Thursday, 9 June 2011

Determination


As regular readers of my blog will know, the Belwarp lion (yesterday) isn't the only beast to grace Saltaire.  There are four splendid stone lions guarding the centre of the village, outside the Victoria Hall and what were the Factory Schools (now part of Shipley College).  This lovely chap is called 'Determination', though its name on the sandstone plinth has almost worn away.  I always think it fitting that 'Determination' should be at the entrance to the school.  In the late 1800s, those small children who first came here to be educated, after a long shift working in the mill, must have needed every ounce of determination to survive their harsh life.  Perhaps today's students, in their own ways, need to show equal determination to progress in their studies.  Many will be sitting examinations at the moment. I'm so glad that's not me!

11 comments:

  1. How could I have missed the Belwarp lion? I LOVE him! Mind you, I love these four guys too. I have photos of them all on my Flickr stream.

    I assume you have the alpacas on here somewhere too - or are they next in your tour of Saltaire's 'wildlife'?

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  2. I'm glad it's not me as well! today, I'm afraid that determination is not enough to succeed...

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  3. Such a beautiful lion! I just love the look on this face and the way his front paws are positioned.

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  4. He's a fabulous lion - also love the carving on the building!

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  5. The lion, the fantastic tree, the gorgeous half hidden building façade, everything is beautiful in this shot, Jenny.

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  6. I too have plenty of determination while lying down, it's when I get up that I find I really can't be bothered!

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  7. Love that evergreen as a backdrop. Such a perfect composition! ~Lili

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  8. This is an appropriate post to follow up on your earlier post about the Belwarp lions. I took some photos of a bronze lion around here earlier this week, but I didn't get any I liked.

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  9. What a beauty Determination is! I'm sure he would inspire me.

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  10. Ben finished his exams (AS levels) on the day before the half term holiday. I am so relieved that they are over!

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