Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Eavesdropping 2

Number 10 bus, Sunday 14th December approximately

One radge looking type is already sitting at the back of the bus, mid thirties, Nike air max, Addidas pants and Addidas jacket. Haggard complexion, looks like his paper round to Hexham and back went on for too long. Second radge gadge gets on next to Todd’s Nook high rise flats on the West road. He’s in his mid twenties, typical ratty expression with a slight build. Nike air max, Addidas pants and Addidas jacket. He immediately heads to the back of the bus and gives a slight nod to the older fella and they seem to be acquainted.

‘alreet wor kid’

‘aye yareet like’

‘aye whey aye’

‘are ya still on the smerrrk leek’

(loud enough so every one can hear) ‘aye well a just picked up a half ounce leek, proper good shit leek. Are ye after oot leek?’

‘sound. Wull am afta a few e’s like’

‘nae boffaz I’ve got any amounts in the hoose like, any amounts. Maybe 500’.

‘Nae boffaz heres me numba.’
(gives number)

‘reet mate this is me giz a bell when ya need sortin oot like.’

‘kush kush-d. wor are the like? Mitzys?’

‘daint nah but thu yello and tha get ya proper wrecked man, Dexy could anly take 8’

‘straaaaaigghttts. Al take 50 off ya then’.

‘reet wor kid cheers nowts a boffa’.

Younger radge cunt alights bus. Older gadge returns to spitting incessantly on the floor for the rest of his journey.

Friday, 12 December 2008

Still a Killer

I love this photo. Kris Bennett still killing it! (double click the photo for maximum radness innit)

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Boardroom Skatepark finally opens its doors!

And so the rumours are true! According to Streetphire the Boardroom Skatepark is due to open this Friday the 12th Dec. I never thought I would see the day that the doors got opened to the public with the amount of ups and downs the park has had for various reasons.

Me and Scotty T building the bowl many moons ago..

I for one am excited to just get in there and ride after not being inside the building for 2 or 3 years. The set up has remained unchanged and still has the spine mini and bowl with the vert wall and is supposed to be as fun as ever.
Its not the biggest or best park by a long shot but with temperatures dropping all the time anywhere warm and dry to ride is good right?

Boardroom Newcastle on TV

Located at Mill Lane Youth Centre, Sceptre Street, Elswick , Newcastle NE4 6PR

Friday opening times:4pm-6pm BMX

6pm-8pm Skaters

Helmets are a must - bring one if you have one, they don’t have many.

Membership is £5 a year, sessions are £3 for the two hours.

It is also open from 12 on Saturday and Sunday.

Thursday, 27 November 2008


Wednesday 26/11/2008 6.10pm, the number 10 bus to the West End of Newcastle

Just as we are driving past the Powerhouse..

“See that place like”


“well yer kna it’s a gay club en that?”

“haha aye”

“wull they play canny tunes up stairs and that, ye kna dance stuff like thee dee at the Ikon”

“arr reet aye”

“wull me and a few of the lads Knoxy n Kev n that went doon there the other week leek to check it out like un thu woodunt let wus in like”

“huh huh whys that like?”

“wull a reckon its wuz cos there woz aboot 10 of wuh an that and al wearing ya kna like stripey tops und the like, ye kna like Lacoste and Paul n Shark”

“ya gannin oot stuff then?”

“well aye man smart as a dart ya kna to you or me. So anyways im guessing the doorman wuz thinking ‘nah no way like this lot are bother’, I suppose a few of wuh had Rockports and that on but I divvent even wear mine al that often, a mean mine aren’t even worn at the back so ye kna I’ve anly worn em a few times leek”

“arrr reet”

“a mean av got nay boffaz wif ‘the gays’ and them ‘puffs’ or nowt, I just heard Cascada pumping oot and fancied a dance ya kna?”

“aye totally like aye”

“so I was like ‘hew man gaffa, I’m not gay but me boyfriend is!! Hahaha”


Wednesday, 19 November 2008


A good friend of mine Geoff Leopard and his loveable sidekick Moogar have started a blog to support Geoff’s new night ‘Tourist’ and apart from information on upcoming nights the blog also promises to feature regular musings on ‘tits & gack’.
The first event is this Friday at the Cosmic Ballroom and features the talents of the excellent Justin Robertson, Midfield General and In flagranti with support from Tony Daly and Geoff himself. The night promises to encompass a range of styles and genres from disco to techno and everything in between.

TOURIST:: COSMIC BALLROOM:: 21/11/2008:: -4am

Thursday, 13 November 2008

White Dog Poo

Its one of those childhood memories that has seemed to have stuck with me just like eating spaghetti bolognaise at my Grandparents house every Saturday night or following episodes of Dungeons and Dragons and the Racoon's like a religion. You too may have come to realise that white dog poo is a sight rarely seen on the streets these days and I for one had always wondered why.
Back in those long hazy days in the summer making weapons out of sticks I often stumbled across the chalky shit left by all kinds of dogs around where I lived both large and small. So what changed? I short bit of research on Google revealed I was not the only one pondering this mystery and it seems the legend of white chod has quite a following.

A few members of the public offer their explanation:

“We don't feed our dogs bones as often as we used too, so as it was the consumption of the bones that made the poo white we no longer have white poo. I suppose the good side is you won't accidentally pick one up thinking it's a stone.”

-Gordon Williams, Middlesbrough, England

“White dog poo is usually due to a blockage of the bile duct, which prevents the brown pigment (stercobilin) travelling through it and colouring the faeces so one explanation is possibly a reduction in the incidence of this particular disease or due to better veterinary care, or due to the fact that nowadays owners recognise this is a problem and see vets quicker about it. Or due to the fact that nowadays owners are threatened with a fine if they don't clean up their dog's poo so there is a possiblity that there still is the same amount of white dog poo, but now it is all in bins around the country! “

-Paul Salmon, Edinburgh, Scotland

“We bought our beloved hound a large bone from the local butcher's the other week. She's never had one before so needless to say it went down very well. Imagine our surprise when her business later showed itself to be pale and chalky (in colour if not consistency). I can only imagine that treating the family dog to a juicy bone has declined in recent years.”

-Geoff Bryant, Sheffield, UK

“I've seen this answered somewhere before (possibly Focus magazine or New Scientist). Apparently, it is because the white colouring is due to be invaded by spores as the excrement has been there for some time. The explanation being that nowadays, it is cleaned away from the pavements quicker, so does not generally lie around long enough for the spores to invade.”

-P Gilson, Doncaster S Yorkshire

“Dog poo should be white: the whiteness comes from the calcium in bones that dogs eat. If we see white dog poo less rarely perhaps it is because dog owners feed their dogs on dry or canned food and hardly ever give them bones to gnaw on. My dogs eat bones regularly; my local butcher gives me the bones for free! “

-David Wheeler, Spalding, Lincolnshire

“I am actually a collector of white dog poo - I have over 300 samples but have indeed found it harder to add to my collection over the past year or so. “

-Daniel Himsworth, Sevenoaks UK

“I still vividly remember getting told off by my mother as a young child (I'm now 46) for writing on the wall by our house with the white 'chalk' I had found. I couldn't understand why she rushed me indoors to wash my hands. "I was only playing!".

-Clive Thornton, Bristol, UK

And so the the disappearance of white dog poo is down to what dogs eat these days. I had always thought some disgruntled employee at Pedigree had sabotaged one of the vats of tripe with chalk or white colouring to leave his mark on the streets. The reason being he knew that dogs up and down the country would unwittingly paste his pearly white tag on street corners and lampposts across the land, sort of like graffiti but better.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Look on the bright side?

It’s that time of year again, that’s right a good 6 month stretch until we even get a sniff of the sorry excuse we call for a summer. The mornings are cold and the nights have drawn in, where did the summer go? What was dry is now damp and covered in rotting leaves, its dark as soon as you get in from work and riding doesn’t seem as appealing as it did in June. Our council (North Tyneside) in their infinite wisdom did not budget for spot lights at Whitley Bay Skatepark so you can forget riding that after 5pm. That means heading down on the weekend and if it aint pissing down its probably wet anyway.
Everything seems to slow down around autumn with the weather forcing people to stay indoors and as Christmas approaches people tend to save and shy away from going on the lash every weekend. Of course with the good old ‘Credit Crunch’ taking a bite out of everyone’s expendable income this is even more evident this year.
Aside from the years when it snows enough and sledging is on the cards I am no friend of winter. I can’t ride as much, the odd street session is often a non starter as people struggle to get motivated and of course falling off on cold, cold concrete brings a tear to the eye. Well lit and undercover spots are a rarity around the coast so lets hope this Skatepark that has been rumoured to be near Metro Centre opens its doors sooner rather than later. Until then I’ll be stocking up on thermal duds and trying to ride when I can in between X-Box sessions and cups of tea.

Friday, 7 November 2008

Benson 98

Dig BMX have a good feature on Benson on their website. Check it out.

"Scutters= Lasses who dress up like some indie bird but who are, in fact utter townie tramps. For example: ‘A gotter home an she started harpin’ on barrt Pete Tong n sum dance shit. Tell yer, she wer a reeet scutter’ "


Thursday, 6 November 2008


I love Minilogue and both of these videos for 'Animals' and 'Hitch Hikers Choice' are amazing. The videos are by Swedish artists Ljudbilden & Piloten. You should watch them.

Halloween Party!

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Aitken Update- Good News

It has been an amazing morning full of high emotions. We arrived just in time for Mike's morning rehab session. When we got to the rehab gym, Mike was asked how many people were in the room with him and he was able to answer. He was then asked to tell the therapist everyone's names and he was able to give his sister's and his mom's name.
It was as if Mike suddenly woke up this morning in that gym. He is still struggling to speak with his tracheostomy tube, but he was able to ask what happened to him and broke down in tears as he apologized.
Mike was able to recognize his wife, son, and each of his family members as we each hugged him and reassured him that we love him and that he is going to be ok.
Mike was able to push through his emotions and still make great progress in physical therapy. He not only pulled himself to a standing position with little help (in the walking bars). He was also able to take steps, even helping to move his right leg along as he walked with the help of his physical therapist.
Mike continues to amaze us all. This is a great step forward on the long road ahead of him and we are all very excited.
We would also like to add that we greatly appreciate all of the benefits that have been put together for Mike. The benefit jam at Tanner Park could not have gone better yesterday. We were amazed at the outpouring of support and how much was raised. We also would like to thank the crew who were able to raise a large amount for Mike at the races the past couple weekends.
With everyone's love and support we are confident that Mike will find the strength to make a full recovery.
-The Aitken Family

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Day 17. Bar 25 with Darryl Nau..

Woke up around 11 after some wacky dreams (must have been that pizza in the wee hours) and headed down to the breakfast bar before killing an hour on the internet. Wally still wasn’t up so I took a stroll up to the Volkspark at the top of Friedrichshain. It’s absolutely stifling today so much so that the sweat is dripping off me even when I’m sitting still; riding is out of the question! Wally eventually joined me and we spent the afternoon lazing around in the park watching Hare Krishna’s dance about.
That evening we had planned to meet up with Ross who was going to accompany us to Bar 25 which was notoriously difficult to get into but when I text him he was already there from the night before so we got ready and headed down. Thankfully we got in no problem. Bar 25 is nuts, like some sort of set from Mad Max or some shit.

Once inside I felt completely overdressed (jeans & T Shirt) and completely sober. Let’s just say there were a few characters kicking about who were thinking outside the box when they got dressed that day (or the day before judging by how wrecked most of the punters were!). It was clear we had some catching up to do when we saw Ross who had already been out for 24 hours. We pounded the ales and whatever else we could get out hands on so we could all be on the same page. Darryl Nau shows up and immediately starts getting loose, lifting Wally up and taking photos of everyone in the Bar claiming to be from Bar 25’s website.

"Pretend we're on a roller coaster!! YYYEEAAAAHH!!"

We met Darryl’s girlfriend and friends from NYC who were in town, including his friend Timmy who is good friends with Dave Young. I think Dave Young might have got a strange voice mail at some point during the night, fuck knows what he must have thought!
Everyone got loose for a while and things got a little bit hazy, Wally backflipped into the river and made a few new friends in the river and I think I left at about 8am, ended up walking back and it took slightly longer than it did when I was sober..