Weight and Stuff Report – 22 March 2015

Well, subject to the usual caveats about the scale being a bit random, I seem to be a bit lighter today.

It’s been quite a nice day, so I took myself out for a few hours. As the Newcastle City Keep has just been reopened together with the previously private Black Gate as a new attraction given the delightful name of Newcastle Castle, I went there. You now pay at the Black Gate, where there are a couple of exhibitions on the later history of the castle, not to mention a new lift and walkway[1]. You can then go to the Keep, where the slightly tired old displays have been replaced by nice new ones. Lots to see, and loads of stairs to climb[2], which includes getting up to the roof for the view of Newcastle and Gateshead. Multiple photos will follow over the next few days, but here’s a sample:



Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/13
Shutter speed: 1/200s
Focal length: 14mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 22 March, 2015

[1] I’ve heard people complaining about the new wooden structure attached to the building. Given that it’s been extensively altered many times in its history, this strikes me as a bit silly. For that matter, the Keep didn’t have the crenelated corner towers until a bit of enthusiastic 19th century “renovation” added them for *cough* authenticity….
[2] The Keep is not as wheelchair-friendly as the Gate…

One thought on “Weight and Stuff Report – 22 March 2015

  1. alf stone

    When they first started erecting the wooden extension I was outraged…well I was mildly irritated but since they finished it it seems to blend in with the building and is hardly noticeable. It just shows you first impressions aren’t always good. I hated the Sage when it was being built.

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