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    bit of a blog from new'castle!

    Isn't it nice when your hotel has a bar offering Happy Hour until 7pm ... and the very kind lass behind the bar suggests, that since the first glass went down so well, that you buy a bottle at HH prices. Oh, and she'll put it in an ice bucket so it stays wonderfully cold and you can take it to your room to finish off in the chilled wine glass so thoughtfully provided.


    With apologies to Linda and Teresa, I didn't know you were travelling up today or I'd have maybe fixed to meet up this evening. I'm across Osborne Road in the Cairn ... but as you may read above I'm already very well into the practice session for tomorrow night, am in my PJ's and not fit to socialise tonight.


    Also, my lovely residents pulled a double whammy last night/early this morning. Half an hour before I clocked 'on-call' at 9pm one of them fell over (her feet 'stuck' to the carpet) and the call centre put out a 999. At 9.15pm the paramedic rung the front door bell; they left at 10.45pm ... all was well thankfully. However, my packing then took until 1am! And at 4.50am another resident pulled her lifeline cord instead of the bathroom light switch and was completely astonished when I arrived in her room to see if she was alright. She also pushed the door entry button - thereby disabling it to anyone who wanted to visit her.


    3.5hrs sleep ...
    ... train journey up was good but I risked falling asleep and ending up in Glasgow!

    Wine sampling still in progress; these notes might tail off unexpectedly, probably when Only Connect starts!
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    Re: AMFF gathering - September 23rd - Newcastle on Tyne

    I'm staying in the Cairn Hotel, it's diagonally opposite the Pizza Express so not far to totter back tomorrow night. I looked at the Caledonian too but the Cairn promised a room at the back away from street lighting and quieter. I hadn't bargained for the marital disharmony taking place in the room opposite. I was so concerned for the safety of the missus that I complained to the hotel; the bloke is being abusive, effing it and is louder than the TV in my room! As far as I know the hotel isn't doing anything; I may call the police - watch this space!

    There's a bar attached - '97&Social - which has decent grub and I've had a healthy salad. And a bag of crisps. Bar of choccy in the fridge. Chilling out began some time ago.


    This is my first proper 'holiday' since DC in Serbia last year. Mum passed away in November; the house was sold in May. I know enough of you on here will have dealt with similar situations to know that it all takes time and you can't relax until it's all done and dusted. And grief cops you when you least expect it.


    So, this week's holiday starts here - and on Monday I'm away to Rannoch Moor!
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    Re: AMFF gathering - September 23rd - Newcastle on Tyne

    TV is at the end of the bed ... how convenient.
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    Re: AMFF gathering - September 23rd - Newcastle on Tyne

    You sound a right happy bunny Sally. See you tomorrow.

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    bit of a blog from new'castle!

    I seem to have organised breakfast in my room rate; if they see me before 10am that'll be a Murraycle!


    Planning to either go down to Durham tomorrow (as I've driven past/through it several times without stopping) to look around the magnificent cathedral or go shopping in Eldon Square/Jesmond. Will do t'other on Sunday - hangover pending.


    Have just told the couple in the opposite room to stop swearing, may have to run away.

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    Re: bit of a blog from new'castle!

    Say hello to my home town from me! Have fun!
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    Re: bit of a blog from new'castle!

    Quote Originally Posted by RoastLamb View Post
    Say hello to my home town from me! Have fun!
    Durham was lovely! But mobbed with students starting Uni ... fantastic steel band playing in the market square.
    I've had a great day there but got out of puff a couple of times, no-one mentioned it was hilly!


    Found a nice place for lunch - Vennels, well tucked away, great home-made food.

    RL - huge developments going up on the opposite side of the river to the Castle/Market and either side of the big road bridge going over the Wear. Big complex of cinema, restaurants, shops, housing etc.
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    Re: bit of a blog from new'castle!

    Hope you are taking pix!!! The last time I went home in 2009 it looked a lot different too.
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    Re: bit of a blog from new'castle!

    Took a few piccies in Durham but not allowed to do so in the Cathedral, furry enuf.

    It's sunny in Newcastle!!!
    Done the crosswords (including the DT Cryptic!) so it's time to head off out to the City Centre
    and enjoy the day. I suspect I've a bit of walking ahead around the retail areas ... route planned
    to start at Haymarket (M) down via M&S, John Lewis, Fenwick, Waterstones, lunch and Monument (M).
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    Re: bit of a blog from new'castle!

    Just painting toenails blue on account of visiting Scotland tomorrow.
    Can't quite manage saltires as been in the bar for 'Happy fortnight'.
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