This is Haworth Village, home of the Bronte family and we spent a lovely afternoon wandering up and down the hills and moors yesterday – and it ticked the exercise box good and proper with all those hills, good grief were we puffing!
What a beautiful place. You know, I’ve never read Wuthering Heights (that’s not a good admission is it) I think I ought to add some unread classics into my reading list, I’m lacking in the literary department.
Haworth has a steam railway … I want to go, I want to go :) I took gorgeous daughter number one on a steam train when she was very little but I haven’t been on one since. I think it might make some good photos.
Now I might not have found Heathcliff (other than the fact I had Man with me of course) but I did find a couple of childhood favourites yesterday at the National Media Museum in Bradford.
What a fabulous place. It’s right in the middle of Bradford City Centre, near the Centenary Square and a gallery that was sadly closed on Monday. All are free. Free is good.
It’s got nine floors – eight of exhibitions and a conference area at the top. There is photography, television, gaming, animation. It was great fun.
I found a dalek, the Wombles, Morph, and Humpty Dumpty and the PlaySchool crew. Although, there was an imposter in there. I don’t know who the doll on the left of that picture is but it certainly isn’s Hamble! Hamble has been replaced.
Gordon the Gopher was there though, as was television sets from through the ages, proper table game consoles for Frogger, Pac Man and Space Invaders, and a history of photography exhibition.
There were also a couple of great interactive internet exhibitions where Man and I attempted to bring the network down.
And, we are now both part of a couple of art projects. We feature on Flickr as two images in their ‘People in the Gallery’ and we joined in the readaloud,info project. We were videoed reading a line each from Jane Eyre – the fourth book to be read aloud by random people for the project. I read line 855 and Man is reading line 856. The installation is part of the Life Online project a the National Media Museum.
You know, even when you are having a cup of coffee, you can admire exhibits. On the wall of the cafe are amazing photographs from their archives with a cafe, or cup of tea, theme. And an animation project was projected onto the wall of the cafe as we supped our coffees.
And they have tv archives going back to the 50s. You can select a television programme from the librarian and go into a booth and watch it.
It’s such fun.
But best of all I came face to face with my favourite aliens. The Smash adverts were among the most popular adverts of all time in a poll. I can remember as a kid crying with laughter as the aliens took the mickey out of humans who peeled and boiled their own potatoes “and they smashed them all to bits”.