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Astragal: Spread the Sheffield love

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ALSO THIS WEEK: TRUMP WAS CLIENT FROM HELL • THE KLINGON FACTOR

A Sheffield woman has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise £150,000 to house ‘Jason’, the man behind the Park Hill estate’s famous love story. 

Jason was responsible for the graffiti scrawled on a sky-bridge at Park Hill and now preserved in neon lights by developer Urban Splash

His message, which became an emblem of the estate, was for single mum Clare Middleton and reads: ‘I love you, will u marry me’. 

On her Just Giving page, Alice Carder, a Sheffielder who now lives in London, says: ‘Jason, the man at the centre of the most famous love story in Sheffield’s history, is about to become homeless, whilst property developers continue to gain from his courageous act of undying love. 

‘This could be another sad story of profit over people. Or it could be one of human kindness, love and people power.’

She has so far raised just £200 of her £150,000 target.  

Trump was client from hell

Trump national golf club

Hillary Clinton has turned to an architect as part of her campaign to beat Donald Trump to the US presidency. A campaign video paid for with Clinton campaign funds features an interview with Andrew Tesoro about his experience working for the Republican candidate designing the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester, New York. 

The video starts with a Trump speech at the venue, before cutting to Tesoro, who says: ‘Here he is in the very ballroom where I got bullied out of many thousands of dollars.’

According to the architect, Trump played hardball over the bill Tesoro submitted for the job – eventually beating the price down to around 20 per cent of his original fee. According to Tesoro: ‘Mr Trump’s attorney said if I were to sue the Trump Organisation, I would probably get that money. But he made very clear to me that it was his job to make sure that it took me so long and so much money that I was probably wise to accept this very meagre sum … which I did. I decided that I didn’t want to fight the fight.’

The Klingon factor

Klingon

Travel writer Kevin Pilley has stumbled across a Belgian architect who claims to be Europe’s only Klingon teacher. When he is not designing in his adopted home of Germany, Lieven L Litaer teaches Star Trek devotees the basics of the 23rd century language. Litaer also moonlights as an author. The US Klingon Language Institute is just about to publish his new book, Klingon For Beginners.  

The 36-year-old, who was brought up in Moi near Antwerp, offers Europe’s first and so far only residential Klingon language courses. The ‘qepHoms’ (gatherings)  take place in Saarbrucken. 

Litaer, whose latest architectural project is converting a fire station into a four-car garage, said the  courses include lectures on Klingon history, geography and culture, Klingon cookery lessons (Gagh worms with blood wine) as well useful phrases (nuqDaq’oHpuchp”e’ – ‘Where is the bathroom’) and tips on mating rituals. Basically a layman’s guide to seductive growling.

Litaer (Klingon name Quvar valer) told Pilley: ‘When a man is not interested, he says ‘bIrchoH choH SuvwI’ – ‘The blood of the warrior is cold’. If the lady is not attracted to the man she says ‘DaH jIbwIj Visay NismoH’ – ‘I must wash my hair’.’

Sadly there is no architecture module. ‘There is really not much to Klingon architecture,’ Litaer says. ‘What we know about their living spaces is that they do not have anything  comfortable, no pillows or soft things. Their beds are hard and made of the same material as their floors.’

Unsurprisingly for the sleep-deprived Klingons, Litaer admits the most common words are swear words.

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