I was in Newcastle Upon Tyne again recently – third time in five weeks, a big shift from only going back once every 8 months or so – and the main reason for coming up again so soon was because of the mental image in my head of spending a day sitting in The Wild Trapeze cafe, munching through their menu – divine! – and savouring the easy atmosphere and eclectic decor which invites you to stop and stay a (long) while. I got what I wanted. In fact you could say I flew 320 miles for the pleasure. Did a trip to Tynemouth, epic takeaway fish & chips at Marshalls, then a walk along the wonderful Tynemouth Pier to the lighthouse there – the North Sea surging all around you, waves slamming up against the bulky defenses. Followed by an evening supping from a host of guest ales at the incredibly atmospheric and friendly Cumberland Arms. The next day was a day to be indoors and play the board game that has come to define my friendship with Lone Pine, called The Fury of Dracula (1987) it is possibly one of the best games ever conceived – and I have played a few. Here’s some photos that document these fun moments of time.
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