Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Newcastle - Fact v Fiction

Four years ago today I packed up my life in London, caught a train up north and started my new life in Newcastle.  Where on earth has that time gone? I still honestly can't believe that I wake up every day and get to call this fantastic city my home!

To celebrate, I thought I'd share with you some of the things that I have learnt from my time in Newcastle.  We all know that there are many stereotypes around Geordies, life in the North and, of course, those wild nights on the Toon.

Allow me to sort out the truth from the rumours and let you know the reality from the lies!

Welcome to Newcastle Fact v Fiction!



Everyone in Newcastle says 'why aye'

FACT!

When I first started visiting Newcastle I was desperate to hear my first "why aye". Admittedly no one says it as much as Vicky Pattison does, that's very much put on for TV, but I do hear it several times a day and it will always make me smile.

Geordies don't wear coats

FACT!

As a southerner, I still find it slightly bonkers that everyone walks about with no coat on in the colder months. I've been on many an outing with my friend Sam where I'm wrapped up in a faux fur whilst she's strutting about in a Summer dress and bare legs. Despite knowing me for years, she still finds it so amusing that every time she meets me I'm bundled up like an Eskimo.



It's cold and wet in Newcastle

FICTION!

It really annoys me that people think it's freezing cold and wet all the time in Newcastle. Just because we're in the north does not mean that we live in a permanent state of snow and rain. I'd say we have just as much rain up in the North East as there is in London and although it's often a few degrees cooler than the capital we have as many warm Summer days as the south!

Geordies are the friendliest people in the country

FACT!

Despite having only lived in the Toon for 4 years I have some amazing friends who I feel like I've known my entire life, and that's probably down to the fact that Geordies are so friendly! A stroll round the shops can take a lifetime as everyone wants a chat.



Geordies are permanently tanned and glamorous

FACT!

Ladies in the North tend to glam up much more on nights out than girls in the south and big hair, huge eyelashes and fake tan are a way of life in Newcastle. Unfortunately their ways are yet to rub off on me but there's still time!

6. Everyone in the Toon loves getting mortal

FACT!

Newcastle is definitely a party city, we have huge amounts of hens and stags stumbling along the Quayside every weekend to support that. It's not all about the wild nights out on the Diamond Strip though and there are plenty of beautiful bars for a quieter evening drink, however it has to be said the folks of Newcastle love their drink. I'd never heard the phrase "lets get mortal!" before moving to Newcastle but it's now a phrase I hear every weekend.



Geordies love Greggs!

FACT!

Did you know that Newcastle is the birth place of Greggs? So if you've ever visited Newcastle and wondered why there's a Greggs on every street corner, now you know. On the last count there were 29 Greggs stores in Newcastle, which is three times more than any other UK city. We mostly love to munch on stotties (which you can only buy in the North East!) and sausage rolls!

The Geordie accent is the best in the UK

FACT!

I'm forever hoping that one day I'll wake up and will be able to speak Geordie but unfortunately I don't think it'll ever happen. Whilst I still struggle to understand them when they've had a few drinks, there's no denying that the Geordie accent is beautiful.

It's pretty grim up north

FICTION!

Nothing makes me more mad than people believing that Newcastle is a barren bleak land suffering in poverty with its people choking on the smog from the factories that dominate the landscape. Newcastle is a city with beautiful architecture, fantastic history and picture perfect views surrounded by the most stunning countryside of Northumberland, North Yorkshire and the Lakes.  We can also reach the beautiful cities of York, Leeds and Edinburgh in only an hour. If you don't believe me, please come and see for yourself!



For plenty of inspiration and adventures in Newcastle and beyond you can follow along on Instagram here.

17 comments:

  1. Ah this makes me proud of my city! You're definitely an honorary Geordie. Have you been to a toon match yet? If not I vow to take you one day as you can't live here and not experience that either! Even if you hate football!

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    1. Yay! I've not made it to a football match yet but I am desperate to go! Next season!

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  2. Love, love, love this! Like you I'm an adopted Geordie and have lived here for about 5 years now! :)

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    1. Thank you! Adopted Geordies are the best - Geordies by choice not by birth, surely that makes us extra extra special?

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  3. This is one of your best posts to date :D and all so true!

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    1. Thank you, I had great fun writing it!

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  4. hehehe! I love this. You are right about everything.
    I didn't know Newcastle was the birthplace of Greggs. Ahh! There's nothing better than their sausage rolls. lol

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    1. Yep, the original store is the one on Gosforth High Street (I think!)

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    2. It was originally called greggs of gosforth.

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  5. Like you I'm an adopted Geordie lived here 19 yrs now and love it such a beautiful place to live and iv been to a football match so exciting xx

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    1. 19 years! WOW!!!! I really hope I get to my 19th anniversary - I can't see myself wanting to live anywhere else!

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  6. It's simply one of the BEST places in the UK. The last photo in this blogposts proves it! I'M IN LOVE WITH THE TOON! x

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    1. I'm so proud of that photo, it was taken on the most perfect day. I could spent hours photographing the Quayside!

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  7. Being from Middlesbrough, which you'll know isn't that far away, I totally totally love this post! We get just as much, if not more stick but I love the North East!! Looking to venture further from my hometown soon and buy a home closer to Durham or maybe even Newcastle and this just solidifies my reasoning!! Saw that you climbed Roseberry Topping at the weekend! Hope you're doing a post! I do it every weekend so would love your view on it!! xxxx

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    1. Definitely, people are horrible about Middlesbrough which is so unfair! Yep we climbed Roseberry Topping, loved it, took loads of beautiful photos and I'll be sharing it all next week :)

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  8. Well even though I'm a Mackem, I'm so glad that you decided to be an honorary Geordie! :)

    Xxx

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  9. Love this, you know, I didn't know there were 29 greggs. That's a lot of pasties!

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