Carriacou Carnival 2010

May 29, 2010
Carriacou carnival

Carriacou Carnaval

Many people from Carriacou in the Caribbean have come to live and work in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Here are some links to YouTube videos made at the February 2010 Carriacou and Petite Martinique Carnaval.

First, a funky TV trailer promoting Carnival.

Next, a clip of Carnival in the rain!

And this be dancin in da street!

Carriacou smile


Huddersfield’s Queensgate Market Hall is 40

April 5, 2010
Ceramic sculpture in the Market Hall

Interior sculpture

Tomorrow the architectural wonder of Kirklees, West Yorkshire celebrates its 40th birthday. It’s Queensgate Market Hall in the centre of Huddersfield. This unique building is an expression of geometric genius. It’s ”roofed with 21 free – standing asymmetric hyperbolic paraboloid shells”. It is also a ceramic giant with what is probably “the world’s largest ceramic sculpture”. A combination of distinguished architecture and art.

Councillor Julie Stewart-Turner, the Mayor of Kirklees, will unveil a commemorative plaque and blow out the candles on a birthday cake in the Market Hall at 2.30 pm tomorrow April 6th.

Architectural wonders are often reserved for metropolitan elites.

In contrast, the Market Hall is used by a wide range of people in Huddersfield.

Market Hall at night

Night scene

Its many market stalls and market shops have served the town with fresh produce and a wide range of goods for 40 years. The market is still popular with the market traders and their customers.

Local communities are grateful for the work of Huddersfield Gem, a local heritage group, which has done a lot to promote the preservation of the Market Hall in recent years.

Here’s a link to two impressive fly-through architect’s animations of the Market Hall.

Market Hall 1973 photo

Photo taken in 1973

Social media training for communities

February 24, 2010
A consultation session at the social media surgery

An earnest consultation at the Huddersfield Social Media Surgery

If you want to get your community group online there is free social media training for you at the Media Centre, Northumberland Street, Huddersfield. Learn about blogging, text messaging, Facebook, Twitter and other free websites on Monday 24th May at 4.30-7pm. Just drop in for advice, there is no need to book.

The fine people who run it are all volunteers called Huddersfield Social Media and you can visit their interesting WordPress blog filled with useful links at: