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Photo-a-day 30: Gateshead Millennium Bridge

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The Gateshead Millennium Bridge has always struck me as slightly oddly named: it is named not for the river it crosses, but for the smaller of the two conurbations it connects; and opened some time into the new Millennium. Incidentally, the ugly bollards in the river beneath are due to start being removed any day now.

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Photo-a-day 22: Sage

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This is a roof detail of Norman Foster’s £70m Sage Gateshead, home to the very fine Northern Sinfonia (lead by the charismatic Austrian Thomas Zehetmair) much more besides. It is undoubtedly one of the country’s finest music venues. Hall One’s acoustics are sublime, and whilst I’m personally less keen on Hall Two, the ten-sided performance space is still architecturally impressive.

Also, the Sir Michael Straker on the concourse is a great place to sit and work in relatively quiet café surroundings with free wifi.

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Photo-a-day 21: Central Arcade

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Newcastle’s 1906 Central Arcade seems as busy today as ever!

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Photo-a-day 19: HM Bark Endeavour

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This ship, one of the world’s two full-size replicas of James Cook’s famous vessel, is permanently moored in Stockton-on-Tees, just round the corner from my office. And yes, it really is that sunny today.

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Photo-a-day 18: Cobbing’s Palindrome

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I’ve been meaning to visit the Wellcome Collection for quite some time – I’ve been received the Trust’s newsletters via post for years. I finally found half an hour to pop in this morning, and would highly recommend it (though 30 minutes is clearly not long enough!). Above is William Cobbing’s Palindrome, an artistic expression of the fact that the pelvis and the skull are thought to share a common evolutionary bony ancestor.

And below, since I just couldn’t choose which photo to use today, is the complete human genome in printed form. Not only is it an impressive display of human achievement, it also provides a slightly depressing reminder of the relative weediness of the Y chromosome!

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Both of these exhibits are from the Medicine Now exhibition, which is permanent, free, and well worth a visit.

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Photo-a-day 14: Blue Carpet

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Heatherwick’s Blue Carpet has long been a source of controversy in Newcastle – not least as it isn’t really blue any more. Some reviewers say that you can be stood in the middle of it and not know it’s an artwork: this was certainly the experience of my girlfriend earlier today!

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