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Uni: A Polytechnic Reunion, Plymouth, Devon - 17th December 2005

Nosher's in Plymouth for a reunion of former Polytechnic or University alumni, in this case for anyone and not based on any particular year, so of course there's absolutely no-one else from any of the years Nosher was there, with the honourable exception of fellow bar worker and one-time SU president Matt "Gimli" Horton. Just before the reunion kicks off, Nosher has a couple of hours to hang around town, after checking in to the Copthorn Hotel. Plymouth is in a constant state of rebuilding and never seems to settle for anything for any period of time, and in the two years since Nosher's last visit the southern end of Armada Way, where it crosses over Royal Parade, has been levelled, the subway removed, and the whole area paved in order to make a large open space. For the timebeing, this space is occupied by a large ferris wheel which spins around slowly giving nice views over the city. Anyway, Plymouth in pre-Christmas mode has plenty of colour, what with the lights 'n' all, and loads of people milling around in a shopping frenzy. Then, it's time for the reunion which, despite the almost-total lack of familiar faces, is still enjoyable, if nothing else for the chance to hang out once again and drink beer in the students' union bar - even though, somewhat apallingly, there's no real ale any more. There's also a chance to poke around and see what's new, and observe the horror that is the destruction of the old bar, and the fact that everything seems to have received a covering of play-school paint

next album: A Wander Around Hoo Meavy and Burrator, Dartmoor, Devon - 18th December 2005
previous album: Sunsets, The BBs, a B-17 Crash Site and a Study of Pheasant Feathers, Diss and Bressingham, Norfolk - 11th December 2005

2005 The ferris wheel, outside Plymouth Guildhall in the new paved area by Royal Parade

The ferris wheel, outside Plymouth Guildhall in the new paved area by Royal Parade

2005 A couple of local lads spot an opportunity to play up for the camera

A couple of local lads spot an opportunity to play up for the camera

2005 Market stalls on Armada Way; the darkened tower of the civic centre looms in the distance

Market stalls on Armada Way; the darkened tower of the civic centre looms in the distance

2005 Looking up Armada Way

Looking up Armada Way

2005 Standing on the sundial, looking down New George Street

Standing on the sundial, looking down New George Street

2005 Armada Way and the intersection with Cornwall Street

Armada Way and the intersection with Cornwall Street

2005 New George Street

New George Street

2005 A smaller ferris wheel on Cornwall Street

A smaller ferris wheel on Cornwall Street

2005 Voodoo Lounge (which used to be called Charlie's), a small nightclub by The Money Centre

Voodoo Lounge (which used to be called Charlie's), a small nightclub by The Money Centre

2005 More of the ongoing building works as the redeveloping of Drakes Circus: the M&S project

More of the ongoing building works as the redeveloping of Drakes Circus: the M&S project

2005 Ferris wheel reflected in the ponds outside the Civic Centre

Ferris wheel reflected in the ponds outside the Civic Centre

2005 60s architecture, rumoured to be on the cards for demolition

60s architecture, rumoured to be on the cards for demolition

2005 More 60s: the link between the Civic Centre and the building next door

More 60s: the link between the Civic Centre and the building next door

2005 Stark 60s concrete in black and white

Stark 60s concrete in black and white

2005 Derry's Department Store, in green, on Royal Parade near Derry's Cross

Derry's Department Store, in green, on Royal Parade near Derry's Cross

2005 The ABC Cinema, Derry's Cross

The ABC Cinema, Derry's Cross

2005 Mince pies and fizz on reception

Mince pies and fizz on reception

2005 The bar staff wait for the crowds

The bar staff wait for the crowds

2005 The lockers on the ramp down to the canteen

The lockers on the ramp down to the canteen

2005 The SU pyramid has got some fancy blinds up

The SU pyramid has got some fancy blinds up

2005 The destruction of the old bar is somewhat shocking

The destruction of the old bar is somewhat shocking

2005 The bar has been turned into a fake nightclub

The bar has been turned into a fake nightclub

2005 The PPSU games room

The PPSU games room

2005 Nosher was with Wee Jimmy when he died in the steps of Drake's Circus car park

Nosher was with Wee Jimmy when he died in the steps of Drake's Circus car park

2005 The former 'Never Open Especially When It's Busy' bar

The former 'Never Open Especially When It's Busy' bar

2005 Guests arrive in the SU

Guests arrive in the SU

2005 The steps down to the Students' Union

The steps down to the Students' Union

2005 Stick-game action in the games room

Stick-game action in the games room

2005 The passage towards the TV room and the bogs

The passage towards the TV room and the bogs

2005 Mingling guests at the little bar

Mingling guests at the little bar

2005 Co-organiser Helen Pearson, with Matt 'Gimli' Horton

Co-organiser Helen Pearson, with Matt 'Gimli' Horton

2005 Comedian Shappi Khorsandi performs in the SU

Comedian Shappi Khorsandi performs in the SU

2005 The reunion crowds

The reunion crowds

2005 Shappi Khorsandi

Shappi Khorsandi

2005 The Class of 1971

The Class of 1971

2005 A double-act featuring Brian Damage

A double-act featuring Brian Damage

2005 Brian Damage on guitar

Brian Damage on guitar

2005 The bar is getting crowded like it used to be

The bar is getting crowded like it used to be

2005 More stick game

More stick game

2005 A good covers band does its thing

A good covers band does its thing

2005 A session of snakebite and black

A session of snakebite and black

2005 The SU

The SU

2005 The band does its thing a bit more

The band does its thing a bit more

2005 Some kind of dancing occurs

Some kind of dancing occurs

2005 The road oft travelled, and the least-changed part of the SU

The road oft travelled, and the least-changed part of the SU

2005 Organiser Rebecca Liddington

Organiser Rebecca Liddington

2005 A view to the bogs

A view to the bogs

2005 more reunion attendees

more reunion attendees

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The ferris wheel, outside Plymouth Guildhall in the new paved area by Royal Parade

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