My husband, Mark, insists that since he bought a snow shovel about two years ago there is virtually no chance of us seeing snow for the foreseeable future, but who knows – February can be so unpredictable weather-wise, with mild or freezing conditions varying almost on a daily basis. At least the days are getting longer…
If the weather does make heading outdoors an uninviting prospect, I hope that this month’s magazine will provide some light relief. Charlie Steel’s first local history article here is about one of Monkseaton’s older businesses, Jenkinson Glaziers on Chapel Lane, and his second here is about the notorious press gangs which operated in Tynemouth at the end of the eighteenth century. For those who prefer something more up-to-date, Carole Saville writes about a concert she attended at the O2 Academy in Newcastle – see here.
For travel enthusiasts, the latest excerpt of Terry Took’s Australian adventures tells here of a trip to Alice Springs, where average rainfall (and snowfall!) is significantly less than here. Closer to home, Geoff Holland’s walk from the village of Alwinton on a rather dull and windy day in the Cheviot Hills leads to some recollections of times gone by – see here.
Finally, a dose of culture is supplied here by Katherine Wildman, who writes about a Los Angeles scriptwriter seen recently at the Tyneside Cinema.
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by Carol Robinson