Sunday stroll in Derby; a few photos, a few words.


I felt the need to get out this afternoon- away from twitter and Trump, brexit, school planning, household chores and rugby. I had no plan- just to get out. I turned left and headed into town.

[How come you can say “headed into town” but have to say “headed into the city?]

Went into Waterstones. They have a section for “social media personalities”. “Philosophy has gone.

And so it goes.

Went into Tesco Express. Bought chocolate. What a soulless place this is. Desperate shopping, heads bowed, self service to avoid human contact.

Onwards. Towards the river

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A collage of buildings

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Not so much Live as in suspended animation- knock it down? The future of Derby Assembly Rooms is uncertain following a fire nearly 3 years ago. Dithering and delaying with no clear vision.

To the river:

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I have said it many times: the River Derwent should be the centre of our city. A symbol of our industrial past. A flowing place attracting people to stop and pause.

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Instead it lies largely neglected as it passes through.

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I just liked this shot. Chimney pots? Well yes. But a meeting place to swop information- best places for scraps, see you later.

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Another abandoned building no one has known what to do with for several years. St Werbergh’s church hasn’t been a church since 1990 but no other use has succeeded since then.

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The central library. In sunlight. Likely to become closed. We can’t afford books. Nor their custodians. Another derelict building in the making.

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The street is empty. Shops, restaurants closed. Deliveroo delivers so we don’t need to go out.

 

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Dusk. Driving home to the suburbs. Backdrop. Warehouse abandoned, unused. Dithering and delaying.

Earlier this week, my friend @jbboardman made the astute comment that Derby is too small to maintain the city- when one part becomes regenerated, another part slowly dies. Too small and too small minded. Next time, I’ll just go to the Intu Centre.

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