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Welcome to Leicester, England

Lived from August 2007 to January 2008

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The entrance gate to the apartment complex

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The futuristic-shape House of Performing Arts being built next door.  We find it utterly out of place that they squeezed it in the middle of a Victorian architecture rich zone.

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The town hall building

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Clockwise from top right:
– the white paint next to the natural brick colour on this building tells of two separate terrace houses. terrace housing originated in England in the the late 17th century. here, a row of identical or mirror-image houses share side walls.
– the restaurant, Marquis Wellington, founded in 1907
– bay windows, typically English, are often associated with Victorian architecture. the main purpose is to let in more light into the building.
– what a mansion!

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As early as December 1, the UK starts its christmassy activity which is geared towards everyone digging deep into his/her pockets.   Here seen infront of the town hall are carollers singing for some charitable organisation

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Despite the absence of a cross, you can always tell a building if it was a church or not, . this one is now a day centre.  The stained glass feature is perfect for waking up the artistic passions of the little tots!

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The cemetery grounds of the abandoned Gothic church next to us is now the refuge of squirrels.  Everytime we walk past, we see them scurrying around looking for food! this one is about a foot long and he actually stopped to pose for the camera!

Going home

It’s that time of the year again when I have to take my annual leave to spend the holiday season with my family.   Hopefully, amidst those most-eagerly awaited filipino delectables and the noise and excitement of being surrounded by family, i can still gather my thoughts and write some observations about the Philippines (as i did last year!)

and for my last post this year, from Europe, here are pics of Leicester:

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clockwise from top right:
– the white paint next to the natural brick colour on this building tells of two separate terrace houses. terrace housing originated in England in the the late 17th century. here, a row of identical or mirror-image houses share side walls.
– the restaurant, Marquis Wellington, founded in 1907
– bay windows, typically English, are often associated with Victorian architecture. the main purpose is to let in more light into the building.
– what a mansion!

church.jpg

despite the absence of a cross, you can always tell a building if it was a church or not, . this one is now a day centre. the stained glass feature is perfect for waking up the artistic passions of the little tots!

carols.jpg

I guess, december 1 in the UK is the start of every christmassy activity which is geared towards everyone digging deep into his/her pockets. here seen infront of the town hall are carollers singing for some charitable organisation

 squirrel.jpg

the cemetery grounds of the abandoned Gothic church next to us is now the refuge of squirrels. everytime we walk past, we see them scurrying around looking for food! this one is about a foot long and he actually stopped to pose for the camera!

Writing in Leicester 2


A UFO in our neighbourhood
It’s been 3 months since we moved into our flat in Queen Street but I can never get used to the sight of a UFO look-alike structure that seem to have crashed down in our neighbourhood of elegant but rundown Victorian buildings. I honestly believe that a considerable number of late 19th century buildings – most of them historical factories as ours used to be a textile mill – have been demolished to give way to this overpowering but out-of-place Leicester Theater and Performing Arts Centre which they claim would be the biggest cultural center in the UK outside of London…..Hurray! my teacher liked this opening paragraph to an Opinion page sampler that, out of the 5 students in her class, I was the only one she asked to bring this completed article next week for the whole class to review, edit and prepare for submitting to the editor of our local newspaper, the Leicester Mercury (tabloid). She reckons this would stir interest because it denotes movement (“crashed down“) and passion which editors are looking for ….

she told us this very important tip:
….so as to crack the Journalism world, we have to start at the bottom, i.e., getting our stories published (for free) even in local newspapers, and as soon as we have accumulated at least half a dozen of these published works, they then would form our portfolio when approaching the biggies…!!

here are photos of the UFO i am talking about:

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 Our apartment building constructed in 1897

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Conservation Area… are they kidding?

The Soar and the National Space Center

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 Taken from our walk by the riverside yesterday

The river of soar (this riverside) is just few-minutes walk from our doorstep.. add few minutes more and you’ll get to see the amazing National Space Center!

Did you know…..that the Beagle 2 Mars spacecraft was controlled from the NSC’s Landing Operations Control Centre. Trivia :
Beagle 2 was an unsuccessful British landing spacecraft that formed part of the European Space Agency’s 2003 Mars Express mission. It is not known for certain that the lander reached the Martian surface; all contact with it was lost upon its separation from the Mars Express six days before its scheduled entry into the atmosphere. It may have missed Mars altogether, skipped off the atmosphere and entered an orbit around the sun, or burned up during its descent. If it reached the surface, it may have hit too hard or just simply failed to contact Earth due to a minor fault….wikipedia

Happy Diwali

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Happy Diwali to all Hindus around the world!

And to celebrate it with you, we are having some Indian curry for dinner (complete with naan and pilau rice), we will  feast on some Indian sweets received by H from his Indian work colleagues and we are going to watch the fireworks and laser display in town tonight.

Did you know….
– that Leicester is the curry capital of the UK!
– that it holds the biggest Diwali celebration in the world outside India!

In a nutshell:

One of the biggest festivals of Hindus, Deepawali or Diwali in India is celebrated with lots of enthusiasm and happiness. This festival is celebrated for five continuous days, with the third day being celebrated as the main Diwali or as ‘Festival of Lights’. Fireworks are always associated with this festival. The day is celebrated with people lighting diyas, candles all around their house.
Lakshmi Puja is performed in the evening to seek divine blessings of Goddess of Wealth. Diwali gifts are exchanged among all near and dear ones.The auspicious day of Diwali is decided by the moon position & according to the Hindu calendar, Amavasya or the “no moon day” is considered the perfect day for Diwali. The dark night comes after every fortnight & in the Hindu month of Kartik (October/November), it marks the festive occasion.

The Diwali date holds an imperative meaning among the Hindus, since, the day is reckoned with Lord Rama’s coronation ceremony as the King of Ayodhya after his return to the kingdom from 14 years of exile along with his wife Sita & brother Laxman after killing the demon, King Ravana. People celebrated this occasion by lighting diyas to drive away the darkness of amavasya.