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On 12/31/2020 at 3:48 AM, louisbosco said:

Western Australia has no cases at all. We do not care about imported cases as they are from returning citizens and those numbers are irrelevant. Only community spread cases is important as that dictates if a state should shut its borders with other states. all new cases under Australia comes from the damned eastern states of NSW and VIC. 

The states with people in them!

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4 hours ago, FAB FOUR said:

The states with people in them!

...and the ones where the air crews who come in on all of the overseas cargo flights are accommodated – 3,000 people in Sydney at any given time. I think they've done well to keep infection rates as low as they have been all this time; hopefully the current spike is contained...

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Snow Storm number 2!!! So excited.

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Dusting of fluffy

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Thread bumpin with some sad news.. Sheffield's John Lewis (Cole Brothers) has anounced it's closure.

They opened their doors in 1847 and looked like this

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Post-modernisation

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Coles Corner has been a famous Sheffield meeting place for young lovers for more than 100yrs, it seems like only yesterday that some redneck cop threatened to "wrap his truncheon around my fucking neck" if i didn't move along when i was stood at said corner meeting my then girlfriend, now wife.. happy memories :rolleyes:

 

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Arundel Gate underpass, i took this photo sometime around the late 90's

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Made me smile when the overweight couple had to carry the pram up the stairs.. :ph34r:

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Out on paw patrol at the local park with the hound. Not sure if this architectural style has a name!

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Class , had a whippet when I was a kid 

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Had a stroll up Abbydale Road today...

Walked through the park, past some concave glass

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Along Sharrow Vale road... had a look around the yard behind Gilberts junk emporium

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Past The Porter Book Shop

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...up the hill towards Psalter lane and down towards Abbydale past Kid Acne's Birth of Hip-Hop

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..shortcut through the ball courts

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Strip the Willow, where you can get your painted woodwork srtipped back to bare wood

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..who doesn't love an old bubbly machine

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...a different Cole's Corner

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...even though it's a sleepy Sunday, it's great to see folks around and a sense of normality returning

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Derelict, Abbydale Picture Palace

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Swifties, my favourite archetectural salvage joint, closed on Sundays..

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Gin Joint

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Bike shop

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Dress Makers

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..gotta love this shop front

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Broady, where all the climbers hang out,  i hooked up with Sugar Mountain for a pint here a few years ago..

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Groceries

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Tailor

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Barry's Bar,

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Up cemetary road past Lansdown Flats

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Through leafy Kenwood

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...along Psalter Lane

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...and back home

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20 hours ago, Double 0 Soul said:

 

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Really nice look around your area 00. looks such a great place to live.

And love that you caught Billy Bragg grabbing a quick bite while visiting the north...

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Thanks Chris!

He finds it inspiring to write songs about the struggles of socialism from outside his tiny unit on Abbeydale Rd

...compared to his massive mansion in Dorset :D

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He’s returning to his spiritual home of South Yorkshire - he was a miner between the wars you know.

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3 hours ago, Double 0 Soul said:

Thanks Chris!

He finds it inspiring to write songs about the struggles of socialism from outside his tiny unit on Abbeydale Rd

...compared to his massive mansion in Dorset :D

:laugh:. authenticity is All

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I’ve posted a slew of photos from longer hikes elsewhere around the state & country, but a big part of why I live where I do is how much access there is to nature just outside town

Went for a nice walk this morning before the fog burned off, just around an ~8 minute drive / ~30 minute walk up the hill from my house in one of the regional parks

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Blackberries & thimbleberries will be coming into season any week now

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On 6/13/2021 at 1:40 PM, julian-wolf said:

I’ve posted a slew of photos from longer hikes elsewhere around the state & country, but a big part of why I live where I do is how much access there is to nature just outside town

Went for a nice walk this morning before the fog burned off, just around an ~8 minute drive / ~30 minute walk up the hill from my house in one of the regional parks

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Blackberries & thimbleberries will be coming into season any week now

northern cal? Awesome pics man. Great part of the country I’d love to visit again. 

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Yep, East Bay: those photos are Tilden Park

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It looks like a Hollywood jungle straight out of Indiana Jones...

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I was born in what was called West-Berlin back then.

My parents moved places a couple of times within Berlin, but we settled more or less sometime in the early-mid 70's into the current neighbourhood. It's an 3rd floor apartment in a building from around 1914 which is part of the Tempelhof airfield settlement/airport - Neu-Tempelhof or Fliegerviertel.
So, technically speaking, it's in Tempelhof-Mariendorf, but actually it’s at the meeting point of 3 more boroughs (Schöneberg, Kreuzberg, Neukölln).

Today, we are looking across the street from my apartment over to where Kreuzberg starts...this is an architectural model and our house is the generic cut-off at center front.

The focus are the 3 buildings across the street.

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Today...

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This is an ensemble of 3 separate buildings by architect Max Taut.

The main attraction is the first house - Verbandshaus der Deutschen Buchdrucker - build from 1924-26 in yellow bricks.

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Here are some detail shots...

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Growing up the first 2 windows used to belong to a dry cleaner...

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Here's the driveway to the inner/backyards and the entrances to the apartments...

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And into the first yard to the side buildings and the main printing house...

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Details of the stairs and elevators of the print house in the backyard…

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Onto the last yard...

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Some exterior shots from the back...

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Literature and historic shots...

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It's very difficult to get inside, but occasionally they are doing tours. I've seen historic pictures for the front house apartments as well.

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The gaps left and right weren't closed until after WW2. (When I get to do a post about the house we live in and the history of the settlement itself things will become more obvious.)

Details for the print house...

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The factory floor picture should be from the 2nd floor.

And that's what it looked like growing up in the 70's (picture is probably late 50's - mid 60's):

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After WW2 they asked Max Taut to revisit the site and build those 2 additional houses (1953-55) to the left...

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Today...

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Half of the ground floor and the round end (still) is a public library (that I used to grow up in).

That's the backside...

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And here's the 3rd building - a little skyscraper...

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Unfortunately, I never had friends in kindergarten or school that lived across the street - because, technically, a different borough, they probably ended up going to different schools than myself.

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2 more historic shots...

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Here’s an arial picture from 1914 of the area I still live in:

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Pink - the first houses from the first phase (1912-13)

Red - our apartment house, second houses from the first phase (1913-14)

Blue - didn’t survive the WW2 (bombed out or demolished shortly after)

Green - see previous post: Union house of the German Book Printers and extension buildings

Yellow - Berlin surrenders on May, 2nd 1945 in the Battle of Berlin at this house (General Wassili Tschuikow’s headquarters)

Here’s a second pic from 1998 of the same area from a different direction:

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Orange - Tempelhof Airport (1936-1941)

Here’s a good summary of the development of my neighbourhood Neu-Tempelhof:

https://second.wiki/wiki/neu-tempelhof

I plan to do some posts about the neighbourhood and the airport, but growing up in West-Berlin in the 70’s and 80’s meant that your stomping ground was almost the entirety of this political island (The Wall and an excellent public transport system is partially to blame) and growing up here was intense and colourful (the subcultures, the music)…

Also, a link to some more interior shots of the Book Printer’s House:

https://vielfaltdermoderne.de/berlin-verbandshaus-der-deutschen-buchdrucker/

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If this was the neighbourhood olympics @Foxy2 would win gold.

Just up the road from us in leafy Broomhill there was an old hotel called Hallam Towers, Designed by Nelson Foley of the Trust House Architectural Department, Pele stayed there, Bowie used to party there..

Hallam Towers c1965

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..it eventually closed in 2004 becoming a playground for urban explorers

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The council bulldozed a load of rubble around the ground floor to prevent entry but it didn't stop them, one of the fire hoses was thrown from the second floor window and folks used to climb up the fire hose to gain entry :D one night in 2017 a student fell to his death so the council took the owners of the derelict building to court and forced them to demolish it, which they did..

A couple of years ago they decided to rebuild Hallam Towers as flats, they've already sold most of them from the plans before they foundations were even laid, the top floor flats were £750,000 each, the sale was so successfull they've decided to slap another 2 floors on top much to the disapproval of Broomhill residents.

I was riding back from Edale last Sunday and it's f***ing massive, you can see it all the way from Stannage protruding over the trees like a tower block.

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Just down the road you can buy a really nice house for £750,000 with your own front and back garden...

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Found a better print of that arial shot…

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But let’s shift over to my side of the street, right?

here are 2 historic shots of my block from the 1920’s (IIRC).

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The first picture shows our apartment house’s corner on the left. We live on the 3rd floor and have our front room windows and balcony facing a quiet side street.

the 2nd picture shows the second half of the block facing the main street where the house entrance is located. Our house is the left part.

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Here some pictures of the side street with balcony…

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And at the end of that side street is the house where the Berlin Army (Wehrmacht) surrendered to the Russian Army in the Battle of Berlin. The general declaration of surrender came a couple of days later, but not in Berlin…

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I seem to remember that we moved in around 1972, or slightly earlier (must ask Dad…).

Consequently, we are one oldest party in the house. When I was visiting our old family friends and neighbours living directly on the floor below us, I felt like traveling back in time…

They haven’t changed much (or any) of the original features from the original 1913-1930 set-up…

Each floor currently has 4 units. Given the layout and knowing that around the 1930’s it was common practice in a lot of the older houses to split the bigger units into halves - I believe that the original set-up was only 2 units per floor.

you enter the apartment and come into the long hallway…

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to the left you have a bathroom and a small hallway to the kitchen & back entrance/Service entrance.

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off the small hallway you the chamber for the maid.

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there used to be bell unit next to the chamber door - each room was equipped with an electric bell and you could see which room was to be attended to.

here’s the kitchen…

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that’s the old kitchen machine. Gas powered for the hub (under the granite plate) and the left top oven. The two bottom ovens were wood fired, IIRC. Theses units were taken out of order in the late 1970’s - early 1980’s - they had to change the type of gas and close the chimneys.

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Central heating was integrated after the house was build - sometimes these radiators ended up in the weirdest places.

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Under the window you had your ice box/fridge. The construction is completely lined with tin sheets (or zinc?) on the inside and the little door directly on the floor is where a fresh block of ice would whenever needed. Horse carriages with ice blocks would deliver these daily. There was an outlet for the thawing ice water on the outside wall.

This is one of the two front rooms facing the side street with a door to the balcony.

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Complete with herringbone parquet and ceiling details. Initially, the centre of the ceiling had gas pipe coming out for the chandelier.

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I seem to have a mystery benefactor in regards to a lovely book which landed on my doorstep yesterday.

Using my Poirot-esque powers of deduction.. i think somebody here could be the prime suspect, if so thank you, you're very kind, it's a lovely gesture!!

https://www.martindust.photography/store/p/brutalsheffield

..if not, i'm stumped! ive already sent a few emails to the usual suspects... :blush2:

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