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When I leave home and go to town, My wife always says to me ” Keep your eyelids up and see what you can see”

All the long way down that road and the way back,
Ive looked and Ive looked and Ive kept careful track
But all that I’ve noticed, except my own feet
Was a guy in a hat on Northumberland St.


Thats nothing to tell of, that wont do of course.  Just a man in a hat drinking some kind of sauce.
That cant be my story, thats not all there was to see.
Ill say I saw someone reading a book in front of me
And thats a story that no one can beat, when I say that I saw it on Northumberland St.

Yes the book is fine, but I think it’s a shame.  Such a wonderful book but no sounds to his name.
The story would really be better to hear, if also near him was a musician with beard!


But thats not enough toys, we needed more noise!
A drummer is better in fact two is quite neat! Now they would fit in on old Northumberland St


But hold on a minute, there’s something wrong!
Bass is whats needed to go with their song.
A groove and a blues feel that you can go greet
Something to travel with you down Northumberland St.


But you know theres somethings that are not right for all.  The bustling crowds and music or the mall.
There’s a time to relax, sit and take it all in.
For Northumberland St can be quite a din.



A bit of fun.  Influenced by the Dr Seuss book “Mulberry St”.  That said, Northumberland St is a very lively place these days and somewhere I do enjoy sitting with a coffee and people watching.


Beamish Museum, Co Durham.  I’m fortunate to live very close to here and a recent Photographers evening was a must visit.  Here’s a few shot from the day.  If you haven’t been to Beamish, I’d highly recommend it.  You can find out more here

Photo’s taken last weekend at the Milan derby.  Quality aint that great and are very much “snaps”.  Used my Panasonic LX5.  Was surprised though how many DSLRs I saw inside the stadium. Braver than me!

Take from a recent Photo Walk.  I decided on the day to use my Macro lense and see if I could see anything up close of interest.  A few things caught my eye and as ever, as I walk around my original theme for the day is tweaked and nudged.  Anyway, this was what I came up with from the day.

HMS Ark Royal (R07) is the current flagship of the Royal Navy, the third and final Invincible-class light aircraft carrier. Built by Swan Hunters on the River Tyne and launched in 1981 by Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, she followed sister ships HMS Invincible (R05) and HMS Illustrious (R06) into service in 1985.

Affectionately known as The Mighty Ark, she is the fifth Royal Navy ship to bear the name of the 1587 flagship that defeated the Spanish Armada in 1588.[4] Originally intended to be named Indomitable to match the rest of the class, this was changed due to the public reaction to the loss of the Ark Royal name after the scrapping of the previous Ark Royal (R09) in 1980, after 30 years’ service.

Slightly larger than her sister ships, and with a steeper ski-jump ramp, Ark Royal carried the STOVL (Short Take Off and Vertical Landing) Harrier Jump Jet aircraft, as well as various helicopters. With a crew complement of over a 1,000 sailors and aviators, she saw active service in the 1990s Bosnian War and the 2003 Invasion of Iraq.

Originally due to be retired in 2016, Ark Royal will instead be decommissioned by late 2010 or early 2011, as part of the Navy restructuring portion of the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review. After Invincible was decommissioned in 2005, and with the retiring of Illustrious expected in 2014, Royal Navy aircraft carrier usage will continue with at least one ship of the under-construction Queen Elizabeth class.


Always happy this guy, especially in summer.

Well, what would you do?