The Art of Newcastle ~ The Biscuit Factory ~ Part 2 ~ Jan 2019

Still looking around in the Biscuit Factory, these are the things that caught my eye and that I liked. I liked this chess table, though not sure how comfortable the spine~chairs would be!   Phil McLoughlin was a successful artist (as Phil Barker) in the 1970s, winning the prestigious Pernod Prize at the Royal Scottish Academy (1974) and two years later becoming a founder member of the Dundee Group (Artists), which included Jack Knox, Grant Clifford and Jack Morocco. In 1980 he began his doctoral studies and when commissioned to write his first book he decided to exchange art for a…

The Art of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne – Jan 2019

Back in January Sophie and I decided to visit a couple of the art galleries in Newcastle, The Biscuit Factory –  the biggest commercial art, craft and design gallery in the UK, and The Laing, home to an internationally important collection of art, focusing on British oil paintings, watercolours, ceramics, silver, and glassware. But before we get to the galleries, we must get off the metro at Central station and walk to Ouseburn, there’s plenty of photo ops along the way.  We get to the crossing over the central motorway, and before the crossing, we see The Oxford. The Oxford…

Newcastle Guild Hall, and Quayside ~ December 2017~ part 2

Part 1 HERE More History Stuff. The Guildhall was used by the Freemen of Newcastle. The origins of the Freemen are obscure, but the modern view is the possibility that the origins are  partly Anglo-Saxon but also partly British and partly Roman. There were, broadly speaking three classes of people – nobles, free men and slaves. The free men were a middle class, comprised of those who were permitted and obliged to carry arms. .Free men were the inhabitants of Burghs, communities which had gradually come together for purposes of mutual defence. They were without overlords and cultivated the arable & common…

Newcastle Guild Hall, and Quayside ~ December 2017

On my last post, The Camel Parade, I said that that was the last report for a while as I’ve posted everything for my outings in 2017. Well I lied. 🙂 Not so much lied really, as completely overlooked mine and Sophies day out to see the Guildhall in Newcastle.  Usually you are not allowed in the building, but there are Heritage Open days where you can get a guided tour of it, and Sophie booked us to go on one. The History Bit The building was designed by Robert Trollope and completed in 1655. Trollope was a 17th-century English…

River Tyne Cruise~July 2017~ end bit

After the cruise, we wandered about the Quayside and went to get some lunch. The Tyne bridge, apart from being an icon in it’s own right, is also famous in bird land for being the home of choice for kittiwakes to nest upon.  As the ledges they use are quite slim & perilous, one has to wonder at their bravado, or is that dimness? The chicks fall off onto the roads sometimes, and as it’s before they’ve figured out what wings are for, they perish by being run over, or just starve.  Their parents don’t seem to bother, we realised…

River Tyne Cruise~ July 2017 ~ part 3

Part 1 Part 2 Nearly back to our starting point now, and some old industrial buildings on the river bank, and then the newer Hilton Hotel The sage, some boats and some dolly birds 🙂 worth 2 views of the Sage, it is amazing! The Baltic Flour Mill, now converted into a gallery for contemporary art, and some people on the Millennium bridge That’s it for the river cruise, but we took a few of the quayside as well, so will do those next time. Stay tooned! 🙂  

River Tyne Cruise~ July 2017~part 2

Part 1 HERE Travelling up the Tyne we saw plenty of birds, and I got lucky to catch a shot of a heron Back in 2012, the BAE plant, previously Vickers-Armstrong, on the river was a closed down with the loss of 300 or so jobs. It’s now been taken over by the Reece group,had a £20 million revamp and it’s 500 workers manufacture equipment including tank parts, sub-sea products and pot-hole repair technology. More bridges We saw what looked like racehorses in a dubious looking stable building there had to be a pub at some point and these reminded me…

Fraggle Report~River Tyne Cruise~July 2017

A couple of weeks ago, when it wasn’t rain, Sophie and I embarked on one of the river cruises which set off from the Quayside in Newcastle. There are 2 choices, you can go Quay to sea, a 3 hour trip to the piers at the river mouth, or Quay to countryside, a 2 hour trip going under 11 bridges, as far as Ryton Willows, which is the one we took. Setting off under the Millennium bridge   the quayside buildings bridges churches and high rises graffiti of course I ❤ Tar? hole in the wall more to come so…

The Hoppings~June 2017~Part 5

Part 1 HERE   Part 2 Here   Part 3 HERE   part 4 HERE The last part of The Hoppings series concludes with a battle, or rather a display by the army.  Actually I wasn’t quite sure what they were meant to be doing, but lots of army chaps charging about in vehicles, shooting and running about. All good fun. 🙂     Apparently this rocket launcher thingy can launch a rocket from Newcastle and precisely hit the football stadium in Middlesborough.  No need to shoot that far I thought, the Stadium of Shite in Sunderland would be a…