Film Friday ~ South Shields Funfare ~ Oct 2022

We’re going back to the funfair this week, not with the Ektar diptych maker, but my beloved Contax Aria.

A tiny History Bit

The Funfair is officially known as Ocean Beach Pleasure Park, which sounds very Victorian, which is no surprise as she was Queenie in 1899 when the fair became a permanent fixture. Mostly it’s known as The Fair, as there isn’t another one in our county unless you call Diggerland in Durham a fair, which I don’t.

Prior to 1899, travelling fairs would come along in summer, park up by the market and only be allowed legally to start up once the ordinary market stalls had finished for the day. Eventually they had their own space and could run rides any time. One of the first permanent rides was the Aerial Flight, built in the 1910’s-20’s and cost 1d (old pence) (which would be 0.23 cents in $) for a ride, and advertised that it is suitable and β€œapproved” for all ages. (But not any of my ages, ever.)

STH0000818 Copyright South Tyneside Images 1920’s Ariel Flight Ride.

All gone now, and things are a bit more modern. Well a little bit at least.

Bird poop on his face but surrounded by laydeez, a happy chap.

There were a few Marvellous rides (this is the little bit of modern)

Black Widow being chased by an X-person I think
A bucket of Avengers

This chap is doing well for a 94 year old.

Mickey

Would have had a go on this next one if it had been an option!

Aqua Blasta (should be blaster, sigh).

These next ones are to do with Peter Pan. Firstly a galleon which swings up high at the front, then wangs itself backwards and swings high at the back. You have a bar to hold onto, which you need when it goes back as your bum leaves it’s seat. I know as I’ve been on one prior to being in my dotage, had to hold my lad from falling out. Very scary biscuits.

Shivering timbers

This a faceless Captain Hook I believe, he was at the bottom of the steps up to the galleon.

“I see no ships” (Nelson, 1801)
“Death is the only adventure I have left, Smee.” (Hook 1991)

you can have

Fun fun fun!!

and have lots of

Dentist fodder.

and for your little bambinos

Fragile fish

Finally, some surprised elephants. I did wonder if it was a Disney Dumbo thing, but the ears are not long enough and there isn’t a feather in their trunks, so they’re just your average surprised elephants.

Surprise!!

My favourite is the Zombie enclosure at the top of the post, might have to go in there when it all opens up again. That’s it for this week, but stay tooned, there’s a few more to come from outside the fair.

πŸ“· 🎞️ 😊

Film Friday ~ Contax Aria

Finishing up with the last pictures from a roll of Kodak Ultramax 400, as I’ve just sent off 2 rolls of Kodak Gold for developing.

Firstly three from a trip to Newcastle

Premium Parking
Smiley Texter
Pigeon Puddle

Phil wanted to go to a vinyl fair which was being held in Byker, and I took a few shots on our walk from the metro station.

Byker
Byker Wall Estate
House of Holland…and Istanbul.. and New York…and….

Finally, my old man πŸ™‚

Phil Rolling

all pictures embiggenable with a click πŸ™‚

Film Friday ~ Contax Aria (3)

More shots taken in Newcastle this time with Kodak Ultra Max 400.

Next door to the long closed Gaiety Theatre in Nelson Street was the CafΓ© Royale, and it’s thespian pillars are fab. Sadly the cafΓ© closed in 2020 and it’s owner converting it into offices. Or would have done if not for the plague.

Newcastle on film
smile!
girls and gadgies.
you can have ital.
cool girls
side gadgies
busker
keep it simple!
the man in black
live & Bean
cash withdrawals
pot shop 😎
low cuisine dining
The End.

Literally. For now.

πŸ“· 😊

Friday Film ~ Minolta Riva Mini (2)

I quite often visit Tynemouth Market, either with Sophie on our photographic adventures, or with Phil on his quest for bargain vinyl.

Replacing the original station which opened in 1847 to link Newcastle to Berwick by rail, the station we have now opened on 7th July 1872. It was designed by William Bell for the North Eastern Railway Company and in 1980 it was switched over to serve the Tyne & Wear Metro. (Like the Tube if you’re in the South of England, or the Subway if you’re in the USA. Not sure about anywhere else!) The station had had a long period of neglect so underwent a major restoration and was subsequently was reopened by Princess Anne on 2nd July 2012.

Newcastle Library has a few photos of it back around 1890 – 1910

On Saturdays and Sundays the market appears. There are over over 150 stalls where you can find local produce and homemade, artisan treats from independent traders, rummage for treasures on the eclectic bric-a-brac stalls or riffle through tables of second-hand books and records. There are vintage clothing stalls, vintage jewellery and accessories, where you can also pick up unique antique items, retro fashion, vintage homeware and furniture. Local artists and designers also have stalls of artiisan crafts, unique artwork, prints and photography. Food stalls with Indian, Greek, Chinese et al street food for lunch and the smells are so enticing when you walk past.

I think it lends itself wonderfully to photography, especially on film, so I took the Riva with me when I went with Phil a few weeks back and Christmas was on the horizon.

I love the glass roof.
sausage buns for lunch.
I can’t even think who would buy one of these stuffed animal heads on a plaque. Bonkers. Maybe if you own a castle? Or a movie-prop company?
Phil in his happy place.

I think it’s time for another visit when the weather is a bit warmer!

Film Friday

Last week I posted my B&W shots in Newcastle, so this week I’m going back over the bridge to Gateshead. Same roll of film, and more wierd bits.

clock outside the Town Hall
Most wierd statue ever.

This next one I took in an underpass, but I have no idea what happened to it. I quite like it, looks like aliens are about to land πŸ™‚

I took a few on my walk home after getting off the metro.

overexposed the flower, and dunno about the white fog.

and then the next shots were OK, go figure.

Urban Car spaces
Bobble Fence
Spikey Fence

That’s it for this week, next time we’re off to the coast at South Shields.

Film Friday

I’ve got a couple of rolls developed now, so a few Fridays taken care of! Haven’t been out shooting though as the weather has been abysmal here. A couple of weeks ago I took the Rollei SL35 out to Newcastle and discovered that although the film seemed to be winding on, the counter wasn’t moving so I wasn’t sure what was happening. Well I got 36 frames back and a couple of them are unusable, and a few have wierd goings on on them, but the rest are OK. The film I used was a Russian film called Silberra 400, and it has a nice old world feel to it.

Stairs
Old Stairs
Akenside Traders, Craft Beer & Ale pub, on Dean Street, flying the flag for Brexit.
The Quayside, with what looks like a light leak on the right.
The Millenium Bridge and more dodgy bits.
2 Collingwood. This one is a bit ropey.
NBS
Not sure what ED is!
Construction destruction
The Tyne Bridge.

I have no idea how that last shot got like that, the wierd white lights in the sky on the left and all the dusty bits. I think I might have travelled back in time when I pressed the shutter. πŸ™‚

Film Friday

I now have 2 rolls of kodak portra 400 developed. One was in my Minolta Riva Mini, and the other in my Olympus XA. The roll in the XA had been in it for over a year whilst I was busy with my 2019 385, though now and again I took it with me on outings with Sophie, so we’ll start with the shots I took with it before I decided to do a film year.

Firstly Newcastle, Christmas 2018!

Helter Skelter
Fenwicks annual Xmas window display, that year was based on The Snowman, and they were playing
‘Walking in the Air’ ad nauseum through a loudspeaker.

Pret A Manger with Grainger Street right, and Grey Street left.

I am not sure how it happens but some of the shots from the XA have come out with a red round haze in the middle of them, so I converted this one to B&W to get rid of it.

I thought this was funny, Phil not so much πŸ₯΄

I also took it with me to Dunstan Staiths, which was a Fraggle Report on the Universe blog HERE if you want to know its history.

View from the Staiths
Dunston Staiths
Fog on the Tyne
Vintage Bossa Cafe where Sophie and I had lunch that day.

A couple of miscellaneous shots to finish..

Rotterdam ferry port quite surprised this one came out, it wasn’t on a tripod. You can see the red haze in the middle but it kinda blends in with the sunset.
Sunset from my back bedroom window.

I still haven’t been out with Sophie this year as the weather has been crap most weekends, and she’s been visiting her chap in Spain on the weekends it was dry! Hopefully we can get started soon and I’ll get the Rollei on the go for some better quality shots.

Back next Friday, so stay tooned! πŸ™‚

Newcastle Upon Tyne Sept 2019

The Minolta Riva Mini has fast become my go-to film camera, especially when I’m out with the Fuji as my main tool of the day. The little Riva fits in my pocket, has no settings to apply, just point and shoot and hope for the best. Loading and winding the film is automatic, so on the whole a lazy-girl camera! Here are a few I took on a visit to Newcastle on a sunny day back in September.

Lunch in the cafe at The Sage
The Tyne Bridge
The Quayside, with St.Stephens Church steeple just behind.
St Mary’s church, viewed from the far end of the Tyne Bridge

and a few of the Millenium bridge and rooftops as we walked back across the bridge

Tynemouth,South Shields & Seaburn, 1995

Before living up here in Tyne & Wear was even a blip on my radar, I brought Ben up for a cheapo holiday. We stayed in a lovely little B&B in Seaburn, and played on the mostly deserted beaches.

Marsden Rocks

Tynemouth

Sandcastle!!

small person in a big world

Jumping the waves