Books by Glenda Young

Thursday, August 02, 2012

It's not bad, is Bradford

"When yur gerroff train, can yur mek sure yur tek all yur belonnins" says the train guard.

I'm having a holiday in Yorkshire.

First off were four days in Scarborough then a base in Harrogate to explore the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield (ace).

Then we went to the Hepworth Wakefield (good), Saltaire (brilliant) and Bradford. Yes, Bradford.

For years I've wanted to go to the National Media Museum in Bradford and this week I did and it's not half bad - and that applies to both Bradford and the museum too. 

You know when you've got somewhere in your head, an image of a place that you've never been to and you get there and you're a bit taken aback that the place you're in doesn't match at all, not one little bit, the place  in your head? Well, that was me with Bradford this week.

It's a lot grander, a lot bigger than I could have possibly imagined.  The National Media Museum was great, although not quite as interesting as I'd hoped it was going to be.  But I did get to see the original Play School toys on display.

We watched Bradley Wiggins in the Olympics cycling time trial on the big screen in Centenary Square...

...and watched again the opening ceremony of the Olympics in a super high definition screening - one of only three such screens in the country. The clarity of the image on screen meant we could even seen the numbers on the empty seats.

So anyway, Bradford. It's not bad. It's fun and it's funky...

... and it's got a sense of humour, with that fella Brendan Sheerin from TV's Coach Trip starring in the pantomime this Chrisrmas at the Bradford Alhambra.

 See also: Middlesbrough - it's really not that bad.

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