Post by cheerypeabrain on Dec 13, 2017 16:44:43 GMT
I have struggled to restore the old Leicestershire thread since the photobucket Great Betrayal....so I'm starting new one. I know that this means that there are horrid gaps on threads but I still have many of the original images on disc so some may be reposted on here.
Yesterday I met up with some ex-colleagues for lunch in Leicesteer City Centre...I took images in town on the way to our meet up.
Over the festive period there is a ferris wheel and a temporary ice rink to entertain...not that I fancied either....
There is some work being carried out in the shopping mall (The High Cross). It seems to be the norm here now to invite street artists to decorate boards surrounding building work. I took photos of some of them.
The street artists' work is very nice, and not lugubrious. I loved the pic of the Blood Transfusion gang - of course I could be mistaken, but they look like lovely people I'd want to have a pint with, or a cup of tea.
Was your town shelled in the War, or was that just ill-advised urban "renewal"?
Post by cheerypeabrain on Dec 14, 2017 9:15:13 GMT
I could never get fed up with Tony Hancock!
In the group photo, second from the left is JR (his initials and his nickname) known and respected throughout the blood transfusion community around Europe. He was my boss for years, he was brilliant and knew everything that was going on in his lab...if I heard him thunder "LIZZIE" from his office at the top of the lab I would quake in my boots because I knew I'd be for a telling off (thankfully usually something trivial but he had very high standards). He was always in work early and invariably stayed late, rarely took any holiday and didn't take any sh*t from the medical staff. (Even the consultants were scared of him) altho he was reasonable and approachable especially if you were female..but that's another story...
On the other hand he was an expert in his field as well as being a tremendously supportive boss..fierce but fair. Love him to bits the lab was never the same after he retired.
I suppose that many of us have inspiring people in their lives...JR is one of mine
Post by cheerypeabrain on Jan 31, 2018 19:52:20 GMT
As many of my chums on anyport know...I am a Doctor Who fan. In Leicester we have an exhibition/education space The National Space Centre. It's more of a museum than anything, and as we leave Europe we will probably have less of a voice in space exploration and research. I digress....we bought tickets for The Science of Doctor Who Event day on Sunday 28th January. We arrived as the Centre was opening and were faced with a huge queue.I go to the event every year and it's never been this popular..however...they've never had four Doctors at the event before...
The queue to get autographs from the four Doctors (Peter Davidson, Paul McGann, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy) was massive...over an hour. Signed photos were £20 for one and £50 for all four. I couldn't be bothered.
Post by cheerypeabrain on Mar 14, 2018 18:14:42 GMT
This morning Jeffers and I went to check out the 'moon installation' being held at Leicester Cathedral. There is a 7m diameter replica of the moon habging in the body of the cathedral. An orbiting satelite mapped the moon and the downloaded images made into a composite.
There's a lot of work going on around the cathedral, that's why there is scaffolding up...cleaning stonework etc
I just walked around the installation taking pics....it was awe inspiring. According to a friend it's even more mazing in the evening under the warm yellow lights...but it was still lovely in daylight.
Whilst I was there I managed to take a couple of pics of the pall made to cover the coffin of Richard III for his ride through Leicestershire in a horse drawn carriage priorto tis reinternment in the cathedral. Sorry that the photos aren't clear...it was very crowded and the lights on the glass case made it difficult for the amateur photographer.
I knew I was behind on replying to lots of things, but am appalled that I have not commented on this excellent thread even once.
Oh well, I enjoyed it again from the beginning and love the variety. You must love where you live, because you take such good pictures of your city. It's always fascinating to see anyporters' home grounds and remember that we all have 3D lives and are not just bodiless intellects free-floating through time and space. And you gave us the extra treat of showing us real humans with whom you worked and laughed. All the non-humans are great, too. I especially like the little boy looking at the somewhat scary silver figures. He's a little dubious, but brave and fascinated -- darling!
But what to say about the moon?! That is one of the coolest things I've ever seen. You really convey the pleasant shock of seeing it in that space.
Is Richard III's pall done in exquisite old-fashioned dense ecclesiastical embroidery, with gold threads & everything? Wow. Amazingly nifty to see that style used in conjunction with 21st century figures along with ye olde stuff ~ brilliant.
Post by cheerypeabrain on Apr 21, 2018 17:49:14 GMT
We are experiencing (probably brief.....oh ye of little faith) some gloriously sunny days atm. I knew that there would be some activities going on in the city centre today, it being St George's Day on Monday. The bus was late so I missed quite a lot unfortunatey...but I still took my camera...
just outside the bus station...some sort of celebration with a group of chaps singing beautifully...
I made my way through the crowds towards the market via the Angel Gateway...lots of streets in the city have very old names...many relating to the old city wall gateways...there's Needle Gate, Gallowtree Gate, Samvy Gate and others I can't remember atm
Post by cheerypeabrain on May 16, 2018 20:02:24 GMT
Today we visited a little shop in Rothley called North's it's next door to a steam train line that I keep meaning to visit and photograph (not today!).
We are rather partial to their cakes...they have a very gifted baker. In September two of my nieces are coming over from Australia to see their Mum, my sister...and during the visit we're having a big family party to celibrate my sister's 70th, my 60th and one of my niece's 50th birthdays (belated celebration but what the hoo) ANYWAY...we ordered a huge chocolate truffle cake...nom nom...delicious squidgey gorgeousness...
Whilst there I asked if I could take a few snaps...it really is a lovely shop, very posh...sells wine and sophisticated stuff not found in your average supermarket.
Post by cheerypeabrain on May 24, 2018 17:08:57 GMT
I went to Market Harborough (a Leicestershire town) today to meet a retired colleague Caught the bus to Harborough from Leicester bus station, spent a pleasant hour as the bus went through villages along the way. Whilst there I took a few snaps...for you guys.
...'Market Harborough is a market town within the Harborough district of Leicestershire, England. It has a population of 22,911 and is the administrative headquarters of Harborough District Council. It sits on the Northamptonshire-Leicestershire border. The town was formerly at a crossroads for both road and rail; however the A6 now bypasses the town to the east and the A14 which carries east-west traffic is 6 miles to the south. Market Harborough is located in an area which was formerly a part of the Rockingham Forest, a royal hunting forest used by the medieval monarchs starting with William I. Rockingham Road takes its name from the forest. The forest's original boundaries stretched from Market Harborough through to Stamford and included the settlements at Corby, Kettering, Desborough, Rothwell, Thrapston and Oundle. The steeple of St. Dionysius Parish Church which rises directly from the street, as there is no church yard...'
The Old Grammar School in Market Harborough is considered by many to be the town’s most iconic building. Originally constructed in 1614 and set on distinctive wooden ‘legs’, the grade one listed building is now used as a community meeting place.
Are towns allowed to be that adorable? Love seeing what you get up to now that you're a retired lady, Cheery. Good thing I wasn't with you, as I'd still be there in Frank Gilbert's. Oooooo.
Calling the Old Grammar School a "listed building" seems double accurate, as it appears to be listing quite a bit. Of course, anything built on wooden pilings back in the early 17th century & still standing is most impressive. It's also adorable. None of the schools I attended had their own little belfries.
Your little shopper's heart must have been going pitty-pat the whole time you were there. Were you tempted by those sort of Norman helmet plant sconces? The white & gray planting against that white wall makes my heart go pitty-pat.
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