Life at the end of the road

October 7, 2012

No ‘No more heroes’ :-(

Filed under: boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:47 am

Another bonny day down here in ‘the village’, 10:30 and I’m still in my PJ’s , not quite sure what’s on today’s agenda, can’t make my mind up whether to go north or south. Yesterday I was all revved up for going to see Hugh Cornwell at Northumbria students union



hugh cornwell



Hugh Cornwell is pleased to confirm he will be playing Northumbria Students’ Union as part of a nationwide UK tour in October 2012. The concerts will be divided into two sets. The first will feature his eagerly anticipated new studio album ‘TOTEM AND TABOO’ (released August 2012). The second set will see Hugh playing The Strangler’s seminal 1977 second album ‘NO MORE HEROES’ in its entirety with keyboards added to the lineup.

"Cornwell remains a hugely popular and prolific performer whose songwriting retains its fiery eloquence and whose gigs still crackle with electricity"
– Classic Rock

Hugh Cornwell is one of the UK’s finest songwriting talents and accomplished live performers. The original guitarist, singer and main songwriter in the British punk rock band The Stranglers, he’s enjoyed massive UK and European success with 10 hit albums and 21 Top Forty singles, with classic songs including Peaches, No More Heroes, Golden Brown, Always the Sun, Grip, Nice N Sleazy, Duchess and No Mercy.

Cornwell’s forthcoming new album Totem and Taboo will be released in August 2012. Recorded at Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, it was engineered and mixed by Steve Albini (Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Pixies). Visit for further details.

Cornwell’s last studio album, the critically acclaimed Hooverdam produced and mixed at Toe Rag Studios in London by Liam Watson (White Stripes),

I’ve seen the Stranglers many times but never with Hugh’s gutsy vocals as he left in 1991, not that they seemed to have suffered from his departure, they’re still one of the best live bands around have produced seven more albums in the last 20 or so years. Of course Hugh’s performance wouldn’t be anything like a full blown Stranglers gig but it would be could to catch him at more intimate venue.


Hugh Cornwell, No more heroes


Of course as soon as I tried to buy a ticket it all went pear shaped Sad smile the unions website came up as ‘page not found’ and ‘gigcartel’s’ as ‘not available, not to be put off I tried both phone numbers, again to no avail, no answer Sad smile

Still it was early days, I’d keep trying and perhaps get lucky, though not before I went and did some more exploring, this time along the sea front and southwards.


Just as I crossed the road onto the miles of golden sand between South Shields and Sunderland the Princess Seaways cleared the harbour to turn south eastwards for Holland.



The MPI Adventure, now minus the 700ton anemometer mast steaming slowly for Sunderland as I left the sand dunes and continued along the cliff top.



This being the remains of an experimental gun, or at least a replica of it, installed in 1879 it was on a hydraulic mount that lowered it into the casement for reloading. It proved slow and unreliable;e so was soon abandoned though the site itself was used throughout both world wars as a gun and searchlight battery.



This next area of the shore was a quarry for the best part of 1500 years, much of the magnesian limestone going into the Roman fort at Arbeia and the Tynemouth harbour walls.



I never made it as far as the Souter lighthouse, choosing instead to return to my caravan on a more direct route nearer the road,



it was after 18:00 and I was planning on driving to Newcastle.



The doors opened at 19:30 for Hugh’s gig so I thought I’d just go along and see if I could get a ticket at the door.

The less said about that little episode the better Smile I got lost a couple of times thanks to Sean, Sean being the nice Irishman on my ‘pratnav’ that tells me which way to go. To be fair to Sean it was more to do with losing the satellite signal amongst the tower blocks and underpasses but the net result was confusion.

Twenty odd years of driving single track roads has left me ill equipped for driving at night in the city so by the time I arrived and parked in the general area I was frazzled.


I couldn’t even find the gig let alone buy a ticket



and after seeing this scary dude on the civic hall I went home, the return journey being far less stressful Smile


Anyway, it’s almost midday now, time to get out of my wacky trousers and go for a wander, north methinks Smile


  1. Get those whacky trousers on and head out into the open space with the old girl

    Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — October 7, 2012 @ 11:31 am

    • I will do eventually Steve but I’ve bee on a bit of ‘walking mission’ of late to help my back.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 8, 2012 @ 6:22 am

  2. I ventured down into the centre of London yesterday (something I rarely do) so can sympathise with you … I knew roughly where I was and where I needed to be, but the no right turns, no left turns, plus roadworks were all conspiring against me

    why didn’t you go and play with the Metro

    Comment by cazinatutu — October 7, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

    • Gig didn’t finish until 11:30 it was either the Land Rover or a taxi back.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 8, 2012 @ 6:23 am

    • Ah ha, I see… I think!

      I wish I did Carrie 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 8, 2012 @ 6:24 am

  3. Skye Batiks in South Shields, you might attract a little attention! Have you thought of having a look around Hadrian’s Wall country, you aren’t far and it is a lovely place in autumn.

    Comment by Simon — October 7, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

  4. Hey, you have the caravan to yourself! So now you can look up your teen idol on You Tube and turn up the headphones until your ears bleed and the caravan vibrates! What the Dude doesn’t know won’t hurt him.

    Comment by drgeo — October 7, 2012 @ 10:32 pm

  5. All the heroes, all the Shakespearoes …

    Comment by neilking — October 7, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

  6. Morning, Paul

    Don’t ever get used to traffic and urban horrors – much better to know how to drive slowly along single-track roads and watch the world as you do. It’s always so strange coming off Raasay and having to drive at more than 20 or 25 mph on Skye. Slow driving in the city is just frustrating and there’s no time to look at anything except the car/bus ahead. I was in Birmingham last week and found it a relief to get on the motorway and drive at 70 mph! Single tracks on Raasay any day.

    Nothing wrong with Skye Batik trousers in South Shields! Be proud of the origin!



    Comment by Sue — October 8, 2012 @ 7:49 am

    • ? be proud of their origin ? … my daughter’s batik kaftan purchased from Skye Batiks was made in Sri Lanka

      Comment by cazinatutu — October 8, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

      • ? be proud of their origin ? … my daughter’s batik kaftan purchased from Skye Batiks was made in Sri Lanka

        All there stuff is made in Sri Lanka, the owners wife is from there, bit miss leading really

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 8, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

      • oh I don’t really mind where it was made, Paul, everything’s made “somewhere else” these days isn’t it … and when she wears it, it reminds me (and her) of my trip to Skye … still it’s a shame that there’s so little local stuff to buy anywhere you go tho … got a lovely fleece from Skyeskins for my son’s dogs to curl up on, but then I’m told no animals are actually slaughtered on Skye so heaven knows where they come from (and I know I could have bought cheaper from IKEA but they’re from NZ, hey ho)

        Comment by cazinatutu — October 8, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

    • Aye Sue, Portree is quite busy enough for me 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 8, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

  7. Paul:
    You seem to be coping with your exile, though I can understand the difficulty.
    Reverting to your plug for the Raasay School recipe book, we’d be happy to support by buying one if you can let us know how to go about it.
    Thanks in advance.
    Paul H. [from the Yorkshire Dales]

    Comment by Paul & Rosemary H. — October 8, 2012 @ 10:03 pm

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