Saturday, 21 March 2009


It's our fifth wedding anniversary today. Pop over to Newcastle upon Tyne daily photo for a special photo and post.

It's looking like a beautiful day....

Sunday, 15 March 2009


D and I first kissed in a club in Newcastle, on his birthday.

There's a whole backstory that I can't be bothered to tell right now. But outside the club, it was cold and raining and we were on our own. He put his hands in my pockets to keep them warm, and we both knew where it was going.

Inside the club, the friend who'd temporarily left to give someone else a lift home turned up again, but seeing what was going to happen and not wanting to get in the way, he disappeared sharpish.

That club, for those who were in Newcastle in the mid-late 90s, was the Riverside. The Riverside then went on to become Foundation; a different club, but that was OK, right?

We drove past the other day. It's now a Price Watch supermarket.

That makes me really, really sad.

Saturday, 14 March 2009

The Quayside

I went out for a meal with some friends last night to celebrate E and M getting engaged.

(the staircase)

We went to Rumpolis's. The building is under the Tyne Bridge, one of those huge old buildings that are a little ramshackle but all the better for it.

(the mosaic in the stairwell)

The food was pretty nice too. I can particularly recommend the tomato garlic bread.

(the mirror in the ladies' loos)

After I left, I noticed that the Millennium Bridge was lit up red for Comic Relief. I had wanted to get home quickly to do some work, but I couldn't resist walking along the Quayside to get some photos. (For the result, you'll have to check out the photo site tomorrow!)

As I walked back along, I saw a couple of groups of people taking photos of each other with the bridges in the background. The first three girls were holding out their camera to try and get them all; the second was a group of lads and lasses with one man stooping in front for the pic.

I offered to take pictures for them. They were all very grateful - in fact another girl in the second group passed her camera to me too, so I took two of them.

It's nice to do a good turn from time to time :o)


edited to add: links updated round here. let me know if you find anything broken.


edited again to add that I'm now updating my flickr photostream again if you're interested.

Thursday, 12 March 2009


on the way to work the other week, i looked at the sign that tells you how many car parking spaces there are in different directions.

it told me that there were 2,850 spaces if you turned left, or 2,850 spaces if you went straight on.

it made me happy.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

one good turn?

I was standing at the bus stop when a woman walked up to me.

'Do you pay for your bus fares?'

I looked at her, nonplussed. 'I do... but I've got a day pass...'

'I've paid for a day pass and I don't need it any more.'

We looked at each other, unsure what to do.

'Give it here. I'll try and pass it on to someone else.'

She nodded, satisfied, and passed me the ticket, before striding off purposefully.

I waited, satisfied that I was going to be able to do someone a good turn.

But no one turned up at the bus stop before I got on.

There was no one at the bus stop when I got off.

There was one guy that arrived at the bus stop when I was waiting for the bus home. But he already had a ticket.

And there was a guy getting onto the bus as I got off, but he already had a pass.

And there was no one at the stop opposite.

I feel really cheated that by the time I got home, I had two day passes and I couldn't pass them on to anyone for trying.

Sunday, 8 March 2009


I'm still alive.

I seem to have more followers than I did. I don't understand why, what with me not having updated in about 6 weeks. Ooops.

Someone's off work long-term sick, and the work is falling to me. To make it more interesting, her job currently consists of three half-time jobs, and mine currently consists of one full-time job. So that adds up to 2.5 jobs in 37 hours a week. 0.5 of that is being passed to someone else, but as with anything like that explaining to someone else all the ins and outs of a pretty complicated, exacting service takes time. I'm well aware that TPTB (The Powers That Be) aren't giving me as much work as they normally do, but I've still been feeling ill with the pressure.

There is a Plan. TPTB have a plan, but it won't kick in til April. I'm just very glad that I've got a week's leave coming up soon. I don't know if there's a plan for that week, but that's not my problem. Thank Cheeee-rist.

I'd like to thank Vix for listening to me stress. That's one of the things that's been helping me through.

I'll be posting again soon, hopefully, but probably not regularly for a while. We'll see.