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?

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.

Welcome lovers of Durham

Welcome lovers of Durham

Lumiere Durham, 16th – 19th November 2017

Back in Durham for the fifth time, artists from around the world will illuminate the city in delightful and unexpected ways, with a series of light installations to explore.
Entry to the city centre area / peninsula will be ticket only, 4.30-7.30pm during Lumiere.
Over half of the 29 art works, including some of the most spectacular installations, will be located outside the city centre area and can be visited without a ticket, any time between 4.30pm – 11pm. Everyone will be able to enter the city centre once the ticketed period is over, although you may have to queue.

Access to the city centre area is via:
Framwelgate Bridge
Claypath
Elvet Brige
Prebends Bridge will be exit only.  All other access points will be closed.
When are tickets for Durham Lumiere available?
Tickets will be available from Thursday, October 15 and free when collected in person at no charge from Gala Theatre and the following Durham County Council Customer Access Points: Barnard Castle; Chester-le-Street; Consett; Crook; Seaham; Spennymoor; and Stanley see the Lumiere website for details.
Tickets are also bookable in advance, online and by phone, through Ticketmaster (£1 booking charge per ticket plus postage. See the Lumiere page on Ticketmaster for terms and conditions).
They are limited to 6 per household.
Why do I need a ticket?
Tickets are necessary only to visit the artworks in the central area and only between 4.30pm and 7.30pm, although people should still be prepared to queue during this busy period.

 

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