Monday, October 24, 2005

In relation to a southerner...

Following zarathustra's comments here I have decided to write 10 reasons about why Newcastle upon Tyne, contrary to popular belief (unless you're a North-Easterner) is fabulous.

1. Where else has so many iconic bridges crossing one small stretch of river? I speak of course of the Tyne Bridge and Gateshead Millennium Bridge primarily but also of the Swing Bridge, High Level Bridge and rail bridges.
2. The Angel of the North (not technically in Newcastle but close enough).
3. One absolutely fabulous university with an excellent union (Newcastle) and one pretty good uni with a fairly decent union (Northumbria) - no prejudice of course!
4. The Geordies are a very friendly bunch, the accent grates at times but their pretty much decent (unless they lose to Sunderland).
5. A city that is less than half an hour from the seaside and less than half an hour from beautiful countryside and yet has all the advantages of being a city as well.
6. Who else would try and put a metal slug looking building on the Quayside and then call it a music centre? Plus then hold a Labour party conference in the centre?
7. It snows every winter, you don't have to wish for snow, you get it from December to March every single year.
8. The Great North Run is the world's biggest half marathon and starts in Newcastle!
9. The Tall Ship's Race stopped off here in the summer, the only in the port to receive them.
10. Party capital of Europe.

Need I say anymore?


At 2:36 PM, Blogger Zarathustra said...

Are you sure Newcastle is the "party capital" of Europe?

Ever heard of Amsterdam??

Anyway, that metal angel thing is downright bizarre.

It has wings, but yet no genitalia. What's the point of that?

It's grim up north.

At 2:25 AM, Blogger Lis said...

I don't think I'm ever going to persuade you that it's not all that 'grim' up here. By the way, have you actually ever been north of Watford Gap?
As for the Angel, it's meant to be sex-less as the sculptor decided it to be.
I have heard of Amsterdam but recent reports have placed Newcastle as party capital of Europe.
L x

At 2:03 PM, Blogger Zarathustra said...

To be honest, I've never been north of Birmingham.

Having said that, I still think Amsterdam is a better destination for "partying" then Newcastle. Sorry. The hookers and drugs swing it for me. lol.

Anyway, the idea of there being a "party capital" of Europe is silly. You can be in a dump and be having a great time, and be in a lively, interesting place and be miserable and bored. It all depends.

At 3:50 AM, Blogger Lis said...

Maybe as your next assignment you should venture north of Birmingham to see the area for yourself. Very true about the 'enjoyment factor' of a night out, and trust me Newcastle does have a fair few hookers, if you know where to look. Mind you, anywhere does really!
L x

At 4:17 AM, Blogger Zarathustra said...

Yes, everywhere has blatant hookers.

Also, a lot of women (but certainly not all) are basically hookers, but don't admit it. Is that sexist?

BTW, I think I'll stop adding all these wonderful and incisive comments on your blog.

You've never commented on mine.

/me sulks

At 11:24 AM, Blogger Zarathustra said...

Awww. You're such a sweet girl.

/me stops sulking

At 3:25 PM, Blogger M said...

Where have I seen this list before?

At 2:05 PM, Blogger Tsurotu said...

It is not exactly Grim up north.

I do beleive you forget that NorthumbriaSU is infact a better union, but a worse uni...

The gigs are better, because it is a bit bigger, not saying that newcastle isnt farking fantgastic (elbow? sunday night? supah...)

The sage is also spot on, have you been in? have you heard it...? dont call it a slug... call it a... ok fine. slug is probably the best word.

newcastle is great, the north is a great place to live, and being a northerner makes you cooler than anyone else. except perhaps western scots. with their sexy scottish/irish accent.


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