Category Archives: Leisure

second coming

Durham is a university town where the students always tend to originate from the upper-middle or upper class.  Around town, the students are referred to quite affectionately as ‘The Rah’s’.  Term hasn’t started back yet, so there aren’t many students around, but I did speak to Hannah and Amanda, who are studying foreign languages at [...]
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lost

After being looked after at my sister’s house I was dropped off by the river to walk a stretch into Newcastle city centre.  There were loads of brightly coloured huts on a ledge above the river, used for housing pigeons.  I found John there.  John has been made redundant after working for 41 years.  He [...]
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hartlepool

A lady in the next village from mine when I was younger had a stocky grey pony called Hartlepool who pulled a cart around the countryside, and ever since I’ve liked the name.   So Hartlepool became the next destination.  The excellent and cheap Grand Central train line runs through it direct from London, and [...]
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what I ate

Still waiting to adventure out again next week.  Meanwhile here’s some of the food I ate on the trip so far.  I was mostly trying to eat for under a tenner a day.  Finding something healthy to eat on a budget was very difficult. From my experience, I would go so far as to suggest [...]
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a long way up

I came to Carlisle because some people on a yacht on Lake Winderemere said I should.  It’s far north and near to Hadrian’s Wall, built by the Romans to keep the barbarian Scots out (or in).  Carlisle is very cold and very wet.  There was a Caribbean night at the racecourse so I went there [...]
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yesterday

After chatting to some lovely old people in Morecambe, who said the classics like ‘It’s not like it was in my day’ and ‘Young people today don’t know they’re born’ I got the bus to Windermere in the Lake District.  Another beautiful place, but for some reason a lot of things were annoying me, like [...]
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blackpool to morecambe

The love affair with Blackpool has ended, although on reasonably good terms.  A guy I met called Mike suggested I come to Morecambe, where apparently there are lots of old people.  I love old people so this sounds good.  Everywhere seems pretty quiet in Morecambe.  I hardly saw a soul on the streets when I [...]
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heaven and hell

More encounters with born again christians.  I asked what happens to the unbelievers and the street preacher said ‘I believe there is a glorious heaven.  But there is also a hell, I’m afraid.’  I’d say that works for Blackpool too.  I’m loving it so far, but tonight I’m heading out in the rain to sample [...]
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not all bad

There are some nice things about Newquay too.  (Easier to say and see now that I have left).  The guy in the final picture kindly gave me a lift out of town on Sunday, and I’m now residing in genteel Bath with some friends.  It felt like I had spent weeks in the wilderness, but [...]
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northampton – famous for shoes

…but there aren’t any shoes made here now.  We used to come drinking here when we were underage and it seems that things haven’t moved on a lot from those Snakebite & Black days.  Northampton is quite rough, and you’ve a good chance of getting involved in a fight if you look at someone wrong, [...]
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