Thursday, June 30, 2011

Low Fell

Today we took a walk around Low Fell, an area within Gateshead. It was a typical rainy English day but at least we got a rainbow out of it.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Taking the train

We had to take an early morning train down to Birmingham for a work meeting.

We caught the train from Newcastle Central Station which was built in 1850 and is a Grade I listed building.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Quayside

Today, Ricki got to see the famous Tyne Bridge, one of Newcastle's most recognisable icons. The bridge was opened by King George V on 1o October 1928.

On the banks of the River Tyne is the Sage Gateshead, a unique building made of curved glass and stainless steel which hosts gigs and musical education. Ricki tried getting her picture in front of it, but a big gust of wind came and blew her down when the picture snapped!

The view from inside the Sage

Behind the Sage is an alley full of street art and Ricki seemed to enjoy all the colour.

On the other side of the Sage is one of Newcastle's most recent additions to the riverscape...The Gateshead Millenium Bridge. It is a pedestrian/cycle bridge which connects Newcastle and Gateshead which opened in November 2000. It is also known as "the eye" because the bottom lifts up to allow boats underneath and it resembles an eye blinking.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

New- Castle

The first castle – the New Castle upon Tyne – was founded in 1080 by Robert Curthose, eldest son of William the Conqueror. The castle was probably of motte and bailey type. Nothing can now be seen above ground. By the 14th century the castle was isolated and became militarily redundant. From that time on few repairs are recorded, and by 1589 it was described as old and ruinous.

The castle keep and black gate are now all that remain of this building but the keep is considered one of the best examples of a Norman keep in England.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Toon Mania

On Ricki's full first day in Newcastle, she got to experience a private tour of St. James' Park, which is where Newcastle United Football Club play. Throughout Newcastle United's history, their home venue has been St James' Park—the oldest and largest football stadium in North East England, and the sixth largest football stadium in the United Kingdom.

The club's supporters are also known as the Magpies, the Geordies or the Toon Army. The name Toon originates from the Geordie pronunciation of town. The Geordie dialect is quite unique and they have a lot of interesting words that Ricki is coming to terms with. She got her picture taken with a statue of Jackie Milburn, one of the best players in NUFC's history. The statue says "Wor Jackie" and the word "wor" is how Geordie's say "our".