Revolving, Drinking, Boat.

The Boat still on the tyne
The Boat still on the tyne

It’s been gone since the 10th of Aug 2008 and lets be honest with ourselves no body cares one little bit.  10 months without the “Boat” on the Newcastle/Gateshead Quay Side and the tyne looks like a better place without it.

I was there on the day that it was removed from the tyne an event that lots of people where there to see but I thought it was about time to remind you all how much better the place looks with the revolving dance floor monstrosity of a night club on a boat gone.

The princes being removed from the Tyne
The princess being removed from the Tyne

I have two memory’s of being on the Boat, the first was a 30th birthday night out with a group of now work colleagues that at the time I didn’t work with.  It was an drunken evening that involved two incidents.  The first an inflatable naked girl that we insisted the Birthday boy carry with him the whole night.  She actually got the most attention of any girl in the night club that night.  Crowd surfing on the revolving dance floor getting us to the front of every queue at the bar before she was sent home a little too drunk and deflated.

The princes being removed from the Tyne
The princess being removed from the Tyne

The second incident was one of the lads on the night out; tripping over the chain railings that acted at barriers to stop people crossing the road at unsafe points along the Newcastle side of the quay side.  He hit the ground teeth, face and arm first.  After ½ a pint of whisky to numb the pain he was in, we headed onto the boat.  The next morning I woke up on his sofa and had to task of helping him get ready for work.  Drowning his pain with whisky while I had to help with his tie due to damaged arm.  Then he was off to work, pissed, in pain and two teeth short of a mouth full. Fun times.

With out the boat
With out the boat

I would love to hear any stories you have from being on the boat if for no other reason that to remind us all why it’s a good think that it is gone.  If you think I’m wrong and that the tyne looked like a better place with the boat there let me know why.

NCL Photo Walk – The Calder Leadworks.

It was the day after the worst flooding in Morpeth since 1963, heavy rain falling all across the north east, massive train delay in and out of Newcastle and I didn’t bother to bring any decent water proof clothing!

The fourth Newcastle Photo Walk went ahead yesterday and it was a wonder off to wasteland next to Newcastle Metro Arena to find a derelict building.  I found out about the building from Flickr user Arron Cupid.  The waste land the building sits on was the site of Calder Industrial Materials, a lead manufacturer.  The site shut down in 2002 and since I don’t remember it even being their I thought I would have a quick look and see what I could find out about it. Continue reading NCL Photo Walk – The Calder Leadworks.

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