For many years Newcastle has been in decline with the once bustling city centre a virtual ghost town. But things are changing thanks to projects like Renew Newcastle whose aim is to revitalise the city centre by offering cheap space to quirky business pursuits and artists. When I moved to Newcastle a few months ago I decided that I would consider the experience as if it were a residency. So with fresh eyes I am exploring the city and its environs. So far I have noticed lots of 'idiot' graffiti, a rather large proportion of Kombi vans and that people quite like to converse with each other from the comfort of their cars.