Where I’m from

The Castle, from the Priory

Bamburgh Castle, over on the mainland

Mum and Dad, in appropriate hats

Newcastle Vampire Rabbit – Update

Thank you to Andy Curtis for contacting me about the infamous vampire rabbit of Newcastle (above the churchyard doorway of the Cathedral Buildings, dating from 1901). His theory is that it’s a hare, placed there by the architect William H…

Newcastle UFO

A UFO made a surprise appearance on a live TV news bulletin this week, on BBC1’s Look North, broadcast from Newcastle. According to The Telegraph, it was a ‘streak of white light, shooting upwards at a forty-five degree angle, travelling…

The Hairy Man of Lemington

a hairy man I’ve always been intrigued by an old pub in Lemington near Newcastle which was officially called The Tyne Iron but was always known by locals as ‘The Hairy Man’. Why? I asked my Dad. And he found…

Durham in the Snow

Durham always looks best from the train. Here it is, as seen by Boll and me on Monday.

Thai PM a Geordie

It’s reassuring to know that Thailand is now being run by a Geordie. New PM Abhisit Vejjajiva (a fine Geordie name) was born in Newcastle, supports Newcastle United and says he’d be a Toon Army striker if he wasn’t a…

Windscreen Wipers – 100 Today

Happy Birthday to you Happy Birthday to you Happy Birthday dear windscreen wipers Happy Birthday to you A 100 years ago today, wealthy Newcastle photographer Gladstone Adams drove from Newcastle to London to watch a Newcastle United game. While he…