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Nick Fogg

Length: 1.09 mins
Date: January 2005
Subject: Newcastle
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Title: Newcastle

Nick was born and brought up in Newcastle and loves it.

However, he feels it doesn't always get shown in a very positive light in the media.

Nick accepts that, as with other former industrial cities, Newcastle hasn't always been the most glamorous of cities. However, for some time now, Newcastle's been a fantastic-looking, exciting place to be and Nick thinks it needs to be reflected more in the way it's portrayed.

Nick made this film in Newcastle's newly-refurbished Leazes Park.

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Miles, California, USA
I couldn't agree more with Nick. I first visited Newcastle as part of my winter vacation from college two years ago, having never been to the UK before. Without a doubt, it has some of the best nightlife I have seen in the country. Plus the things to do in around the city and area are numerous. The attitude of the Geordies to their city and culture put away any images of industrial grime I had in my head.

Stu, Newcastle
I have lived in Newcastle for 13 years and although the city has been tranformed, many people have not - orange people (fake tans), orange cheese (that stuff they sell in supermarkets), copious smoking and the jolly Geordies 'on the drink' are all laughed at around the country - not unique to Newcastle but it is certainly more prevalant up here. They have invested in 'culture', but to many, that 'culture' is two weeks in Benidorm with the whole family once a year watching footy and eating fry ups - that is why many may not see Newcastle in a positive light.

George, London
Having left the north-east 40 years ago, I probably notice the immense improvements more than the locals. The vast majority here in the south-east have never visited the area and completely fail to appreciate its people, scenery and atmosphere. These days, I find that people who have visited the area comment more on the cold climate than on industry and dirt. This is something we cannot change, although global warming will surely improve this aspect.

Dave, Manchester
I've lived in Manchester for 4 months now, and previously 3 years, and when I say I'm from Newcastle, people either say "I've heard it's a great night out there", or "the people are really friendly". It's true, I'm proud to say I'm from Newcastle and I'm extremely proud of the city.

Marilyn, USA
I am an American with a very close friend who is a Geordie. I've visited Newcastle now several times and have found it to be an interesting and appealing city with an equally interesting (industrialized) past. I am aware of the way that Newcastle is sometimes viewed negatively within England, I believe mostly because of its past association with mining and other low-paid and low-status occupations, but as I've said, to me it's an interesting culture and vibrant place to visit!

Bobbi, Middle East
I'm so pleased to see someone finally sticking up for Newcastle, so many people have a jaded view of Newcastle and the north in general that opinion south of the Watford gap can be at best disheartening and at worst offensive. Newcastle is one of the UK's best cities and should be celebrated as such, where else will you find culture, fun and friendliness in such abundance?
Nick's right, there's never a boring day in Newcastle, and everywhere you look there's something going on and people striving to improve themselves and their city. People have a genuine love for each other and their surroundings. No matter where you are from you'll feel welcome and at home there. I love Newcastle and, like Nick, would urge anyone to visit.
In fact, I love it so much I'm moving back there from the Middle East next month and I'm not even a native.

Paul 'Reggy' Redhead, Newcastle
i totally agree with the issues in this short piece Nick has produced. in my experience Newcastle is still regarded as a dirty place to live. films such as 'Get Carter' made in the 60's still form the basis for many people's opinions of the city, even though it is 30 years old. i hope that this derogatory attitude towards this wonderful city will change. And soon!

Graham, Edinburgh
I think to understand what the uk public feel about the north east you need to live outside it. I'm from newcastle but have lived in various locations in the last 12 years, when i say im from there i hear nothing but positive opinions and views of the north east. 20 years ago it had bad press, but thats such an outdated view that I've not heard for years. All i hear now is that newcastle is still on the up, with jobs and the economy increasing each year. The quayside, the bridge, sage, angel of the north, metrocentre, and female clubbers never wearing coats to go out - thats what people i have met think about newcastle.

Danny, Manchester
Since moving to Manchester five years ago the majority of people have positive views of Newcastle, the usual comment is 'I've heard it is an amazing night out' and those who have visited have showered nothing but praise on the City. I visit regulaly and still think it is one of the most beautiful cities in England. In comparison i think it looks far more attractive than Manchester (although I love the city as well).

Catherine, Nottingham
I agree with Nick's opinion. When I first came to Uni in Nottingham a lot of people made fun of my accent, quoting Byker Grove and calling me Scottish. All of this was done in jest, but a few people did seem to think Newcastle was still a dirty, industrialized place to live. Most of my friends are from the south and Nottingham is the furthest north they've ever been. I suppose until you've visited a place the only opinion you'll have will be formed by what you've heard in the past.


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