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livredor
Travelling: Newcastle / Northumbria
Wednesday, 21 July 2004 at 11:47 pm
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So I had a lovely weekend in Newcastle chez lethargic_man's parents.

For various odd reasons I arrived slightly earlier than I'd planned, so I was able to make it to shul for the Friday night service. As I might have guessed if I'd thought about it, I was the only woman there; in that sector of the community women simply don't go to synagogue on Friday night (and on Saturday morning mostly attend only the last half hour or so of the service). It's fairly strange at the best of times making a conscious effort to be less conspicuous, but even odder when I end up sticking out a mile despite my efforts. Anyway, it was a very pleasant service; apart from Oxford last month I haven't been to shul on Friday night for absolutely ages. As a general rule, Reform Friday night services tend to be way too slow and Orthodox ones way too fast, but this service was paced very nicely.

After that we had a very nice meal; lethargic_man's friend FB was in Newcastle for the weekend and M's parents had invited him to join us. FB is really lovely, more than can be accounted for by my being prejudiced in his favour due to his very pretty French accent. The three of us stayed up talking quite late after the parents had retired to bed. So all in all the evening left me in just the right mood for a relaxed and happy weekend.

On Saturday after shul in the morning lethargic_man and I were able to spend the afternoon just being together. This is something I really appreciate; apart from the fact that we don't spend a lot of time in the same physical space, we are also both inclined to be always doing. Even on shabbat it can be tempting to feel pressured to have fun and relax as efficiently as possible in the time available. This time, though, we just enjoyed eachother's company. Since the weather had turned beautifully sunny by mid afternoon we went out for a couple of hours for a walk across the Town Moor.

There were rather a lot of things we wanted to do which we couldn't do on shabbat. This was a problem since shabbat went out fairly late, but anyway. Things like lethargic_man playing me some music, and watching the video of the Question Time show I took part in. Seeing myself on TV was a little cringey; the camera makes it really, really obvious that I am absolutely incapable of sitting still.

Sunday lethargic_man's parents drove us plus FB around to see the Northumbrian coast, which is exceedingly pretty. We spent the greater part of the day wandering around Lindisfarne but also saw some other towns in the area. We had lunch in a cute little olde worlde pub / hotel, who served some really tasty kippers (apparently a local speciality). It was a delightful day, and also reminded me very strongly of holidays with my parents, even down to being rather cramped in the back of the car.

It was particularly pleasant to have FB's company for most of the journey back. He's very chatty and easy to talk to, and in fact spent most of the time telling me what a wonderful flatmate lethargic_man was when the two of them lived together!

Oh, and on a side-note, lethargic_man has found a picture which he is convinced is an eight-year-old version of me. I know there are a few people reading this who know what I actually looked like at that age, and for the rest of you, I'm just pointing out that he's very strange. I am tracking down real photos of me for comparison, but given that my parents have a bad habit of never archiving photos, this may prove tricky.


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From:galliana
Date:July 22nd, 2004 01:55 am (UTC)
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I love Newcastle, and I'm rather partial to Northerners in general. The Geordie accent really floats my boat.

:-)
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From:lethargic_man
Date:July 22nd, 2004 03:21 pm (UTC)
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Well, I have a strong Geordie accent the same way the Queen has a strong Cockney accent. I can't even put one on if you asked me to.
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From:galliana
Date:July 23rd, 2004 04:10 am (UTC)
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Mmm...

Rather ironically, and in spite of the fact that I'm as Welsh as Tom Jones, I have an accent that is a lot closer to Geordie. I'm usually identified as some kind of Northerner, to Sarah T's considerable mortification.

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From:lethargic_man
Date:July 23rd, 2004 11:12 am (UTC)
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Whereas I keep finding people guessing that I come from North Wales. Including Welsh people. Go figure.
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From:galliana
Date:July 26th, 2004 02:00 am (UTC)
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Um, I know that we've met, by the way.

You're livredor's significant other, and I met you at Bat's birhday party. You were wearing a flashing LED earring. I think you quoted something by Dr Johnson, and caused Andi to make some sharp comment in response, grumpy little tyke that he can sometimes be....

I hope you don't mind if I flist you. I know that your LJ time is rather limited, so I would understand if you do not reciprocate. Nice to bump into you again.

:-)

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From:lethargic_man
Date:July 26th, 2004 12:05 pm (UTC)
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Cool! Flisted for being a Novocastrian! :o) I'll add you to my connections.

I met a lot of people at that party; you'll have to excuse me that I don't remember all of them.
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From:livredor
Date:July 23rd, 2004 05:01 am (UTC)
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I was going to say something along those lines but you put it a lot better than I would have done. (Also, I personally find the Geordie accent quite ugly, but chacun à son goût.) On the other hand, I've always had a slight resentment against my Dad for having absolutely no trace of a Liverpool accent despite growing up there for 20 years. Cos I want that accent, and if I had a parent with it I might have picked it up.

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From:lethargic_man
Date:August 2nd, 2004 11:37 pm (UTC)
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I've always had a slight resentment against my Dad for having absolutely no trace of a Liverpool accent despite growing up there for 20 years. Cos I want that accent,

Strange person. ;^b
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From:shreena
Date:July 22nd, 2004 02:21 am (UTC)
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The picture is utterly bizarre. I don't even see how only knowing the 20-something you would lead anyone to suppose you looked like that at age 8. It's all wrong. I don't think I knew you at age 8 precisely but not too much older than that and it is all wrong.
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From:livredor
Date:July 24th, 2004 04:07 pm (UTC)
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I don't think I knew you at age 8 precisely
No, I think I was a few months short of 10 when I first met you.

It's all wrong
Well, I didn't react against the idea that violently! She does look to me like she could plausibly be related to my dad. But I would guess that she's less distantly removed than I am from an ancestor with some kind of skin pigmentation.
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From:lethargic_man
Date:July 22nd, 2004 03:20 pm (UTC)
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As a general rule, Reform Friday night services tend to be way too slow and Orthodox ones way too fast, but this service was paced very nicely.

I thought it was rushed; they always sing the tunes a bit too fast. (Or at least the rabbi does; the rest of the congregation each have their own tempo...)

more than can be accounted for by my being prejudiced in his favour due to his very pretty French accent.

Did I tell you the story of how an old housemate tried to cultivate a stronger French accent in him?
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From:livredor
Date:July 24th, 2004 04:11 pm (UTC)
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I thought it was rushed; they always sing the tunes a bit too fast.
I wasn't really talking about the musical tempo, I think. I meant things like, when there was a pause to allow people to daven silently, I had plenty of time to concentrate on what I was saying.

Did I tell you the story of how an old housemate tried to cultivate a stronger French accent in him?
No indeed. Do go on?
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From:lethargic_man
Date:July 25th, 2004 02:23 am (UTC)
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She thought having a French housemate was wasted if he only had a weak accent, so she taught 'im to speak like zis vith a strong French acSONt.

A year after she'd moved out, I reminded Fabien of this, and it turned out he'd could no longer speak with a strong accent; he'd forgotten how!
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