Monday, 30 March 2009
Sunday, 29 March 2009
Thursday, 26 March 2009
Among the glitterati present were the North Shields Jarvis's, who brought along their new baby Keona. She was definitely the youngest attendee, and her parents obviously wanted to give her an early introduction to the nightlife of Whitley Bay. Mind you, the Berkley Tavern would certainly not have been the place to introduce small people in my day. I remember it being the kind of place you were warned about by your parents, where bad people would no doubt acost you with a motor bike chain for no reason and plunder your innocence. How times have changed.
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
Sunday, 22 March 2009
To me was entrusted the crucial role which involved 'handing Terry the tools'. I soon got into the swing of things and in no time had mastered the rotation of drill, countersink, screw, screwdriver. I repeated this mantra under my breath as Terry set about fitting the shutters in very short order... upstairs first day, downstairs second day. Apart from one small error on my part, which I will describe as 'drilling through the end frame of one of the shutters', everything went very well. Terry himself had one small accident, although it would be wrong of me to mention it in detail in these lines.
The photograph above is slightly misleading, as I was not to be entrusted with 'caulking'. I did get to hold the caulking gun though, which gave me strong macho feelings of being a working bloke, if only for a short period.
Monday, 16 March 2009
I notice Blyth Valley Council are dipping their toe in the murky pool that is the outside chance that more people will be taking their summer holidays in Blyth this year, by erecting some smart beach huts. Deauville it is not, but respect to the council for being enterprising and making Blyth look a bit more enjoyable and respectable.
Friday, 13 March 2009
Yes, I know its Red Nose Day... do something funny for money. But to me, and other members of my family, and also a very good friend of mine, it will always be remembered as the anniversary of the day our mum passed away. Happy memories today of a wonderful mother.
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
You'd think that this could be the dream job for a type designer, but the process is riddled with difficulties, as the BBC article indicates...
"Getting a symbol onto the international scene can be a complicated and lengthy process, says Mr Siebert.
There are the questions about where the new character should be placed in the character table and where it should be placed on the keyboard. (Outside the country in question, it is most likely to be rendered through special coding with keyboard short-cuts.)
Then the operating systems of millions of computers would need to be upgraded, as would dozens and dozens of font sets."
Still, I wouldn't mind a crack at the project...
Sunday, 8 March 2009
After a few tears due to, well... mainly plumbing problems, Keona settled down for a nap with her dad. Amazingly he stayed awake throughout the proceedings.
Alissa and Gracie got on quite well, with the former erring on caution, and the latter erring on enthusiasm. Wonder what they saw from the window that was so riveting?
Far too soon it was time to go. Please come again you Jarvis's, we love you!
Saturday, 7 March 2009
No... not the two former Beatles. It was AARON Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) and GEORGE McCartney (Sunderland) who were on opposing teams this afternoon at the Stadium of Light.
Friday, 6 March 2009
Monday, 2 March 2009
It's always good to get away for a few days to unwind, pray and generally chill out from the daily grind.... and what better place to do it than on Holy Island. The tide comes in and you're surrounded by water, with time, space and solitude if you so wish, to slow down and reflect about... well, you know.... stuff.
Being with others who are similarly occupied on a journey of faith can also be a valuable experience, with opportunities for discussion, prayer and input. We enjoyed the facilities and hospitality at Cambridge House, as well as excursions around the island to check out the local coffee shops and pub. More photos here.