Ballad of a Thin Man …

… You walk into the room
With your pencil in your hand
You see somebody naked
And you say, “Who is that man?”
You try so hard
But you don’t understand
Just what you will say
When you get home

Because something is happening here
But you don’t know what it is
Do you, Mister Jones?

Top House 2 – North Shields

Pete Beat.

Lauren Stones

Jackie and Helen

Arrid Foo on percussion

Jaktrax & Arrid Foo



Top House 2.

Live streaming

The night wears on.


  1. johnnyc1959 · August 26, 2019

    Ah… Context…!
    Nice sequence of photos…
    Lo and behold…!


    • northumbrianlight · August 26, 2019

      Many thanks J – as you will see, I am cheating on Blip, but what the heck 🙂

  2. jelleybaby · August 26, 2019

    These could has just as easily been taken, in South Wales, it must be the working men’s/women’s pubs and clubs that seem to attract good basic Entertainment, really like the group, and the Black and White rendering.

    • northumbrianlight · August 26, 2019

      Many thanks I think you are right – our friend Jackie/Jaktrax was first class. Not all the sets were my thing but that doesn’t make them bad. The main thing is everyone seemed to be really enjoying themselves.

  3. bandparent · August 26, 2019

    Yes, wonderful portfolio!!

  4. Tish Farrell · August 26, 2019

    Way-hey! Robin. I’ve missed you. These are great photos, and one my very favourite (of several) Dylan songs to boot. Hope all is well with you and Mrs Robin and the vehicle collection 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · August 27, 2019

      Hi Tish – very good to hear from you. I really must make more of an effort on WordPress – I have been sucked into the world of Blip which, while encouraging photography, does nothing for my writing. I am still dragging my heels on the sequel to Golf in the Wild. I thought of you recently while reading Alan Garner’s, Where shall we run to – a delight, set in such familiar places.
      Hope everything is good with you and yours. I am still wedded to the Lotus and three bikes – the same Triumph, a Ducati which will be upgraded soon and a BMW which has replaced the Yamaha. I am a tad too materialistic with these machines. I do love ’em but, nothing like as much as Mrs Robin.
      All the best, R x

      • Tish Farrell · August 27, 2019

        We are fine too. Good to hear from you, you 3-bike man. And I was thinking about Alan Garner, so many thanks for alerting me to the memoir.

      • northumbrianlight · August 28, 2019

        Hi Tish – if you email me your home address (, I will gladly put my copy of Alan Garner’s memoir in the post. I am not as materialistic about books as i used to be – running out of space. Best rgds, R

  5. restlessjo · August 26, 2019

    Beautifully staged, Robin 🙂 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · August 27, 2019

      Hi Jo, thanks and lovely to hear from you. As I said in the above to Tish, I really need to make more of an effort on WordPress. Here’s a question for you which I am hoping is a quick easy answer. We are thinking of escaping to Portugal for a few weeks in November. We would catch the ferry and drive from Santander – where would you recommend that is quiet, affordable and pretty and not too long a drive?
      All the best, R x

      • restlessjo · August 27, 2019

        The Douro area is beautiful as the vines change in Autumn, Robin. We stayed right on the river banks at a small place in Peso da Regua. I would love a return visit and have Amarante in mind. Have a look and see what you think? 🙂 🙂 Otherwise there are places further north that I’ve never visited. You could try Julie Dawn Fox’s blog for inspiration, but beware of all the adverts. It’s her living.

      • northumbrianlight · August 27, 2019

        Many thanks for this Jo, very useful – I will take a look.

  6. J.D. Riso · August 29, 2019

    Such a rich, inviting ambiance in these images. I’m not one for going out, but I could while away a few hours in this comfy place.

    • northumbrianlight · August 29, 2019

      There is a long and sad story behind our reason for being there – I will share should we ever meet. Hope the rest of your year goes well.

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