In 1984 it was called The Curio Shop - the old sign is clearly visible upstairs- and well it might have been, for the cornucopia of curious objects it housed.
A visit to an antiques warehouse may not be everyone's idea of an interesting and worthwhile morning, and if truth be told I wasn't as excited as others in our party. In fact I was even a little nervous, meeting new faces, being in an environment that I wasn't used to and not knowledgeable in.
It could be said that I was more than a little wary as I stepped through the wooden door swinging in the wind as it gusted down Wilton Street.
Immediately I am faced with a covered narrow path with doors either side. Not doors that you can open but doors leaned at an angle, atop one another creating an ever narrowing footpath.
Carefully choosing my step, I am overwhelmed with what at first looks like a junk strewn garden. Bomb site wouldn't be far from the truth for the outer hull of an exploded shell stands at one end of the garden. Radiators stand side by side peeling in the cold greyness, next to row upon row of cisterns and sinks.
The path leads to a doorway and I enter the cool darkness; the anachronism that is
Kevin Marshall's Antiques Warehouse: The last sizeable warehouse, trading in Hull.
I look around trying to get my bearings.
I am overwhelmed with things. What things? Every thing. Transistor radios, hulking and antiquated run the length of three walls.
A cabinet behind me is filled with glass and brass objects old and new.
Boxes containing, who knows what, litter the hard floor. I am introduced to the
proprietor Kevin Marshall. He is a fairly large, yet not overbearing
bear-like man, bearded with a thick head of tousled dark hair flecked with silver
here and there. He reminds me a little of Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin's tour manager.
The introduction over, I am invited to walk around the many different rooms and floors in the warehouse. So I leave the cluttered confines of Kevin's office and begin to explore. So many things.
Articles - That Crazy Business of Filmmaking! By Eddie Rex
That marvellous procedure of making a film is often one that drives me mad!
As director I usually find props, location, actors, camera, then edit and
distribute the film afterwards. I can always rely on myself, but when it's
someone else I often have to wait my turn. Some actors do not turn up because
they 'forgot,' others complain when I refute their suggestions, and nothing
gets done meaning I have to
Articles - Jobcentre Plus Part 3 - My First Signing By Martin Nickson
I successfully completed my claim at the dole office and guided my career
councillor through the options available to me.
After I had explained to Mike (it wasn't the original cyborg after all, alas),
what a Further Education Lecturer did, and explained the process of
qualification needed for this career, we quickly assessed his career options.
Articles - Match Day By Andy Carrington
Why is it you don't see these wankers all week, and then all of a sudden on a Saturday afternoon there they are, littered all over the centre city like they own the fucking place?
I hate football. Not that it's changed much since I was a lad. I used to watch it with my Pa all the time, even back when they had terraces. More recently though, namely the past four
Articles - Jobcentre Plus Part 2 - More Madness By Martin Nickson
Well after the adventures described in Website Madness1061459431_martinwebsitemadness.html,
I thought it would be unkind to leave the tale incomplete - who was it said 'A start, a middle and an end'.
As it turns out, my previous post was only the start, this missive represents the
early middle, and the end is some way off.
Articles, Health - Common Running Injuries By Dr. Steven Bartz
In my last article I reviewed some of the recent research that may indicate that typical aerobic exercise such as distance running may be more problematic than just your common office visit injuries many doctors see in their offices. As a recap, the evidence seems to show a relationship that generic "aerobics" may actually cause a reduction in
Articles, Health - Is Running Killing You? By Dr. Steven Bartz
I'm about to slaughter the sacred cow of athletics. Running. In particular, long distance running.
Oh, I can hear the hate mail rolling in already. Don't get me wrong I love runners, they account
for a large portion of my patient base.
I used to be a runner, until I got tired of all the consistent injuries that I was dealing with.
You see I was probably
Articles - Jobcentre Plus Part 1 - Website Madness By Martin Nickson
As background to this post, part of the 'deal' that Nel and I have, now she has a permanent
post, is that I have the liberty to pursue a new career direction, if I should choose.
Her achievement in gaining liberation from post-doctoral purgatory (AKA 'getting a job')
has given us a degree of financial security that we've never had before, which in turn gives
me more freedom to work in a job that I do not hate.
Articles - A Very British Train Journey By Martin Nickson
Extract taken from my blog about my experiences since recently returning to the UK, specifically Hull, after 10 years abroad, mostly in Canada.
It's 19.38, late summer by English standards, and I'm in full wet weather cycling regalia
returning from yet another eternally long day at work.
I have full panniers, in one side is a bag of cat food,
Articles - Pitch Imperfect By Philip Wincolmlee Barnes
Tap, tap, tap.
That could have been the sound of my quasi-mystical Peruvian neighbour from down the corridor, wishing to speak to me about his recent dope-fuelled nightmares about witch doctors and wild, shape-shifting beasts. These hallucinations often disturbed him, and he sought comfort in my fancy Western logic or, more accurately,
Articles - Response To Lee Cassanell - Flood Aid - What's It All About? By John Fareham
So there I was, sitting at my laptop, supping a hot ribena (such is life in the fast lane when you have reached the end of a day when you couldn't trim your hedge because it was raining) when I spotted that Lee Cassanell, Ella Street's other hat wearer had written in.
Girding my loins ready for more action, and polishing up a few merry quips
Articles - Response To The Flood Aid Feud By War Drobe
So I'd just got back from the annual Greasyroots festival, soaked to the bone and
smelling of joss sticks, third rate cannabis and self-indulgent white middle-class liberals.
I sat down at my PC and there was the latest contribution to the Flood Aid Feud.
War between Chester Draws, Sir John Fareham and Lee Cassanell is brewing
Articles - Just Do It: The Swinging Sixties By Christine Park
Becoming a pensioner happens to other people, not me! So when I held my 60th birthday party
I affected a kind of put-on smile for the evening.
This did not amuse my daughter who had kindly arranged and paid for champagne.
She saw through the curled lip and told me to move on.
At the time I wasn't sure what she meant, but the following day
Articles - Response To John Fareham - Flood Aid - What's It All About? By Lee Cassanell
So I was sitting at my PC smoking a roll and reading the latest Hull Flood News when I chanced upon this little nugget from the right honourable Conservative compulsive hedge trimmer Sir John Fareham in his response to an article by the comically named Chester Draws.
"I think he tries too hard to disguise his identity, but not all that successfullyRead more...
Articles - Is Modern Life Shit? By Scott Rorrison.
I was a reckless youth who, due to a heavy influence from Jim Morrison realised the importance of education at the age of about 19. Due to being a late starter I am still working at an engineering company for my sins whilst studying English with the O.U.
At this previously mentioned place of work the lads enjoy nothing more than listening to the local
Articles - Crosswire Conspiracy Part 5 By Buick McCain
Most of our training exercises had been carried out under cover of darkness and with the complicity of local landowners and after three months of rigorous activity, the hard work was eventually paying dividends.
I had organised the six groups into autonomous units and for security, each group consisted
Articles - Response To Chester Draws Flood Aid - What's It All About? By John Fareham
I am probably missing something but in the desperate attempt to be 'with attitude' the article by 'Chester' rather misses some points.
I doubt the council need lessons in drunken perversion from a man who seems aroused by his ability to urinate
in public and a need to share that with us: great promotion for Hull. I wonder if Chester would like to name