WALK along Southgate Street and it is fair to say, there is a somewhat eclectic mix of architecture from the sublime to the bordering on the ridiculous.
It does need a bit of TLC but this kind of a spruce up does not come cheap and needs a hefty dollop of cash.
The news more than £2m is on its way to Southgate and for the work to St Mary de Crypt is fantastic.
It is such a main route into the city centre and the businesses along it deserve the investment to make the most of the area.
After all, so many visitors pass through from the Quays to the gate streets and we want to give the best impression we can to people so they want to return to our city.
AT the moment, Iain King's hero is Mr Bean but really he has to look no further than his own dad when it comes to role models.
After all, it is not everyday that you are meeting Sinn Fein leaders and working in a former opium den in Afghanistan.
Like many people who achieve great things, he is suitably modest about the work he has done and the hostile environments he has found himself in over the years.
But his family are no doubt full of pride for his role which has truly made a difference in not only combat fields but also the war against drugs in Afghanistan.
He is a real county inspiration.
SPEAKING of inspiration, it doesn't get more courageous than attempting to break the land speed record.
Mike Newman averaged 186mph with his two runs taking back the record for a blind driver and he doesn't want to stop there.
He not only wants to break the record on water but also get hold of a Bugatti Veyron to get to 200mph on land.
But he too couldn't achieve this without help from his stepfather Mike, a driving instructor who guided him over the radio.
His full throttle record breaking attempt is just amazing and let's hope his dream of smashing his own speed will come true.