This year, I have to admit, I was looking forward to waltzing through the gaggle of anxious Freshers with the effortless ease of the experienced as I took my place on the thrill ride that is the Paternoster.
The ride up to the English department on the fourteenth floor of the Attenborough Tower is the icing on the cake of my degree at Leicester. While my course is obviously stimulating and fascinating, it’s the journey up to my department which brightens up my days. Ignore the expected and boringly conventional staircase or lift. You have to take a trip up on the Paternoster. It’s brilliant.
So what is a Paternoster? I had no idea before coming to Leicester, probably because it’s one of only three still working in the UK. The Paternoster is a constantly moving lift without a front, like a chain of creaky, open wooden boxes which cycle continually up, over the top, down, under the bottom and up all over again. You have to perfectly time your moment to leap onto the platform as it continues to move up and away from you and then jump off at your level.
And if you’re a really crazy and adventurous, adrenaline-junkie kind of person you can do a whole loop, staying on as you go over the top and round underneath! I won’t give too much away; you need to experience the Paternoster for yourself. All I’ll say is don’t try it on your own.