Romans, A-boards and a Murmuration.

Mary Beard in Bath this week.

Mary Beard in Bath this week.

Spotted in Bath this week. World-renowned classicist and tv Historian Mary Beard doing some shopping at the Roman Baths Museum.

Not much room on this pavement?!

Not much room on this pavement?!

She is back in the city later this month and giving a lecture on ‘The Legacy of Ancient Rome’ at The Forum on Thursday, October 22nd.

Check out their web-site for details and also Topping and Company Booksellers as there is a book ‘tie-in’ with this.

Elsewhere around the city – with all the talk about A-boards littering the street and providing a real obstacle to pedestrians – l have to say this little pavement table arrangement l spotted in Westgate Street rather takes the biscuit.

Is this really what we want to see in a Southgate square.

Is this really what we want to see in a Southgate square.

While with the greatest of respect to those who are forced to live their lives in them, l have to say this little street-based catering arrangement in the Southgate Shopping Centre does look a bit like a temporary soup kitchen in a refugee camp. Squares should be filled with trees or fountains – not a tented city.

Dismantling the 'Murmuration' on the facade at the Holburne Museum.

Dismantling the ‘Murmuration’ on the facade at the Holburne Museum.

The Virtual Museum was on hand recently to see volunteers at Bath’s Holburne Museum helping artist Laura Ellen Bacon dismantle her amazing Murmuration from the building’s Great Pulteney Street facing facade.

Quite a job as it happened to be pouring with rain at the time.

Finding new shapes for Flanders Red willow.

Finding new shapes for Flanders Red willow.

Good to cycle back through the rear lawn of the Holburne ‘estate’ and find others helping Laura construct new shapes in the back ‘yard’ with this ‘re-cycled’ Flanders Red willow.

On into Sydney Gardens and sad to see more graffiti around the seating area inside Minerva’s temple.

More graffiti in Sydney Gardens.

More graffiti in Sydney Gardens.

Graffiti daubing just inside the entrance arch.

Graffiti daubing just inside the entrance arch.

The Virtual Museum had spotted other daubings inside the Queens Square-facing entrance to Royal Victoria Park earlier in the week.

More work for the council’s graffiti man to deal with.

Someone who is already providing sterling service to this city community and – as l understand it – the sole member of staff now out on the road in that graffiti removing department?