Not an entirely random name for a blog, but close. I am not a goat herder - in the usual meaning of that word; nor does the Urban Dictionary definition apply to me either (for a decade at least): an extremely drunk male who having lost all self-respect and standards, loses his powers of discrimination when pulling females. It is said that Gateshead derives its name from a settlement near an early Tyne crossing where goats once roamed. The goats are long gone, but me - I like to roam these parts - or rather run - exploring new places, rediscovering old ones in and around Gateshead and Newcastle when I'm out jogging. This blog is a collection of my photos, thoughts, observations, rants, loves and hates about Newcastle and Gateshead.
Friday, 28 June 2013
Had my first proper look at the new retail development in Gateshead town centre (I previously have only seen it briefly when running past. I enjoyed a pleasant coffee in Costa there yesterday morning. Impressions? well I'm still not convinced by some aspects of the development - the high rise parts which dominate the skyline, and some of the cladding panels on the buildings, but overall it seems an attractive and pleasant public and retail space. It reminds me a bit (very tenuous link) of the Liverpool One retail development, but on a much smaller scale. It now just needs some real shops behind those Potomkin facades.