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Old 04-18-2014, 04:01 PM   #1
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West Yorkshire

This is just kick-starting a thread that I hope I will take with me on my relocation.
Currently unsure of how and where and when I'll be able to upload photos when I move. I won't be able to afford a PC or internet connection - at least not initially - and I'm using the shared family camera at present, since Dad lost mine and broke his.
I can't ask for a replacement as they've just paid out one months rent and another month as deposit!

Anyway.
Here are some shots while I still can
These are all taken in Bradford; I'll be moving to Otley. I'll Google Map you a ref at some point. Otley is a market town rather than a city.

- My hotel when I was on my reconnaissance mission.
It was probably only a mile from the coach station, but the night I arrived, alone, lonely, sad, it felt like I was walking for many more.

- View from walk up to hotel and then view from window.
Electricity a go-go.
BZZZZZZZZZZ (don't tase me bro)
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Old 04-18-2014, 04:06 PM   #2
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See how Bradford is laid out on hills?
Stack upon stack of it.
It's quite arresting, and beautiful in the sunlight.

The hotel again, from a distance, showing the hill behind it.
And a different shot to show how the levels change in a very short distance.
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Old 04-18-2014, 04:20 PM   #3
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Well I showed you the Rotunda in Glasgow, and mentioned we could have our secret Cellar base in the similar structure across the river. But I bet we could get a building in Bradford even cheaperer...

My resident expert (not Dana, although she knows this city) said that the reason the tide of conversion ebbed away from Bradford was that many of the industrial buildings were used for sorting wool. Over the years the lanolin seeped into the woodwork and left them highly flammable. He says they can go up like candles. Not ideal "loft-conversion" living.

I like a bit of decaying grandeur, me.
I doubt many other people would connect Bradford, Havana and the Coliseum, but I'm probably the only person on here to have seen all three with my own eyes, so you can't disagree with me

Couple of examples.
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Old 04-18-2014, 04:24 PM   #4
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Moar.
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Old 04-18-2014, 04:28 PM   #5
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What's not to like about a Spicy Corner?
(Okay, I didn't eat there)

Pikey funfair.
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Old 04-18-2014, 04:31 PM   #6
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It's the fair of evil...
Fear, sorry.
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Old 04-18-2014, 04:43 PM   #7
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when I come over you can use my iphone to take some pics (that bit of the phone is ok, it's just the rest that's been shattered to crazy paving!)
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Old 04-18-2014, 05:45 PM   #8
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How come everywhere you go, it's interesting and beautiful?

You keep on keepin' on, Sundae. I think this is going to be a great thing for you.
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Old 04-19-2014, 10:02 AM   #9
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Flammable or not those buildings have great bones.
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Old 04-19-2014, 11:39 AM   #10
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How come everywhere you go, it's interesting and beautiful?
That is such a kind comment, I've been thinking about it all day.

And yes, Griff, there is much to love about industrial architecture.

My friend Peter agreed to drive me to Otley.
I'd been fooled by the fact that it's often referred to as Otley, Leeds, and by the LS postcode into thinking it was closer to Leeds than it was. I knew I could travel Bradford to Leeds easily, and thought it would be a hop and a skip from there. No. It's on it's own little commuter route, and the best I could have done was get two buses. I had the time, but it was much more pleasant to catch up with an old friend and be chauffeured there. After my stress-stress-stress about what time the buses stopped running (two hour group interview starting at 17.00) he even said he would wait around and give me a lift back, which he did. If I'm lucky in anything it's in the amazing people who come into my life.

I didn't see much of the town, but this (Guardian article) will give you a little flavour.
Also check out this postcode for my new flat (second floor, number 51) on Google maps if you're interested: LS21 1AG
This was the ad on Gumtree, not sure if it will still be up.

The supermarket is larger than my branch, with longer counters and more lines - yes, sadly I could spot exactly what we didn't stock and they did! And the café is three times the size. I won't have time to miss my old store, that's for sure.

As mentioned previously, I had booked to see the flat above on Wednesday morning, but was offered an interview for a rival supermarket at approx the same time. I figured that the job was more important, so I went for the interview. Their place (in fact their HQ) was high on a hill and the area around it was a little run down. I got talking to a contractor while we waited for the shuttle bus which took me halfway back to the city centre. He said I was better off doing that than going out of the gates and getting public transport all the way back; it was a rough area. Now personally it didn't look bad enough for me to worry about waiting for a bus at 11.30 in bright sunlight, but it was interesting to hear.

The job on offer was one I was wary of too.
Kitchen work has always scared me slightly with its relentless pace. I can't even watch Hell's Kitchen. In fact the only team I remember watching and enjoying (in one of its incarnations, it may have changed since) were from an A&E department. Pressure? Ha! No-one's dying here tonight, what is this thing you think is pressure?

So anyway, second outing in my little blue and white dress (the one I travelled in when I went to Arran). Very blowy day, so as soon as I got back into Bradford I changed into my only other outfit of trousers and top in a McDonalds toilet. I'd hauled my jacket all the way up there (because Mum equates The North with the Arctic Circle) and never wore it, getting by with the addition of a woolly hat and a scarf when I felt chilly.

I was a picture in shades of lilac/ burgundy/ pink.
I didn't think about how matchy-matchy I was until my journey was well underway. Ah well, the fashion police failed to stop me in the street at least.

I had a wander while waiting for Dana.
Street artist had just started his dog sculpture. It's very basic at this point, when I passed him later it was more realistic and detailed. I guess you start off simple in order to get money while you're working. If no-one can tell what it is for the first two hours you're not going to get anything!

We looked for him later on, but I couldn't remember where he was in the warren of steep streets and cobbled alleyways.
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Old 04-19-2014, 11:54 AM   #11
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I met Dana.
And she was on time!
In fact I think she was early, as she was finishing a coffee when we met, so had had enough time to buy one and let it cool down.



We walked a very short distance to an all you can eat buffet.
I'd just walked past it on the way to the Interchange (buses, coaches and trains arrive and leave from there) and it seemed serendipitous. Especially as Dani is not allowed to have starters.

The food was really very good.
I looked askance at the empty dim sum area, but I had more than enough to eat, so that was just pure greed. There's only one dim sum I really crave anyway (char siu bao) and no guarantee they'd have had it even if the section was open.

I said to Dani that one of the many things I love about all you can eat is that you can have a little bit of bland alongside the new and exciting. I'd never order a whole portion of lemon chicken, but it was my ex-husband's go-to Chinese meal when we met (before I educated his palate and then broke his heart) so it was lovely to have a little blast from the past.

We talked and laughed of course. I pretty much nearly held it all together, although I was close to tears quite often. I was so overwhelmed and stressed out. I was still in the mode where all I wanted to do was go home and hide, even though I knew that not only was that not a grown up response, but also that my situation would not change if I did.

Dani help reiterate the mantra other wise minds have been chanting. One step at a time. Bite size chunks. This too shall pass.
The drip, drip effect has helped of course. But mostly it's not being in freefall re job and accommodation which has switched off the whistles and bells going off in my nervous system.

Anyway, back to Bradford for the next post.
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Old 04-19-2014, 12:06 PM   #12
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Bradford City Park.

This is a wide, shallow pool in the centre of Bradford, drained every night and refilled every morning. And when I say shallow I mean ankle deep at its deepest.

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City Park has many moods. It can be a cool, tranquil and misty space, a huge, reflective watery mirror, a bubbling, squirting, and splashing fountain display, a brilliantly lit aqueous interactive laser artwork or a thunderous water spout, shooting over 30 metres into the air
says the official website.

We saw it on a warm and sunny day, and children of all ages and races were enjoying it. Some families had come prepared with food, towels and swimsuits. Others just sat nearby watching their offspring roll up their trousers and skirts and paddle about. Other children were nearly completely dressed and completely soaked. Good luck getting them home on the bus!

It was a wonderful place, all in the shadow of Bradford's glorious gothic Town Hall.
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Old 04-19-2014, 12:09 PM   #13
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This isn't some sort of frowned upon fountain invasion.
The water is chlorinated and there is a warden on hand to make sure proper safety guidelines are adhered to.
This is a place with sections of decking and an almost imperceptible incline rather than a lip to climb over.
I think it's a marvellous idea, and it was almost like being at the seaside. Excellent town planning.
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Old 04-19-2014, 12:20 PM   #14
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So the next phase is getting up there for my Orientation.

From what I gathered from my phone call, they want me there for 01/05/14, but that's not my official start date. It can't be anyway; I told them that I had a commitment here on Tuesday 6, which is the day Mum & I are going to London together. No way am I blowing that off, we have the whole day planned and tickets booked. Anything after that is fair game.

But the plan is for me to hire a car (ARGH!) take up as much as I can fit in which isn't essential to my living here, and the Diz-monster.
I put Diz in a cattery (double ARGH!) collect the keys, move in what I have with me and then drive back same night.
Exhausting but I can deal with that.
Expensive but Mum will pay for that.

Then I move whenever my truly wonderful friend and I/ my branch/ Otley branch can agree on a date. That's my proper move. I leave it maybe another day and then rescue my poor abandoned boy from the cattery via taxi.

It's all still quite terrifying, but it's the only way we can think of to make it work.
I can't turn up with Diz as soon as I move in - too obvious. And Mum wants him to have his jabs (Monday) and experience of a cattery because she wants to take me on holiday with them in September. She's paying, but she says it will be worth it to get some sun. She can't cope on her own with Dad abroad or travelling any more, and can't leave him at home alone.

September is another planet to me now.
Just let me get to the end of May safely.
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:52 AM   #15
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Just seeing these now. Thanks for posting them. It's nice to see your new city.

Exciting times!
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