The Gathering Part II

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


Welcome to McElderry Country?

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?