Way back in the (very) early 1980s, I had a brief encounter with Newcastle University, and while I was there, I lived in the student accommodation at Castle Leazes, which meant that I often passed through Leazes Park, which has the usual lake with ducks, swans, geese and the like, lots of paths and trees and things, and is generally a Good Thing. But once that episode in my life was over, I never really had any need to head to that part of town, and so never visited the park again. Around twenty years after my last visit, lots of money was spent on improvements, cleaning the lake, landscaping, restoration and so on, in much the same way as Saltwell Park was restored some time ago.
Anyway, I set off for a longish walk, initially without a particular target, but remembered that I’d told myself the other day that I should give Leazes Park a try, so that’s where I went. I found a nicely restored terrace that I don’t recall seeing before – it’s possible that I just never got round to going to that side of the park, or that it has had more restoration than seems likely (it does have some new looking sculpture, including that lion I mentioned earlier). After looking at that, I took the traditional walk around the lake then headed back to town. Here’s my route:
As usual, click to see it at a more eye-friendly size, or head over to Gmaps Pedometer for an interactive, zoomy version.
 It was over in a year. We were just incompatible – they thought I should do something called “passing exams”…
 Lovely little cluster of delightfully attractive buildings, allegedly based on (if my memory of student mythology is accurate) the Swedish open prison system
Up just a teeny weeny bit today, nothing to get alarmed about, etc.
I had another good lunchtime walk today, once again heading for a part of Newcastle I haven’t been near in, err, probably over twenty years – Leazes Park. I’ll post the full route and more details separately, but in the meantime, here’s a nice lion from the park
If, for some odd reason or other, you attempted to visit this site a little earlier, you might just have seen a blank page instead of the usual collection of pictures, mutterings and those exciting weight reports. I would like to go on record and make it quite clear that this was all Twisty’s fault. You see, she forced me to add an extra smiley to the already substantial collection available for your comments.
Now adding a smiley involves two things:
Uploading the file to a particular location on the site
Making a small edit to a configuration file
Well, uploading the file went as expected.
Editing the local copy of the file? No trouble at all! Uploading it? Just fine! Making sure it was the right version of the file with the settings for the server I moved to in September, and not the old one? Ah.
Yup, Twisty made me do it wrong.
It was easy to fix, though. Now you can all settle down and watch the inevitable exchange of comments that will follow once Twisty reads this. You might find the new smiley useful for that:
 For the easily excitable among you
 Hi Twisty!
 Before anyone suggests that I am unfairly blaming Twisty for my mistake, I would like to point out that Twisty blames me for everything, up to and including the weather in her locality