Here’s a review of a Friday night out in Newcastle upon Tyne. 

I went to the opening of the Alexander Millar exhibition in Newcastle a week or so ago.

With my friend Pete Zulu.

Amazing works filled the three floor New Hancock Gallery.

It’s a great venue.

And I met Jaws.

There’s a photo of him trying to kill me at this link:


I’m not a James Bond fan really.

But I do know Jaws when I see him.

At least, I thought I did.

This lovely chap is Gary Tiplady.

He’s 7 feet and 3 inches tall.

And we had a good chat.

Even though he’s not Jaws at all.

He’s a lookalike.


Then, we went to The Stand in Newcastle.

The comedy club.

Our friend Alfie Joey was the compère.

And I was surprised by how great the acts were.

The Stand is right next door to my studio on High Bridge in Newcastle.

And, to that point, I’d never been.

It was great.

So there you go.

Newcastle gems that are not hidden at all.

The New Hancock Gallery and The Stand.

I’d just never been before.

(But I’m glad I did).


  1. Talking of firsts I went to two new things on Saturday. The first was the Victoria Tunnels at Ouseburn. It was fantastic a two hour walk with brilliant and entertaining commentary about how the tunnels were built to transport coal in the 1800s and then how they were used as air raid shelters during the 2nd World War. If you have never been it’s well worth a visit.
    The second was Jason Cook’s Comedy Club in South Shields’ Customs House. Two hours of laughter for a tenner.
    The North East is a great place to live.

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