Weight and Stuff Report – 28 August 2011

Update: I forgot to include the gmap-pedometer map of my walking route, which shows I did over 2.5 miles. There was more than that, but I didn’t try to record the path I took around the shops.

Down again today. I seem to be oscillating a bit at the moment. Still, never mind…

I woke up quite early this morning, and decided that as it was a moderately nice day, and the weather forecast was pretty good, that I’d do something I’ve been meaning to for ages. And so I did. I got myself to Newcastle station in time to catch the 9:45 to Middlesbrough[1], which after some shenanigans involving three trains arriving fixed together, left just a little bit late.

My main reason for going was to get some pictures of the quite marvellous Transporter Bridge, which is celebrating its centenary this year. Well, I don’t think it’s doing much celebration itself, what with being a bridge and all that, but various things are being done to mark the occasion.

I had hoped to ride across the bridge to get the full experience, but it closes on Sundays so mad people can jump off the top of it with elastic ropes tied to their legs. If I’d realised that was going on, I’d have taken a longer lens, but I think I’ve got some reasonable pictures. I took some pictures from the side, then moved around to the bridge entrance, where there seemed to be a large number of fire engines. Yes, the fire brigade were doing a rescue exercise – the bridge pontoon thingy was stopped a short distance from the shore, and two cars were stuck on it, having apparently collided. Using a really nifty hydraulic thingy, firefighters, paramedics and equipment were moved onto the platform, and a rescue was achieved. Fascinating stuff, pictures to follow, etc. The clues that this was an exercise rather than the real thing were numerous:

  1. No actual ambulances standing by, just a control vehicle
  2. Lots of senior fire and police people taking notes
  3. The cars were very old
  4. The “casualties”, quite apart from getting up and walking away after being rescued were wearing what looked suspiciously like uniform shirts.

After that, I wandered around the dock thingy and investigated a very large and quite cool bit of sculpture, a really odd-looking building under construction and a very shiny college. Then I paid a visit to MIMA, where I failed to be impressed much by the art on show, but I did see something of interest. And finally, I had a wander around the shopping area, had a coffee then got the train home.

At least one post full of pictures will follow, but for the moment, here’s a peek at the Transporter Bridge through a bit of derelict wall

Transporter Bridge

Transporter Bridge

[1] Well, it was going all the way to Whitby[2], but that’s a trip for another day.
[2] And I only saw two goth-types getting on. Must be the closed season for Dracula fans…

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