I had a lovely day-trip to Durham on Monday. It’s about 2.5 hours or so from here on the train, which is pretty good, although I didn’t plan my final connection on the way back and ended up with 45 mins in a very boring station. Oops!
I’ve been to Durham a few times since I studied there but the friend I was with hadn’t been there since I left nearly 10 years ago. And I rarely go into the town itself now (I have another friend out in one of the villages).
We found that a mystery pair of smug-looking warthogs has appeared in front of St Mary’s College:
and there’s a new, very orange building along from St Mary’s which holds the Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic studies.
And the Upper Room sculpture has gone, after it became rotten.
But otherwise, nothing much changes.