Nottingham Riverside Festival 2007. A most unusual sight 2 Star Wars Stormtroopers looking as if on patrol watching 2 Nottingham police constables who were on patrol. Both were wearing black & white and helmeted. The police constables were unarmed where the storm troopers were carrying weapons. 2 completely contrasting sets of indiviuals.
Nottingham has a wonderful Council House its the city hall built in the late 1920's with a mixture of styles. It has 200 feet (61 m) high dome that rises above the city is the centrepiece of the skyline and presides magnificently over the Old Market Square that looks like that of St Pauls in London. In the dome is a 7 tonne bell we call Little John which has the deepest tone in the country and on a good day can be heard up to 7 miles from the city. Its designed in Neo-Baroque style characterised by the huge pillars that circle the building along with the carvings on the facade. The central arcade that was inspired by the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a double arcade in the center of Milan and The Ballroom, is similar in style to one at the Palace of Versailles, with gilt embellished columns and a highly decorated ceiling. The fine parquet sprung floor is made from oak, walnut and ebonized pearwood. French windows lead out onto the famous balcony overlooking the Old Market Square. It is also one of my favourite buildings.