Fair Nottingham

As mentioned in my previous post, I got the great opportunity to get out of London and visit the smaller, more scenic town of fair Nottingham- (it’s unofficial nickname, of course. At least it should be).  Yes, yes, that is the home of Robin Hood.  It is also the home of the alleged oldest pub in England, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, pub and inn, propped against the rocks below Nottingham Castle.  (This is starting to sound like a old English tale, isn’t it?).  The inn was established in 1189 AD.

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I tried a couple beers from Nottingham brewery’s in the quarters of the pub.  One was a an extra pale ale from Nottingham Brewery recommended by a local, who I had a nice chat with.   It felt quite old with exposed dirt wall, old stone, low ceilings, and narrow staircases.

Nottingham Castle

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Castle...rly Rock??

Castle…rly Rock??

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Me and Monsieur Hood.

Me and Monsieur Hood.

Of course, all these touristy bits I fit in after my commitments concluded.  The whole reason I was able to go to Nottingham was to be a delegate for Birkbeck, along with four other students, at the annual NUS LGBT Conference. I spent most of my weekend in Nottingham voting on policy and listening to debates.  It was interesting and, as usual, inspiring.  I’ve been missing the activist spirit.

Birkbeck paid for our accommodation in the halls of residence at University of Nottingham, Jubilee campus, where the conference was held, our train tickets, and our conference entrance, which included full meals. It was very nice.  Because of my involvement in the conference, I’m now more involved in decisions regarding the two LGBTQ groups at Birkbeck- Birkbeck Pride and the LGBT+ campaign- and I’m very pleased to be.

Out the window of my room at University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus.

Out the window of my room at University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus.

 

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Night tour of Jubilee Campus.

Night tour of Jubilee Campus.

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Trapped???  In or out?  Some of this campus has a very sci-fi feel at night...

Trapped??? In or out? Some of this campus has a very sci-fi feel at night…


Aluminum tubes!!

Aluminum tubes!!


This is the largest snail I've seen in the wild life.  Snails are smart to hid their grossness in cool shells.

This is the largest snail I’ve seen in the wild life. Snails are smart to hid their grossness in cool shells.


The sky may be burning.

The sky may be burning.

While I had a break in Conference Sunday morning, I hoofed it to Wollaton Hall, a thirty minute walk from campus.  It’s a pretty old house-place situated atop a hill in a vast park of wide open green spaces.

Wollaton Hall.  Bruce Wayne's accomodation (see: Batman Begins).

Wollaton Hall. Bruce Wayne’s accomodation (see: Batman Begins).

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There is a Natural History Museum taking up most of the rooms inside.

There is a Natural History Museum taking up most of the rooms inside.


The Willoughby family lived here.

The Willoughby family lived here.

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BATMAN!

BATMAN!


Just the backyard, NBD.

Just the backyard, NBD.

Hope you’ve enjoyed your little visit into Nottingham!

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