I went to bed fairly early last night, as I was a wee bit tired (no doubt caused by being up far too early for that delivery). This naturally resulted in me waking up far too early today. But I decided to make the best of it and go out somewhere, despite it being a quite spectacularly dull and grey day. As is often the case, I didn’t have a definite destination in mind, I just set out with the camera. Once I got to the station, I realised that anywhere I really wanted to go involved waiting a bit too long for a train, so I switched to Plan B – the Metro. The first southbound one was going to South Shields, so that’s where I went. I had a bit of a walk along the river, along past a Roman fort, past an old lifeboat, past some sculpture thingies, and that’s when it started to rain.
It was raining enough to be annoying, so I put the camera away and headed back towards the town centre. During the walk, I developed Plan C, which involved taking the ferry to North Shields and then a bus to the Royal Quays outlet centre, where I succeeded in having some lunch (acceptable bacon cheeseburger on an indifferent bun with OK chips) and totally failed to do any shopping. At this point, fatigue was setting in, so I got a bus back to North Shields, a Metro back to Newcastle and a bus home. All in good time to not be attempting to get here at the same time as thousands of people trying to get into the park for the fireworks show.
Here’s a little something I saw on the way along the Tyne:
 Hi Geoff
 Hi Brian
 This may prove interesting – for the first time, it’s a privately-run, paid-for event. You won’t get in without a wristband that you should have bought already, and apparently you won’t be able to buy one at the gate. I suspect some people will be slightly disappointed….