Arkleseizure and Architecture.

Christians take Easter more seriously than Christmas, it seems. When we were in Liverpool Cathedral yesterday, the staff were making some form of floral arrangement round the base of a crucifix.
Being a comparatively recent construct, the detailing of the building is somewhat more stylised than the Medieval Cathedrals like York and Canterbury. The stained glass is also rather more non-literal than older buildings.
However, on reviewing this close-up photo of the upper western window, I suddenly saw what it represented.

The upper western windowA heavenly choir rehearsing far belowThe western entrance for the outsideThe mezzanine cafe and gift shop rather incongruously sit at the base of this cross-aisle The exterior from the south west

The tower is 331 feet tall. The building was designed by Giles Gilbert Scott, also famous for Battersea Power Station and the Red Telephone Kiosk.

A crown on the top of the Post Boxplaque explaining the background of the box

The special post boxTangentially  related to the K2, (as in being commissioned for the British Post Office), I also walked past this fine post box  down near the Albert Docks area, near the office where the Duck boats depart.  This would not look good with an extra postman storage box bolted onto the side of it.

I once had a trip to the Post Office Research Establishment near Rugby and visited their house of the future. One interesting feature was a household external drop box, openable by the householder and also by delivery tradesmen. I’ve waited for such an item to appear for years and got mildly interested when Royal Mail started using the term Safeplace  on their delivery cards. Disappointingly, the scheme is not quite what I’d like yet.

A trip up the tower

Liverpool has two Cathedrals, the Anglican Cathedral is the one that isn’t round. It is a 20th Century construct, being started in 1904 and not being completed until 1978. It is possible to visit the top of the tower via two lifts and 108 steps.
A schematic of the visitThe Greys in the liftThe passage from the first lift to the second oneThe ceiling dome in the roof void near lift twoThe bells seen from level ten (as high as the 2nd lift goes)Looking down on the bells from higher inside the towerThe stairs fork near the top of the tower.Karen and David pause for the cameraConcrete roof trusses at the top of the towerThe trusses from higher upDavid pulling faces on the roofThe roof- visitors are constrained to duckboards round the edgeThe up stair. The shed is for a member of staffThe other Cathedral- the Catholic one (1967)You can just make out Blackpool tower on the HorizonThe long journey back down