Oh good, back down again today after the alarming weekend rise.
Despite it being a bit grey, I persuaded myself to go out with the camera at lunchtime and had my first proper lunchtime walk in a while. I started off going down to the Quayside to investigate reports that somebody had hung some strange objects on the Tyne Bridge. These alarming reports proved to be true, as you’ll see below.
While in the area, I noticed that in a fit of optimism, the people who like to promote things in Newcastle have brought back the Quayside Seaside thingy. Yes, deck chairs, sand and palm trees are available for your enjoyment just a short distance from the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. There didn’t seem to be much enthusiasm for it while I was there, and nobody was having fun with what I believe is a volleyball net.
After that, despite protests from my knees, I walked up the steep way past the St Nicholas’s Cathedral, then had my first proper look at the Stephenson monument since its restoration was completed. It’s looking good, I’m pleased to say. And after that, I went back to work.
I neglected to log my walk, but I’ve been able to recreate it with Gmap Pedometer by looking at the track from my GP-E2 in Google Maps. This was only slightly faffy, but I’ll try to remember to use the Garmin app in future. Anyway, here’s the walk:
And here’s a quick picture of those strange things on the Tyne Bridge:
Shutter speed: 1/250s
Focal length: 95mm
Location: 54° 58.1961′ 0″ N 1° 35.9477′ 0″ W
At the risk of being threatened by the authorities for mentioning the O*y*p*c* without a licence, or whatever you’re supposed to have, I will say that I read in a newspaper that apparently loads of these are being installed around the country, and that they’re intended to inspire us all. I might feel more inspired if they’d finished them…
And as I’m feeling especially generous, here’s another picture for you.
Shutter speed: 1/1000s
Focal length: 82mm
Location: 54° 58.1744′ 0″ N 1° 36.8925′ 0″ W
 No use asking me, I just don’t get sport thingies at all…