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June and it's nearly my birthday.  So a trip to Newcastle is called for - what better place to spend your birthday than in one of the top party cities in the world... the Toon!

Staying in Ashington (just north of Newcastle) which is home to the world-famous Bubbles bar, a statue of Wor Jackie (legendary Toon footballer) and Lee.

In Newcastle itself, by the banks of the Tyne a lot of redevlopment is taking place. Narrowly missing out on the European Capital of Culture award, it hasn't put them off - going ahead with the Baltic Arts Centre (a conversion of an old flour mill) and the Sage Gateshead (a new world-class concert-hall, sponsored by my former employer)




Monsieur Campbell dans Wor Jackie and Lee (56kb) Lee reckons that this is the best pub in the world - coz it's full of dirty women! (69kb)
Wor Jackie in Station Road, Ashington (31kb) Me, rubbing Jackie Milburns ball (36kb) Fnona tries to hide her cleavage (38kb)
The new Sage Gateshead - what a daft name for a concert hall! (44kb) The real Tyne Bridge! (55kb) The new Gateshead Millennium Bridge (36kb)
Another view back up the Tyne (46kb) DSC02233.jpg (39kb) A view from the Millennium Bridge (41kb)
From the Baltic Flour Mills (44kb) DSC02236.jpg (42kb) Anthony Gormley's installation at the Baltic (41kb)

sage gateshead

gateshead millennium bridge

Northumberland flag

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