Weight and Stuff Report – 5 April 2012

OK, up a bit today, but still doing moderately well.

I’d decided to go to York today. The plan was that if the weather was nice, I’d have a general wander round the city, take pictures of the Minster and other old buildings and generally enjoy the place. On the other hand, if the weather turned out not so nice, I’d go to the National Railway  Museum and enjoy that.

Well, it turned out to be a very nice day indeed. Quite warm, sunny, and with just enough patch cloud to make the sky look interesting in pictures. So, I started with a wander round the Museum Gardens, where I had a look at the Abbey ruins, then decided to head for the Minster. Ah. Slight problem. Huge crowds. Barriers. Police not letting people through. It seems that I’d picked perhaps not the best day to visit the ancient city, as the Queen was also there, for the very old and very traditional Maundy Thursday thingy.

As I clearly wasn’t going to get near any of the old bits of the city, I decided that playing with trains would be a better idea. But there was one good thing – Mickelgate, a street normally rather   full of traffic was closed for the day. There were stalls in the streets, bunting, people doing stuff, and it was all very nice indeed. The nicest thing for me was that I could get a nice shot of the Mickelgate Bar[1] from an angle that would normally be a wee bit dangerous:

Mickelgate Bar

Mickelgate Bar

I then had a ride on the Wheel of York[3] before going to the National Railway Museum. The highlight of the visit was seeing the City of Truro in steam and carrying passengers:

Ooops, forgot to include the details of the walk, which ended up being 6.8 miles, which isn’t bad:

York Walk

York Walk

[1] Note for people not familiar with York. For reasons of Vikings[2], a “gate” is a street and a “bar” is a gate. Just wanted to clear that up
[2] I’m pretty sure they were to blame
[3] Rather large Ferris Wheel thingy, great view

3 thoughts on “Weight and Stuff Report – 5 April 2012

  1. Mr Dull

    Your mention of place names got my interest because I knew gate is from the Anglo-Saxon Gata meaning road though of course it can also mean a real gate just to be confusing. I have tried to find where bar came from (its not Viking) it seems to be a toll point on roads in some cases but not in Yorks. After some reading I noticed that the gates at York with Bar in the name had been barbicans so there may be a connection. It looks like the Vikings were not to blame for once.

    1. Les Post author

      Thanks for doing the research. I do have a tendency to rely on what I can remember when it comes to history[4]. But can I blame the Vikings for not being to blame?

      [4] In the tradition of 1066 and all that, of course

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