Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Netherne Hospital 1977

I was given a negative scanner for Christmas, so some old images may start appearing here. Following on from yesterday's post... here are some pictures of Netherne Psychiatric Hospital, near Coulsdon in Surrey, as it looked around 1977.

The Main Entrance.
The Main Entrance with a direction sign. Press image to see larger.
The Chapel.

The Water Tower.

A view of the Wards.
And one of the other nurses who I worked with.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Netherne Village

Yesterday I drove my son over to Croydon. He had to be at work on Boxing Day and transport was a problem. Then being near my old haunts I went to what was once Netherne Mental Hospital and took this picture of what was once Dickens Ward where I worked with people mostly suffering Alzheimer's. This view is little changed. The hospital buildings have been changed to flats, and new houses built all around. The new development is probably about ten years old now, and continues to grow with new houses and is called Nethern Village or Netherne on The Hill.
It is set apart on a hill a way from the nearest town of Hooley. There is a winding lane for cars, or a straight footpath with a direct climb from Hooley which crosses this deep railway cutting.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

In an Oxford Shoe Shop

One body remained in the Shoe Shop after a busy day of Sales

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Elvis Has Left The Building


About eight years ago I first went into Borders in Oxford and thought that I had discovered the future. There was a big book shop with comfy reading areas and Cafe, a large CD and video area down an escalator, and most of the CDs I could listen to over head phones from their library. So I was able to find lots of new music before buying. Back then I was into World Music. But today this young lady locked the door for the final time.

Elvis has left the Building.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Museum of The History of Science - Oxford

Currently there is an exhibition called 'Steampunk' at the Museum of The History of Science. There are Victorian style objects - dressed up in brass and leather - Victorian materials and workmanship - which have futuristic functions. It is the world as it might have been.
Alongside are exhibits from the museum's own collection which helped inspire the Steampunk movement in Science Fiction and Art. This is a skull mapping device.
This is a model of the solar system's movements.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Ashmolean Re-opens

Here is room 2 with an exploration of the study of the human figure in art. The Ashmolean museum in Oxford has re-opened after a lot of building work, and it is stunning...
It used to be a bit dull and dusty. But now everything is displayed so well and so artistically.
Lawrence of Arabia's clothes are reflected here in a display case...
A map helps to explain the ancient world.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Solihull - Borders Stock Liquidation

10% off everything at Borders - possibly more. In Solihull only - but the rest of Borders were soon to follow.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Exhibition at Solihull Arts Centre

Solihull Gallery can be approached either from the library or from the theatre. Both parts of the cultural centre meet here. The current exhibition of sculpture made from soft furnishings and loved objects is by Kirsty E Smith.
Here is an old biscuit tin she has memories of, highly elaborated. She says as introduction to the exhibition "I live in a constant dialogue between my childhood memories and my experience of the preseent... Making is something I have done since a child..' To find out more visit her blog Frillip Moolog.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

White Horse Hill

Just a couple of views. This shows the furrowed hillsides - possibly caused by the retreating ice.
And two different couples from different generations enjoying the view.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Graduation Ceremony

Here is the Great Hall at Goldsmith's College before the ceremony.
It is full most days this week for a different batch of students. Today was the day of Anthropology, Sociology, and Art.

Mark Wallinger, a Turner Prize winning artist in 2007, was awarded an Honoray Fellowship, and made a short speech.
Time has gone by so quickly. Our son is in the middle of this picture.
Up they go...

Monday, August 31, 2009

Laurel and Hardy

Ulverston in Cumbria used to have a backstreet Laurel and Hardy museum with newspaper clippings about Stan Laurel, who originally came from the town. Earlier this year a new statue was unveiled in front of the Coronation Hall.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Grange Over Sands

This view is from Grange Railway Station over what was the Grange Sands. It is far less sandy having been overgrown by an invasive plant since the last time we were there about ten years ago. After taking this picture I was told by the station master that photography in the station was no longer allowed because it is an infringement of copyright. So that too has changed since ten years ago.
Our main reason for going was not to see the station but to view all the art and craft displays along the promenade.
This lady is creating flowers from willow sticks which are then mounted on hazel.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Town Girl in Country Land

Not everybody came properly dressed for the Millom & Broughton Country Show in Cumbria
Nethertheless you don't need to be a country person to recognise prize winning vegetables...
or be able to spot prize winning poultry
But it does help to have a basic understanding of country ways.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Prague - by my better half

And finally two of my wife's pictures. The only reason I get away with taking so many pictures on holiday is she is doing it too.
Jesus Christ with churches behind...
Two ladies on a bench.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Prague Day 8

Before returning home a couple of images of things British found in Prague. This wonderful statue of Churchill...

and a large shopping mall very close to our hotel but which we did not discover until the last day. A large Tesco over two floors - there are supervisors who get about here on roller blades. Also an M&S and Next. And shops we have lost like C&A are still there in Prague.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Prague Day 7

During my stay here I have been reading The Castle by Franz Kafka. This simple monument to Kafka, and his parents is in the jewish cemetary.
Ivy grows over and between most graves. Since the holocaust very few new graves have been erected in this particular cemetary.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Prague Day 6


Another image from another cemetary - an angel before crumbling monuments.
A street crossing in Prague. People waiting.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Prague Day 5

A dancing building.
Some of the best art is to be found for free in a cemetary in Prague remembering notable people from the the inter war years - it has no politicians or military. Most public art you must pay for in Prague.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Prague Day 4

The jazz band we saw most mornings.
The statue of Wenceslas in Wenceslas Square, now a place of casinos and clothes shops and cafes, rather than political rallies or large ceremonial displays.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Prague Day 3

McDonalds next to the Museum of Communism.
Crowds watching the clock chime in the Old Town Square. The crowds grow as each hour approaches in a way that is more spectacular than the clock itself. So many cameras centred on the clock at the same time as the twelve apostles move round and the bell chimes.