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It’s grim in Stoke too, you know

To the anonymous reader who took issue with me saying that it’s grim up north, which (whilst it clearly is in parts) was really just an excuse to put a KLF song on my blog.  Are you still reading?

I’ve used a free train ticket to book a trip to Newcastle this weekend.  We’re going to be there for 10 hours – Claire somehow thinks she can get me to Derby station for 6.39am – and will be getting around on public transport.  We want to go the MetroCentre and some kind of seaside, not sure if there’ll be time for much else but open to suggestions.

If we get to go through Byker station on the Metro, that’s a bonus that will provide minutes of childish pleasure.  Just like how it was compulsory to hum very loudly the time we had a stopover at Dallas airport, I’m sure Claire will briefly be the Donna Air to my Ant or Dec.

Cullercoats Bay looks the easiest beach to get to, but Whitley Bay, South Shields and Sunderland are options.  Where is the sand most likely to resemble yellow, and the sea likely to be the least black?

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