Archive for April, 2008

James Bond

April 30, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  2 Comments

James bond, newcastle, uk

There’s a building at Gallowgate and Percy street that features little scenes on men in action on the sides. This one was my favourite! It reminds me a a James Bond wannabe!

Back of the war memorial

April 29, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  No Comments

baskside memorial, newcastle, uk

This is the backside of the ‘The Response’ war memorial on the grounds of the civic center.

Three Shields

April 28, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  5 Comments

three shields, newcastle, uk

These three shields are featured on the side of the Percy Building on the campus of Newcastle Uni. Anyone know what they signify?

Spring! 2

April 27, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  3 Comments

spring, newcastle, uk

Another sign spring has sprung! These forget-me-nots can be found in the quadrangle at Newcastle Uni.

St. George on St. Andrews

April 26, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  4 Comments

st george on st andrew, newcastle, uk

In honour of St. George day, St. Andrews flew the St. George flag. it usually flies St. Andrews.

BOOKS NOT BOMBS

April 25, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  1 Comment

books not bombs, newcastle, uk

If you were in town yesterday, you’d have seen the “parade” of these people campaigning for fair wages for teachers.

Haymarket Renovations Pt. 1

April 24, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  5 Comments

haymarket escalator, newcastle, uk

If you’ve been in Haymarket Metro station recently, it’s in the middle of some massive renovations. The middle manual steps have been sectioned off, making the long decent on the escalator an interesting experience.

Spring!

April 23, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  1 Comment

buddha, newcastle, uk

Most of you won’t be able to look for this particular place in Newcastle because it’s in the back garden of a friend of mine. Pretty tho, eh?

Mirrors

April 22, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  6 Comments

mirrors, newcastle, uk

These mirrors are in the hall to the ladies loo in the restaurant that’s just next to the millennium bridge on the quayside. Any idea what it’s called? It’s a very trendy place, mostly business people after work, then upscale diners later…

Black Gate

April 21, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  1 Comment

castle keep, newcastle, uk

“The “Black Gate” was added to Newcastle Castle between 1247 and 1250, forming an additional barbican in front of the earlier north gate of the castle. It consisted of two towers with a passage running between them. On either side of the passage was a vaulted guardroom. There was a drawbridge at the front (facing west) and another at the rear. There was also a portcullis which could be raised and lowered to seal the entrance passage.

The original building would probably have had a flat roof, but in 1618 James I leased the gatehouse to a courtier, Alexander Stephenson. Stephenson substantially altered the gatehouse, rebuilding the upper floors. Stephenson then let the Black Gate out to various tenants, one of whom was a merchant, named Patrick Black. It was he who gave his name to the Black Gate.

Eventually houses were built along both sides of the passageway, and one part of the building became a public house. By the early part of the nineteenth century, the Black Gate had become a slum tenement, housing up to sixty people.

Blackgate was leased to the Society of Antiquaries in the 1880s, which extensively restored it between 1883 and 1885. It was the Society that added the top floor and pitched roof. The Society has held regular meetings there ever since. The drawbridges to the front and rear have been replaced by wooden footbridges.”
-From Wikipedia