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Photo-a-day 210: Military Vehicle Museum

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This very distinctive building in Newcastle’s Exhibition Park was originally a temporary pavilion – a “palace of the arts” – in the 1929 North East Coast Exhibition. It proved so distinctive and popular that it was retained and used for a variety of purposes over the years. It’s now Grade II listed.

It’s most recent use was as a Military Vehicle Museum, but the deteriorating state of a temporary building that had far outlasted its designed lifespan led to its closure in 2006. Since then, it’s future had looked uncertain, as the abandoned building deteriorated more and more.

Yet, in May, its future was secured after the building was sold to Shepherd Offshore Ltd who reportedly intend to renovate the building into a museum of horse-drawn carriages and vintage vehicles. It’s great news that the building is to be saved, but I do wonder quite how popular a museum with those contents will be…!

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Photo-a-day 209: Woods and Olympics

These are the woods in the Tyne Riverside Country Park, as seen during a very sunny walk earlier today.

But, since, everyone’s very excited about the Olympics today, I also thought I should feature something vaguely Olympic related. So here’s my photograph of the Olympic motto from Eau Claire in Calgary, as seen in 2007 during my elective:

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Weekend read: The Nazi origins of the Olympic torch relay

The London 2012 Olympic Torch relay reaches its conclusion tonight with the Olympic Opening Ceremony. Back in March, Max Fisher wrote a great article for The Atlantic looking at the relay’s Nazi origins. If you didn’t read it then, what better time than now?

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