A series of anecdotes with or without any connection to the running of a restaurant.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

The Sage...

A weird glass building appeared a year ago in the Newcastle-Gateshead skyline.
It is called the The Sage after the Sage Accountancy Software who sponsors it.
I have been there to a Graduation and to a Jose Feliciano concert.

As it was being built, I was one of the sceptics..."What the hell is this?"
But now that it is up and running, I feel it has become a great landmark over the river Tyne.



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21 Comments:

Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

It's weird and wonderful!! Love it. Gosh, I really should visit England again, look at all the new things happening. The one and only time I was there was in 1980.

Oh, remember the Sydney Opera House? They said it couldn't be built.

22/11/05 10:12 PM  
Blogger cream said...

GG, you will have a pleasant shock when you come back to the UK. 25 years' worth of change!
Wow! There is so much to see!

22/11/05 11:04 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

The new type of architecture that is being created is so unique isn't it? I love old buildings but I am liking the new stuff too! Look at the contrast of your pictures, your last post and this one. A perfect example!

22/11/05 11:44 PM  
Blogger Misty said...

Kind of echoes the Crystal Palace of 1851, a bit.

22/11/05 11:52 PM  
Blogger juliana said...

I went to Newcastle once. E-man (the ex I mentioned in my post) used to the go to the University of Newcastle. We spent a week there a couple springs ago and had a good time. Though I speak english, I couldn't understand I word anyone was saying to me.

23/11/05 2:17 AM  
Blogger hobbes said...

cool picture

23/11/05 2:26 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Val, you're right! These different kinds of architectures can co-exist but the mix has to be right!

Misty, Crystal Palace, eh! They were very advanced for their time!

Juliana, natives of Gateshead and Newcastle speak Geordie

It is a great city, nowadays! Love it!

Hobbes, just trying out my new cheap camera. Thanks.

23/11/05 9:36 AM  
Blogger cadiz12 said...

how are the acoustics in there?

23/11/05 11:10 AM  
Blogger cream said...

The acoustics are amazing! The whole thing was well planned. Try clicking on the "Sage" link in the post, it will give you loads of details.

23/11/05 11:24 AM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Mm, very exciting link...I'm all revved up now to go out and be creative.

23/11/05 1:07 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

I love the actual image you've used here cream - did you play with the picture at all or just lucky with the odd light?

23/11/05 1:28 PM  
Blogger la.dauphine said...

Very nice... I envy the architectural jewels you find wandering the UK. I bet that would be an impressive place to hear a concert!

23/11/05 2:43 PM  
Blogger cream said...

GG, I haven't been to many events there because most good things are on Fridays or Saturday nights when we work but I keep my fingers crossed. The Stylisticts, next Tuesday look like a good excuse to go back!

Caro, you hawkeye! I did play about with the sky a little. The big boat next to the Sage is the Tuxedo Princess, a popular night club.

La Dauphine, thanks for visiting. I am sure that there are even better things in the US! Here, they look impressive because the UK is so tiny!

23/11/05 3:05 PM  
Blogger Kingston Girl said...

Just found your site via GG - and it's making me very nostagic. I went to Newcastle Uni and lived elsewhere in the North East for the next 4 years. I fell in love with Newcastle.. but my love for Jamaica was stronger so I came back here a year ago. But I do sometimes miss the tyne, the gateshead bridge, the angel of the north, durham cathedral, tynemouth, salsa at the black swan, italian meals in jesmond... but I never miss the bigg market!

23/11/05 4:06 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Kingston Lass! That's a small world! Newcastle is a great place. Santana's or Francesca's in Jesmond?
I go there quite often, maybe 4-5 times a month. The Quayside is really great and quite a bit of it is now pedestrianised. The Bigg Market? You wild girl!
They don't call it the Party capital of GB for nowt!
Thanks for visiting!

23/11/05 4:49 PM  
Blogger Kingston Girl said...

Both Santana's and Francesca's! I could manage the Bigg Market when I was a fresher at uni ... but it became too much for me after that!

Am hoping to come over some point to UK late 2006 / summer 2007 - and will def be planning a few nights back in the toon.

23/11/05 5:10 PM  
Blogger cream said...

I thought you'd know those two places. I know the owner of the first one, a Moroccan guy called Santana!
The Bigg Market and the Quayside are still as wild as ever!
It is nice to visit the old haunts!

23/11/05 5:57 PM  
Blogger iluvnyc said...

that's a really nice pix you have... looks like an illustration...

24/11/05 4:14 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Iluvnyc, I have to confess. I took this and a few other photos with the wrong setting. (Overexposure or something) and when I had a look at them on the computer, they were too bright. So I messed about with this one and this is the result.
And I really like it. Thanks.

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