Category: North East England



These pictures of hoverflies were taken whilst doing Macro shots in my garden. They are interesting insects that will come up and hover near you, they look like they are staring at you, which I would like to think they are.

The following shots are taken with my Nikon P900 Camera which a Macro Filter screwed onto the lens.

I love how the wings are blurred which indicates how fast these insects move their wings to hover in one place.

The first two pictures show the same hoverfly at different angles. This particular hoverfly was doomed as a robber fly snatched it out of thin air and flew off with it. This happened within seconds of me taking the photos.

Robber flies (Asilidae family) are true flies that prey on other insects for food. They have disturbing dining habits too; they pierce their victim’s body with a sharp proboscis and then inject paralysing saliva into it. The saliva contains enzymes which digest the prey from the inside out.; they literally suck out the resulting soup, nice!!!

More about Hoverflies here:

More about Robber Flies here:

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5th Anniversary of ‘Thunder Thursday’

5th Anniversary of ‘Thunder Thursday’

This iconic image is a video still taken during the infamous ‘Thunder Thursday’ thunderstorm event that happened 5 years ago on June 28th, 2012, the image shows lightning striking the Tyne Bridge that spans the River Tyne between Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Gateshead in North East England. The fact that this day is still remembered shows the impact and enormity of the thunderstorms that hit many parts of the UK during that day.

The supercell thunderstorms were caused by cold air riding over very warm humid air; this caused the warm air to surge upwards, creating large thunderclouds. This video will explain it:

The storms produced a large amount of rain, large hail, numerous lightning strikes and even a tornado. Here are a collection of videos to give you an idea of the storm that hit the North East of England with Newcastle and surrounding areas being worst hit:

Crook Hall and Gardens

Crook Hall and Gardens


When you visit Durham City in North East England, plan a visit Crookhall and Gardens. (Twitter: @CrookHall).

The gardens are full of history with little secluded areas, beautiful flowers and ornamental sculptures and statues.

You can also visit the The Medieval Hall which is the oldest part of Crook Hall.

Here are a few pictures I have taken over the years. You can also view the photos in the Crook Hall Flickr Album via this link:

Crook Hall House
Mike Neville At 80

Mike Neville At 80

Mike Neville MBE was the face of North East News on both Look North (BBC North East and Cumbria) and Tyne Tees (ITV). He was a friendly face that I grew up with, he could be serious and then be very witty; he is an absolute legend. Radio Tyneside interviewed Mike at his home on the 16th October 2016, a day before his 80th Birthday.

Mike Neville, for over 30 years, presented Look North on BBC tv as well as working for itv. In 2016 he turned 80 years old and in this programme he talks to Dave Nicholson about his life and chooses some of his favourite music. As well, a number of his former colleagues remember working with him including Pam Royle, Bob Johnson and BBC newsreader Nicholas Owen.