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A walk down to the Quayside
This article comes equipped with its own optional soundtrack for those who want to follow along with my listening habits as well as my walk.
A decaying building鈥檚 brick-arched frontage contrasts with a concrete underpass.
We begin at the Holy Jesus Hospital, whose site served as an almshouse for the poor for seven hundred years.
More brick arches, trailing off into the background.
The current 17th-century building now serves as office space for the National Trust. No noseys allowed (shame!)
The frontage of a shop by the name of 鈥淭ile World鈥 (with a globe replacing the O), its shutters now covered with graffiti.
Anyone need some tiles?
I鈥檓 pretty sure this is either 鈥淗allelujah鈥 or 鈥淛erusalem鈥, but i have absolutely no idea which.
A hulking grey concrete building scrapes the sky.
Only a scant few BT-branded trucks occupy the parking lot of this hulking concrete husk, surely far too big for its intended purpose.
Four floors of brick flats.
Ahhh 鈥 reminds me of home, back in Hoorn.
A worn European Union flag hangs over a balcony.
The tragedy of Brexit.
Quayside Pharmacy
An advert for Greggs鈥 all-day coffee, reading 鈥淓very Hour鈥檚 Happy鈥.
Is it, Greggs? Is it?
Leafy trees and paths cover another brick flat.
A diagram of the flat of St Ann鈥檚 Close has been vandalised with a hammer and sickle, a blurred-out website link, and 鈥1312鈥.
There鈥檚 a lot of commie graffiti scattered along this road, though all of it seems to be by the same person 鈥 you can tell because they can鈥檛 draw a hammer and sickle.
Walls upon walls absolutely covered with artisan graffiti.
Bloody showoffs. (That reminds me 鈥 i have a massive unpublished gallery post of a walk down the full length of the Ouseburn, but never did get around to finishing it鈥 maybe soon?)
Your author鈥檚 hand holds a nice ice cream.
The most important meal of the day.1
A ticket to see 鈥淭op Gun: Maverick鈥 at the Tyneside Cinema.
I鈥檝e decided to join the Sea Org and give my life鈥檚 savings to the military-industrial complex. (In all seriousness, it was a bloody brilliant film 鈥 everything a blockbuster should be!)


  1. Xanthe says鈥

    I tried to watch the original to prepare myself, but i鈥檒l confess i turned it off halfway through 鈥 once i got past the homoerotic volleyball there wasn鈥檛 much except low-stakes training plane fights and boring characters. Felt very much like a Dad Movie鈩 that you鈥檇 catch on TV at three in the afternoon.

    The new one is brilliant, but if you like the first one mostly ironically, it <em>might</em> not be worth it? I still recommend it, though 鈥 brilliant setpieces, actual stakes, characters you actually care about, and Mr Cruise actually鈥 acts,

  2. Pike M says鈥

    I just automatically assumed it would not be worth watching. Is it even possible to beat the sheer homoeroticism and naivety of the original? You tell me. I'd love to be corrected on this one.

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