Sunday, 24 February 2013
Stoke enters garden in Chelsea Flower Show
Stoke-on-Trent City Council's landscape team is entering the Chelsea Flower Show with a major garden evoking Stoke-on-Trent...
"Staffordshire University graduate Nigel Matthews was commissioned by Stoke's British Ceramics Biennial to design and make a ceramic feature to be used in the show garden which includes a six-foot run of ceramic flowers."
There will also be a central bottle-kiln shaped greenhouse. Sponsors include Johnson Tiles, The Trentham Estate, and Bartholomew Landscaping.
Not quite sure what the little guy in the bottom of the picture is doing. Braining himself with a trowel? :)
Posted by Digger at Sunday, February 24, 2013 No comments:
Saturday, 23 February 2013
There's some amazing new research on just what common animals can sense. Bees sense the electric field of flowers. Pigeons can hear the sea, even deep inland, and use it to navigate. Specifically, the infrasound generated by the continual crashing of billions of ocean waves.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013
Stoke Minster History Day
Minster History Day at Stoke town's church minster, in the town below my allotment. Saturday 9th March 2013 (11am – 3.30pm). Free.
11am: Stoke’s Ancient History.
Talks & Displays:
11am: Stoke’s Ancient History.
12pm: The Living Legacy of St Chad (book launch).
1pm: What’s an Urban Minster?
Display & short walk at 1.30pm.
2pm: The Staffordshire Hoard.
3pm: The Lands of St Chad.
+ fun kids' activities, food and drinks.
Full PDF flyer here.
Posted by Digger at Wednesday, February 20, 2013 No comments:
Sunday, 17 February 2013
Beginners Training in Beekeeping
Keele University Beginners Training in Beekeeping day, Saturday 2nd March 2013 (10am - 5pm).
Posted by Digger at Sunday, February 17, 2013 No comments:
Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Flello gets a bee in his bonnet
Labour M.P. for Stoke-on-Trent and Shadow Justice Minister Rob Flello today tries to use his token support for a Friends of the Earth save-the-bees campaign, to decontaminate himself in the local media. This cynical move comes shortly after his vote in the Commons against gay marriage. He also spoke in the debates, when he said he had no evidence that anyone in his constituency supported gay marriage. Thereby tacitly confirming the nation's misguided belief that Stokies are all a bunch of bigots. Given Labour's consistent authoritarian streak, it doesn't bode well for a life under a future Labour government that its potential Justice Minister has hardline attitudes like this.
Friday, 8 February 2013
25th day on the plot - hoe, hoe, hoe
Weather: 5 degrees, bitterly cold NW wind. Back up at the plot, after just over a month away. I spent an hour and a half giving a really thorough hoe to my two cleared lower sections...
Posted by Digger at Friday, February 08, 2013 No comments:
Labels: My allotment
Sunday, 3 February 2013
The future of Stoke town
My allotment plot sits perched above Stoke town, the original town in the city of Stoke-on-Trent. Currently the town is home to the City Council's main Civic Centre with all its workers, but there are serious plans underway to move this up into Hanley, seemingly purely in order to underpin city-centre trade. At the same time, Staffordshire University's Stafford campus is being serious considered for eventual removal to the Stoke-on-Trent campus, bringing a welcome "3,400 students and 455 members of staff" to the city. But I was wondering... where exactly will all these people fit? Would the University flatten some of the Shelton terrace houses and/or take a chunk of Hanley Park? Unlikely. Expand toward the river, perhaps onto the big allotments site there? Unlikely, again. It's floodplain. Then it struck me — the logical place would be in the Council's huge vacated Civic Centre in Stoke town, connected to the current campus with the long-awaited and vital new pedestrian bridge across the A500 and canal. Very little additional new-build building would be required. While the move of the Civic Centre up to Hanley seems unlikely to have the promised wider benefits for city-centre trade (other than for Tesco), it could actually be good for Stoke town — if it allows the University to consolidate and open up the town to the main campus and intercity train station via a major new bridge. It'd certainly be good to have creative degree courses like Videogame Design in the city, and having the engineering and computing side of the Uni up here would also give a big boost to the new Science Centre aspect of the Stoke campus. Spode, next to the Civic Centre, could benefit by becoming artists' and industrial design studios, alongside a heritage site run by Heritage Management students. The town's terraces and local flats would benefit in terms of house prices. The town's fine pubs would continue to do a good trade, albeit aimed more at students than Council officers.
Posted by Digger at Sunday, February 03, 2013 1 comment:
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