Poppies Two

I was lucky enough to be in London last year to see the amazing display of 888,246 ceramic poppies filling the moat of the Tower of London.  Most of them were sold for charity, but the display raised such public interest that a small quantity were retained and sent on a national tour.  One year on it’s Liverpool’s turn, and the poppies were installed at the front of St George’s Hall, just in time for Remembrance Sunday.

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I must add a note of congratulation to the organisers of this display:  It would have been so easy to keep the crowds a safe distance from the poppies using the usual ugly steel fencing panels.  It was a stroke of genius to use sandbags instead.

Forty Years of Station Design

Merseyrail Chocolate Stations

The Merseyrail system was created in the 1970s, and the new underground stations all featured the same design style, with what was then new and high-tech plastic panelling, in a chocolate brown colour. These have survived forty years of wear and tear remarkably well, but over the last year or so refurbishment of the stations has been under way, and soon the 70s panelling will be no more. It occurred to me the other day that Moorfields was the only example left so I went to take a few photos before it too is refurbished early next year:wa09-d-dscn9717 wa09-d-dscn9718 Note the former litter bins, which were plated over due to security concerns and are now used as perch seats:wa09-d-dscn9722

Manchester Victoria

Moving forward to the present day, the long neglected Manchester Victoria has just reached the end of a major refurbishment, and has gained a spectacular new roof replacing the previous very leaky one:wa15-d-dscn9726 wa15-d-dscn9733The refreshment rooms and other internal buildings have been preserved, although they look a little out of place under the new roof:wa15-d-dscn9728 wa15-d-dscn9729Inside the bar you can look up into the dome. Probably not a good idea after a few pints:wa15-d-dscn9734Also under the roof is a this complex junction for the trams:wa15-d-dscn9731