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Today we went to the Metrocentre which is the biggest shopping centre in all of Europe. After that we went to the Scotland vs Samoa game with my Scottish cousin Nick, and Leaine and Frank came too and I was supporting Scotland and they won 36 to 33.
Then when the game ...
Today we drove to Newcastle and went to see Hadrian's wall at Wallsend because that was where the wall started. It was the site of a Roman fort called Segendunum and I got a Roman coin with Hadrian on it.
Woke up at 7am after going to bed at 4am. Decided to bike to the rental car place as it would take ages to walk. Olly had two bikes so he rode the shittier one and I rode the other one while Darryn sat on the seat behind me trying to keep his legs out of the way. It was quite difficult but we got there eventually. Got our little VW Golf, got some car snacks and then headed north for Newcastle. Olly was guiding us with the data on his phone but about ...
... in plenty of time, whereupon we joined 50000 springbok fans and the 5000 scots who weren't too cheap to shell out the big coin, in watching a great battle and an amazing Scottish try. A few beers later (but no Newcastle brown ale to be found!), I was back on the standing room only first class train back to London, arriving around midnight. Managed to watch. Bit of Australia taking England out of the tournament on a fellow passenger's smart ...
... in for a look around the harbour and cottages. Craster is tiny and less touristy than the Yorkshire resorts. As we reached the harbour wall I saw something black splash into the sea. I thought someone had fallen overboard but quickly realised there was no boat to fall out of. Then the splash reappeared and we could see that it was a pod of dolphins very close to the wall. They must have been following fish as they slowly drifted northwards accompanied by birds which ...