There’s no smoke without fire!
Perceptions and/or deceptions
I had some pictures to drop off and was just driving back into South Shields town centre when I spotted the huge pall of smoke rising into the sky
“somewhere down by the river or Town Hall”, I told Mrs. Curly.
As we approached the Town Hall I thought that it was rather a lot of smoke, perhaps they were burning a load of old rubbish leaflets belonging to the Independent Alliance or even the mystical missing ballot boxes, but no, my perceptions were wrong again, it was definitely down by the river, this time I plumped for Aker McNulty’s yard. Wrong again, as we got down to Commercial Road I knew it had been a deception.
“The wood yards at Tyne Dock” Mrs. Curly suggested,
yet as we drove along the Jarrow Road it was plain that her perceptions were wrong too, by now the plumes of smoke had begun to resemble one of those monstrous tornadoes that rip through the mid west of America. There was an acrid burning smell permeating through the car as we headed towards Victoria Road and from Jarrow it was plain to see that there was a large fire in……….Wallsend, yes, it must be Wallsend.
Did a drop in Hebburn and decided that this fire was not going to deceive me again so we headed for the Riverside Park and it was obvious from the marina that this enormous conflagration was taking place somewhere in either Walker or Byker, (click the thumbnail below for a larger view). By then I had tuned to BBC Radio Newcastle to discover the truth, yes the sheer size of this fire had played tricks with our perceptions and deceived us both, apparently the plume of smoke, now rising some 500 feet into the air, could be seen by listeners as far away as Redcar, Hartlepool, Durham, Alnwick, and the Farne Islands! Another media event not to be missed today, with all sorts of misinformation fed into the mix.
Which reminds me, Andy Hughes, a reporter for the Newcastle Journal and Chronicle had another story published today (was it perhaps based on old rumours?) , which apparently went up in smoke – at least in their internet editions – “independent” Cllr. Potts appears to be pleased that that one has ended up as ashes, but the embers remain and his detractors at least want to see the end of another deception, that of announcing his resignation, but….err……not just yet.
My nostrils tell me that there is a smouldering fire burning beneath the Conservatives in the Jarrow constituency and it should have been extinguished some time ago, left untended, these fires can suddenly blow up in your face again!
I think this may also have been the “big one” that someone wanted to drop into my ear on Tuesday, you just never know with the amount of misinformation that floats around in South Tyneside…….
Now, I thought I linked those two together rather neatly!