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Monday, October 16, 2006

The Canny Toon Revisited

We spent yesterday over in the Canny Toon, mostly at the Sage, Gateshead, from which we had a splendid view of a group of young Geordies abseiling from the side of the Tyne Bridge. We watched for some time, but sadly none of them obliged us by plunging to their deaths, so we had to look elsewhere for entertainment. We found this in the excellent Newcastle Discovery Centre - a free museum devoted to the history of the Canny Toon and its surroundings. Unfortunately, they've got a slightly shakey grip on the fundamentals of ancient history (Hadrian's Wall wasn't 'built to protect England from the Scots', Christianity didn't 'become the official religion of the Roman Empire in 312AD') but the galleries devoted to more recent events were rather good. If you must spend a day in Newcastle, you could do a lot worse . . .


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