Monday, 30 November 2009

55 Degrees North aka Swan House

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reflected in a cafe window on Pilgrim Street, the apartment complex called 55 Degrees North, converted from the old BT offices which were called Swan House. Swan House was named after Joseph Swan a local scientist and inventor of the electric light bulb; yes the electric light bulb! Edison fans go Google.

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Sandhill and The Side

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This photo shows the junction of Sandhill and The Sides near Newcastle's quayside; the Tyne Bridge, iconic emblem of the city can be seen to the top left and top right of the photo.

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Wylam Brewery

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Wylam Brewery was established in 2000, not in Wylam but on a farm in the nearby Heddon on the Wall., Northumberland . Heddon is the site of a stretch of Hadrian's Wall
http://www.wylambrewery.co.uk/

Friday, 27 November 2009

The Blinking Eye

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The Gateshead Millennium Bridge , also known as the Blinking Eye was opened to the public on 17 September 2001 and was officially dedicated by HM Queen Elizabeth II on 7th May 2002. It cost £22m to build, and was designed by architects Wilson Eyre and structural engineers Gifford; it was built by Volker Stevin. It is a pedestrian and cycle bridge spanning the River Tyne and connecting Newcastle to Gateshead. The bridge is known as the Blinking Eye because of its elliptical shape and its rotational movement.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Hanover Street

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Hanover Street was a site of bustling and thriving warehouses built between 1841 and 1844 by Amor Spoor. Some suffered bomb damage during World War Two and the rest were finally abandoned during the 1970s. Those on the south side have now been converted into modern apartments. This view shows parallel rows of smooth stones which were set in the cobbles to make it easier for horse drawn carts to get up and down the slope.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Grey Street Flags

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A variety of political and religious groups often set up stall at the base of Grey's Monument in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne. An active political campaigner in his own time perhaps Earl Grey ( yes he of Earl Grey Tea fame) would look down with a degree of empathy at those who congregate beneath his statue.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Little and Large

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there are a number of white Fiats like this around North Shields and Tynemouth, but these were spotted just near Selfridges on Oxford Street , London late this summer.

Monday, 23 November 2009

Christmas Panto

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The British pantomime is a form of theatre traditionally performed at Christmas for family audiences . Pantomimes combine a mixture of song, dance, slapstick and audience participation. This year#s pantomime at Newcastle's Theatre Royal, shown here, is Cinderella.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Mobile Library

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Northumberland County Library Service has four mobile libraries serving people in villages and remote rural areas. This one was pictured on Holy Island.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Street Entertainer

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Covent Garden is a popular location for tourists near London's West End. At its heart is a market building designed in 1632 by Inigo Jones . In the open piazza around the market, street artists and musicians entertain the crowd, including this silver gladiator.

Friday, 20 November 2009

Return to Sender

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Return to Sender, a figure of Elvis Presley by Sean Read, at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, Scotland.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Baltic Stairs

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"BALTIC is a place where visitors can experience innovative and provocative new art, relax, have fun, learn and discover fresh ideas."

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Durham Cathedral

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Construction of this magnificent Cathedral began in 1093 AD. It is considered to be one of the finest examples of Norman Architecture. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site . Over this weekend it is the perfect backdrop for the Lumiere festival. This photo was taken on Friday evening in pouring rain.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

stairs to Amber

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Amber is a film & photography collective based in Newcastle upon Tyne; these stairs lead to their studios off The Side on Newcastle's quayside

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Remembrance Sunday, Tynemouth

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In the United Kingdom the second Sunday of November is marked by ceremonies at local war memorials . Wreaths of poppies are laid in memory of the fallen and a two minutes' silence is held at 11 a.m.
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The memorial at Tynemouth, shown here, is made of white granite and was unveiled in 1920.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

the old Fish Market

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This photograph shows the old Fish Market building on the Quayside, with the High Level Bridge and the Castle Keep in the background. The building was opened in 1880 but could never compete effectively with the Fish Quay market nearer the sea at North Shields. the building was designed by the architect A.M. Fowler and the stone sculpture over the doorway was carved by George Burn. The sculpture is of Neptune, god of the sea, flanked by fishwives who sold the fish. This building now houses a nightclub called the Viper Lounge

Friday, 6 November 2009

2nd Floor, The Baltic

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The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art is located on the south bank of the Tyne in Gateshead. It has no permanent collection. It is housed in a converted flour mill with only the south and north facades of the original 1950s building being retained. Construction began in 1998 and it opened on 13 July 2002. Architect: Ellis Williams.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Quayside, Saturday morning

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The spire of All Saints Church dominates the skyline as viewed from the Gateshead side of the river Tyne ; the foundation-stone of the church was laid by the Reverend James Stephen Lushington on Monday the 14th of August, 1786.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Port of Tyne pilot cutter "Collingwood"

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The Collingwood is a new 16m aluminium pilot cutter and was designed and built by Pembroke Dock based Mustang Marine; it has a top speed at sea of 22 knots.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

the Malmaison

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Once a Co-operative Society warehouse , the Malmaison ( www.malmaison-newcastle.com ) is now an up-market and fashionable hotel on Newcastle's Quayside.
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