Saturday, 15 June 2013

After the having read, watched films and listened to the music of Sheffield, the city has finally come to life.

I didn’t expect I would experience so much difficulty in understanding the accent, especially after having been a long time listener of the Arctic Monkeys! It was embarrassing when I misinterpreted the phrase, “Are you alright?” as an inquiry into my wellbeing and I am still not quite sure how to answer this greeting. So far, the Northern hospitality has not been obvious or pronounced.
 
The instantly recognisable Park Hill housing estate looms over the city. Urban Splash, a design firm specialising in regeneration of decaying structures, has got its work cut out with its redevelopment. The conditions of the flats which not yet been redeveloped are shocking however the new apartments look stylish inside and out, but that may not be enough to convince a prospective investor. The high-risk nature of the project means that the first phase of redeveloped apartments are the most affordable, but if they don’t sell the next stages will not proceed. Redevelopment of the entire site may have been a better option than their gradual approach but Urban Splash is remaining tight lipped about the progress of the sales. Whether or not the historic listing of Park Hill is a mistake remains to be seen. If I were a prospective investor, I would hold onto my money.
 
Sheffield Hallam University takes prime position in Sheffield, linking the train station to the city centre (AKA heart of the city). It has a great bustling atmosphere and I can only imagine how alive it is when it isn't the holiday period. It is a pity we are not participating in any of the Doc Fest events which seem to be generating so much excitement everywhere. 
After the first day in Sheffield, I attended the optional pub tour, which took us to two pubs. The first pub, The Graduate is just like a country pub at home and the second, Bungalow and Bear, is a hipster bar in a converted fire station. I returned to Bungalow and Bear later in the week and watched a performance by Leeds psychedelic-rock band, Weirds. I like the reuse of buildings such as Bungalow and Bear, and even Liberty Works, which still hold so much character from their past.
Nestled in the countryside, the Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet was a charming place to spend the morning of the second day. Considering how old the site is it is in remarkable condition. It reminded me of the pioneer settlement museum in Swan Hill which I visited as a child, so I can imagine how much fun the visiting school children were having.  The school children were dressed up in old-fashioned attire and matched up with my childhood image of England shaped by Beatrix Potter and Enid Blyton stories.
 
Later in the day we had lunch in the midst of the industrial wasteland of Kelham Island at The Fat Cat pub, which specialises in craft beer. Despite its location, The Fat Cat is not a working mans pub, rather it is a destination for beer geeks, hipsters and cat lovers alike. It is an example of gentrification in Sheffield after the collapse of the steel industry. 

I absolutely adored the artwork and interior decorating of Chatsworth House which we visited on Thursday. The extensive grounds were gorgeous with families of ducks roaming around. I could definitely see myself living there with Mr Darcy :P
The lectures each day have enhanced my experience of the places we visit by providing background and I feel very fortunate to listen to the insightful guest lecturers. The days are long and tiring but definitely worth it. This weekend I am going to London to experience the famous nightlife, shopping and visit The Crystal! I'll report back when (if) I return!  
- Angela Plazzer, Bachelor of Urban, Rural and Environmental Planning

10 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing.I found a lot of interesting information here. A really good post, very thankful and hopeful that you will write many more posts like this one.
    notepad.software
    vidmate.onl
    filezilla.software

    ReplyDelete
  2. In these chronicles, each understudy tries to impact the incredible arrangement and I to can see that each understudy finishing an uncommon effort to making the extraordinary one structure and get help with assignments australia for unique info. Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  3. very nicely written. Awesome and enjoyable article.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Economics Assignment Help

    ReplyDelete
  4. wonderful This was among the best posts from your team it let me learn many new things. futsuu ni naritai

    ReplyDelete
  5. IT JOBS IN HYDERABAD

    Thanks For sharing this information.

    Post and Apply Jobs in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula - http://www.grabrightjob.com/


    corporate uniform singapore

    ReplyDelete
  6. Are you tired of paying a lot of money for research papers help? We offer the Write My Research Papers and other custom writing services, certified to be top-notch quality for the best results.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Kronospoker.com merupakan situs penyedia permainan IDN Poker dan Daftar Judi Poker Online Terpercaya, capsa susun online, ceme online, ceme keliling, super10, omaha dan domino QQ terbaik dan terpercaya Indonesia. Kronospoker selalu memberikan pengalaman bermain judi kartu online terbaik kepada seluruh membernya.

    Semua permainan yang tersedia dapat anda mainkan hanya dengan menggunakan 1 user ID yang akan anda dapatkan setelah melakukan pendaftaran akun di Kronospoker. Selain menyediakan permainan Online Poker, Kronospoker juga menyediakan game Domino QQ, Capsa Susun terbaik di Indonesia.

    Kami telah mendapatkan kepercayaan dan reputasi terbaik dari para member Poker Indonesia, Karena kami memberikan pelayanan kepada semua member yang bermain di situs kami. Serta Berapapun kemenangan yang anda dapatkan akan langsung dibayar oleh Agen Judi Poker Online Terbaik Kronospoker, mau itu jackpot atau bonus lainnya.

    ReplyDelete

  8. Amazing blog your blog is really good and your article has always good thank you for information.

    คาสิโนออนไลน์ที่น่าเชื่อถือและมีความเป็นมืออาชีพที่สุดในตอนนี้
    โปรโมชั่นGclub ของทางทีมงานตอนนี้แจกฟรีโบนัส 50%
    เพียงแค่คุณสมัคร สล็อตออนไลน์ กับทางทีมงานของเราเพียงเท่านั้น
    ร่วมมาเป็นส่วนหนึ่งกับเว็บไซต์คาสิโนออนไลน์ของเราได้เลยค่ะ
    สมัครสล็อตออนไลน์ >>> Goldenslot
    สนใจร่วมสนุกกับ คาสิโนออนไลน์ คลิ๊กได้เลย
    มีทั้งคาสิโนออนไลน์ หวยออนไลน์ ฟุตบอลออนไลน์ สล็อตออนไลน์ และอื่นๆอีกมากมาย

    ReplyDelete