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    Newcastle - cycle path walk to the toon...

    I'm on board a boat that is berthed on the Tyne just now. It was a lovely summers day yesterday so I decided to knock off early from my night shift and take a stroll along the river to the city centre, which was about 3 miles away. Found a path that is called Hadrians Walk which also acts as a cycle path...

    Not far past the industrial area where the boat is and I was on the path...




    Pollution by old industry is still affecting the area.... Could smell the tar...




    Some wild flowers along the way....



    This marina is called Chandlers Quay... It has modern apartments and some nice old houses on the riverfront.



    Found a bar in amongst the apartments where I re-hydrated myself after all the walking....




    Further along the route I could see city centre sights on the horizon... Can just about make out Newcastles football ground in this pic... (St James Park?)




    Further on rround the corner was the Millenium Bridge.... I went across Londons Millenium Bridge a few weeks back but this one was a better design....




    Side on view of it...




    The proper old bridges were just past the Millenium one....



    Lot of old historical buildings around the area (most turned into pubs)... This was the point where I headed away from the river, up hill towards the city centre....



    Stopped for a pannini and some more rehydration fluid, bought a Big Issue off a homeless bloke from Scotland then got a taxi back to the boat - couldn't be arsed doing the walk back again....



    Newcastle - quite a nice city if you get the right weather.
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    Did you get any piccies of fat birds wearing Newcastle United shirts?

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    ^ didn't see many of them wearing the footy shirts, but did see a fair few fat birds...
    I have put on a fair bit of beef over the last year, nearly 100kg now, but I felt thin in amongst the crowds of geordies...

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    I'm gonna go all Thai on you now...

    How much was that little ensemble?


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    Nice.

    I have to go to Durham next week for a few days. Will try and take some pics if I can get some time away from our 'strategy meeting'.

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    ^^ Just short of 500 baht... I know, it's a rip-off - but it was one of these posh wine bar places that had some seating outside.

    Another rip-off was the taxi back - 500 baht for a short 10 minute ride.

    The fact that I was getting paid my offshore day rate makes it a bit easier to swallow. My 10 days I had in London recently while waiting for a visa that didn't materialise, I spent a fortune on booze and food but work paid for the hotel, paid me my day rate and would give me an extra £15 a day for food.... Except I was too drunk most days to remember to ask for a receipt...

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimboyfat View Post
    Nice.

    I have to go to Durham next week for a few days. Will try and take some pics if I can get some time away from our 'strategy meeting'.
    I have enjoyed my little trips back to the UK recently... Had good weather and free time to enjoy London and Newcastle... I don't think I have enjoyed it enough to want to come back and live here though... There seems to be too much 'control' about the place - not exactly a police state, but they are never far away if you break one of the many rules...

    I got a bit of bother in London for being 'drunk and disorderly' - I was was drunk but I definitely wasn't disorderly.... The country is too far politically correct - I got evicted from a bar just for calling some stuck up blart a bitch... What has the country come to when you can't call a bitch a bitch?

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    Thank god I never had to sail with white crew......

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    Nice thread . Last time I passed through Newcastle 15 years ago, it was looking a bit run down. These pics suggest its seen some improvements.
    A few pictures of the boat you were on would be a nice addition if you've got any.

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    Spent many an afternoon getting pissed in The Cooperage. Closed down a few years ago I believe.



    Quote Originally Posted by rawlins
    Nearly 700 years old that building.

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    ^Near the dole office is it?

    Whats this warning sign for? I mean it hardly matters if a few geordies want to go paddling does it. And why even warn them?


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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Whats this warning sign for?
    Don't want the great unwashed soiling the water any more than it is already.

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    New bridge/architecture = hideous.
    Old bridges/architecture = lovely.

    Amazing how this resounds around the Western world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by English Noodles View Post
    Spent many an afternoon getting pissed in The Cooperage. Closed down a few years ago I believe.



    Quote Originally Posted by rawlins
    Nearly 700 years old that building.
    Used to go there on a Friday night in the 80s when it was a rock/biker pub and the trendies were still up in the Bigg Market. It's still open but seems to have changed clientèle - was in there a couple of months ago - fecking student/ e popping techno shite. Some tarts were selling passes in Offshores for a quid so went along for old times sake - was so bloody depressing didn't even stay for a pint.
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    Incredible architectural design. Simply superb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gallowspole
    Used to go there on a Friday night in the 80s when it was a rock/biker pub and the trendies were still up in the Bigg Market. It's still open but seems to have changed clientèle - was in there a couple of months ago - fecking student/ e popping techno shite. Some tarts were selling passes in Offshores for a quid so went a long for old times sake - was so bloody depressing didn't even stay for a pint.
    Was good for a few mid-week beers on an afternoon too.

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    Linking Gateshead with Newcastle via Gateshead Quays (described as one of the best places in Europe by Tony Blair) and Newcastle's Quayside, the bridge not only serves a functional purpose as the River Tyne's only foot and cycle bridge, but its grace and engineering attract people from all over the world.

    PMSL

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    Catch Gateshead Millennium Bridge in action this summer! From Monday 30 May to Friday 30 September you can see the bridge’s famous tilt for yourself every lunchtime at around 12pm. Anyone travelling on a pleasure boat up the River Tyne will pass over floating turds and under the bridge and those watching from the banks of the river will join the thousands who enjoy this view every year.

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    Due to certain restrictions and essential maintenance work there may be times when the lunchtime tilt can not go ahead.

    Dependant on how many of these are on the bridge



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    I'll be there in July. Got a month in the UK with the g/f (her first time)

    Newcastle rocks. I was born there and never spiritually left, despite 36 years in Wolverhampton, 2.5 in lousy Brighton and almost 7 here.

    I'll also be touring the Black Country, Shropshire, Wales, as well as Northumberland and Durham. Might try to get to Warwick and Stratford as well.

    Problem is, Mrs wants to go to fecking London, to Harrods ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Fixit
    Problem is, Mrs wants to go to fecking London, to Harrods ...
    Tell her it's a special Christian holiday and closed to the public. Then tell her you can take her to a nice gem shop which is doing a special one-day only sale for foreigners in Newcastle.

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    ^^ I had a holiday in the UK with gf and baby in tow last year... I didn't really show them enough of the country as I went offshore when they were over, leaving them at my folks place in Aberdeenshire...

    I would like to have shown them London for a few days as there is loads to do there... And I'm sure the gf would have liked to have strolled through Harrods so she could tell her mates she had been there... Next time it will be on the list.

    Sounds like you have got a good tour planned mister Fixit - bet the gf will love it...

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    Nice pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by rawlins View Post
    ^^ I had a holiday in the UK with gf and baby in tow last year... I didn't really show them enough of the country as I went offshore when they were over, leaving them at my folks place in Aberdeenshire...

    I would like to have shown them London for a few days as there is loads to do there... And I'm sure the gf would have liked to have strolled through Harrods so she could tell her mates she had been there... Next time it will be on the list.

    Sounds like you have got a good tour planned mister Fixit - bet the gf will love it...
    Yes, I hope she likes it. The main event will be in Newcastle, at my old mum's 93rd birthday on the 22nd and the g/f has promised to cook her an authentic Thai meal. Luckily my Ma likes Tom Yam Gung!

    Then a family party over the weekend - one long barbie, depending on the weather, of course.

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