Thursday, 5 January 2017

Pagoda, Whickham

Pagoda Whickham Dec 16 (1)

Saturday 3rd December 2016

The Pagoda is a Chinese restaurant in Whickham and is well worth a visit but book a table in advance. It was busy when we were there. Good food and expect to pay a price that reflects the quality.

Pagoda Whickham Dec 16 (8)

Pagoda Whickham Dec 16 (2)

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Heworth Golf Club

Heworth Golf Club Nov 16

Saturday 26th November 2016

I had a meeting at Heworth Golf Club in Gateshead which was followed by a two course lunch. Reasonably priced and the food was okay. Nothing spectacular, but I didn't go for a fab meal out.

Heworth Golf Club dinner Nov 16

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle

Laing Art Gallery Newcastle Nov 16 (1)

Thursday 24th November 2016

I had  a meeting to attend of Tyne andWear Archives and Museums in the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle. After the meeting I had a few minutes to have a look at a couple of recent exhibitions: Rosie Morris' "Circles are Slices of Spheres" and "Out of Chaos".

Laing Art Gallery Newcastle Nov 16 (5)

Harry Clasper again

Harry Clasper Nov 16

Wednesday 9th November 2016

Breakfast required: we headed to the Harry Clasper, the Wetherspoon pub in Whickham. Full English. Very nice.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Baltic Art Gallery

Baltic Art Gallery Oct 16 (2)

Tuesday 25th October 2016

I made a brief visit to the Baltic Art Gallery on the Gateshead Quays for a meeting with the Director. It has been a couple of years since I was last there so we had a good, though short, look about the building. My favourite exhibition was by Deimantas Narkevicius whose films looked at post-Communist Eastern Europe, and especially how Lithuania transitioned from totalitarian socialist dictatorship to a free, democratic nation. Some of the films were 3D though in the photo I took, it came out as a blurred image (you need the special goggles to see the films.)

Baltic Art Gallery Oct 16 (8)

Baltic Art Gallery Oct 16 (9)

This was quite a shock to the system! The stairwell has a giant mirror at the top and bottom. It leaves the impression that you are on an infinitely long staircase. It was quite fun once you were used to it.

Fugar House



Saturday 15th October 2016

Fugar, in Washingwell Woods, Gateshead, had been occupied by a large house from the medieval period up to the early 1950s when it was demolished. The house that was pulled down then was probably not the original medieval manor house. Nevertheless, Sunniside Local History Society, of which I am deputy chairman, carried out a research project on the area and set up an information board in the site to tell people about the history of Fugar. The Mayor of Gateshead did the unveiling. With my historian's hat on, I did the catering - serving up medieval pottage.

Brown and Green, Crystal Palace

Brown and Green Crystal Palace Sept 16 (4)

Wednesday 21st September 2016

Brown and Green is the cafe at Crystal Palace Station and is worth a visit for breakfast. I was heading back from my London/Brighton trip but had a 4 hour journey ahead of me. So the breakfast helped kick star the train journey back to the North East.

Brown and Green Crystal Palace Sept 16 (2)

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Brown and Green Crystal Palace Sept 16 (3)