Monthly Archives: October 2013

Lou Reed – R.I.P.

“Ah baby, come on and slip away
come on baby, why don’t you slip away…”

 

You’ll know by now that Lou Reed has died at the age of 71 – not bad really, making it that far, all things considered.

I can hardly be classed as a fan of his output post- Velvet Underground, but he did have his moments. Here are a couple of them –

 

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Marsden White Horse, South Tyneside

 

The White Horse is painted on a rock face in the Marsden Old Quarry nature reserve, off Lizard Lane, Marsden, South Shields. It appears to date back to at least 1887 (being occasionally repainted) , though its origins are confused to say the least, and it has generated a number of stories of differing likelyhood.

 

Reasons for its existence range from an illicit affair between a Viking warrior and Saxon maiden  to a Napoleonic era explanation.  View them in all their unlikely glory, plus more info and pictures at:

http://spiritofplace.weebly.com

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Source Of North Tyne River Marked

 

A  six-metre high sandstone monolith and base stone, lowered into place by RAF helicoptor,  now  mark the source of the North Tyne , at Deadwater Farm, north of Kielder village, Northumberland.

The stone  was provided by Robert Charlton of Border Stone Quarries in Haltwhistle, and the structural design work was carried out by Cundalls in Gosforth, Newcastle.

The stone was carved with inscriptions about the river source  by Gilbert Ward, of Fourstones village in Northumberland.

The stone column also pinpoints the start – or finish – of a planned national trail dedicated to those who are affected either directly or indirectly by cancer.

More details at – http://holywells.boardhost.com/viewtopic.php?pid=886#p886

 

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