And now for something completely different…

How ironic that the same sea that was so frustratingly calm yesterday should be so stormy this evening.  Post Tropical Storm Nadine (there's a title and a half) has skipped across the Atlantic to douse us in 24 hours of rain and gale force winds.  Not the sort of weather that any sane person would … Continue reading And now for something completely different…

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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?

Alien encounter

In the early 1990's I recall a certain amount of local press outcry that a short stretch of the north-east coastline was being used as a location for shooting a major Hollywood film.  A strange reaction you might think, since film locations are often celebrated as tourist attractions. The film was Alien³, for me the … Continue reading Alien encounter