This is probably the last picture I’ll post of Gateshead’s controversial car park before demolition starts. I’ve heard all the arguments about “architectural merit” and in my not even slightly humble opinion, they don’t really hold up. This is a lump which fails in its basic purpose of being a place to park cars. Like a lot of buildings of its generation, the materials used were not of the best quality, which has led to lumps dropping of it over the years. Concrete repairs were done some years ago, leaving some attractive patches all over the thing, but even after that, the upper levels could not be used. The plan to have a restaurant with amazing views on the top never materialised (I believe there were concerns about fire escape routes, or some such). It dominates the town centre and takes up a lot of space that could be used for other purposes, both commercial and social. Damn it, it even spoils the view looking down Grey Street on the other side of the river.
Come on Down!
Demolition should be starting soon...
If it was an equally ugly building that served some useful purpose, I might have some sympathy for those who’d like to preserve it, but it really is a colossal waste of space. It has to go, and it is going. Details of what will take its place are not quite with us, but Gateshead should be getting a mixture of shops, maybe a cafe or two and whatever else they can fit around a quite large Tesco store. And while I understand that a lot of people have concerns about Tesco’s dominance of the UK retail market, and even have a concern or two myself, as I do my shopping in the current store, and would quite like to have easy access to one with even more stuff, I’m not objecting to them expanding their presence here.
This is one of this morning’s pictures from my walk to work. It shows the High Level Bridge, finally revealed again after a couple of years hiding behind white wrappings, with the Swing Bridge in front. You might just be able to make out the blue structure of the Metro Bridge hiding behind the High Level Bridge.
The High Level Bridge, now revealed in its tasteful new paint job, with the Swing Bridge in front.
I like the reflections on the river and the shadows are quite nice, too.
Anyone who knows me will be aware that sport just isn’t my thing. All those arbitrary rules, competitiveness and the like just don’t appeal to me at all, either as an observer or a participant. There is a certain pleasure to be taken when Wales beat England at rugby, but I don’t actually have to do anything as silly as watching the game for that.
But it seems that I might have to make an exception for speedcabling. Competitors have to undertake the hideous task of separating horribly entangled masses of ethernet cables. Now anyone who works with computers, phones, audio-video kit or pretty much anything electric or electronic will know that cables are evil. However you arrange them, they somehow manage to wrap themselves around each other in ways that seem quite impossible to disentangle without the aid of a good pair of wire-cutters. So this is a major challenge, and one that could be taken up by geeks everywhere.
That’s better – an actual drop in my weight today.
It was another fine morning, and as I didn’t have to go out at a silly time to catch a train, I managed to motivate myself to walk to work. I had the camera with me, and I got some pictures of the Tyne, some of the bridges, and some general views of Newcastle and Gateshead. Today’s lens was the Sigma 10-20mm wide angle thingy, which is nice for the kind of landscape pictures I was aiming for today. Results as soon as I get round to doing something with the RAW files.