Category Archives: Leicester

Bring The Paint #2

26-07-22

My Photo Buddies and I were a little bit early for the “Bring The Paint” display in the town last time we met up. So a couple of weeks ago we decided to see what progress had been made, and it gave us a chance catch up and have coffee and cake at one of our favourite coffee shops.

From our first visit. The guys painting the artwork were suspended in the cradle at the top of the building, made me dizzy just looking at them.

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The painting now looks complete, it depicts some of what the city is known for, at the very top a Fox representing the local football team Leicester City (The Foxes), an Astronaut for the National Space Centre in the city, not sure what the third artwork is, but the last one is a Tiger representing the Leicester Tigers Rugby football club.

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Got to admire the guys who painted this artwork dangling from the side of the building in a small cradle.

Mallory Park

09-07-22

My old buddy gave me a call last weekend to see if I wanted to go to Mallory Park motor racing circuit, they were having a display of cars, bikes, and memorabilia at the museum, and the tea and egg cobs were really good, how could I say no. The racing circuit isn’t very far away and my buddy said he would pick me up. Weather wasn’t brilliant, a bit dull and the odd spot of rain so I took my Olympus EPL1 with me. In the late 1960’s I used to ride to Mallory on my Triumph Thunderbird with a sidecar attached (an interesting driving experience) The main event on the racing calendar was the the “Race Of The Year” I was fortunate enough to see the late great Mike Hailwood and Giacomo Agostini (still going strong) racing together.

Chevy Pick up.

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Minarelli and Cimatti, lovely small Italian motorbikes.

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Panther (sloper) used a lot for sidecar work.

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1967 Lambretta.

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An Early 1964 Ford Cortina with peace rear lamp clusters, I had one of these in the 1970‘s
This one is a rare automatic version

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Memorabilia

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A lovely Elva Formula Junior racing car, wouldn’t mind a go in this myself.

A great afternoon out, the Tea and egg cob were really good, and a lot of great memories came flooding back.

Power Socket & Fake Wood

06-06-22

Sigma DP1 – Silver Efx

Spotted this (no accounting for taste) while I was out with the Photo Buddies last week. I have two (new to me) film cameras loaded up with film, both about half way through the rolls, but the weather apart from the odd day has been cold, damp, and grey, more like March than June.

Thursday Doors

03-03-22

These are from the archive (2018) I haven’t managed to get out to take any photographs lately. My lovely cat Fleur (mumsy) has got a nasty infection on her mouth, she’s had a blood test, result was clear, steroid and antibiotic injections. We are off to the vets again first thing tomorrow morning, I won’t be able to settle until I can see some improvement in her.

Seen better days. I do like the Green tiles though.

The stickers caught my eye !

Got to like Purple door.

For a great selection of Doors from all over the world pop over to Dan Antions excellent blog.

Thursday Doors

10-02-22

My contribution to the “Thursday Doors” over at Dan Antion’s excellent blog, check out the link https://nofacilities.com/2022/02/10/goodbye-wethersfield/ for more great doors.

The Crescent

All images taken on Agfa Parat Half Frame camera, Fomapan 100 @ 200asa, developed in Ilford Ilfosol 3

Apparently in the 1960’s they wanted to demolish these buildings ! thankfully they were repurposed and saved by a local businessman. I really like what we have left of the Georgian style of architecture in the city.

Walk to Town

02-06-18

I’m writing this feeling sorry for myself, I have broken a tooth and it aches. If you shook me there would be a rattle from all the painkillers. Hopefully on Tuesday when I go to the Dentist it will all be over, got a feeling it will be an extraction, the penalties of getting old (long in the tooth)

Took a walk to town last Thursday, the weather was a bit dull but I needed the exercise and the cats needed some treats.

Wild Roses on the Way
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Into the Park
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I’m so glad this park is on my route to town, all that Green is good for the soul.

A bit of Variegation
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In The Pink
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One of my Favourite Buildings in the Town
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Palais de Dance
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This was the premiere dance hall in the city from the 1950’s to the end of the 70’s. It’s derelict now and about to be converted into apartments. I only visited it a couple of times (not my scene) in the late 60’s and early 70’s, I remember the ceiling complete with the prerequisite glitter ball had lots of tiny lights that looked like a starry night sky.

Possibly The last Image From The Sigma

10-01-17

Before venturing into town this morning I checked my Sigma DP1, enough power in the battery, was the memory card in the camera ! When I switched it on everything worked except I couldn’t see anything through the lens, it was as if the lens cap was on. Information was on the screen, I could view photo’s on the memory card, but can’t capture an image. It’s had a lot of use and I bought it secondhand, so I’m not too upset. I’ll email Sigma UK tomorrow to see if it can be serviced. 

Soft Touch Arts Pop Up Cafe
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This is a great cafe that gives vulnerable young people and adults cooking and catering experience, with all income going directly back to supporting the charity’s cooking and catering projects.

 

Ice Skating !

12-12-17

I still haven’t managed to drag persuade anyone to go ice skating with me, all I get is strange looks and talk about broken bones, especially at my age !!!!!!

Been checking on the progress of the rink over the last week.

Simpsons Van
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Spotted this last week on my way to town to check on the rink.

Almost Finished
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Today the rink was up and running, but full of kids having a great time.

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Very apt as it was tricky walking on the pavements after the snow. 

The Wheel
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I haven’t given up hope of ice skating, bribery and corruption next !