Another perfect spring day for Episode 2 of the Story of Reddy, Bluey and Yellowy. This time we’ll be going up on the roof of the hotel there for what we’re hoping will be some spectacular crane views. But first a recap of the story so far and a look round the corner to see how they’ve got on since yesterday.
So Giant Crane Reddy, second biggest of its kind in Europe, has been here for months. But gets surrounded by the new building its been working on. How will Reddy get out? Well with the help of even bigger Giant Crane Bluey and willing helper Yellowy. But they have a very limited time to do it as the streets around Reddy can only be closed from 7pm Friday to 6am Monday. Can they do it? Read on!
See how quickly I’ve become a self-professed crane expert?
Though in truth Yellowy got most of the attention yesterday, Bluey’s clearly about to do some spectacular lifting here.
For lifting the heavier base sections of Reddy? What would I know.
Mary’s a regular reader of the blog and during a conversation on Twitter last night had invited me to come and photograph for Episode 2 from their roof. As we talk I’m gratified to hear Mary talk of all the cranes, even Orangey, as if they’re now much loved characters. So it isn’t just me!
And I agree with Mary that I’ll be back to tell the story of the Hotel, and the Carriage Works and what they’re doing with the buildings just below us in the picture.
But that’s a different story. Today we’re here for the Giant Cranes.
But I know nothing’s going to happen for a while, as I’d seen all the crane workers going off for an early lunch. Probably been working since dawn. So I agree with Mary I’ll be back and go off for my own late breakfast.
Cue man with a camera bewildering the friendly but mystified Hope Street Hotel staff, running past muttering ‘It’s nearly down.’
Meanwhile, Reddy’s next piece is nearly ready to be lifted up and swung out.
Now away from all the limelight Orangey’s been doing a good steady job here these two days, pretty much finishing off this side of the building. So well done Orangey. But given the street it’s in – Hope Street being right up there in Liverpool’s starry firmament of favourite streets (the others being Bold Street, Canning Street and Huskisson Street since you asked) – is this new building really worthy of its place? I’d say not. I know it’s not finished and I know all new building’s get criticised just for being new. But utilitarian? Unlike the splendid new Everyman at the far end there. RIBA new building of the year, and built with proper bricks too.
People still passing by, captive in their cars, riveted to their phones. Blithely unaware that right next to them Reddy, Bluey and Yellowy have been dancing, pirouetting and performing miracles all weekend.
This bewilders me. Call it Culture and people will queue up to see it. But science, physics, engineering? ‘No you’re all right mate.’
Well. After that mighty two-part saga of the Giant Cranes this hobbit is hungry and so heads back to the Shire, where he’s sure a feast awaits him!
Yes, bear with me on this one. We’re still in a story and the part of ‘home’ is being played by the Sefton Park Palm House. And just like towards the end of Lord of the Rings the Shire is full of people!
Unlike a couple of weeks from now when an organisation I’ve criticised before will be taking over another part of our park for a pay to enter elitist event this hobbit wouldn’t go to on principle.
I have a main course and an afters. I’ve been working in heavy construction all morning after all! Plants, crafts, beer and sunshine. It is the springtime of the year and as I sit down on the grass to eat I am surrounded by delighted babies, emerging from their cocoons into a warm and sunshiney world. Particular regards to young Oscar, taking his first steps. May many millions follow Oscar. I have found walking and constantly to be one of the deepest joys of my life.
‘The Establishment’ by Owen Jones still, in case you were wondering. Brilliant but enraging, so I’m reading it relatively slowly as I have to pause regularly for swearing breaks.
No apologies for Episode 2 being longer than Episode 1. That’s the way it is with sagas.
And if, in the morning, your bike or your bus or your car should turn from Catharine Street into Myrtle Street, realise that you’re riding across a stage. Where three Giant Cranes have graced Liverpool this weekend. Thank you all.