“stop, even just for a moment, and have a look across. It seems rude not to.” Alison on Newcastle.

May 9, 2013 in Blog

AlisonCarr picAlison Carr wrote the Newcastle story in Wondrous Place.

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

The view from (and of) the bridges. Personally, when I walk across the Millennium Bridge I can’t help but stop, even just for a moment, and have a look across. It seems rude not to.

Watching a film at the Tyneside Cinema. A beautiful cinema, and the only one where you miss a little of the dialogue every time a Metro train rumbles underneath the building.

That you’re never far from whatever surroundings you’re in the mood for – city life, urban, shopping; or a bracing stroll along the coast; or a walk in the countryside.

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

My family. I am born and raised in the region, this is where most of my family live.

Jesmond Dene. Green and trees, a stone’s throw from my house. Ideal for a walk or a sit on sunny days or just a quiet place to retreat to when I need a bit of a break from my desk/computer.

Look North. Its presenters Colin Briggs, Carol Malia, Jeff Brown – legends all. I wish we were friends.

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


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


What’s tunes should be on the ultimate Newcastle soundtrack? Choose three – include song title and artist.

I’m rubbish with music. Everyone I asked said Fog on the Tyne. Not sure if they were joking or not.

What three clichés about the North of England piss you off the most?

That we’re all thick, binge-drinking, orange-tanned, football fanatics who are rarely without a Greggs pasty hanging from our gobs.

That we all struggle down cobblestones wearing cloth caps, with our whippets on a length of string.

That we must be living up here under duress or as a stop-gap before moving down South, not because we want/choose to live here. God forbid.

What are your Top 3 things that you are tired of hearing about Newcastle?

What was (coalmining, shipbuilding, decline).

That we are unable to determine the appropriate weather conditions in which a coat is required.

My ears are tired of people trying to do the accent.

A Sgt Pepper Album cover celebrating Newcastle. Which three people – alive or dead, from the past or present – should be on the cover?

There are already two people with North East connections on the original cover:
Stan Laurel – lived in North Shields during his childhood.
Albert Stubbins – born in Wallsend, first played for Newcastle United in 1937.

If I had to pick one more person – Bobby Robson. I don’t particularly follow the football, but he was so a well-loved and respected in the region beyond the sport.

I haven’t named any women for the cover. Oh dear. Erm … Sarah Millican, she’s popular?