Our family's summer mission statement used to be - barbeque with the neighbours and sit out in the garden until the sun comes up...

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By Glanton Bob on Jun 9, 08 12:31 AM

One of my favourite blues lines, found in a Robert Johnson song and probably many other Blues songs was the line of the blues 
’walking around like a man ‘

its as if all your troubles take on a human form

If you’re on the look out for a weekend of fun for all the family then look no further!

This weekend (7 – 8 June 2008) is the Newcastle Green Festival at Leaze’s Park - jam packed full of top class entertainments, workshops and music to suit all tastes and ages.

The aim is to raise awareness of green and ethical issues while having a great time. The festival will be divided up into themes which explore how we can live in more environmentally friendly ways. They will also be putting into practice what they preach with renewable powered stages, recycling bins and car-unfriendly policies.

The festival has been going since the mid-Ninties as an offshoot from Newcastle University’s Green Society and has slowly grown into the flagship environmental event in the region.

Get more details from the festival site here.

There was an act of moral bankruptcy in The Apprentice.

Lying Lee admitted he told porkies on his CV. He claimed he had spent three years at university when, in fact, he dropped out after a couple of months.

By Guest Blogger Peter Seth, 3rd Dan Aikido.

Knives! Horrible things in the hands of fools!

In fact it does not even have to be a knife, almost anything can be employed to intimidate, terrorise, wound and kill. It is the individuals not the weapons they use which must be the priority in addressing the present violence sweeping the country.

Apart from the criminal element and the perpetuation of violence for gain, the other main area is the violence that seems to be prevalent and increasing amongst the youth in this country.

With youngsters, both male and female as young as nine up to the age of early 20s and sometimes beyond, being involved in nasty and sometimes deadly violence how do we address the issues?.

Arrrgh worms are eating my waste!

By Trash Talk on May 28, 08 09:00 AM

Following on from my composting blog a few weeks ago I thought I would explore the next step in composting and waste reduction – the wormery.

In the nineteen sixties, Shields had gas lamps , cobbled streets snow and ice in winter steam powered ferries, trolley buses, corner shops and on the Lawe Top (where I lived) a Roman fort.

The Roman fort must have seized everybodys imagination as the street names all laid a homage to Rome, there was Vespasian Avenue, Julian Avenue, Roman road, and Urfa terrace, Caer Urfa being the roman name for Shields.

We had a big (happy) family Joan and Stan, Valerie, Martin, Mel, Wendy and later Linden, complete with Roger the dog and lodgers, mostly marine students studying to pass their tickets, which would be a gateway to the sea, abroad and the world.

My role in the family and the community seemed to be the messenger
I would run to the paper shop for a Gazette, go messages to the grocers or at night the ‘offie’

On top of that I would deliver orders for Bains and Duncans, either with a home made cart (oh the shame) or on the grocery delivery bike which was top heavy when the groceries were placed in the front basket. It was slavery of course and child labour, but was seen as enterprising and character forming.

The Lawe Top was surely the best place in the world to grow up. There was the view of the sea, the nearby parks, the Hilltop play ground, various chippies and best of all three cinemas within walking distance. Ocean road is now the curry centre of the world which is another plus, but in those days there was only one Indian restaurant.

The Lawe Top was an island in the days of the Romans with the river to the north and ocean road to the south a tributary of the Tyne all shallow, as it was before industrialization and the dredging of the river.

My favourite fare those days was curried fishcake and chips usually bought on a Friday night coming home from the Scouts.

It was an outdoor life, it needed to be, what with black and white TV and two, then just three channels. Then there were the songs, the songs to sustain, the melodies the ‘yeah, yeah, yeahs’, the mop heads and melodies.

‘she was just seventeen, you know what I mean’

We had the boat to go fishing, the dinghy to row over to North Shields, the parks and the beaches, I just remember running, running everywhere over the hills, banks, parks and beaches, running, running , running to school, to do a delivery, running for a bus, running everywhere, and at night after all the air, weather and freezing nor easterly, sleeping forever. The sea fret would envelop the Lawe and our dreaming minds and carry us away.

This was written for our Joan and Stan who will always be with us.

Would I like to attend a VIP Preview Screening and Celebration Evening at the newly refurbished Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle upon Tyne? Dress to impress!

It is not just paper and other small items that can be made out of recycled products, take a look at this video by Changing Rooms presenter and eco-designer Oliver Heath on the uses of recycled products in the home.

You can find the video here.

Nigel's not got talent

By Blog on the Box on May 17, 08 05:14 PM

Ha, ha, ha.

Just watched local lad Nigel Graham on the website for Britain's Got Talent.

And he hasn't.

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