i agree with nailpolish ..newcastle the friendliest place ive ever been.i went for a weekend last year and it amazed me how many people said hello to me in the street.
coming from the south that never happens here.
as for school playgrounds ive found if your kids havent been to playschool,nursery and school together then your not worth knowing.
Agree newcastle is a friendly place, being half geordie myself, but it's so COLD!
Also my father was an arse of the highest order, and apparently still is from stories I have heard. I had a geordie bf who was slightly less of an arse, but i realise these aren't typical of the geordies on the whole. Love geordie accents I do.