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What do members think of the new look Victoria Centre?

Went down Notts the other day to do some shopping, to my amazement the clock at the front had gone!!! this was hard for me to tack in as if I was to meet anyone in Notts is would always be by the clock.

On going to catch my bus at the other end of the centre there it was now I don't know what you think but to me it's now in the wrong place.

People just walk by and now never stop to look at the clock.

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There's a whole thread on the clock and its relocation somewhere on here. On my Tablet so can't paste it in.

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The engineer needs to fix the clock again as it is bang out of order it has been acting wrong cause the birds and squirrels weren't dancing and the petals were moving the opposit way to what they should be doing and my solution is taking it back to it's original location and make a new octagonal frame and whilst the frame is being build please move it to a temporary spot in another centre

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I'm amazed that thing still exists at all. Even in my days there it was held together with Araldite, string and elastic bands. Has it been re-jigged?

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It is not how it was and I think it is something to do with cafe rizzoli damaging an electrical or mechanic of the clock so it would have to move back.

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I think Rizzoli cafe destroyed the clock's electronics and now the clocks petals are moving up and down and not normally how they should be so i better get pete dexter back into the centre and fix the clock

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Do we know Rizzoli damaged it, how did they, was it deliberate?

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Just realised I'm actually in that photo!!
Behind the clock and to the left there are two 'big' girls, then a small boy, then a lady with white hair, well that small boy was me!

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Thought I would pop back to the forum to see what's occurring.

 

Must say I don't visit the clock for fear of seeing it not in fine fettle.  I am saddened to hear that it might not be getting the attention it needs.  Those of you who followed the journey will know that I put a lot of hours into it over several years.  I would have liked an on going arrangement to fettle it as necessary but it wasn't to be.  If 'The Management' ask, I would happily sort it out at any time.

 

Pete (The Engineer)

 

 

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...and it would also be much better if it was sited in its original location - in the large 'exhibition area' of Victoria Centre.

 

Its current location - hidden away upstairs, with the upper features of the clock lost in the roof girders - is completely inappropriate.

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I was passing yesterday so stopped to check at midday.  The bell rang and the music played.  However the petals (a few of which now look bent) cycled down-up-down-up throughout the performance and the 'orchestra' (three birds and three squirrels) were not spinning.  Looking back in this thread it appears that these faults I observed may have been present for over a year.

 

The cobweb water wheel was turning but several butterflies were not tumbling.  All butterflies look tarnished/verdigris.  One of the 12 water jets looked a bit blocked.

 

I agree with the sentiment of most (all?) who remember it in the lower atrium.  It looks so lost upstairs and I was reminded yesterday how close the three rotating arms at high level come to touching the girders (luck rather than judgement I think).

 

It is coming up for five years since Emma switched it back on (17 June 2015).  How time flies.  Let's hope it still attracts enough coins to make a difference to the chosen charities.

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Or to pay for a bit of decent maintenance....

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17 hours ago, The Engineer said:

I agree with the sentiment of most (all?) who remember it in the lower atrium.  It looks so lost upstairs and I was reminded yesterday how close the three rotating arms at high level come to touching the girders (luck rather than judgement I think).

 

Photos of the clock in its original location often crop up on various Facebook Groups, and those photos always produce a large number of comments saying that its current location is stupid, and it should be back where it was.

 

I'd be interested to know who thinks the present position is a good idea - apart from a few Intu managers who've never actually been there.

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Does it still play that awful Gigue en Rondeau by Rameau?

 

Why they chose that particular piece I really don't know. I can think of many nicer compositions.

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I guess they needed that for those squirrels to dance too.  Should have used Bach's Gigue Fugue.

How about a bit of Poulenc?

When I lived alone for a couple of years after the first Mrs L died I had a young black Lab nemed Solomon.  He liked to lay in his bed in the kitchen.  There used to be a radio program each afternoon witn a real mix of music.  Every so often they'd play some Poulenc while I was making supper.  I'd say in an excited tone,  "it's Poulenc Sol!"  He'd come flying out of his corner, jump up and put his front paws in my hands, and we'd go whirling round the kitchen.

Sorry!  Irrelavent to the thread, I know, but it brings a tear as I write and was reminded of it.  It was quite danceable.

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Ah that’s really nice Dave, I can visualise that. 

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Crazy old guy and a big black dog.  Lol.  We must have looked quite the pair.

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