Newcastle – Sept 2019 – people

Just some people I spotted on our walk around Gateshead & Newcastle.

At Venice Beach 🙂
The force is with them
Geordie Shore
It wasn’t that bad!
Liquid Lunch
Three Hens
Walking Dudettes
Party Girls
Living out of a suitcase.

All pictures embiggenable with a little click

An album of all the Newcastle pictures can be found HERE

Stay tooned for our next adventure. 🙂

The Art of Newcastle ~Jan 2019 ~ part 4

After lunch in the Biscuit Factorywe went off to see the Laing Art Gallery. On the way, we came across a little church hall

and as you can see from the sign on the right (which I completely missed in the photo!) had an art exhibition. Well, we came for art, so decided to do a detour and see what was going on. It turned out to be a one-woman exhibition by one of the church’s congregation.

and this was the artist

Sarah Ann Davies

Her arty bits were interesting, with lots of cut and folded canvasses

but I don’t think I’d have them on my wall. The artist lady was very nice and chatty so we wished her luck and went on our merry way.

We spotted a Lutheran Church for German-speaking Geordies

and back by the blue student accommodation, this time sneaking a peek in the windows

rainbow girl

There are a couple of furniture shops in the area.

😳 imagine waking up to all this bling!!!

Beds for children of insane parents. 🙂

Newcastle has its own version of Boris Bikes

and plenty of cafes

Channeling J.K.Rowling?

We went back over the flyover and spotted a breakdown

Not the best place to park.

and we peeked through the bars of the graffiti building corridor which is my featured image at the top of the post.


The New Bridge Hotel nearby. Probably not a 4 star 🙂

Grim up north.

and then we got to the Laing gallery, but that can wait for the next post, so stay tooned for that!


Bridges Over the River Tyne~ Part 4

Part 1 HERE. Part 2 HERE. Part 3 HERE

After crossing back to the Newcastle side of the swing bridge, we walked down to the millennium bridge.  A Sunday Market is held on the quayside every week we were of course distracted by all the wares and people, so took our time and took some photo’s.

I think Gypsy Rose Lee had a very large family 😉

I have no idea where the horse was!

Theres always a busker~this chap had a really nice voice

Some interesting food stalls

Some traditional Geordie bangers

Pease pudding is a thing up here

Lunch queue

No queue, but he looked happy enough

HUGE cheese sandwich

Roast Pork burgers

Wiga Wagaa chilli stall

Next time we’ll look at the arts and crafts and get to the Millennium bridge.



Newcastle International Fair ~ final part

Part 1. Part 2. Part 3.  Part 4.

Still wandering around Newcastle after the fair, sitting drinking coffee and people watching


On a mission

Then off to the Central Arcade

where this chap was making some tunes on a strange windbag thing, I asked him what it was and I think he said it was the Irish equivalent of bagpipes, but my memory is pants so I could be wrong on that.

Night on the town

Old and new

Stairway to…?

scrotal support

I ❤ Carlisle


St.George war memorial

Parsons Polygon ~ artwork by David Hamilton in 1985, a graded 2 listed obelisk that conceals a metro ventilation shaft


So that's the end of this Fraggle Report, thanks for all the kind comments along the way, see you for the next Report!

Newcastle International Fair~part 4

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 

Still wandering around Newcastle after the fair, more shots in the indoor Grainger Marcket

lovely roof

not amused




Couldn’t believe there was a pigs head on the counter! I mean, who the fook would eat a pigs head??

these 2 little girls were fascinated by it

hair cut?

After the market we sat and had a coffee and did some people watching

Hold the phone!

Wooly minded

Part 5 (final bit 🙂 ) still to come.

Day 43~366 South Shields in the Sun

This morning the sun was out again, and as I had to go and pay some work cheques into the bank, I also decided to visit the junk market, and Phil came along with me. I’ve taken quite a few shots, and found it hard to choose one for the project. Think I’ll go with the ducks.

The Market


This structure with the mirrored ceiling is new, South Shields is undergoing redevelopment at the moment and things are changing.

Had to be done 🙂



The second thing we noticed was a huge new building going up, and assumed it to be a shopping centre.



Have since googled it and it’s not, it’s called ‘The Word’ and according to South Shields Council website…The Word has been revealed as the name of the new library and digital media centre which will be the jewel in the crown of the £100 million regeneration of South Shields town centre.  Have to say the locals are less than impressed.

More shots of the market..


and some people


I was caught in the act!


Some funny ducks


Phil was very excited to revisit his boyhood reading material



After the market we went to lunch.. a valentine Pork Pie 😀


and I took some street shots



I asked the lady what kind of dogs these were and to take a picture, they are Akita’s, there are Japanese Akita Inu’s which don’t have black masks, these two are American Akita’s so have the black masks. Apparently they are docile, intelligent, courageous and fearless. A bit like me then 😀

Walking back to the car I noticed this building in King Street, don’t know how I’d never looked at it before, lovely ornate carvings.



It was originally The Empire Theatre and opened with a variety show on Monday 13th February 1899 so tomorrow will be its 117th birthday. In the 30’s it became a cinema, then a Odeon, then a bingo hall, but all that stopped in the 70’s when it became a place for retail outlets. It’s not in use as anything now sadly, there’s an estate agent sign up on it. The facade though is grade 2 listed, so has to be kept.


Love the wavy rooftops of these shops


Road protector


The gas storage unit is not in use, but has become a bit of an iconic landmark for the locals. This time last year it was earmarked for demolition, but it’s still standing for now.


and it’s a good perch for the seagulls and pigeons



Sometimes there just is no explanation for the sights you see..




The carpark is opposite the backs of some shops, think they’ve had past troubles



and that’s the end of my tour. Changed my mind about the ducks, bird on the gasometer won out 🙂