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Four Liverpool Lads

In my last “Art Deco in Liverpool” post I mentioned John Lennon.

He was of course one of the four Liverpool lads who were probably the town’s most famous export. (Export in the sense that their music went all over the world.)

I refer to The Beatles. A (larger than life size) statue of the four stands near the Liverpool waterfront:-

Four Liverpool Lads

It is difficult to move in Liverpool without stumbling over something to do with the four. This is the entrance to Matthew Street wherein lies the Cavern Club where they had a residency back in the day. (Note the establishment known as Sgt Pepper’s to the right):-

Matthew Street, Liverpool

The club is not the same as the one The Beatles used to play in. Part of the original no longer exists and the entrance has been moved. Below is the old Entrance to Cavern Club. The Cilla Black statue to the front commemorates her stint as a cloakroom attendant at the establishment:-

Old Entrance to Cavern Club, Liverpool

New entrance:-

The Cavern new entrance

Entering the venue proper requires going down a fairly steep set of stairs:-

The Cavern stairs

The arched interior is a little claustrophobic:-

Interior Arches, Cavern Club, Liverpool

I have more photos of the Cavern Club but this is enough to be going on with.

More From “A New Era”

There’s less than a week left of the “A New Era” Exhibition at the Modern Two Gallery of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

I thought I’d post more of the delights to be found there.

The Sensation of Crossing the Street by Stanley Cursiter:-

the sensation of crossing the street

Heavy Structures in a Landscape Setting by William McCance:-

heavy structures in a landscape setting

Cartwheels by Eric Robertson:-


Women Singing at a Table by Keith Henderson (reminiscent of his “The Harbour Crowd” at that earlier exhibition):-

Women Singing at a Table

After the Storm Loch Tay by William McTaggart:-

After the Storm Loch Tay

Das Schloss by Thomas Nigel McIsaac:-

Das Schloss

Orchestral: Study in Radiation by William Watson Peploe:-

Orchestral: Study in Radiation

The same artist’s Souvenir de triangle rouge:-

Souvenir de triangle rouge

Untitled (aquarium) a sculpture by William Turnbull:-

Untitled (aquarium)

The identically titled painting is an odd experience. You can almost see the fish moving:-

Untitled (aquarium)

Horse Sculpture, Peebles

Erected in honour of Olympic medal winner Scott Brash. Created by Kevin Paxton. Situated just by the A 703 near its junction with the A 72.

Horse Sculpture Peebles

Front view:-

Horse Sculpture Peebles Front View

Information plaque:-

Peebles Horse Sculpture Plaque

Dedication plaque:-

Dedication, Horse Sculpture Peebles

Leixões and Matosinhos Beach

This is a panorama of Leixões from the SS Black Watch’s bow:-

Leixões Panorama

On the edge of the beach near the harbour entrance lies this monument “Tragédia do Mar” or “Tragedy of the Sea” a sculpture commemorating the Shipwreck of 1947, where 152 sailors lost their lives:-

Matosinhos Beach Monument

Matosinhos Monument

Much further along the promenade, too far away for us to walk to as we were pushed for time getting back to the ship, was this sculpture, “She Changes” by artist Janet Echelman.

Leixões Sculpture

I found this better photo by António M.L. Cabral on the internet:-

Ferrera Park, Avilés, and Seaside Sculpture

Thee is a lovely park in Avilés, called Ferrera Park. It was well used by people strolling or jogging and had that essential for a park – water; in this case a pond by which there were not only geese but a black swan.

Black Swan, Ferrera Park, Avilés

Off to the side was a nice parterre garden:-

Garden in Ferrera Fark

Complete with fountain:-

garden in park 7 fountain

You know you’re not in Fife anymore when you see a tree like this:-

Tree, Ferrera Park, Avilés

Just behind the parterre garden was this painted building:-

Painted Building by Ferrera Park, Avilés

The sculpture is called Avilés and seems to be by an artist called Benjamín Menéndez:-

As the SS Black Watch left we passed this striking sculpture. It’s by Benjamín Menéndez and is called “Avilés”:-

Sculpture, Avilés

Face-on view:-


This interesting rock formation stick sout into the Ría Avilés estuary:-

Rock Formation, Ría Avilés Estuary, Spain

Further out where the estuary meets the Atlantic we could see loads of surfers riding the waves into Playa San Juan de Nieva but they were a bit too far off to photograph.

The Birks of Aberfeldy

The Birks (birches) of Aberfeldy is a local beauty spot lying just outside that Perthsire town encompassing the Falls of Moness.

They inspired Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns, to write a poem/song called The Birks of Aberfeldy.

We dondered up there in February. The path is steep in places and there was snow and ice lying at the time.

The Falls of Moness:-

The Falls of Moness, Birks of Aberfeldy

The Falls of Moness, Birks of Aberfeldy 2

A statue of a seated Burns has been situated at the spot where he is supposed to have derived inspiration. I doubt it’s much of a likeness:-

The Birks of Aberfeldy, Robert Burns Statue

And this is said view:-

The Birks  of Aberfeldy

More falls:-

The Birks  of Aberfeldy

The Birks  of Aberfeldy

South Queensferry Again

On Saturday we took a wee trip to South Queensferry really just for something to do but also to check out an antique shop we’d seen featured on the TV. (We didn’t buy anything in the end.)

Just by the jetty from where the boat trips to Inchcolm island set off there is this sculpture. The plaque mentions there is a large grey seal colony on the island.

Seal Sculpture, South Queensferry.

South Queensferry is of course dominated by the two Forth Bridges but mainly by the original (rail) Forth Bridge. The trains seem to be every few minutes one way or the other. They look like toys against the Bridge’s sheer size. Here’s one coming off the bridge to the south. The photo captured the reflections in the water quite well.

Train Coming off Forth Bridge Onto Approaches

The local shops etc make great play of the bridge connection. This is the Rail Bridge Bistro and Gift Shop.

The Rail Bridge Hotel, South Queensferry.

I like the way the Rail Bridge motif is maintained on the fencing to the left front and also on the door handles on the entrance.

The Rail Bridge Hotel, South Queensferry, Fencing

The sculpture of one of the bridge spans is to commemorate those who built the bridge.

The Rail Bridge Hotel, South Queensferry, Sculpture close

This, I believe, contains the only commemoration to those who died in its construction, who are not enumerated individually anywhere. (Edited to add:- there is now such a memorial on the pavement opposite to this.)

A couple more pictures of South Queensferry have been added to my South Queensferry flickr set.

Chatsworth House. Some Interiors

Just a few shots from inside Chatsworth House.

The first is a stairway which you meet very soon after the entrance when you make the tour.


As a scientist this interested me. It’s one of two cabinets of minerals collected by Georgiana, first wife of the 5th Duke of Devonshire, the one they made a film about recently.

Mineral cabinet

This was an annexe off the small Library, complete with Steinway piano.

Library + Steinway

And this is the old chapel with a prominent keyboard instrument (spinet? virginal? clavichord? I don’t think it’s a harpsichord) and a sculpture whose subject I’ve forgotten. The sculpture has only recently been moved into the chapel but the guidebook isn’t forthcoming and neither are Wikipedia nor Flickr.

Old chapel

Part of the ceiling in the old chapel, typical of the elaborate painted ceilings in the house.

Old chapel ceiling

Chatsworth House

Unfortunately when we visited last week Chatsworth House was swathed in plastic and scaffolding so we never actually saw the frontage. They don’t miss a trick though. For an extra contribution you could go on a scaffolding tour. (We gave that one a miss.)

This is the stable block – which is big enough on its own.

Stables,Chatsworth House

There’s a quadrangle inside the block with buildings all the way round with shops, eateries etc. The only selling opportunity missed was that there was a lack of a decent plant sale outlet. The only plants they had for sale were pretty poor specimens. It’s difficult not to get other folk in the photos. The place was stowed.

The grounds and gardens are huge. You could spend the whole day doing them alone. This is the Emperor Fountain and Canal Pond, complete with sculptures. The Cavendish family, whose home it is, seem to be very fond of their art. The house and grounds are liberally sprinkled with works old and new.

Fountain,Chatsworth House

I especially liked these rock formations – probably artificial; Capability Brown landscaped the estate.

Rock formations,Chatsworth House

I suppose this one shows off Brown’s handiwork.

Parkland,Chatsworth House

This pond was up a hill. You cannot see the house from it at all. More of Brown’s efforts I should think. The photo was taken from a grotto perched like an eyrie above it.

Pond,Chatsworth House

As we were leaving a couple of Morgan cars pulled into the car park. I waited till the drivers had left before taking the picture.


More Gormley Men

I don’t know exactly how many Antony Gormley statues there are in total in the Water of Leith, though I have now seen at least four.

The latest two I photographed last Saturday.

This one is in the water by St Mark’s Park and was taken from the footbridge you can see in the next one.

Gormley man

It’s quite a nice footbridge. Pity about the plastic on the bank. They’re doing some shoring up work I think.

Gormley man's back

The last is right at the end of the Water of Leith. The pier is hard by Ocean Terminal shopping centre. The Royal Yacht Britannia is 90o to the left of where I took the photo from.

Gormley man on pier

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