A shameless bit of self-promo here, as the title suggests, so I really won’t be offended if you’re busy and decide not to read on!
Munich’s Allianz Arena, home to FC Bayern and on occasion the German national football team, is one of the world’s best examples of how a new build football stadium should be designed.
Like another of Germany’s more interesting attractions, Tempelhofer Feld in Berlin, the existence of the Allianz Arena is owed to a regional referendum, where almost two thirds of voters backed plans for the new stadium. After ground was broken in 2002, Bayern moved in to the 346 million euro arena during 2005 and announced that by the end of 2014 they had recouped the building cost, years ahead of their 2030 target. Minus the sponsor’s name (a financial services firm headquartered in Munich), it was used for six matches in the 2006 World Cup including the opening game and a semi-final, hosting Germany twice in two wins.
Today (Saturday 29th July) Norwich decked itself out in rainbow colours and a year’s supply of face paint to mark its annual Pride celebrations. The mood was buoyant, marking the fiftieth anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality with the LGBT+ community and allies gathering in large numbers in the city centre from early in the day.
Teenage Fanclub: the 90s indie legends feted by the likes of Oasis and Kurt Cobain have had a pretty good 2016 with a top-10 album Here, superb UK and US tours and even an appearance on the Andrew Marr Show to boot. Norman Blake and co. also like their, er, trajectory for 2017 with a series of shows planned including a huge date at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in February to end a European tour, followed by jaunts to Japan and Australia.
As part of a project for the UEA Publishing Society, hopefully for consideration for their next zine, I used my 35mm film disposable camera not only to take photographs of my flatmates but also some of the most beautiful parts of UEA’s campus. My favourite photo is probably the one of the UEA broad, hopefully it proves that you don’t need to be an expert photographer or have expensive kit to take a reasonable photo in the right surroundings! All photographs were taken mid-afternoon on Monday 3rd October 2016, the start of my second week of uni. Enjoy!