All posts tagged stevenage
Posted by pottaz on August 5, 2016
It seems only right to break the dormancy of this blog to bring you reports of a mallards malaise.
This bird seems to conducting be a one-duck sit-in. In protest at what, we just don’t know.
More when we have it. Back to the studio.
Posted by pottaz on June 2, 2016
Posted by pottaz on December 17, 2015
Paul Laidlaw (far left) is at it again. The man must live in Pantoland all year round. He writes, directs and stars as the Dame at the Gordon Craig every year.
And he is good. He looks very much as home on stage wearing pans for a bra and flirting with the dads in the front row.
Be sure to book your tickets early so that isn’t you (if you’re a dad)!
Posted by pottaz on September 11, 2015
Posted by pottaz on October 31, 2014
Stop stop stop stop stop! I need to caveat this. Since writing what’s below, I’ve discovered that this is the work of St Francis students in Letchworth. It’s a good school with an impressive theatre. Really, you’d never think a school would have a theatre of its own that’s so well-appointed. So, I’m hoping even the parents concerned might agree that in the grand scheme of the history of art, there are better examples than this. Is this the reason First Capital Connect lost their franchise?
I applaud the use of the community to help bring some colour to what could be a dreary environment (though I do question why a Stevenage school wasn’t asked to supply the art). That being the case, would it not be apt for whoever arranged this to give these artworks some context and recognition to the students behind them so people can appreciate then a little more. Otherwise, people tend to think the worst. Myself included. So here’s what I wrote in my ‘ignorant phase’.
I’m trying not to offend. I’m not an art critic but I’m about to criticise some art – in the very loose sense of the word.
A short while ago, Stevenage station underwent a bit of a makeover. Very nice tiling all around. A real breath of fresh air – tarted up the place no end. Then someone had the bright idea of breaking up all this lovely tile-work with some culture. So here we see what I can only imagine is specially-commissioned ‘art’ for the station.
Someone has deliberately done this with the authorities’ permission. Or have they? Would everyone else assume someone else gave permission for this to go up?
There’s a handshake growing out of a path with a park bench with Mr Benn on it. Then there’s a tree and office block growing out of another hand. Not to mention the isometric train up on one rail or some people in black morph suits playing dangerously next to the unguarded tracks.
I hate to be harsh in case the person that did this is really proud of what they created. Is it a competition winner? Someone really young? Or ill? It’s hard to say. But this commuter doesn’t think they’re very good. At all.
I’ll leave it there.
Posted by pottaz on October 13, 2014
Posted by pottaz on October 7, 2014
Great news for my eyes. I can now see train information from my normal waiting spot on Platform 1.
No, my eyesight hasn’t improved; they installed new displays along the platform so none of us have to squint into the distance any more.
To be fair, Stevenage has undergone some big improvements in the time since I’ve been commuting through (and parking) here.
When did they install them? Not sure – didn’t notice them until this morning. It’s my eyes you know…
Posted by pottaz on September 16, 2014
This is, without doubt the most difficult space to park in Stevenage especially when all the surrounding cars are all parked up. Take a look at the silver Focus tucked in on the right.
What’s more, it’s also under a tree giving birds eight hours to use my car for target practice while I’m at work.
There was no way in forwards. Cars on all sides. Insurance-tastic. However, with judicious use of the kerb, it’s possible. Just.
Posted by pottaz on March 6, 2014