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

No more monkey business

The Northern Echo:

4:49pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

WHILE most people want to stay forever young, Andy Serkis is relieved his latest character has grown up. But then, it is an ape.

Cheap and cheerful Cyprus

The Northern Echo:

4:34pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

IF you are looking for a holiday that combines azure seas and blue skies with healthy portions of history and delicious local food, Northern Cyprus will tick all the boxes. Add to that the fact the your spending money will go a long, long way and it’s almost too good to resist.

Down on the farm

The Northern Echo:

4:08pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

DRIVING to Dolphinholme, a campsite in Lancaster that is part of the Feather Down Farms group, I must admit that I felt like crying.

A riot of colour

3:53pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

I HAVE been very excited by the Mediterranean border in recent weeks, as it’s suddenly become a riot of colour. This border was only created a couple of years ago, after an insightful trip to RHS Garden Wisley, and is now coming into its own.

Showered with praise

The Northern Echo:

3:22pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

IRECENTLY went to a discussion on multigenerational homes with experts from Mira Showers. There was a plumber, a psychologist, an architect and an interior designer, and they all made me realise just how much is involved in buying a new shower.

Museum mix ‘n’ match

The Northern Echo:

3:12pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THEY bring history, science and art to life. A peaceful amble around a museum can transport you to a faraway – sometimes even fantastical – world.

The war that changed us all

The Northern Echo:

2:14pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THE curators of York Castle Museum’s latest exhibition, 1914: When The World Changed Forever, wanted it to be more than a commemoration of war.

Woolly wonders

The Northern Echo:

11:57am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

WHEN Carole and Clyde Burn started thinking about retirement, they knew they wanted to find something enjoyable and meaningful to fill the days.

The Jayhawks, The Sage, Gateshead

The Northern Echo:

11:25am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

MAKING an all too rare appearance on these shores, Minneapolis alternative Country Rockers, The Jayhawks were back for a short tour.

Vin Garbutt, Bishop Auckland Town Hall

The Northern Echo: Vin Garbutt

11:24am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

IT ISN’T often you meet a man who loves his audience as much as Vin Garbutt does.

Going for gold

The Northern Echo:

11:23am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

ONE of the greatest cyclists of all time, Sir Chris Hoy admits he feels kind of silly on reflection concerning “all those sleepness nights, about riding a bike in a circle”.

Women at war

The Northern Echo:

4:56pm Monday 21st July 2014

WITH glossy, white hair and wearing a floral knee-length fitted dress and heels, Kate Adie looks very different from the flak-jacketed war correspondent who first appeared on our TV screens in the Eighties.

Nasi goreng pataya

The Northern Echo:

4:42pm Monday 21st July 2014

FORGET fancy terrines and delicate jus, if you want to impress chef Tony Singh, just heat up some baked beans and offer him some sparkling company. Here is one of his recipes for you to try.

Berry jelly, oat crunch and whisky cream cheese

The Northern Echo:

4:36pm Monday 21st July 2014

FORGET fancy terrines and delicate jus, if you want to impress chef Tony Singh, just heat up some baked beans and offer him some sparkling company. Here is one of his recipes for you to try.

Lamb with minted pears and apricots

The Northern Echo:

4:33pm Monday 21st July 2014

THIS week’s recipe uses the classic combination of lamb with mint. I’m not a great fan of traditional mint sauce as I think the vinegar detracts from the sweetness of the meat but I can see why people like it. Here, fresh mint is used which lifts both the lamb and the fruit and makes for a complete, easy yet classy dish.

Licensed to kill

The Northern Echo:

4:30pm Monday 21st July 2014

I REMEMBER my father telling me that he never took a driving test, which could have been rather worrying if it were not for the fact that he was a very practical person and drove at least 25,000 miles a year.

Time to chill out

4:20pm Monday 21st July 2014

HOME or abroad, a dramatic rise in the barometer can mean chaos for your beauty regime. There’s the make-up meltdown, sweaty complexion and an odour that’s far removed from your usual signature scent.

Three sets of siblings to take to the stage

The Northern Echo: IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR STREET: Christian and Caitlin Calgie, from Great Ayton, preparing for their roles in Our House in York.

3:46pm Monday 21st July 2014

THREE sets of siblings from the Hambleton area will be taking to the stage this summer for a large theatre production.

Shed Seven's Rick Witter: Glad we were part of the last major musical movement

The Northern Echo: 90s favourites: Shed Seven

3:24pm Monday 21st July 2014

NINETIES indie band Shed Seven play the Stockton Weekender on July 26. Matt Westcott spoke to frontman Rick Witter.

Mixing business with partying

The Northern Echo:

3:13pm Monday 21st July 2014

AS a busy mum of two, Lynsey Caizley, was forever organising children’s parties, but it was only this year she decided to draw on her skills and launch her own online venture, Bella & Frannie Party Supplies.

A nice little number

The Northern Echo:

2:37pm Monday 21st July 2014

THE most remarkable thing about Number 4, a cafe and gift shop in Langley Park, on the outskirts of Durham, is that it is unexpected.

Husband and wife music duo in town

The Northern Echo: Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson, who will appear at Durham's Gala Theatre

1:31pm Monday 21st July 2014

A HUSBAND and wife soul duo are in the North-East this weekend (Saturday, July 26).

Birth of a royal sequel

The Northern Echo:

10:02am Monday 21st July 2014

Children’s book of the week: Happy Birthday Royal Baby! by Martha Mumford, illustrated by Ada Grey

Compelling Slaughter

10:01am Monday 21st July 2014

Author with 30m sales is back with another killer plot

Best sellers: Hardbacks

9:59am Monday 21st July 2014

1. How to Build a Girl, Caitlin Moran

Short story time

9:58am Monday 21st July 2014

JUST a reminder that the closing date for entries to our Room To Write Short Story Competition is coming up, so get those entries packaged up and sent (together with a £5 cheque payable to Room to Write) to Gillian Wales, Room To Write, Briarhurst, Byron Avenue, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 5AP.

Goodbye guv

The Northern Echo: Gavin Spokes in One Man, Two Guvnors

9:50am Monday 21st July 2014

ONE man, no guvnors is the best description for award-winning National Theatre boss Sir Nicholas Hytner, who is taking his hugely successful comedy One Man, Two Govnors back out on tour to Newcastle, Sunderland and York before stepping down as artistic director.

Tonight's TV highlights, July 21

The Northern Echo: Programme Name: Clothes To Die For - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: A woman holding a picture of her missing relative at the collapse site of the Rana Plaza Factory, Savar, Bangladesh.  - (C) Taslima Akhter - Photographer: Taslima Akhte

9:50am Monday 21st July 2014

Clothes To Die For, Kevin Bridges: Live at the Commonwealth and Police Interceptors

Nell Bryden - Wayfarer

The Northern Echo: (8392573)

12:20am Saturday 19th July 2014

NOT previously renowned for such upbeat songs, Nell Bryden is hoping to break new ground with this release.

Attenborough takes action for butterflies

The Northern Echo:

2:54pm Friday 18th July 2014

Hannah Stephenson meets Sir David Attenborough for the launch of the Big Butterfly Count

Good enough to eat: Raspberries

The Northern Echo:

2:51pm Friday 18th July 2014

THERE’S nothing like the intense flavour of homegrown raspberries in summer, which are always expensive to buy in the shops but pretty easy to grow yourself.

Best of the bunch: Salvia

The Northern Echo:

2:50pm Friday 18th July 2014

A PLANT loved by landscapers and novice gardeners alike for its colour and structure, the salvia is the Horticultural Trades Association’s Plant of the Month for July.

What to do this week

2:50pm Friday 18th July 2014

Reduce the lengths of wisteria tendrils by half.

The Importance Of Being Earnest, York

The Northern Echo:

10:32am Friday 18th July 2014

WHAT a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago Yorkbased Theatre Mill made its debut with a production of Oscar Wilde’s, comedy The Importance Of Being Earnest at the Lord Mayor’s residence.

A mini Glastonbury

The Northern Echo:

10:20am Friday 18th July 2014

IF recent coverage of the Glastonbury Festival has left you hankering for a weekend of cool music then it’s time to get your tickets for next month’s Beacons Festival.

Digging for victory

The Northern Echo:

10:17am Friday 18th July 2014

Two families experience the thrills of Diggerland Durham

Elgar launches Proms season

The Northern Echo:

10:31am Friday 18th July 2014

THE largest classical music festival in the world opens this week with Edward Elgar’s Biblical oratorio The Kingdom, a 90-minute performance which should wow classical music fans.

The loveliest spot

The Northern Echo:

10:11am Friday 18th July 2014

Christine Fieldhouse walks in the footsteps of a literary great

La Roux: Trouble In Paradise

11:11am Thursday 17th July 2014

IT’S been five years since electropop then-duo La Roux (now the stagename of just singer/ keyboardist/producer Elly Jackson, since bandmate Ben Langmaid left this year) released their selftitled debut - earning places in the charts and national consciousness thanks to stunning earworms In For The Kill and Bulletproof.

Sebastien Tellier: L’Aventura

11:09am Thursday 17th July 2014

WIDELY remembered for his eccentric Eurovision entry, Divine, in 2008, Frenchman Sebastien Tellier’s sixth album is a collection of songs which fit the traditional chanson form.

Richard Thompson: Acoustic Classics

11:09am Thursday 17th July 2014

NOW 65, Richard Thompson OBE’s place in the pantheon of folk greats is assured. Best known as a founder member of Fairport Convention and for his work with ex-wife Linda, Thompson is a virtuoso guitar player, as is amply demonstrated by these acoustic versions of some of his best-known songs.

Jason Mraz: YES!

11:08am Thursday 17th July 2014

ON this fifth album, the San Diegobased troubadour teams up with long-time friends and collaborators, like female rock-folk band Raining Jane on backing accompaniment throughout the 14 tracks.

Morrissey: World Peace Is None Of Your Business

The Northern Echo:

11:08am Thursday 17th July 2014

IT SEEMS that years in the musical wilderness benefit Morrissey. The first album from the former Smiths frontman in five years, is his best album since 2004’s You Are The Quarry, which also came after a lengthy absence.

Holy Spirit gave Marc hope

The Northern Echo:

11:06am Thursday 17th July 2014

Marc Ford, former Black Crowes guitarist, talks to Matt Westcott about his solo career

Suitable comic

The Northern Echo:

10:48am Thursday 17th July 2014

FRANK Skinner reveals that his aim of seeking an amusing rapport with his audiences can get him into trouble. “I love interacting with the audience,”

Comedy with a touch of time lord

The Northern Echo:

10:46am Thursday 17th July 2014

THE project began when improvisation comic Ian Mclaughlin told Newcastle’s Live Theatre artistic director Max Roberts a story in the pub. A very personal story as it turned out – the performer’s search for his father.

Five minutes with... Simon Fowler This

The Northern Echo:

10:59am Thursday 17th July 2014

This year, Split Festival has been fortunate enough to grab Simon Fowler and Oscar Harrison of Ocean Colour Scene to perform their critically-lauded acoustic set. We caught up with Simon to pick his brains and his back catalogue

Magical guest for killer event

The Northern Echo:

10:42am Thursday 17th July 2014

AN exclusive appearance by J K Rowling, writing as Robert Galbraith is one of the star attractions at this year’s Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival takes place between today and Sunday, at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate.

The Jimmy Buffett Collection: Sun, Sea and Margaritas

10:40am Thursday 17th July 2014

JIMMY Buffett is a major musical superstar in America and this new double CD release proves his musical worth. In 1970 his first folk/rocksounding album Down To Earth gave him recognisable success, although at the time he could still be found busking in New Orleans.

Festivals come to Tyneside

10:40am Thursday 17th July 2014

THERE’S a couple of local festivals happening this weekend, both on Tyneside, but vastly different in scale and content.



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