Changing times – underground cycle garage
I’m trying to ignore the loonies (extremists and activists) these days, and pay more attention to those who actually want to get things done and achieve things in a quiet and reasonable manner.
One thing I pay more attention to than I used to is cycling, and changes that support it.
In this case I was walking along George Street and then into Duke Street one night, looking at one of my old favourite buildings (or to be more accurate, the remaining façade) of the former Great Eastern Hotel (which was really a men’s hostel). The area beneath now serves as an underground car park for the flats built behind the original façade, but due to the direction I was walking, I noticed that there was more than just cars secured down there, and that the residents had been provided with proper racking for the bikes.
Seriously, we need more ‘quiet revolution’ where facilities such as this are provided without fuss or drama, as it would get more people to consider taking up cycling than all the bolshie, loud-mouthed, arrogant activists demanding this, that, and the other, and actively provoking drivers on the road. Lots of ordinary folk (of which I count myself) are kept away from getting on a bike more often (or maybe even at all) as we don’t want to be associated with, or possible even mistaken for, one of those nut-jobs.
I don’t know how a cameraphone would cope with this sort of shot (probably with a minute aperture and bags of image processing), but it was a pig.
I had to take control of exposure and focus – the focus wanted to prefer the nearest object, while the exposure wanted to follow that, meaning that all I got at first was a nice sharp window grill, and burnt out interior.
Followed by thoughts of a pro-dSLR maybe being worth £5,000 after all, since all the adjustments are located on their own knobs and buttons, rather than buried in menus!