Thursday, August 31, 2006
Big Rock, Little Rock
Little Rock is not in Arkansas!_________________________________________________________________
Rock pools uncovered at low tide at the foot of Marsden Rock, South Shields, home to colonies of kittywakes and guillemots. I think a little "selective colouring" works quite well here!
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
A life guard walks across the beach_________________________________________________________________
South Shields Volunteer Lifeguard Brigade is one of the oldest in the country and we are proud to have them and their historic watch house on the pier. Here, a life guard strolls across the beach on a regular patrol in summer.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
At a recent event in Souter Lighthouse, Marsden, South Shields, members of S.T.A.R. (South Tyneside Amateur Radio Society) were introducing youngsters to the hobby. Whilst I was with them, their radio station with the "special" callsign GB2SJ made contacts with other "hams" in Germany, Canada, and Belgium.
Monday, August 28, 2006
Postcard from Hexham
On our recent day out in Hexham we also visited the Abbey founded by St. Wilfred in AD 674. I have used a template here for this postcard style, I can just drag and drop the pictures into the Photoshop psd file.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
The day the circus came to town._________________________________________________________________
The Big Kidz circus arrived in town, comprisiong performers from Russia, Ukraine, and Bulgaria, they are currently situated on a farmer's field in New Road, Boldon Colliery. Here is their big top.
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Spinning a coin.
Get your money in quick._________________________________________________________________
An away day photo, we had a day out in Hexham yesterday and there was a fun fair in one of the car parks. You would have to be pretty quick to get your hands into your pockets to pay for this ride!
Friday, August 25, 2006
Marsden Rock at night._________________________________________________________________
I decided to try a little night time photography tonight and this is the best shot that I brought home. It's Marsden Rock situated in Marsden Bay, part of our beautiful coastline in South Shields.
Bearing in mind the following; the camera is a 5 Mp Konica Minolta Dimage Z3, iso 400, exposure was 15 seconds at f3.2, mounted on a velbon tripod, but all of my pictures were affected by noise. This was one has been run through Noiseware to try and reduce the chroma and luma noise as much as possible. Perhaps it was too dark, well after sunset, perhaps I should try early one morning just before sunrise?
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Market stall in South Shields, whatever next will children want to play with?
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Secret conversation over Dark Americano coffee at South Shields latest coffee house, Cafe Nero, in King Street (looks like the walls have ears.)
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Spinning a colourful yarn!
Knit one, purl two._________________________________________________________________
M&N Wool Shop in the Market Place, South Shields, is run by the very hospitable Jean and her husband John, they have a very varied and colourful stock of wools for all knitters. Sorry, they don't have a website but you can telephone them (+44 0191 4565217).
Monday, August 21, 2006
Your coach awaits._________________________________________________________________
I will return to this theme at a later date.
The Marsden Rattler is a fairly modern public house on Sea Road, South Shields facing the beach and the North Sea, it is noted for it's two train coaches parked outside serving as a lounge and restaurant. The pub is sited on the former route of the "Marsden Rattler" railway line which was part of the Harton to Whitburn mineral route.
Amazingly I took this shot handheld at night without the aid of a tripod, the Konica Minolta Dimage Z3's anti-shake mechanism has it's uses!
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Waiting for a train.
Chichester Metro Station_________________________________________________________________
Early morning commuters waiting to board a Metro train to Newcastle - upon -Tyne. Many people in South Shields commute to one of the larger cities to their jobs from here (Newcastle or Sunderland.) This shot was taken at Chichester Metro Station.
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Tall Ships Race
Leaving on the high tide._________________________________________________________________
The Tall Ships visited us last year, I've pulled this old image out of the files to depict the ships leaving the harbour of the River Tyne. The old Groyne lighthouse will have seen plenty of these in it's history.
Friday, August 18, 2006
St. Hilda's Colliery Memorial_________________________________________________________________
This old pit winding wheel is mounted on land near St. Hilda's Colliery behind the Market Place, South Shields. 51 lives were lost in a methane explosion on 28th. June 1839, sadly this memorial is very overgrown by shrubbery and is now difficult to find.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Just add water._________________________________________________________________
Interesting shapes and textures in the rockpools uncovered at low tide, Marsden Bay, South Shields.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Candy floss stall_________________________________________________________________
A temporary lull in trade at the Amphitheatre, Sea Road, South Shields.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Two ferries moored on the Tyne, DFDS Seaways sails regular cruises to Amsterdam, these were viewed from Harton Staithes near the Market Place, South Shields.
Monday, August 14, 2006
For whom did the bell toll?
The Old Town Hall_________________________________________________________________
Bell mounted on the side of the old Town Hall in the Market Place, South Shields. Was it used to call people together for important announcements? Perhaps a local historian can supply the answer.
Sunday, August 13, 2006
This mural painted on the side of the DHSS building in the Market Place, South Shields, represents the town's maritime history and depicts The Tyne lifeboat, designed by William Wouldhave in 1790.
Saturday, August 12, 2006
The long walk_________________________________________________________________
The underside of the elevated promenade/walkway on Sea Road, South Shields
Friday, August 11, 2006
Is this where the little girl on the beach went? Tommy's Parties are held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in the month of August at the Amphitheatre, Sea Road, South Shields, hosted by "Tommy the Trumpeter" aka Ray Spencer, the Director of The Customs House. Great free entertainment!
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Two pink shoes
Where did she go?_________________________________________________________________
A little girl was playing on the beach in South Shields, had she gone to "Tommy's Party"?
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
No. 9, Claypath Lane
The Maltings is a fairly new hostelry in South Shields, situated in Claypath Lane opposite The Brittania, it occupies the building previously known as The Chamealeon. As a pub it's great and I like it, it has become the usual meeting place for members of our Message Board when an ex-pat is returning for a visit to South Shields.
The Maltings has it's own micro brewery on the ground floor and the pub is situated on the first floor, it offers a good selection of "real ales", Jarrow Bitter being my particular favourite.
One of the signs above the entrance alludes to the old Westoe Brewhouse which was situated probably less than two hundred yards away in Dunelm Street, just behind Wharton Street, a nice link to local history for a hostelry.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
A sepia toned study of what remains of Marsden Rock in Marsden Bay, South Shields, a good third of the limestone edifice collapsed into the North Sea in 1996.
Monday, August 07, 2006
St. Michael's church_________________________________________________________________
The church of St. Michael and All Angels, Westoe, South Shields, silhouetted against a colourful sky at dawn.
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Taking the train._________________________________________________________________
Children playing in the park, perked up with a little fill-flash.
Saturday, August 05, 2006
Mouth of Tyne Festival
Sumptuous evening entertainment in Sea Road, South Shields, during the recent Mouth of the Tyne Festival, this "Diva" was part of an all encompassing street theatre project which drew huge crowds.
Friday, August 04, 2006
Fishing under the rock._________________________________________________________________
Early anglers fishing below Marsden Rock, South Shields, the early worms catching a bite?
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Lend a hand
A collection of hand decorations found at the Cultures Together Mela in the Bents Park, South Shields_________________________________________________________________
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
A South Shields vintage "Merryweather" fire engine on display during the Tyne Wear vintage run which culminated in the Bents Park, South Shields._________________________________________________________________
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Cleadon Hills form part of the "green belt" barrier between South Shields and Sunderland, this image was taken on my old 2.2 Mpx Konica Digital Revio point and shoot camera, and has featured on some of my other websites. A nice silhoutte of a couple out for an early evening walk across the hills._________________________________________________________________
This was taken on a trip to Goathland in North Yorkshire, the village is used as the set for the ITV programme "Heartbeat" and most of the locations will be instantly recognised by fans of the 1960's police series. Scripp's Garage and Undertakers is on the main street and this picture shows an old petrol pump and discarded tyres. Originally in colour, I desaturated it and played with the brightness and contrast to get the desired black and white image._________________________________________________________________
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Born in 1956, I'm a retailer, father and husband, with two young children a son born in 1997 and a daughter in 2001. I am also a former borough Councillor who has had his passion for people and politics reawakened recently.
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