“the Geordie equivalent of ‘aligning your chakras’ ” Kathryn on Newcastle.

May 9, 2013 in Blog

Kathryn-Beaumont-photo2Kathryn Beaumont is an actor in Wondrous Place.

Top 3 Newcastle experiences that you can’t get anywhere else.

Walking along the quayside from under the Tyne Bridge to the Eye on a Sunday, ambling through the market stalls (99 with a flake is optional), to check out the exhibitions at the Baltic FOR FREE.

Home game at St James’ park – cheek by jowl with the most loyal and vocal fans in the premiership, if you’re in a black and white shirt, you’re one of them.

Dog walking at Tynemouth beach, the velvet palette of blues and oranges, purples and azure and proper fish and chips at the hut!

You’ve got to emigrate to Australia. What three things would you miss most about Newcastle?

Marrowfat/mushy peas.
The craic (me family!) (sense of community on buses, trains, doctors’ offices. People ask you if you’re alreet, and they wait for an answer).
The bridges. Seeing the bridges is the Geordie equivalent of ‘aligning your chakras’ : you stand in line with those structures spanning eras and the Tyne, and you feel in tune with something, plugged in, in direct contact with the line of bygone geordies who were here before you and the line of geordies yet to come.

Newcastle is a person – choose three words to describe their personality.

I feel Newcastle has undergone a transformation in my lifetime.
He was a grizzly, sentimental, calloused old man – honest and quick witted man in heavy work boots.
Calloused, sentimental, witty
Of late she’s a glammed up young woman, who knows her worth and how to handle herself, so divvent start something you canna finish pet!
Glamorous, witty, canny

What your three favourite phrases or words that you won’t hear anywhere else?

Splodging throo the clarts
Toon Toon, Black & White Army
Wey, eeeeh – non verbal fillers

What tunes should be on the ultimate Newcastle soundtrack? 3 – include title and artist.

Blaydon Races – Tim Healy, Jimmy Nail, Kevin Whateley
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – The Animals
Big River – Jimmy Nail with Mark Knopfler
That’s Livin Alright – Joe Fagin
Romeo & Juliet/Local Hero – Dire Straits/Mark Knopfler
Message in a Bottle/Let your Soul Be Your Pilot – Sting
Lets Get Ready to Rumble – Ant & Dec

What three cliché’s about the North of England piss you off the most.

That we’re somehow backward or behind the times
That we’re less intelligent/accent as barometer of intellect
That it’s too far away to bother with

What are your Top 3 things that you are tired of hearing about Newcastle?
That everything’s closing down due to cuts
The implied assumption that the mass unemployment is because we’re work shy
**Lazy sexism directed at all Geordie lasses – doesn’t help when it’s perpetuated by high profile geordies…

A Sgt Pepper Album cover celebrating Newcastle. Which three people – alive or dead, from the past or present- should be on the cover?
Bobby Robson
Lee Hall
Charles Grey (of monument fame) – passing of great reform Act of 1832