In Nottingham for four days, the century and more old portable music hall – a German wooden tent with mirrors (spiegel) inside – is special, and today was my only chance to see it.
This for the fashion stalls event where local shops and businesses showed off their wares.
Met a shop from Cobden Chambers – they were re-launching on Saturday – and local playwright Stephen Lowe (who has a tram named after him).
Stephen is part of the push for Nottingham to be recognised as a UNESCO international city of literature and was saying how there is a large number of writers in the city – who can write as well as wot I can – and to prove his point, another playwright turned up whilst we were talking.
1459 matters raised.
Tram passenger numbers are good but ng2 workers are not switching and West Bridgford office workers have taken to using Victoria Embankment as a free car park. So we are consulting on charging for over 2 hours on the park and we are planning to consulting over parking permits for most of the New Meadows and charging for Meadows Way West.
Amazing – the sound of thousands of footsteps charging towards you at the start of the race; the anticipation of the fourth phase walking up to the start line; the spectacle of thousands of families running the mini-marathon.
Less happy, the sounds 2 hours in of runners approaching 12 miles and running up to Midland station – ‘I have nothing left to give’.
Or 4 hours in, of those on the full marathon climbing up Hollowstone with eight miles and 2 hours walking still to go – ‘I thought Nottingham was flat’.
A joy nevertheless to look out for friends in the race.
Good for them that the mist flowing in from the Trent provided good running conditions at the beginning, although the sun and the heat did get to be too much later on.
Congratulations to Alex, Rebecca, Ravi, John and Peter.
And thanks to the volunteers, including those from The Meadows.