It was lovely to have a couple of guys from my last proper job in our bar tonight.
I went to see Karl play in Durham the other night; well, Two Wise Guys.
It’d been over two years since I’d last seen them, thanks to Covid and the associated lockdowns.
Although I did have to rush off soon after the gig to catch a train, I really enjoyed the music.
To be honest, I wasn’t really looking forward to seeing the Libertines last night. I’d seen them a couple of times before and hadn’t been too impressed.
But a mate (Ian) had bought tickets months ago, so I really did have to go. If anything, it’d be a chance to catch up with a good mate.
At the end of the day, it was a great night; the band were actually ridiculously good. We ended up staying out pretty late afterwards too, something I’d not done in ages.
After experiencing disappointment when visiting Peterborough over the past year and a half, I was extremely pleased to find that the Wortley Almshouses has recently reopened.
He who watches over us is currently watching over me while my second in command has her nails done.
I’ve missed him.
Last night, we bumped into Brian, in a bar in Bournemouth. What’s unusual about that, you ask. Well, we only know Brian from our local in Gateshead.
He’s working here for a few weeks.
There are many pubs in Bournemouth. Synchronicity.
Tried-out my leaving gift from my former work colleagues. A new bag.
For my bike.
After a pleasant afternoon / evening with gentlemen, I’m feeling warm. Quite warm.
We’ve had a packed few days. Friday evening was mostly spent in Trillians, where a bunch of us went to support a bloke we (mostly) know separately.
That’s him on drums.
Afterwards, my second in command and I caught a cab to our local. Where we caught the last part of a set from Beyond Madness.
Saturday was spent in Durham, with nice people.
Who fed us with lovely food.
Returning home on Sunday, we called off at the Hungry Vegan for hot dogs, then walked to Ouseburn where old furniture was purchased.
It needs a little work, but really only a little. There was beer in Arch 2, the Cluny, the Cumberland Arms, the Free Trade Inn and the Tyne Bar. And our local. We called in there too.
Cool bird boxes were discovered.
That’s the Cumberland Arms in the background.
The river looked nice on our walk back along the quayside.
This beauty arrived through the post, from an old mate.
Chocolate. From Russia.
We went to a party this evening. It was pretty good, way better than I’d expected. I don’t know why I’d not expected it to be good, but I (irrationally) hadn’t.
Anyway, today was a good day.
And my second in command displayed her true characteristics.