Yesterday I took the Metro train from Newcastle to North Shields for a stop of sorts on my ancestral home pub crawl. Except I wasn’t visiting a town where my ancestors lived; I was visiting real living relatives, my paternal grandfather’s cousins! I also didn’t stop in a pub, but I did drink some brandy, so I’ll give myself a pass.
Sunday morning I watched the Liverpool FC-Newcastle United FC premier league match with my friends Stephen and Mark. The matchup was particularly exciting because I am a Newcastle fan, and they are Liverpool fans. We made bacon and egg cheese bunwiches, drank Typhoo tea, and thoroughly enjoyed exercising our Englishness.