It’s dated to the 14th century after all! There was a queue of people waiting to see it so I was unable to get a photograph. Nevertheless I did manage to get a postcard. 


Also there were two other paintings that caught my eye in this collection. First, The Virgin and Child with Two Angels. The gold is striking. 


The final painting here that was absolutely beautiful was The Betrayal of Christ. I can’t believe how bold and striking it is. The colours, the gold, the story. It’s unbelievable. A picture is worth a thousand words after all. 


Next The Netherlands. Progressing through time we are now in the 16th and 17th centuries. It was at this point that the Netherlands flourished as one of the major European art centres. My favourite painting here is by Cornelius Gijbrechts. Little is known about this painter; he is an enigma. Nevertheless I love this painting because it represents the passage of time. It features an hourglass, pocket watch and burnt out candle. It shows the simple pleasures in life: the violin now, bubble and wine glass. It’s a trick to the eye this painting. I was stood gawping at it for ages. The more you look, the more you see. 


Onto Eighteenth Century Europe. My favourite here was the beautiful Anna Isabelle Milbanke. She’s an absolute cherub. Look at those cheeks. 


Onto my favourite collection of the gallery: Victorian and Edwardian Art. It is here that takes me right back to my Masters. I spent a long time working on Leighton’s Farewell. I found the face absolutely painful. I wonder what the inspiration was for this. Of course we can all relate; we’ve all said ‘farewell’ at some point. But what happened here?! 


My absolute favourite painting here is John Atkinson Grimshaw’s Princes Dock Street. It’s dark and moody. I love it. I love how Grimshaw plays with light in his other works too. It usually comes from windows of passing buildings. Very clever. 


Modern and Contemporary Portraits finally. Here this young lady caught my eye. I think it was her nose that I saw first (nothing offensive meant here!) She’s fabulous; her hair, make up, pale skin. 


There’s other galleries as part of the Ferens collection currently, but it was just these that caught my eye today. For a free venue it is absolutely fabulous. Well done Hull! 

Other exciting news! When I was leaving I saw them working on the Poppy installation. Sneak peak below! 


Oh Hull. We really are showing the world. City of Culture 2017! I’ve had a wonderful couple of hours wandering around aimlessly, absorbed by culture. 

Big love xx

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