Category: General

Tynemouth Market – Splendid Place to Spend Savings

As you may or may not know, before the COVID-19 Lockdown, I was able to take a train to Newcastle and cycle in a group of three. These were the lofty long gone days, now superseded by endless isolation and just a little too much time to do the things we always wanted to do but will still neglect to do. In this period of national freedom mourning, it is important to have things to look forward to. One such place might be the Tynemouth Market, which I have most enjoyed on the occasions I’ve visited. Tynemouth Market is...

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Self-Portrait Marie-Gabrielle Capet – Composition in Isolation

COVID 19 has given us all a unique gift: time. This splendid isolation is forcing us all to ask ourselves ‘what would I do if I had more time?’. Now we have time we reflect further and refine the things we would have done into the things we want to do and are doing those things, or so one would hope. I for one had taken up running and long distance cycling as part of Lent. This crisis has only increased my vigour in pursuing both and increased by love for reading and the pursuit of deepening my knowledge...

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Led Zeppelin II – AOTM March 2020

“What does matter is that Led Zeppelin represents the rock ‘n’ roll you’re meant to believe in as a teenager. We’re naive to ignore the musical perfection and hungry enough to enjoy the feels. Consequence of Sound” Reading through reviews of LZII, I found this above quotation struck me most. You see, as a teen, I inherited my first record player. This was a monstrous four tiered Sony beast of a machine with a tape player, CD player, radio and turntable all in one. In truth this was the beginning of my life in music. When my Great Grandfather...

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Wonderfully Scientific – Wellcome Collection, London

Whilst visiting London, Cedric wanted to find an art gallery near London Euston. He suggested the Wellcome Collection. Unbeknownst to him, the Wellcome Trust funds the Sanger Institute, one of the world’s leading centres for genomic science. I just so happened to forget to mention and (probably for the last time), was able to drag Cedric around a wonderful museum and library centered around Human Health. Founded by Sir Henry Wellcome, the Wellcome Trust has aimed to improve health by investing in researchers who are focussing on the most prescient threats to global health. Whilst, simultaneously, educating the public...

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Cumberland Arms – Sensational Independent Pub, Byker, Newcastle

Those of you who have been to Byker will be surprised to read that there is any establishment of repute within it, or indeed within two miles of it. I can confirm this was a prejudice I, myself (as opposed to I, anyone else), once shared. The Cumberland Arms was the scene of many outrageous and strange personal encounters when I lived in Newcastle for a few months some years ago. Thus I was glad that well known alcoholic and personal friend of mine, St Nick, alighted in Newcastle in search for the Next Best Pub. I was glad...

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