Posted by Andy “Formerly Wee Bairn” Bell
After Scotland, of which more in the near future, it was time to head south to another one of my old stomping grounds.
For eighteen months I lived on Wearside, that is the area around Sunderland in the North East of England.
That was a time long, long ago.
Anyhoo, the town is a cheese and onion toastie’s throw away from Newcastle.
And all around are former mining & industrial communities which have their very own way of doing things.
They are close-knit and proud.
This is the land of the Geordie and I, to my mother’s chagrin spoke like a native thanks to the fellow travellers on the “Scholars Bus” to Silksworth County Infants School. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geordie)
I had my linguistic chops re-educated under the tutelage on my mother.
There is much about this part of world that is to relish … another blog on that soon.
As for the 29th of September, it, needless to say it, was a thrill to share the air with Hikaru and Michael @ TFC Central… we usually sit around a dining table.
And after that it was off for my spot of footy.
Not quite the Grand Final, it’s the clash of the day between the Bedlington Terriers (http://www.bedlingtonterriersfc.com/) and Team Northumbria.
As luck (or fate) would have it, the cheer for Bedlington is “Woof, woof”.
Loving them Terriers already … & they won 5-1 !
As for the Grand Finals … up is down, marshmallows are frying pans and that is exactly how I like it.