Archive for May, 2013

Quiz Day 5: Art project on Heaton Road, and where is this?

May 31, 2013  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  1 Comment

heaton road

So as Cassandra said, this plaque is on the corner of Heaton Road and Cardigan Terrace in Heaton. It’s part of a student’s work for her MA in Contemporary Arts Practice and… well, in the words of this website:

The signs form an artwork created for Freeman’s final show for an MA in Contemporary Arts Practice at the University of Northumbria. They were put in place by her stepfather with the permission of the buildings’ occupiers. The artwork addresses a number of issues associated with living in the modern city, chiefly how much notice do we take of signs, and do we notice if they are non-sensical? Freeman wanted to raise awareness of the problems of dyslexia, from which she suffers, but the difference in colouring of the lettering also creates new phrases, such as ‘on and to out wit’. The main success of this low-key work is its exhortation to the viewer to ‘open up your eyes’, making them see the city in a new light as a result of art. All of the signs are found along the route of the No 1 bus and can be seen best by passengers on the top deck. Unfortunately two sites have been either demolished or restored, resulting in the loss of their signs.

You all know me – open up your eyes and seeing the city in a new light – it’s all very me!

At the time of writing noone has got this part of the question right… we’ll see if anyone gets it right before this posts :)


Today’s question might be a little bit easier again. Where can you find this?

Quiz Day 4: The Ship Inn, Ouseburn, and where and what is this?

May 30, 2013  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  1 Comment

ship ouseburn

Simon Woodman got it again. I’m starting to feel like the rest of you just aren’t really trying :)

This mural is on the side of the Ship Inn in Ouseburn. You can read more about it here and see pictures of the mural on the other side here.

Onto the next question! (Do you feel like they’re getting harder yet?!)

crabs curves

Where can you find this? And what is it?

The text says ‘the crabs for the curves’. No googling! :)

Quiz Day 3: Circuit, and where is this?

May 29, 2013  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  3 Comments


Once again Simon Woodman was first to answer, although my friend Becky also got it right on twitter. These tiles are part of a piece of public art called Circuit that’s on the floor and walls of Monument Metro station. You can read more about it here, here or here.

So onto today’s question!


Where is this?

Quiz day 2: disappearing cinema, and what’s this?

May 28, 2013  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  2 Comments

As lots of you knew, the multi-screen cinema referred to in yesterday’s sign has been gone for years now. (How many years for a bonus point?!) Simon Woodman (on twitter here) was first to get it right, although his comment (and a few others) went into the moderation queue for some reason.

The Warners cinema was replaced by the building in the photo above, which has been previously featured on this site many, many times before :)

On to today’s question! A little harder maybe but still quite easy in my opinion.


What’s this and where can you find it?

Quiz day 1: what’s wrong with this picture?

May 27, 2013  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  11 Comments


Specifically, what’s wrong with this sign?

I’m starting off gently. They’ll get a bit more difficult :)

St Mary’s Chapel, Jesmond Dene

May 26, 2013  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  No Comments

st marys chapel

I did not know that Pilgrim Street in Newcastle city centre is reportedly so named because the pilgrims on their way to St Mary’s Chapel, now a beautiful ruin at the edge of Jesmond Dene, would take that route on their way to the chapel.


I didn’t even know the chapel was there at all for years, to be honest. I’m always surprised and a little awe-inspired when I stop and go in. The information about it I found about halfway down this page.


Your Newcastle Daily Photo quiz starts TOMORROW! Are you ready??

Weekend reflection

May 25, 2013  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  2 Comments


I believe weekend reflections is a thing, and I’m never one to turn down the chance of posting a reflection shot. I parked in Jesmond and was taken (err, pun not intended) by this reflection of a building in a car bonnet. What do you think?

Newcastle street

May 24, 2013  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  No Comments


One of those things… you go down one of those streets that you usually just walk past without thinking, and find a lovely hidden street. This is close to one of the main routes into Newcastle city centre, and I’m sure it has quite a lot of traffic noise, but it still seemed to be a great place to live – really close to the city centre but quite sheltered without many passing pedestrians or cars.

Quiz coming on Monday! Get your thinking caps on!

Looking back

May 23, 2013  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  2 Comments

Millennium Bridge with reflection, Newcastle, UK

I find it quite hard to get into town and around and about often enough to take enough photos to keep the blog going at the minute. This is largely because it’s hard to take photos with a toddler to keep amused. He’s patient, but not *that* patient. So this is one of the first pictures I ever posted to this site, originally featured here. Looking back at when I started… wow, my photography is still amateur rather than professional, but I think I’ve definitely improved over the years!

Having said that, I still really like this picture. Technically it’s not great but I think it’s quite evocative, and a little bit different to most Millennium Bridge shots. Hope you like it too.

I have plans in place to make the photography less of a burden. More news soon!

Oh, and how do you all feel about a quiz week?? Thinking of doing one next week :)

Reflecting Heaton

May 22, 2013  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  1 Comment

heaton window

Moving away from Ouseburn (although not far away!) today. This window is on Cardigan Terrace and I loved both the window and the reflection (… you know me, I love reflections!). Spot the sewing machine….