The truth is, I was up north, Newcastle way, visiting in-laws and I didn't want to haul my computer all the way across the country on the train. I haven't joined the 21st century yet and bought myself an iPad or tablet so unfortunately it was radio silence from me.
It was lovely being up north. Newcastle is a beautiful city. It reminds me of Scottish cities in a way - tall, grey stone buildings and clear, thin light.
Whilst we were there, we did manage a visit to the Baltic Gallery. The Baltic is similar in feel to the Tate Modern (but without the crowds). There were three exhibitions on - Thomas Bayrle, a German pop artist (good but derivative), Sara Barker & Ryder Architecture (over in a couple of minutes) and my favourite, Salla Tykka. This was a series of short films exploring the nature of beauty and it was breathtakingly, well... beautiful. There was a film about the blossoming of a giant water lily named after Queen Victoria; another about the Lipizzan horses, (you know - the ones which leap in the air and dance) and the final film was about a boarding school for trainee Romanian gymnasts. Well worth catching if you're in the area. It is free to enter but we did leave a donation.
The view from the Baltic is amazing