Advent Calendar Day 18: Christmas Music with Kate Edwards

Number 18

Christmas Music with Kate Edwards

This is ‘Lonely This Christmas’, a song originally written and performed by the British band Mud in 1974. It was Christmas Number One at the time and is a very popular Christmas song still.

 I am a member of an experimental pop band in the North East of England called Brilliant Mind. A few years ago, Brilliant Mind did a cover of ‘Lonely This Christmas’, and dedicated the ending of the song to all the places in the North East where it might be lonely at Christmas! Our singer, Calum, lists lots of names of places that can be found in the North East such as Durham and lesser known places like Coxhoe and Warkworth.

You can find out more about Brilliant Mind here:

I also write and perform my songs myself, and released my debut single ‘Every Key’ at the start of the month. Here is a link to my website:


It seems to my that Newcastle Upon Tyne is know in part for it’s football team, and even more for its fans. But then it is also known for its bridges. Didn’t they make it onto the 1 pound coins?

Tyne Bridge

I lived in Newcastle for 2 years, then I went to Poland and came back for a semester (of which I actually spend most of the time in the south of France) to finish my Bachelors degree. Now it has been 5 years since I have not been back.

During my time in Newcastle I attended many concerts, and wrote a whole lot of reviews (not for every concert I went to, I did have to study a bit too after all) I had the chance to interview quite a few bands, and was a very active member of the student radio station. In my first year I hosted one radio show, and then in the second year hosted two, was head of music and was busy conversing with record labels and band managers.

Once I went to a game of Newcastle United, which definitely is an experience. Did you know that you have to keep the score yourself?!

Millenium Bridge with the Baltic Museum in Gateshead in the background

Even though I was quite active, I must confess that I took my time before starting to explore the Toon to truly discover its soul. Well once I did, I was on fire, and took a lot of pictures, of which some have been lost, and others are still cherished and hopefully safe. In my second year I discovered that the beach was accessible by metro! I did a crazy photoshoot at Hadrian’s Wall wearing fairy wings, but never saw the outcome. I somehow managed to not see the angel of the north.

And then I started going on exploring trips all by myself. I wandered through the non-student areas of town. Posh office districts, that had facades that reminded me of Paris. Steep streets and many hidden gems to photograph. Walks by the Tyne river, made me awe at the beauty of this deindustrialized city.

Tyne Bridge and Newcastle’s other bridges

Today, I want to share with you some long forgotten pictures I took of the Tyne Bridge, the Millennium Bridge (I no longer remembered that it could flip to let ships pass), and the other bridges which span across the Tyne between Newcastle and Gateshead.

Millenium Bridge flipped, with the Sage at Gateshead and the Tyne Bridge in the background

I would like to thank both Ula and Gulara to have nominated me to participate in the Five Photos Five Stories Challenge. I met Ula through the A to Z Challenge, and then met Gulara through Ula where she was a guest. I would like to invite you to check out both blogs, which are truly inspiring and beautiful.

This challenge has pushed me to rummage through my old photos, start properly backing up my pictures, and write a little bit every day. It has also helped me reflect on what I want to do personally and professionally.

Today, marks my firth entry into the challenge, at the beginning, I said that I might do it twice, thus for 10 days. Now having already skipped a day, I have had a change in plans. I want to share old photographs and their stories every once in a while.

Text and photos (hosted on flickr) by Solveig Werner

Now, like the last few days, I am meant to nominate a fellow blogger to participate in the five photos, five stories challenge, but so many of the bloggers I follow and appreciate reading, have already joined. Thus today I would like the nomination to be open. Let me tell you, do it! It makes you explore so many different things.

The rules of the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge are:

1) Post a photo each day for five consecutive days.
2) Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or a short paragraph. It’s entirely up to the individual.
3) Nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation. This is fun, not a command performance