OK, one last thing about Newport…

Here’s what it looks like first thing in a morning, and if I had my way the planners would be behind this wiresunrisenewport

Then imagine the conversation that goes with this image:” If you don’t mind I”ll put my sign up then get cracking on your garden” 


Later that day ” Sorry about this, I made a start and thought a bonfire might be a good idea, it was n’t. I’ve burnt your house down, sorry. Can I leave the sign up for the time being?”

And to illustrate that there are really some very pleasant buildings in Newport, take a look at this one. Lovely.


Planning gone potty.


Another, and this the last observation, from my trip to Newport. They have a wonderful covered market hall with almost nothing in it. Down the road they appear to be building the biggest most nondescript shopping place with this gem just a few yards away. For crying out loud what a waste. Have the planners and architects not got the wit to refurbish this place in their plans. It’s not dead but it’s dying on it’s feet and will probably be killed off for good when “Blandland” opens down the road. They’ve done similar things in Gloucester where the indoor market is much better than this poor creature but still needs some real tlc. They’ve also built a shopping ‘experience’ in Gloucester too, with marble floors imported from China ignoring local craftsmen and building methods. It’s an experience you’ll be happy to miss.

There’s something wrong with the state of planning and building, and with local authorities for allowing this to happen.

Perhaps this local Newport sculpture is of the planners, not a party I’d want to go to.


Like my post.

Here’s a little something spotted in leafy Cheltenham just this last weekend. There at the top of the local park on the street is a beautiful Victorian postbox. Cast iron, no doubt, and built to last as it has. Still in regular use as you can see by the white notice. vic post1vicpost

Given that Victoria died in 1901, this gem is at least 114 years old. In the days when it was installed it was not uncommon to write a letter locally in the morning and have it delivered in the afternoon. We here in the UK are apt to take these sort of antique artefacts for granted, but think what a lot of history must have passed through this box. I think it’s wonderful.