Archive for the ‘Local Interest’ Category

Emergency Web Updates Are Snow Joke

Thursday, January 7, 2010 10:00 159 Comments

Right: let’s just get this straight. On Tuesday night, overnight, there was what is known in meteorological circles as a ruddy great lot of snow over North-East England. As this was expected, according to the forecasts, when I’d picked up Bigger Lad from school on Tuesday, I asked his teacher whether I should check the [...]

This was posted under category: Local Interest, Public Sector, Ranting, Technology

Extreme Weather Warning

Friday, December 11, 2009 7:26 22 Comments

I am much indebted to the delightful @ciderlass for pointing me in the direction of this one (and also her friend in Belfast). It would appear that up in Newcastle next week, it is going to be a bit windy. And when I say a bit, I mean that, if measured against the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane [...]

This was posted under category: Local Interest, Oddities

Super Mondays Barcamp-tastic Whiteboard Skills Atrocious

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 7:20 11 Comments

Yes, as you might have guessed, SuperMondays, which I attended last month have had another event, and it has had a barcamp kind of a feel to it, with three different breakout sessions, each offering the chance to take in one of three different discussions (well, in theory). There was a little introduction to the [...]

This was posted under category: Local Interest, Technology

NaNo: meetings and splinter groups

Sunday, October 25, 2009 7:20 1 Comment

So, it was the NeNaNoWriMoMe today in Newcastle, at Caffe Nero in Newcastle. With the event set to kick off at 2pm, I made sure I got there a little early — a smidge before ten to — and looked around for the obvious bohemian types. There didn’t appear to be anyone furiously scribbling away [...]

This was posted under category: Fiction/Writing, Local Interest

SuperMondays: Databases

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 7:53 8 Comments

Super Mondays is a “strong and vibrant IT community based in the North East Of England”. At least, that’s what it says on the tin. But having not been to a Super Mondays event before, I didn’t know that myself for sure. Which was one of the reasons (the others being networking, and an interest [...]

This was posted under category: Local Interest, Technology

Gateshead College: Enrolment Shambles Response

Thursday, September 17, 2009 7:20 14 Comments

So, yesterday I posted about the complete shambles that was enrolment at Gateshead College, and suggested that I really wasn’t happy with what they had done. I had two separate lines of response from them. Because I don’t believe in directly naming people, I’m going to call them “A” and “B”. “A” contacted me over [...]

This was posted under category: Local Interest, Public Sector, Ranting

Gateshead College: Enrolment Shambles 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 7:20 65 Comments

I went to Gateshead College last week to sign up for AS Level English on the afternoon of Monday 7th September. Quite a simple procedure, one would think. I had telephoned the previous Friday to check that there were spaces available on the course, and that I should turn up between 4pm and 6pm to [...]

This was posted under category: Local Interest, Public Sector, Ranting

#HODS 1: Theatre Royal, and a family connection

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 7:20 195 Comments

I’m quite into local history and finding out about stuff I didn’t know, so I’m quite a fan of Heritage Open Days, where you generally get a chance to see certain historical thingummies and find out about them for free. Obviously, the “for free” part is another thing which adds to the attractiveness of the [...]

This was posted under category: History, Local Interest, The Pickards

Trinity Square Car Park … Still Standing

Friday, August 14, 2009 7:20 16 Comments

There’s an ugly rotting lump in Gateshead town centre. It’s a concrete block car park, designed by Owen Luder and described as a fine example of brutalist architecture. Obviously, different sorts of architecture suit different people, so that fact that I personally don’t find it easy to see how any example of brutalist architecture can [...]

This was posted under category: Local Interest

David, Garry, Lee and Me

Friday, July 24, 2009 16:30 19 Comments

So I went to an ‘author event’ at Newcastle City Library the other day. It was the first time I had been to the library since it had been considerably redeveloped, and I must say — particularly in contrast to the Hancock — how impressed I was with the whole thing. Admittedly, the key element [...]

This was posted under category: Books, Local Interest, Reviews