Saturday, 31 May 2008
Have a good weekend one and all!
Friday, 30 May 2008
Thursday, 29 May 2008
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
Tuesday, 27 May 2008
Zizzi's is a great Italian restaurant that took over the building about five years ago. Before that the former church, which was de-consecrated in 1974, was used as the Church Hall for St Philip and St James Church based in nearby Leckhampton. The church, once St James', is in Suffolk Square and is built in the Gothic Revival style. It was built in 1825-30 on land sold by the Earl of Suffolk's daughter, and was designed by local architect Edward Jenkins. It was, and still is, the impressive focal point of the upmarket Suffolk Square. Inside all of the original stone carvings, pillars and balconies still exist; with the open kitchen under the magnificent stained glass window, in the area of the former altar. It is stunning inside and next time I eat there I will take some photos. As a bonus the food is great too!
There was no outright winner from yesterdays quiz. The nearest guess was Vanky, but they have no link to their profile, so I can't give a link to their blog. Therefore the honour of a link goes to Jackie in Glasgow, who came second. Check out her great blog at Glasgow Daily Photo.
Monday, 26 May 2008
Check back tomorrow for the big reveal! Oooohhh!
Sunday, 25 May 2008
Saturday, 24 May 2008
Not so much the Big Apple, but more the Medium Grape!
Friday, 23 May 2008
Thursday, 22 May 2008
The Indus restaurant is one of my favourites in town. It serves delicious Indian food, their Naan bread is the best! The front of the building stands out from all those around it, what with its columns and mosaic tiles. And inside it is alive with colour, paintings, bright fabrics and fantastic smells. The staff are friendly and give great service and it isn't that expensive to eat there. And when you leave the ladies are given a flower. Ideal for a night out when you've forgotten to get flowers for your date!
Check out the menu to get your taste buds going!
Wednesday, 21 May 2008
I know there is a pun to go with this photo, but my brain can't come up with one. Any puns gratefully received.
Tuesday, 20 May 2008
Over recent months the Regent Arcade has been undergoing a makeover, with the marble and stone walls and pillars inside being replaced. It will be white and silver when it is completed. The front is also going to be changed, with a large arch way replacing the existing facade. This change is probably going to be the most noticed, as the front you can see today is almost identical to that of the previous building that was there. The site used to be The Plough Hotel, which dated back to 1654. It was one of Cheltenhams most popular hotels and inns. The yard that was behind the High Street hotel was the biggest in the country (hence the size of the present shopping centre.) But after the Second World War the Plough fell into disrepair and was never as popular as in its heyday. It was eventually demolished in 1980, despite the protest of locals who collected a 20,000 signature petition (that's a fifth of Cheltenhams population!)
Not surprisingly, there has been no similar petition regarding the planned changes to Regent Arcade.
Monday, 19 May 2008
Sunday, 18 May 2008
Saturday, 17 May 2008
Friday, 16 May 2008
Thursday, 15 May 2008
Wednesday, 14 May 2008
Tuesday, 13 May 2008
Monday, 12 May 2008
Unfortunately the centre shut in 2000 after the Council were worried by the way it was being run and the loss of money it was suffering. After several failed attempts to revive the place it closed for good in 2002. The Borough Council has since sold the building for over £500,000 and have promised to use the money towards the Art Gallery and Museum redevelopment. I don't know how many years the Axiom was used for before its demise but I spent several 'entertaining' nights there. Once listening to a friends first gig. Sadly his band was one of the worst that night, but that was the joy of the Axiom - you never knew what you'd get! I also watched another friends rather bizarre play in the upstairs theatre area. But the best times were spent on warm evenings sitting outside on the benches chatting with the lively mix of people that were drawn to the Axiom.
I think Cheltenham is worse off for the loss of the Axiom. There really isn't the same kind of venue in town for up and coming creative minds to express themselves.
Sunday, 11 May 2008
Saturday, 10 May 2008
Sorry for the short post and lack of comments, time is short at the moment. I'll be catching up today! I hope you all have a good weekend.
Friday, 9 May 2008
This unassuming, rather unimpressive house is the birthplace of Cheltenham's most famous son. His statue was unveiled in town a few weeks ago and I promised to show you the museum dedicated to him. The opening paragraph of todays post is taken from the Holst Museum website. Click on the link below for more on the museum and some photos of the inside of this town centre terrace - http://www.holstmuseum.org.uk/
Thursday, 8 May 2008
One is dead, one is no longer in power, and one won't be in power for much longer, but is this enough? What do you all think? The rights and wrongs? The what ifs? Or are we all fed up of the ongoing debate? Over to you...
Wednesday, 7 May 2008
Tuesday, 6 May 2008
Monday, 5 May 2008
Sunday, 4 May 2008
I don't know if Shakespeare kept his money here but now its a branch of HSBC.
Statue of Stratfords world famous son by the marina.
Shakespeare's house, now a museum and part of a visitors centre. Too expensive for us to visit!
People enjoying a glass of wine in the afternoon sun on a barge. What a life.
A native American pan pipe player! These guys are often seen in towns up and down the country, trying to sell a CD or two.
I hope you've enjoyed the photos of Stratford-Upon-Avon I've shown over the last few days. Back to Cheltenham tomorrow.
Saturday, 3 May 2008
One of the dozens of large blue butterflies at the Butterfly Farm.
Tree frogs in one of the natural world display cabinets.
Striking red, white and black butterfly.A colour changing Chameleon.
My sisters, who were petrified of the butterflies!
Come back tomorrow for some photos of Shakespeare. Have a good Saturday.
Friday, 2 May 2008
At the time of posting, the results weren't in but when they are I'll post an update. You lucky things! Yes, I'm a politics nerd!!
....The results are in and the Council remains with no overall control! Lib Dem gained 3 seats, Conservative gained 1 and Labour lost their 1 and they now have no representation on Cheltenham Borough Council. Now its up to the Councillors to decide who will lead the Council. If they can't decide then the Mayor makes the decision, and he just happens to be a Lib Dem! Over the country as a whole the Labour government have had their worst election result in 40 years with only 24% of the popular vote. Lib Dems have a 26% share, and the Conservatives are up to 44% share. Interesting political times ahead...
Thursday, 1 May 2008
Take some time to visit some of the other 180 City Daily Photo Blogs taking part in this Theme Day Click here to view thumbnails for all participants