Earlier this year I decided to fulfill a long held ambition to find out what running a Low End Box entailed and found somebody to teach me. After a few days instruction I had one running for $10 annually and then paid for three more so I now have four Virtual Private Servers running in New York, one of which hosts this blog.

What I hadn’t bargained for was the downtime. Because it is so cheap (£7pa) I think they have over promised and under delivered in other words I think they have more customers than they have server space for so rotate the rented server space i.e. 95% uptime instead of the 99.999% uptime you get with more expensive hosting.

There is no way of predicting when the VPS will be down and out of the four I rent, one may be down at any time, normally for at least 24 hours and more often for a number of days.

So if you can’t connect to this blog one day, sorry. It’s not that I’ve closed the blog it’s just that for $10 a year I don’t get a 24/7 service. There’s always https://singleaspect.wordpress.com/ as an alternative which is the same thing in a different format.

We’re moving – slowly

November 22nd, 2018

This is the first step in a six month move. I have decided that for two reasons it is time to move the blog. The first reason is financial, there is no reason to go on paying for domain name hosting and server space with the administration this involves, when the blog can sit on a WordPress.com platform troublefree.

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Contact

November 14th, 2018

I have dropped my email address from this blog owing to a deluge of spam. If you want to get in touch with the author of the Single Aspect Blog leave a comment under any article and I will respond to you in due course.

World War 1

November 11th, 2018

I cannot begin to comprehend the First World War. I have never understood war at all, beyond the occasional need perhaps for two angry men to knock seven bells out of each other to settle a misunderstanding in a pub. I have never ever understood why these differences of opinion have to be extended to encompass entire nations and destroy civilisations. So today when I read this Tweet from Tom Cordell I thought yes, I agree with you and that’s why I’m posting it here.

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I was planning to write this up and perhaps one day I will. But the closer I look the more the subject grows and the less I actually know about the district. You can see my walk above and I met some interesting people but life is taking over and this will have to wait. Likewise Byker. So I’ll leave these notes here for anybody else planning to go.

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My walking route from Sainsburys High Heaton. Yellow pins points of interest, many missed though later research found them.

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Jesmond – research notes

November 8th, 2017

Faulkner, Beacock and Jones (<£10 on Amazon)

A building list in the order in which they appear in the book –  with notes from Pevsner Northumberland when found.

“Jesmond was no more than a village up to the middle of the C19th when it became the residential suburb for the wealthiest inhabitants. The monuments reflect both these aspects.” p254/5 [1]

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North Shields in the sunshine

October 20th, 2017

I like North Shields. Its impressive collection of buildings on Howard Street, and along from the ferry to Fish Quay and beyond are ample reason to praise it as one of the most attractive districts of North Tyneside.

I came to know it gradually, firstly Howard Street in fading light at the end of a long day in Hebburn, Tynemouth and Whitley Bay. Then in bright sunshine three days later one afternoon when the walk East from the ferry along New Quay, past the former Northumberland Arms (aka the Jungle) and then the former Porthole and Golden Fleece (now architects offices) to Union Quay showed the area at its best.

Later up the steps to High Town past the High Light and up Howard Street in the evening sunlight watching the DFDS ferry leave for Amsterdam.


Another look at North Shields

Deepest Tyneside: a trip around North Shields


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A wet walk round Tynemouth

October 20th, 2017

Misty Priory

Below the intention outlined in blue. Above the reality seen through rain. We’ll start with my wet arrival in Tynemouth and come back to the housing search further down the page.

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A flying visit to Hebburn

October 18th, 2017

St Andrews Hebburn

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