Articles · Newcastle and North East

The Season of the Handheld Stream

Relegation from the Premier League had initially brought despair to supporters of Newcastle United but it did not come as much of a surprise. Owner Mike Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley’s model of running the club had been failing to produce success for years, and at the time it seemed inevitable that Newcastle United… Continue reading The Season of the Handheld Stream

Gallery · Newcastle and North East

Images of the Old Odeon Interior

It was revealed a few weeks back that the demolition of Newcastle’s Old Odeon will begin in November 2016. Earlier this year, I wrote a piece on the fate of the building which you can read here. At the time of writing, the building’s future looked bleak: we knew that the cinema would be demolished but we did… Continue reading Images of the Old Odeon Interior

Articles · Newcastle and North East

Alexander Millar and the Appeal of the Gadgie

A significant proportion of Alexander Millar’s artistic output revolves around the image of the Gadgie, the Geordie working man clad in flat clap and creased suit jacket. Millar often approaches these characters from behind, rendering their identities anonymous within landscapes evoking the drama of North East life and labour. The Gadgie is characterised by his position… Continue reading Alexander Millar and the Appeal of the Gadgie

Articles · Newcastle and North East

How the Metro Map Distorts Tyne and Wear

The Tyne and Wear Metro is an essential part of modern North East life. In a region where car ownership levels are much lower than the national average, public transport providers such as Nexus’ Metro offer crucial services for the people of the region. Metro’s yellow and black logo has become easily distinguishable on the landscape… Continue reading How the Metro Map Distorts Tyne and Wear

Interview · Newcastle and North East · UK Politics

I, Daniel Blake Q&A at Tyneside Cinema: featuring Ken Loach, Paul Laverty, Dave Johns and Hayley Squires

From Left to Right: Tony Dowling (North East People’s Assembly Against Austerity), actress Hayley Squires, actor Dave Johns, director Ken Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty.  Tony Dowling: I saw the film last night and I’m still recovering so I know how you’re probably feeling right now. We have about half an hour to have a… Continue reading I, Daniel Blake Q&A at Tyneside Cinema: featuring Ken Loach, Paul Laverty, Dave Johns and Hayley Squires

Film Reviews · Newcastle and North East · UK Politics

I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach, 2016)

Ken Loach’s Palme D’or-winning I, Daniel Blake is a work of direct political activism. It seeks to invalidate a certain streak of contemporary understanding – that the recipients of social security are scroungers and benefit cheats – and moves to argue that it is the system not the people embroiled within it that is morally… Continue reading I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach, 2016)

Articles · Newcastle and North East · UK Politics

Four Visions of T. Dan Smith

History has not been kind to T. Dan Smith (1915-1993). Every hole in Newcastle’s 19th century architecture, every ugly building ever assembled in the city, has become the work of that notorious Labour leader of the City Council (1960-1965), Mr Dan Smith. Smith, it is said, not only destroyed significant portions of our architectural heritage… Continue reading Four Visions of T. Dan Smith