Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Penny Lane

The sight of the submarine took me back a few decades to the famous song The Yellow Submarine by the Beatles. 


From what I saw, these boats are available on hire (in docked condition) where you can have a party inside.  Next to that is the Titanic and hence the tilt to the aft in the boat. 


The skyline shows the modern buildings and the two birds watching over the city from the Royal Liver Building. 


According to popular legend, they are male and female pair, the female looking out to sea, watching for the seamen to return safely home, while the male looks towards the city to watch over and protect the families of the seamen. The liver bird is the symbol of the English city of Liverpool.  Most of the old buildings have this pulley system to haul up the furniture, probably the stairs are too narrow to lug them up. 



Liverpool is a lively and happy happy place, famous for the birthplace of the Beatles. As the plaque below says, the Beatles are synonymous with the city. I liked the Bronze statue erected at the pier side and could be the most photographed statue in Liverpool. 



Penny Lane could be the street that is most photographed. John Lenon and Paul McCartney used to meet at Penny Lane to catch a bus to town. Their shared childhood experiences on the street inspired them to write the song which was released in 1967


Drove around and managed to get some pictures of Liverpool. (made a short video on it) The Metropolitan Cathedral built in 1967 has a modern look compared to the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. 



The suitcases you see at Hope Street are actually cast in concrete and if you look closely you can see the names of people who were from the city of Liverpool like Charles Dickens, , Henry Booth,  Dr Malcolm Sargent, Sir Robert Jones and The Beatles (all four). 


And finally a picture that I was looking for in Liverpool 



Sunday, August 20, 2017

Haverthwaite Station

Just loved this mural on the wall in The Station Restaurant 


Had been to the Haverthwaite Railway station which is in Cumbria 


The highlight of the Station was the Restaurant. I think Mrs Maher and her crew did a wonderful job in welcoming the travelers and making them feel at home. 



The place was tastefully decorated with a display of pictures of the old steam engines that hauled many a load. 




  
The station itself had that old world charm with a small over bridge and signboards showing the right directions. 



Saw this sign next to the ticket office 




Very soon the train pulled in with the steam engine chugging away to glory. 


It was a 18 minute run from Haverthwaite to Lakeside and nostalgic for many to experience the steam engine and the bogies which were used about half a century ago, but still well maintained. 


The view as the train chugged along was something out of this world. 




Made a three minute video on the whole journey.

Once we reached Lakeside we were ferried across in a boat. More on that in the next blog.  


Friday, July 28, 2017

Last day at Reading

Had been to the town square before  moving on from Reading  The high light of the day was catching the Mangor duo giving some wonderful performance. 



Did capture many tunes but I liked the Zorba Dance. Unfortunately there was no one around to dance to the tune. Their synchronization was perfect and so was their exuberance. 
There were many street singers and I noticed that the sound system they used was excellent.


There were many interesting things that caught the eye, like the Mind The Gap. On closer look I realised its something about the generation gap.


This guy was sort of dressed up, but I was wondering which watch does he check for the right time. 


And then there was the very colourful merry go round for kids.


Had some Hot Dog from the food truck parked nearby. They made it real quick and it was filling (and tasty) 


Did see a Yamaha keyboard demonstration with the experts doing a good job of showing how to hit the right notes. (captured a little in the video)


Walked into the Waterstone's  book store and it was really big, but well oraganised with a lot of collection. 




I liked some of the book covers especially this one with the early fifties look about bed manners.



On the way back home by bus I noticed that many of the shops were colourfully decorated and there were more cycles on the road. 



While in the bus I also noticed this written inside the bus. Well I am going to write to them as it was one of the best public transport systems that I have seen.


While in the book store I noticed this writing which they had put up on a small board. I agree with Fennel Hudson.



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Lemon Plaice

It would be a shame to be in England and not have the experience of eating fish and chips. So had been to this place by the name of Lemon Plaice to experience the same. It is located at Norcot Road, Tilehurst, Reading (UK) 



Was impressed by the way the two ladies went about preparing the meal in perfect sync. 


They were serious and sincere about their work but at the same time answered all the queries that the customers had. Wifey noted the pickled egg on the counter and they explained how it is done. 


Earlier the fish and chips were wrapped in a newspaper by which when one had the fish, they could read some tidbits from the paper.   
This place was voted as the Best Chippy in 2012 by the listeners of the Reading 107FM 


Their menu also included children's menu. 



Incidentally this place is named as Plaice, which is the name of a fish. They serve Cod, Haddock and Plaice skinless and boneless. 
I captured their process of deep-frying the fish and made a small video on it.