I hadn't been to the Gloucester, the pub opposite Gateshead Civic Centre, for over a decade. On Wednesday I ended my record of absence. I met up with a group of people there. It has changed a bit since I was last there. It's much more open plan now. Given that the group I was meeting are likely to meet there on a regular basis, it seems I will be frequenting the Gloucester more often than once a decade from now on.