Meandering up and down the beach today encrouched at times by a very high tide my thoughts turned to yesteryear, the days when the Vikings indulged in a spot of regular “rape and pillage” up the Tyne and up my glorious Northumbrian coast. (by the way it is a fallacy that they wore helmets with horns sticking out them) They used longboats and the natives got used to it after a time. It still goes on but they now arrive by ferry and invade the Metro Centre and Eldon Square Shopping centre in Newcastle.
At this stage it is important to mention the relevance of Blyth in my developement as a person. Blyth is a small town just north of my beach famous for not very much really. It’s where I grew up and attended the local Grammar school.. Mark Knofler of Dire Straits lived there as a kid and a famous non-league football team called Blyth Spartans are based there.. One of my greatest memories is when they reached the 6th round of the FA cup in 1978. They were knocked out by Wrexham after a replay in front of 42,000 at Newcastles ground. The population of Blyth is only about 35,000 and Wrexham had beaten Newcastle in the previous round otherwise they would have played each other. Burglars did well that night, there was nobody left in the town. I follow 3 football teams Newcastle Utd, Blyth and Dundee, where I was born. My dad took me to football when I was very small all I remember are men’s legs. I later found out he was only allowed to go by my mam if he took me!!!
When I first got Bruce my dog pictured above. I was told Seaton Sluice was the dogging centre of the North-East. Seaton Sluice is a little village only 2/3 miles away from where I live so I took him along one night for his evening walk. We were both disappointed. There seemed to be a lot of people in cars, who didn’t get , but just kept flashing there lights. But Bruce was really upset there wasn,t a dog in sight. Very Strange!
While I’m on the topic of dogs have you noticed how many new breeds there are. Labradooles, cockerpoos, golden dooles, yorkie poos and snoodles, just to mention a few. All very expensive to buy too. They basically claim they don’t shed hair, But it grows like wildfire and has to be cut all the time, so whats the point. Dont get me wrong my daughter has a labradoodle, Lola. She’s a lovely dog. When I was young they called them mongrels!!! Bruce is just a labrador but I tell people I meet on the beach he’s a Northumberland golden short-haired retriever. Just sounds better. Oh, no hold on a man with a dog yesterday he knew a man who was trying to breed a pitbull terrier with a greyhound. Bloody hell, that would be frightening!!!!!.
I will finish off on a nice note. The John Lewis Xmas advert is just wonderful and brought a tear to my eye. Penguins are one of my favourite animals along with Kangaroos, Tigers, Dolphins, Horses, Dogs, Elephants and Whales.
Au revoir mes enfants