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Friday, September 30, 2011

The Depot At The Gates Of Dawn

About the only downside that I can think of in going to the Lit & Phil is that one's chances of getting a Sorry you were out when we called card by the Post Office increase somewhat.

However firmly believing that being out and being carded are, in a sense, a yin and yang metaphor for life as a whole, one might as well embrace the thing and get out of what you can.

So for me that means an opportunity to leave the house at around 6.45 a.m.


and onto the majestic highway that is the Whitley Road...



from there it was the approach to Bernardstrasse...



to be greeted by my smiling sister who was absolutely ecstatic at leaving the house at 6.55 a.m. to take me to the post office depot.


On the drive to the depot Lesley and I were discussing matters of life and death; a neighbour's cat had been mauled by a passing dog. As we talked of the fall-out from such an event, two large gulls were tugging at a discarded pizza-box and its flattened contents that had been tossed into the middle of the Queen's highway.

Despite our looming proximity, the gulls left it to the very last moment to take flight resulting in a substantial thwump! off the bumper for one of them. Despite being clipped by a car travelling at 30 miles an hour neither seemed worse for wear as a result of the encounter.

The depot at the gates of dawn...


The package of review CDs thus retrieved at around 7.10 a.m., Lesley and I hit the road. On the way back I noticed the gull-magnet pizza box had gone and that the sun had made a majestic appearance above the cricket pitch...


Now that's what I mean about the upside of being out. Had I been in when the postman called with the package, it's not likely I'd have been around to see this view...




Then down to the sea on the way home...



Ready to start work at 7.30 a.m.  A good way to start the day!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Looking...

Into Newcastle nice and early again today. 

Looking down towards Grey Street as it starts to wake up...








Then onto you-know-where...




On the schedule today...

and writing sleeve notes. The reading I find hard to do in the office so I break the day by spending the morning reading Beyond And Before for work (for King Crimson TT2) and Ghost Milk (which the Lit & Phil ordered in for me) for pure pleasure. 

Speaking of pleasure, a little later I was joined by Bernard, who also had some reading to catch up on...
During the course of the day the Lit & Phil receives many visitors who come to soak up this building's wonderful atmosphere...

Drawing classes...



 Professional photographers...


Guided tours...


Student introductory tours...


All enjoying the special ambience this place has to offer.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

When The Day Is Done

Up early to address emails and updates, the upside of which means I caught the early bird en route for some worm somewhere...


Today was mapped out as an away-from-the-desk day, which is to say that I wanted to do some research and reading and get into a different frame of mind. So, Newcastle and the Lit & Phil it was...




Pudding Chare was congested with bins...

 and briefly, traffic...


before miraculously emptying and a lovely silence descended...

 Onwards...
 Today's reading...
 Bernard arrived an hour or so later...

and then about five hours later, after having both put in a good day's work each, we went along to The Bridge Hotel...

with it's views of the sun setting over the city...




Meanwhile, madness and mayhem as another couple of pins and two packets of crisps joined the fray!

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