Thursday, July 31, 2008

July 31- Bergen

"They've done this place up a bit"...

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

July 30- The North Sea Ferry

"That's nice of these Jocks to take us to Lindisfarne on me holidays."

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

July 29- Newcastle

Andy Capp sees Newcastle castle, with a bit of scaffolding on it. 'Bloody mess- glad I'll soon be home in Hartlepool', quoth Andy.

Monday, July 28, 2008


Andy Capp is a well-known cartoon character from the Daily Mirror, famed for his smoking, laziness, drunkenness, and rocky relationship with his wife, Flo. He's a Geordie. From Hartlepool, to be specific (I await correction that people from Hartlepool aren't Geordies, but 'Monkey-Hangers').

Claire Ross's family have had an Andy Capp shaped talcum powder for 30+ years, which has lain around the house doing, well, as much as Andy Capp would be expected to. There's still plenty of talc in the old boy though, and rather than give him to a charity shop, we took him with us on a trip from Newcastle to his native Hartlepool (last stop should be at the Andy Capp statue (a tribute to creator Reg Smythe) therein), via one or two other places.