Thursday, April 18, 2013

Bracknell Town Centre Tree Sculptures


My six months working at Bracknell has come to an end. About halfway through my time there I saw the plans to redevelop some of the town centre. This included a cinema and M & S in a prominent position. But what I did not see talked about was the fate of all the small trees that lined the precincts.

They all had ther branches chopped off last autumn.
Then yesterday two of them were getting carved into street art.

One had an owl on top. The other was a swirly stick.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Anywhere but Costa

We went into Ulverstone this morning and decided after shopping to meet up for a coffee.

Margaret, my Mother-in-Law, said she did not mind where we went but she would never talk to us again if we went to the new Costa.
Costa takes up three shop fronts on Brogden Street. The premises was previously a Halifax Bank and estate agents.

Margaret had said "It had no place in a Market Town like Ulverstone. It will endanger the small family run businesses."
So we had a number of small cafes and tea rooms to choose from, and in the end ...
we went to the Mad Hatter's Tearooms.

Monday, April 01, 2013

Easter Monday with Laurel and Hardy


Within close proximity to the Lake District, the town of Ulverstone has had a museum dedicated to Laurel and Hardy since 1983. Back then there were a couple of rooms with pictures and news clippings pasted round the walls by an enthusiast.

Stan Laurel was born in Ulverstone in 1890 and lived his first six years in Foundry Cottages, now renamed as Argyll Street ... at number 3.

The museum has since moved to larger premises in part of the Roxy Cinema, and is run by the Grandson of the original enthusiast.

Mark, the Grandson, would still like to recreate the original museum in one area but it is not proving easy ... moving paper pasted to walls.

I dare say he should take inspiration from "Laurel and Hardy". They knew how to move things.

At the original museum, and the new one, there is a chance to watch Laurel and Hardy movies, which are still very funny - or at least I found them so.