The location of the second gathering taking place this weekend was West Hall, or rather the grounds of what was once West Hall, the former residence of a local magistrate which was demolished half a century ago. To the north lies a kennels, to the south a scout camp, and it was here that I … Continue reading The Gathering Part II
To the native Celts it was Caer Urfa. When the Roman's sought to fortify the mouth of the Tyne with a fort, they called it Arbeia ("place of the Arabs"), a name which could have been reapplied in the 19th Century when a Yemeni community was established there. To us it's South Shields. Or just … Continue reading Welcome to McElderry Country?