A City of Culture doesn’t happen by accident!

Hull is making a bid for City of Culture 2017. But what is culture?

C – is for Commitment… Culture, of any value, rarely happens by accident! Take music in Hull. A HUGE number of people are committed to it. Look at the Humber Street Sesh, the Freedom Festival, the Trinity Festival coming up: musicians – writers – venue and gig organisers – sound engineers – fans –  to practice, rehearse, record, produce CDs, MP3s, get to gigs, play at their best… Music is one of the greatest aspects of culture that Hull can be proud of. There are many other areas too. So praise and support the commitment and achievement of others… Now… how would you describe your commitment…?

  • “Had I been a man, I might have explored the Poles or climbed Mount Everest, but as it was, my spirit found outlet in the air.” – Amy Johnson, Hull, first woman aircraft engineer, first woman pilot licence, and the first person to fly solo to Australia.
  • “Commitment is an act, not a word.” – Jean-Paul Sartre, French, philosopher (existentialist).
  • Former Hull FC and Hull KR winger, Clive Sullivan, played for the city from the age of 17. He scored 100 tries for each team and was a British captain.
  • “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – Vince Lombardi, USA football player, coach, and executive.

U – is for Understanding… Understanding something worth understanding! … How to play an instrument… How to inspire a team, a sportsman, a sportswoman… How to paint… How to do ‘art’… How to READ a poem … How to write one…  How to design something, build something, repair something … Writing a play … performing it … how to tell a joke! How to understand others… Knowing where we are in history, in politics, in the progress of our society. Understanding the part we can play…

  • “Had we but world enough, and time, This coyness, Lady, were no crime” – Andrew Marvell, Hull, poet, “To his coy mistress”.
  • “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” – Marilyn Monroe 🙂
  • “Age shouldn’t affect you. It’s just like the size of your shoes – they don’t determine how you live your life! You’re either marvellous or you’re boring, regardless of your age.” – Steven Morrissey

L – Learning to love LIFE... How shall we maximise our living, our life, our potential? What can you do, or learn to do? How can we live more cleverly, live more absolutely? …

  • “If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.” – Benjamin Franklin, president, USA.
  • “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde
  • “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Oscar Wilde, Dublin, Oxford, writer.

T – is for Tradition… YOUR HISTORY, HERSTORY… your town’s, your country’s, your world’s… Lampada ferens… we’re carrying a light… Tradition is what we HAND ON to the next generation… SO, what shall we hand on? … In Hull, we’re Vikings, we’re Tigers, we’re Robins. We invade, we strive, we fly. At the North Yorkshire Galtres festival, we are the #hullinvasion! But what should we really seek to invade the rest of the country with?!?!

  • “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” – William Shakespeare
  • “For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.” – John F. Kennedy
  • “Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.” – W. Somerset Maugham

U – is for Understanding… Ha! You’d thought you’d done that one! This is understanding others, walking in another’s shoes. Compassion, empathy, concern, going beyond just oneself. Beyond our family, into society, beyond that, into other countries, other cultures, and who knows, one day, other worlds. Patience. Tolerance. For example, there’s no place for racism in Hull. Two words. Clive. Sullivan.

  • “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” – Carl Jung.
  • “I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet.” – Denis Waitley
  • “People understand me so poorly that they don’t even understand my complaint about them not understanding me.” – Soren Kierkegaard 🙂 Danish theologian, philosopher (existentialist).
  • “Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in his shoes.” (That way, if he gets angry, you’re a mile away, and you have his shoes.)” 🙂

R – is for Reading… What do you read? Where does your info come from? What books? what sources? Who are you listening to, learning from? Are you being challenged in some way? To go beyond yourself, to be better than you thought you could be?

  • “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” – Ray Bradbury, author.
  • “There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.” – Will Rogers 🙂

E – is for Education… How are you growing? Are you still learning things? Where do you want your life to lead you? What are you building on?

  •  “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela. Mandela was given the freedom of the City of Hull. I was there. I shook his hand.
  • “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats

C – U – L – T – U – R – E

“I hope everyone that is reading this is having a really good day. And if you are not, just know that in every new minute that passes you have an opportunity to change that.” – Gillian Anderson




“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”  ― Oscar Wilde


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