The Northern Echo: What's On In The North-East

A hotel fit for a (railway) king

The Northern Echo:

5:15pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

YORK has much to thank George Hudson for. This local man dubbed “The Railway King” was one of those responsible for persuading George Stephenson that his planned London to Newcastle railway should not bypass York.

No din in the Grenadines

The Northern Echo:

5:04pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

SWEET dreams are made of this... As I sip on a frozen margarita and marvel at the moon casting its light on the inky black water lapping the island’s shore, the Eurythmics classic rings through my headphones.

King Of The Course Golf iPhone/iPad, Free

4:57pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

FRESH from Rory McIlroy’s Open success comes another gaming take on the world of golf, as EA tees up with an arcade interpretation of probably the trickiest challenge in sport. The virtual club in your hand here certainly won’t feel like the kind of thing you’ve been used to in the simulation-style iterations of the PGA’s finest, because it’s tokens representing the currency that allow you to unlock new golfers, refill your energy and retry failed challenges.

Kick Ass 2 PS3, £29.99

4:56pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

ENTER the world of the multi-million dollar film and comic franchise Kick Ass in Kick Ass 2, a no-holds-barred beat-em-up set in New York City, three to four years after the events of the first film. Central hero Dave, aka Kick Ass, has retired from fighting crime as his actions have inspired ordinary citizens to become real-life superheroes.

Blood Bath Xbox 360, £24.99

4:56pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

THE title alone should give an indication of the mature themes gratuitously explored in this third-person hack-n-slash assault on the senses. Subtle it is not, but if competing in a dystopian future literally just to stay alive is what floats your boat when you’re sitting on your sofa, you might want to read on.

Monochroma PC, £19.99

4:55pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

THIS is a sizzling cinematic puzzle platformer that takes place in an industrial-alchemic setting. In short, it’s about being a child, having a little brother, growing up, falling down and solving some puzzles, but the unusual atmospheric black and white presentation immediately sets it apart from other titles in the genre.

Back to the future

4:53pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

THERE is a well-known saying about history that goes something like “you have to know where you’ve been to know where you are going”. This is as true of garden design as it is of any other branch of history.

Get on board

The Northern Echo:

4:49pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

IF you’re looking to transform or liven up your home’s floorboards, staining or varnishing them might be the most obvious options, but painting them is the most hassle-free – and the most on-trend. Because yes, paint is more likely to show up dirt and chips, but surely that’s just shabby chic?

Capture the essence of sunshine

The Northern Echo:

4:43pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

YOU may not be able to bottle happiness, but you can capture the scents of summer, whether it’s the salty tang of the seashore, a freshly-cut lawn or a rose-scented garden.

A farewell to corsets

The Northern Echo:

4:32pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

‘GREAT War” and “fashion” together in a book title seems, at first, to jar. Something so grim paired with something we still think of as frivolous. But really, fashion, as in the clothes we wear, is just another fascinating way of viewing history.

Stories from our sisters

4:30pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

THE group waits politely as Lijie Zhang, whose name, she explains, means “beautiful and outstanding”, prepares to begin her talk on life in China. She admits to being a little nervous, but, from the moment she starts speaking, she has the audience enthralled.

For what it’s worth

The Northern Echo:

3:43pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

THE brother and sister behind the £2m bequest that kickstarted York Art Gallery’s current £8m development remain something of a mystery.

Apricotty lamb tagine

The Northern Echo:

3:18pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

Feeding the clan can result in making a multitude of meals – and Jane Kennedy has had enough. Thankfully, the mum of five has a cunning plan: one dish, two ways...

Lasagne carbonara

The Northern Echo:

3:15pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

Feeding the clan can result in making a multitude of meals – and Jane Kennedy has had enough. Thankfully, the mum of five has a cunning plan: one dish, two ways...

Yoghurt cake

The Northern Echo:

3:08pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

THIS flourless cake is one of the lightest and freshest desserts you can think of and is perfect for summer. But somehow just making and eating it makes any day of the year that little bit more summery.

All in the best possible taste

The Northern Echo:

3:06pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

OF course, it almost goes without saying that I’ve got impeccable taste. Well I would think that, wouldn’t I? Just as you probably think you have too. In fact it’s unlikely that you’ve ever met anyone who declares that their own taste to be appalling – even if it obviously is.

Turning tat into treasure

The Northern Echo:

10:16am Tuesday 29th July 2014

Kirstie’s Fill Your House For Free (C4, 8pm)

Savvy summer savings

4:51pm Monday 28th July 2014

IF you’re counting down the days until you go, while sun cream and clothes may top the list, with a little bit of preprep action you can save serious cash and prevent problems, leaving more money and time to spend on the enjoyable bits…

Teeki girls

The Northern Echo:

4:44pm Monday 28th July 2014

IF you are bored of black leggings and want to liven up your look, funky sportswear label Teeki could be a good place to turn.

The Race for Paradise by Paul M Cobb (OUP £20)

10:54am Monday 28th July 2014

SO refreshing to get a history of the Crusades from the Islamic perspective a real eye-opener in many respects. Using almost exclusively Muslim sources, Cobb paints a picture of an advanced, cultured and often Liberal society faced with waves of bloody-handed, religious zealots whose only concession to civilisation was to have a bath once a year.

Cataloguing the World by Alex Wright (OUP £18.99)

10:54am Monday 28th July 2014

THE worldwide web puts everybody in touch with everything, but if only Paul Otlet’s ideas had matured safely and successfully it would have been with us a lot earlier. How come, I hear you say.

Hercule Poirot And The Greenshore Folly by Agatha Christie (HarperCollins £12.99, ebook £1.99)

10:53am Monday 28th July 2014

AGATHA Christie wrote this novella in 1954 with the intention of donating the proceeds to her local church.

The Best Thing That Never Happened To Me by Laura Tait and Jimmy Rice (Corgi £6.99, ebook £2.48)

10:52am Monday 28th July 2014

FIRST-TIME novelists and longtime friends, Laura Tait and Jimmy Rice narrate a character each as they take on the long-asked question: Can men and women ever just be friends?

The Classic Adventures Of Paddington by Michael Bond, illustrated by Peggy Fortnum, (HarperCollins, £35)

The Northern Echo:

10:49am Monday 28th July 2014

AS children’s author Michael Bond explains in his introduction to this new collection, he stumbled across the inspiration for his most famous creation when he was panic-buying one Christmas Eve.

Royal Northern Sinfonia, Sage Gateshead

The Northern Echo:

10:46am Monday 28th July 2014

MOZART’S Flute Concerto in D, composed in a week, was a perfect choice to open the Royal Northern Sinfonia’s second Summer Chamber Series concert.

Grease, Newcastle Theatre Royal

10:45am Monday 28th July 2014

IGREW up on Grease. The film is hard-wired into the memory of generations, and with a hit-tastic score it has a lot to offer audiences and ambitious companies.

Spending on sparkles

The Northern Echo:

10:44am Monday 28th July 2014

WITH BBC1 offering wallto- wall sport, non-sports fans might be tempted to look elsewhere, particularly when an alternative is watching parents deciding that they must outdo everyone else by buying designer outfits for young Elvis or Mirana… not to mention crystalcovered dummies, hairpieces, piercings and spray tans.

The Planner by Tom Campbell (Bloomsbury £12.99, ebook £10.99)

10:51am Monday 28th July 2014

JAMES is a disillusioned public servant – spending all his time and energy planning for the future of his city, and leaving none to plan his own. That is, until he meets Felix, a suave stranger who promises to shape him in his image.

Don’t give your garden a holiday from watering

The Northern Echo:

4:36pm Friday 25th July 2014

THERE’S no reason your garden has to end up looking like a sea of straggly, wilted plants while you’re on holiday, even if you don’t have neighbours or friends who’ll water it while you are away.

Mill-ing around

The Northern Echo:

9:49am Friday 25th July 2014

Barry Nelson dusts off his clogs and tries life in a luxuriously converted old cotton mill

Chatting away

The Northern Echo: Still chatty: Alan Carr

9:34am Friday 25th July 2014

Alan Carr: Chatty Man Summer Special (Channel 4, 9pm)

Dino Jaws, New Dock Hall, Leeds

The Northern Echo: (8378734)

9:34am Friday 25th July 2014

IT'S official - the new Dino Jaws exhibition is a pile of poo. Dinosaur poo. The main attractions are ten animatronic dinosaurs, fresh from being seen by 750,000 visitors in just five months in the Hong Kong Science Museum.

‘My dad still sees me as 17’

The Northern Echo:

12:44pm Thursday 24th July 2014

JASPER Britton jokes that Henry IV is one of the great thankless roles of Shakespeare. “it’s like Antonio in the Merchant Of Venice. He gets the title role but he’s not exactly the star of the show,” says Britton who reveals that he’s a “king” who has to share a dressing room “do up my own shoes and wipe my own bum... it’s really not what I was expecting”.

Falstaff was never on Antony Sher’s wishlist

The Northern Echo:

12:41pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Viv Hardwick talks to leading Royal Shakespeare Company actors Sir Antony Sher and Jasper Britton on the eve of the latest tour to Newcastle with Henry IV Parts I & II

Country by Brian Clough

12:37pm Thursday 24th July 2014

ACCORDING to various reports country music is having an appreciation surge in the UK. A renewed interest in veterans such as Johnny Cash, who is back in the charts with a posthumous release, and Dolly Parton recently on tour in the UK with an appearance at Glastonbury, seems to have caused a roll-on effect that country is cool.

Folk by Jez Lowe

12:34pm Thursday 24th July 2014

MANY of our local folk venues are slowing down for a summer break, but I’m finding that I’m just as busy as usual despite that. I’m heading up to the picturesque surroundings of Newbiggin by the Sea, in Northumberland, this weekend for their music festival at The Maritime Centre.

Classical by Gavin Engelbrecht

12:36pm Thursday 24th July 2014

The Kristjan Jarvi Sound Project: Balkan Fever (Naive V5395), Five: James Rhodes (Instrumental Records SIGCD371) and Benjamin Britten: Three Cello Suites, A film by Paul Joyce (Signum Classics SIGDVD001)

Jazz by Peter Bevan

12:34pm Thursday 24th July 2014

What's on: Sunday, Papanosh, Bridge Hotel, Newcastle. 0191 232 6400.

Italian with a taste of Jamie

The Northern Echo:

12:31pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Sarah Foster seeks signs of Jamie Oliver’s food passion at Jamie’s Italian in Newcastle

Young touch of Madness

The Northern Echo:

12:28pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Steve Pratt chats to young performer Reece McHamon about the good and bad sides of the Madness musical Our House

Noel is ready to rock the region

The Northern Echo:

12:26pm Thursday 24th July 2014

After 11 years on the road, Noel Sullivan admits to Steve Pratt that his ‘home’ consists of a shed in Croydon

Simon set to be the son of man

The Northern Echo:

12:26pm Thursday 24th July 2014

FROM Simon Callow to Agatha Christie and Ken Dodd; chuck in a few great shows before we get to the Chuckle Brothers annual panto and Darlington Civic’s autumn programme of events has it all covered.

Rock out at the music festivals

The Northern Echo:

12:05pm Thursday 24th July 2014

STOCKTON Weekender, returns for its fourth year on Saturday 26 and Sunday, July 27.

Always Always

12:02pm Thursday 24th July 2014

TORONTO’S Alvvays are a quintet headed by Molly Rankin, progeny of the popular folk group The Rankin Family, daughter of the late John Morris Rankin, but a quite singular talent.

Judas Priest Redeemer Of Souls

12:03pm Thursday 24th July 2014

THE Metal Gods from the Midlands come pounding out of the studio in true style on their 17th studio release. All the hallmarks are here on Redeemer Of Souls, with their new guitarist Richie Faulkner slotting comfortably into the lineup.

Slow Club Complete Surrender

12:02pm Thursday 24th July 2014

ALTHOUGH hailed as Britain’s answer to the White Stripes following their formation in 2006, Sheffield-duo Slow Club’s first two albums showcased a more obvious penchant for twee indie-folk than garage-rock.

“Weird Al” Yankovic Mandatory Fun

12:01pm Thursday 24th July 2014

THE Californian parodist – whose real name is Alfred Matthew Yankovic – has indicated that his 14th studio album, the last of his Sony contract, could be his last altogether, as the YouTube era necessitates a change of approach.

King Creosote From Scotland With Love

12:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

SCOTTISH star Kenny Anderson, aka King Creosote, has had a rough time of it since the success of his collaboration with Jon Hopkins on Diamond Mine.

Love, death, sex and James

The Northern Echo:

11:54am Thursday 24th July 2014

JAMES returned with a new album earlier this year, six years after their previous work. In the life of most bands, it would seem monumental, a comeback or heralded return.

Booker T Jones and Bettye Lavette: Sage, Gateshead

The Northern Echo: (8499055)

10:12am Thursday 24th July 2014

AS the three day Summertyne Festival at The Sage reached its finale it was fitting that a mouth-watering double bill featuring Bettye LaVette and Booker T Jones brought the event to a close.

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