Aberdeen

Aberdeen, late evening

Does Living In Aberdeen Make You Dismal..?

It was reported in the Evening Express that the city of Aberdeen has been nominated for an award – the annual Carbuncle Awards which seeks Scotland’s most dismal town. Is it true? Is Aberdeen really that bad?

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COYR (Come On You Reds)…

I’ve never been a big football fan. Give them all a ball so they don’t need to fight over the same one is usually my opinion. However, if I was to be fan then my local team would be Aberdeen Football Club (The Dons) who, for the first time since I can remember, are actually doing quite well. As well as many other recent successes the team will be playing to win the Scottish League Cup final on Sunday 16th March.

Dons fans paint the town red ahead of League Cup final…

To say that Aberdeen fans have gone a little crazy is perhaps an understatement. As reported in the Evening Express on Saturday 15th March, statues have been draped in red, shops have been putting out red bunting, butchers and bakeries have added Dons-themed treats to their menus with Sheep Are On Fire pies and cakes. One of Aberdeen’s biggest shopping malls, Union Square, rebranded themselves “Ewe-nion Square” for the weekend and fans have also written songs, created videos and as reported in the Daily Mail there is even a  Cup Final Anthem. I really hope they win but since music is more my thing than football I thought I’d offer out a few “Red” themed songs that the fans could sing on the terraces to will their team to victory and possibly use to celebrate afterwards…

“A Red Letter Day” by The Pet Shop Boys

“…all I want is what you want…”

“99 Red Balloons” by Nena

“…this is what we’ve been waiting for, this is it boys, this is war…”

“Red” by Daniel Merriweather

“…you took something perfect and painted it red…”

“Red, Red Wine” by Neil Diamond

“Old Red Eyes Is Back” by The Beautiful South

GOOD LUCK!

Putting The i In Inside…

My dual screen computer monitors reflecting inside my own eye…

Computer monitors inside an eye...

iEye

One day I took my classic iPod, put it inside a frame and set it on my kitchen floor for this photo and then applied a vintage effect…

Vintage - Carbon

iArt

This post was part of the weekly photo challenge hosted by http://dailypost.wordpress.com with the theme Inside.

“So much of life happens inside something. A house, a car, a sleeping bag, a UFO. Finding images of a thing inside something else can be a very powerful compositional tool. (Or an excuse to photograph your baby in long-term storage. Or both.) Showing things relative to other things allows you to emphasize a particular subject (a ship in a bottle), show juxtaposition (a clown drinking in a bar) or abstract themes (oil in a puddle). The “inside” idea can be as wide-open as your imagination wants to make it. From the simple to the absurd, it works on almost any level.” Josh, Daily Post

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Daily Post - Weekly Photo Challenge

Daily Post – Weekly Photo Challenge

Sunshine On My Soldiers…

Walking in the sun...

Walking in the sun…

A group of people walking past the Stonehaven War Memorial in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

This photo was entered in the Thursday Photo Challenge hosted by Dale Hudjik with Sun as the theme.

To see my previous entries have a look at the archive.

Thursday Photo Challenge

Thursday Photo Challenge

What’s The Word On The Street? Betting Shops, Pawn Shops & Empty Shops…

Something needs to be done about the state of our High Streets. Especially Union Street in Aberdeen. I know there are all sorts of projects in “talk” stage but come on –  is it that difficult? The longer it is left in the state that it is then the worse it will get, surely?

I moved to Aberdeen over 15 years ago and the main thoroughfare – Union Street – was a bustling city centre, a strong beating heart at the centre of Aberdeen – The Oil Capital Of Europe. That is a stark contrast to what it is today – empty units, bargain pound shops, betting shops and pawnbroker type shops.

I know the world has changed and the way we shop has changed. I accept that the increase of online shopping has resulted in the demise of major retailers such as Woolworths and also that most big retailers want to move into fancy new shopping centres such as Union Square. I have no problem with this and I quite happily spend most of my lunchtime wandering around the shops in Union Square. However, it is leaving these empty units on the high street and allowing other “pop-up shops” to easily take up the space.

Aberdeen ( Past & Present ) by Steve McPherson

Aberdeen ( Past & Present ) by Steve McPherson

So, Aberdeen City council have “plans” to rejuvenate Union Street by pedestrianizing it, creating a civic square blah blah blah. Wealthy businessmen such as Sir Ian Wood offered, on a plate, £50 million to Aberdeen City Council for them to go off and “decorate the city” but they couldn’t pull their fingers out and decide on what paint to even use and they lost the lot!

Now, “what if” I was in charge ( yes, God help us all! )

I would take a complete U Turn and go back to the olden days. I don’t mean re-introducing horses and carts or wearing top hats and tails to go shopping, what I mean is bring back all the independent shops to the city centre. All the little boutique shops that are hidden in side streets who have survived these changing and hard times need to come back to the front – that’s how Woolworths started off after all is it not? These type of shops offer unique products & services that can’t easily be found elsewhere and would surely bring back the bustle to our high streets.

Using Aberdeen as an example, shops such as Nova GiftsPeapodJuniper & Millsom and Main* to name just a few. Sure, the fact they are small may mean they cannot afford the rent it would cost to be on the high street, so, instead of the councils spending all their money on the coffee and biscuits they have during their “rejuvenation meetings” they could lower the rents for the units on the high street to an affordable price for these small businesses.

Just my thoughts – but what do I know?

I think the image I have included sums up this post quite well. It is a photo I made of merging Aberdeen past and present.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this post and “your High Street”.

*Millsom and Main have recently moved onto Union Terrace, 10 metres from Union Street and have seen a major increase in profit!

This was posted in response to the Daily Prompt hosted by http://dailypost.wordpress.com

What do you love most about the city / town / place that you live in? What do you like the least about it? If you were mayor, what would be the most important problem you’d tackle? How would you tackle it?

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Daily Prompt

Daily Prompt

Putting Things In Perspective From Someone Else’s Perspective…

Perspective

This post was part of the weekly photo challenge hosted by http://dailypost.wordpress.com with the theme Perspective.

“Perspective is important to every photographer. With the creative use of perspective narrowed down through the lens of a camera, a bit of gravel can look like a barren desert landscape or a few trees can trick the eye into thinking you’re deep in a centuries-old forest. Who hasn’t seen real estate photos that inexplicably make a house and its rooms look several times bigger than they really are? Photos aren’t objective — they show what we want them to show.” Ash, Daily Post

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Daily Post - Weekly Photo Challenge

Daily Post – Weekly Photo Challenge

Picture This…

You've been framed...

You’ve been framed…

frame

noun

a rigid structure that surrounds something such as a picture, door, or windowpane

This photo is part of the Word A Week Challenge hosted by http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/ with the theme Atmospheric.

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A Word A Week Challenge

A Word A Week Challenge