NCN 506 photo tour:
I spent the afternoon finding out where exactly the Stoke City Centre – Tunstall National Cycle Route (SUSTRANS No. 506) goes, and photographing it step-by-step. Only about half of it is open and/or signed at the moment. Stoke Council were supposed to do the vital Burslem stretch in Spring 2002. Then that slipped to Spring 2003. Now Summer’s here and there’s still no sign of any work starting.

Go figure:
Figurative art, still going strong, and all the better for being unfashionable and out of the meedja spotlight.

New Birmingham:
Caitlin Moran’s perceptive and witty feature article on Birmingham, in The Times. The boot goes in at about the half way point. Ikon Gallery: “spirit-dampening miserableness”. Brindley Place: “as uninspiring as Euston”. Custard Factory: “spooked by the emptiness”. She eventually finds the Old Birmingham far more enjoyable.