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Whitley Bay's
first 3-Day
Reggae & Ska
Festival

May 13-15 2010
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Sid Smith is a freelance writer living in Whitley Bay and contributing music-related articles to national and regional press as well as making occasional appearances on TV and radio. To keep up to date with Sid's highly entertaining online blog, click here or visit his website at www.sidsmith.net

Sid also contributed an article to our 2009 Whitley Bay & Tynemouth Guide which you may read here...
Street Life
by Sid Smith
Since 1999 I've been keeping an online blog filled with the detritus of my personal and professional life. In amongst tales of family life and commentary on the arts there's a long-running thread called 'Street Life'.

Usually consisting of approximately half a dozen photographs, they're taken early in the morning often just before dawn. They document the view from my front door, to the bottom of my street, and then across to the promenade, taking in St Mary's Lighthouse and back to the rising sun over Brown's Point towards Cullercoats.

This is a magical part of the day providing me with a chance to reflect on the day before and to map out what lies ahead. Mostly though, it's an opportunity to stand back and soak up the stunning sea and sky 'scapes embracing our town.

I know by the numbers of hits the blog receives that it's not just me that appreciates the view. Admiring comments come in from places as glamorous sounding as Tokyo, San Francisco, Venice, Sydney and Barcelona. I often get emails from a distant part of the world telling me how lucky I am to live somewhere so beautiful. A neighbour who reads the blog once told me that it took her a couple of minutes to realise that the gorgeous view she was enjoying on her computer screen was actually at the end of her street. "It looks so exotic," she laughed. "Well, that's because it is," I told her.

We're often so taken up with the business of our daily routine that where we live is just another stopping-off point in a busy schedule. We take so many things for granted, and can be so quick to be critical about our area, that we can fail to appreciate and celebrate the simple, natural beauty that exist on our doorstep. I count myself very lucky indeed to see such inspirational views on a regular basis. See you there?

 
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