Archive for October, 2008

QuayLink bus, Quayside

October 31, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  2 Comments

quaylink bus, Newcastle, UK

These yellow hybrid buses were introduced about three years ago, linking the quays of the river Tyne with Newcastle and Gateshead.  They weren’t very popular at first, but are now used much more frequently.  If I’m down on the Quayside and can’t face the incredibly steep walk back up to Northumberland Street, I’ll hop on one of these.  More information here, or for the timetable go here.

(You can tell the photo was taken on a Sunday from the sign  just to the right of the bus saying the road is closed.  It’s closed for the Quayside Market that takes place every Sunday.)

Mystery St John the Baptist Church on Grainger Street

October 30, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  6 Comments

Church Newcastle UK

I’m having a rather hectic day.  I think this is the Church of John the Baptist.  Can someone confirm for me please?  It’s the church on the corner of Grainger Street and Westgate Road.

It always looks strange to me.  Too old for its surroundings in the centre of Newcastle.

A little of Newcastle Central Station can be seen to the very right of the photo.

Wayback Wednesday: Aerial Countryside

October 29, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  10 Comments

aerial coastline, newcastle, uk

First posted in April of this year, this aerial photograph of the countryside was taken very shortly after takeoff. Can anyone figure out where it shows?

Sports Cafe, Grainger Street

October 28, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  2 Comments

Sports Bar, Newcastle, UK

This building at the corner of Grainger Street and Westgate Road was originally the Trustee Savings Bank – better known for a while as the TSB, now Lloyds TSB.

A few years back, when the renovation was under way to convert this place into a bar, something went wrong and the whole of the back of the building collapsed.  Chaos ensued; metros were cancelled (one of the metro lines goes underneath) and buses diverted while they shored up the facade to make sure it survived.  As always, Timmonet has more (I really should email this guy to thank him; he has a great archive of Newcastle shots and tons of information).

Cassandra’s post from last Wednesday is now where it should be!  Check it out, it’s a great pic.

Street signs

October 27, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  5 Comments

Street signs, Newcastle, UK

Tourist sign, pointing to various tourist attractions and other places.

Who can tell me where this sign is?  It’s in, at or around one of the major sights on Newcastle.  (If you know, keep quiet and let others have a guess!)

(Trinity House is mentioned on the sign, as mentioned yesterday.)

Two picture Sunday – Trinity House

October 26, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  1 Comment

Trinity House1, Newcastle, UK

Trinity House has housed the the headquarters of The Corporation of The Newcastle upon Tyne Trinity House since 1505.  The Corporation ‘has been dedicated to the welfare of seafarers on the North-East coast since the Charter of Incorporation granted by King Henry VIII in 1536′.

Trinity House2, Newcastle, UK

Central Newcastle? Isn’t that all grey and concrete?

October 25, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  2 Comments

greenery, Newcastle, UK

This is a very short distance from the Quayside.  D (the hubby) says ten seconds; I say a minute.  Either way, it’s not exactly far.  It’s incredibly quiet; you can’t hear any traffic.  It’s another reminder of how Newcastle can change from industrial to country within a few steps.  Part of what makes this city special.

Swan House roundabout

October 24, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  6 Comments

Swan House roundabout, Newcastle, UK

On Pilgrim Street, looking towards Swan House roundabout (Swan House is now 55 degrees North, a place where rich people live – but it’s effectively the middle of a roundabout, albeit a very expensive one).  Taken on an August evening while out with friends.

Grey Street

October 23, 2008  |  Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne  |  9 Comments

Grey Street, Newcastle, UK

Voted by Radio Four listeners a few years back as the most beautiful street in Europe.

Not quite sure what happened to Cassandra yesterday – hopefully she’s OK and she might go back and add a picture – we’ll see!

Wayback Wednesday: Claremont Building

October 22, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  No Comments

flowers - Newcastle, UK

The first time this picture was posted on 8 Nov. last year, the focus was on the flowers that bloom even in November around the city centre. This time, however, the focus is on the Claremont Building behind the flowers.

Claremont Building will be the new home of the Northern Writers Centre. The Northern Writers’ Centre brings together the School of English at Newcastle University and New Writing North, the writing development agency for the north east of England, and will be a flagship venue for writers, young people and literature audiences in Newcastle upon Tyne and will be the first of its kind in the UK.

The Northern Writers Centre recently announced the The Mulcahy Conway Award for Children’s Fiction. The contest is open to anyone living or working in the city, or student or alumni of Newcastle University. The contest will award £1,000 to the best piece of unpublished fiction written for children. Click here for more info!

PS, sorry this didn’t post last Wednesday!