Black and White Through and Through

A subject close to my heart apparently on this date (9th of December) in 1892 Newcastle United football club was formed.  We were clearly a bit slow off the mark in the North East as Notts County was formed 30 years prior to this date in 1862. A very brief history of the club The first record of football being played in Tyneside dates from … Continue reading Black and White Through and Through

Coney Island, Baby!

Fun fairs have always placed a part in the life of the Rag Tags- growing up in the North East close to Whitley Bay’s Spanish City, immortalized in Dire Straights ‘Tunnel of Love‘, visiting the annual Hoppings at Newcastle’s Town Moor, or working a summer job next door to Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach. So on a visit to New York a few years ago, having been to … Continue reading Coney Island, Baby!

Winslow Homer: Happy Birthday

We have different reasons for liking Winslow Homer here at Ragtag Towers… An American artist, born on 24th February 1836 in Boston, Homer has ties to our  home county of Northumberland.  In spring 1881 at the age 45, he travelled to the UK and settled in the fishing village of Cullercoats (a village between Whitley Bay and Tynemouth)  where he stayed for 18 months. During the … Continue reading Winslow Homer: Happy Birthday