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Perhaps the only surviving expression of Adwick Uniform

As every other CQD site before the UK referendum this website uses a CSS style sheet based on the former Adwick School’s uniform. The style sheet is still retained on the Archive for the Yorkshire Viking Blog and on this memorial site. If you are a former Adwick School pupil and would like to use the WordPress theme for your own blog, do get in touch!

My personal twin blogs have now dropped the Adwick Theme. The reasons for this are explained on the Archive for the Yorkshire Viking page.

A Brighter Dawn Is Breaking

You notice it every day. It is lighter.

bright sun

The bright morning sunshine outside where I live.

In three weeks, we shall no longer have the honour of having shorter days than most other people – for let us face it not many people live in the Arctic North. As incredible as it seems, we shall have longer days. Indeed within five weeks, the night will be vanishing altogether!

I cannot help but make comparisons with the new day for the community in which I grew up. What was my school has finally been closed, and demolition has already begun. Perhaps I should say that it has according to the local paper; one of my sources in Woodlands and Adwick informs me that the only thing done so far is the erection of fences to keep away the curious public. Nevertheless the old has now passed as surely as our Polar Night.


Norway gets lighter and brighter. The Equinox is near.

As amazing as the 24 hour daylight here, the news that there children lined up outside their new school several hours before their first school day began – just so they could be the first to get a glimpse of their new school. Pupils were amazed at the freshness, newness and cleanness of the building. Such a positive response, it must be said, is a credit to the successor school, and says a lot; sadly it also says a lot that ours could not command such adoring praise.

Nevertheless, what is new to them will one day be old. The worn out buildings that are now coming down were as exciting to me, in my day, as the new school is to today’s generation. Seeing the pictures of those old buildings that have been sent to me this last year confirms only one thing: the world I knew has long since gone. I do not want to remember Adwick School as an old building that is tired, but for that equally exciting brighter dawn of life it once represented.

Lødingen town

Houses bask in the bright sunshine and snow.

I meanwhile can thank the Lord for the beauty of the nature around me, and the day that is today…. and the time that is now.


4 Responses to A Brighter Dawn Is Breaking

  • Beautiful beautiful pictures as always Christopher. Thanks for inviting me to join you here on your new website. It’s very nice. You’ve done a fine job rebuilding it. 🙂

    • Viking says:

      Thanks. You’ll see that I’ve now tweaked the colours since your last visit. My aim is to recreate as closely as possible the defunct school uniform I wore as a boy (the “academy” can have some credit from me, inasmuch as they have re-introduced uniform, though of course it’s a completely different one to that we had). Ours of course suffered a long decline… as did our school after my days. See http://yorkshireviking.cqd.nu/the-decline-of-the-adwick-uniform-2/

      I will not be so foolish as to rule out using colour at all, but black and white has the added advantage in being perfectly in the old Adwick colour scheme. The uniform was green, white and black with grey allowed as an alternative. In my day that was the only alternative!

      I do hope you are “picking up”! Keep on fighting my friend!