Beamish at Christmas

Beamish at Christmas

We spent a couple of wondrous hours discovering the amazing seasonal sights, sounds, smells and delicious tastes of Christmas past at Beamish.

Experiencing the magic of a traditional Christmas as we joined in the  celebrations at 1820s Pockerley Old Hall, 1900s Town, 1900s Pit Village and 1940s Farm. Visited Father Christmas and his magnificent reindeer and enjoyed the Winter Fun Fair. The ice-skating rink looks amazing with the younger people able to have a ‘skating penguin’ to help them keep their balance. All the traditional attractions are operational but enhanced a lot by the Christmas theme and décor.

Durham Lumiere 2017

Durham Lumiere 2017

Lumiere 2017 has been a phenominal success once again with over 240,000 visitors over the four days. We viewed approximately 28 of the displays and the sound and light shows were unique and fantastic to watch.

Security was tight and well organised, although the new ‘one-way’ pedestrian flows caused a bit of confusion and necessitated a lot more walking! Overall the event has been a unanimous success and hopefully we’ll see it again in two years time?

Sneak Preview of Lumiere 2017

Sneak Preview of Lumiere 2017

Durham’s iconic landmarks including Durham Cathedral, Durham Castle and the historic Miners’ Hall at Redhills are the first locations to be announced in this sneak preview of the programme for the fifth edition of Lumiere, the UK’s largest light festival, which returns to Durham,16th – 19th November 2017.

Lumiere is produced by arts charity Artichoke, the UK’s leading creative producer of art in the public realm and is commissioned by Durham County Council, with additional support from Arts Council England, Durham University and a host of further funders and supporters.

Artists Pablo Valbuena (Spain), Hannah Fox (UK) and Shared Space and Light (UK) will respond to these unique locations with bold and captivating new work, created in collaboration with a broad range of local people, from Durham Cathedral’s bell ringers to the hidden heroes of the public sector

METHODS, PABLO VALBUENA, DURHAM CATHEDRAL Pablo Valbuena will present Methods, a new work that will transform the interior and exterior of Durham’s iconic cathedral. Methods is inspired by the 17th century art of change ringing, the form of ringing bells in a series of numerical sequences which creates striking tonal effects. This specially commissioned installation will visualise these patterns of change ringing in light across the entire cathedral building, dividing the cathedral into ten segments, one for each bell. The spatial sections will be highlighted in accordance with the sound of the bells, projecting a synergy of sound and visual time-based patterns onto both the interior and exterior of the cathedral. (more…)

The Prince Bishops

The Prince Bishops

The Prince Bishops
Durham Castle was built in 1072 by Waltheof, Earl of northumberland, on the orders of William the Conquerer, to defend Northern England from the Scots and to control the local population.
The castle was soon handed over by the King to the first Bishop of Durham (William Walcher) and who had a number of unique powers. These Bishops are known as the Prince-Bishops.
The Prince Bishops of Durham were among the most powerful and wealthy men in the country, much more so than normal Bishops. They held both religious and political authority and could:

Impose and collect taxes.
Mint their own coins.

Great Hall in Durham Castle

Great Hall in Durham Castle

Raise an Army.
Hold their own courts.
As long as he remained loyal to the King of England, the Prince Bishop could govern as a virtually automonous ruler, reaping the revenue from his territory but also remaining mindful of his role of protecting England’s northern frontier.

 

A Rude Awakening.

A Rude Awakening.

Coming into my 70th year now and have been involved with photography for over 60 of those years, from film and Hasselblad, darkroom and printing to my first digital camera in mid 80’s. Apart from a VERY short period of wedding photography, I have never been and have no interest in monetary gain from my hobby.

In year 2000 I built www.geordielife.com as a project but  like the Lambton Worm, organically it grew and it grew. Ended up with some 150 pages and at its height over 40k hits per week. Problem was at that time there were no tablets, mobile phones or other gadgets of that ilk and nowadays it is very necessary to have websites that are intelligent and ‘responsive’. ‘Geordielife’ was built with ‘Frontpage’ which has gone by the wayside like a lot of other technologies. ‘Geordielife’ had to be rebuilt…..and a massive job it will be.

The ‘Geordielife’ domain of 20 years has been brought back from the U.S. (In those days there were no U.K. hosts) with not a little difficulty. A hosting account was opened here in U.K. at half the cost and allowed sub domains. I couldn’t believe that a domain name such as  ‘I Love Durham’ would be abandoned and not bought up by the myriad of domain ‘farmers’ that sell these domains for hundreds of pounds. I was lucky I guess and paid the princely sum of £7.99 – thanks for that.

www.ilovedurham.co.uk was started a week or so ago as a ‘sub domain’  and a  ‘piece of fun’, a little hobby to keep me busy during the long haul of re-building the main Domain.

However, happenings this week have changed my view. A massive dose of extreme ‘sour grapes’ hit me face on! I guess I should have foreseen that judging by some of the ‘personalities’ that haunt Social Media’. That won’t change my views of most photographers who are in the main friendly, polite and altruistic. I will choose my points of contact more carefully in future. So www.ilovedurham.co.uk  will get much more attention than originally planned.

Baltic Centre through the Millennium Bridge

Baltic Centre through the Millennium Bridge

On the same note…..a starkly contrasting attitude is shown here  https://www.facebook.com/groups/DurhamPictures/  – A young man by the name of Stefan Rosic manages the group and a gentleman he is. Stefan does not have the egotistical approach of some and is indeed polite and ‘altruistic’. I shall continue to post content there for the foreseeable future.

My aims in life are to enjoy photography, help others if I can and hopefully give some people a little pleasure.

Happy shooting and take care out there…….especially on S.M.

Dean.

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