Most architecture in Leicester is a disgrace.
That cannot be said about two of its newest buildings I’ve visited in the past 24 hours. Last night Curve. A play called Be Near Me from the novel I read last year. It was fantastic, much better than the diabolical Simply Cinderella I witnessed at Christmas.
But the surroundings are wonderful. And anybody who sneers at Curve, who thinks it’s a waste of money, misjudges the extent to which beautiful buildings contribute to better mood. Perhaps if town planners had realised that in the 1960s there wouldn’t be so many miserable people sloping round Leicester city centre now.
And this morning, to the University of Leicester’s brilliant new library. I say new, it’s been open about a year, but for some reason it’s taken me this long to walk across Victoria Park and have a cup of tea in its peaceful cafe. It really is a striking place. Frankly we all deserve more buildings like this.
What with that, a visit to Queens Road’s new Sainsbury’s and a relaxing Saturday morning in the sunshine, it has been a pretty good day all in all.