Slow TV

This is my personal contribution to the current trend for Slow TV – a routine drive out to Corbridge for petrol (and back).  It may not be as good as a canal trip along the Kennet and Avon, nor as engrossing as the Sami and their reindeer but there are highlights – a friendly postman, kamikaze pedestrians and an ancient tractor – see if you can see them before the motion sickness kicks in.  Has Beethoven’s 9th (royalty free) ever sounded better 😝

Corbridge ...

This is really just an exercise in testing and getting used to a GoPro camera which is small enough to put anywhere – on the dash, attached to a crash helmet and one day, maybe, mounted on a drone.

In the meantime enjoy the continuing diabolical weather in Northumberland and the heavy mist along the Military Road – the prayers have yet to be answered 😡


  1. easyweimaraner · January 10, 2016

    I’m definitely NOT bored. I love this kind of videos and I watched my own video from grocery shopping last week too. I think I never want to be the passenger in a car driven by me LOL it’s a little scary for me to see you on the “wrong” side of the street … and you have the same sh*tty weather like me :o)

    • northumbrianlight · January 10, 2016

      Glad you liked it. It looks a lot more alarming than reality and reminds me of the hazard awareness videos they use for the theory driving test. It is probably due to the camera being much clearer than peripheral vision.
      The weather is sure to ‘improve’ soon – colder rather than wet once the jet stream shifts ❄ ❄ ❄

  2. patrick · January 10, 2016

    Like a much more sedate version of – same mist and single track roads… 😉 Or is this more the key cinematic influence:

    • northumbrianlight · January 10, 2016

      The WRC video I like – inspirational 😜
      I’m pleased you appreciate the sedateness of my driving, even when passing cyclists 😄

      • patrick · January 10, 2016

        The cyclist(s? were there really several daft enough to be out that day?) was remarkably brave being out in that weather at all. Certainly my bike has been sat in the hallway all weekend awaiting drier conditions…

      • northumbrianlight · January 11, 2016

        Oh yes, very brave and exercising their right to occupy as much of the road as possible 😱

  3. LaVagabonde · January 10, 2016

    Oh boy. Carsick is right. I applaud your venture into new technology. Any plans to mount the GoPro on a golf ball?

    • northumbrianlight · January 10, 2016

      You are thinking along the right lines Julie – expect to be bored by drone fly-overs of golf courses 😀 ⛳

  4. Pit · January 10, 2016

    I think I like sailing on the Kenneth & Avon better than driving along Northumbrian roads with you. 😉 That BBC video is fantastic and makes me long for a narrow boat trip again. Thanks for the tip! I’ll definitely going to watch it on our big-screen tv soon.
    Have a wonderful week,

  5. Peter S · January 10, 2016

    one of the reasons I blog, and read other blogs is to see this sort of thing. To see what towns look like in other parts of the world, what people do there, and even how rainy it can be there! So I do appreciate this! And Greetings from similarly rainy and gray, New Hampshire!

  6. Maureen Sudlow · January 10, 2016

    Love it – I’d forgotten how narrow some of those little country roads were…

    • northumbrianlight · January 11, 2016

      Thanks Maureen – you can expect more when the sun shines – the views you cannot see are so much better than the ones you can (if you get my drift 🙂 )

      • Maureen Sudlow · January 11, 2016

        I do. I went for a walk by the river this morning but didn’t take my camera because it was raining. But the mist was superb…

  7. Cate Franklyn · January 10, 2016

    All right buddy, pull over! I need to take photos of that incredible mist and country side!!!

    • northumbrianlight · January 11, 2016

      Sorry ladies and gentleman, no stops today, too wet, too muddy – come back again, a future tour will show you what’s really out there 😉
      If you can show your appreciation when you exit the bus my aged mother, wife and fourteen children will be eternally grateful 😩

      All this nonsense reminds me Cate – the best tour guide I ever met operated on the New York Circle Line – a reincarnation of Dustin Hoffman.
      Have a good week.

  8. socialbridge · January 11, 2016

    Love it, Robin, especially the naked trees.

    • northumbrianlight · January 11, 2016

      Thanks Jean, glad you liked it – more to come when the sun shines – I now have an attachment fitted to my crash helmet 🌞 🌞 😈

      • socialbridge · January 11, 2016

        WOW, I’ll have to put on my seat belt or hold on tight to your waist!

  9. littledogslaughed · January 11, 2016

    Wow! I loved it-the landscape both urban and rural was really something to take in-one of the reasons I love driving-and *nice* to see how certain Americanisms such as gas/C-stores and ugly signage translate into other foreign landscapes 😉 Thanks for the ride-along Robin-

    • northumbrianlight · January 11, 2016

      Glad you enjoyed the ride Meg – we can do ugly signage on the grand scale in the UK but fortunately less so in rural Northumberland where there is less of everything.

  10. Tish Farrell · January 11, 2016

    Well that was interesting, Robin. 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · January 11, 2016

      Fascinating weren’t it Tish 😀 More excitement to come when I get the Lotus out 😈

      • Tish Farrell · January 11, 2016

        Oh you! Graham will be so jealous – and on all fronts.

  11. Timelesslady · January 11, 2016

    Hmmm….did a quick video like this in Jamaica and Block Island, RI. Honestly, did you know you are driving on the wrong side of the road??? Just kidding. Love seeing your countryside from my perch here in the U.S.

  12. restlessjo · January 11, 2016

    Where have I been that I missed a slow reindeer? 🙂 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · January 11, 2016

      The reindeer were grand, I enjoyed all that snow 😊 ❄
      I gave up on the canal one fairly quickly though – I prefer the real thing.

      • Tim Prevett (@TimPrevett) · January 11, 2016

        Norway should be doing a week long live Slow TV of reindeer migration in 2017, in pre-production this year. I blog about Slow TV and keep a close eye on all things Slow TV!

      • northumbrianlight · January 12, 2016

        Thanks Tim, I have followed – interesting to see if BBC4 would dare to take a week long programme.

  13. Gillean · January 12, 2016

    A trip along memory lane – must be about 25 years since we were last in Corbridge and the surrounding area. Doesn’t look as if much has changed. Himself can’t understand how both cyclists managed to miss you!! Look forward to some ‘seat gripping’ views from the motorbike, once the weather improves. And some golf videos of course.

    • northumbrianlight · January 13, 2016

      Not the best of days for filming from the car but much better/safer than being on a bike 🙂

  14. Malin Ellisdotter H · January 25, 2016

    Thank you, driver for a lovely trip!! I wasn’t bored at all.

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