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

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

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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.

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)

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.

Jazz by Peter Bevan

12:34pm Thursday 24th July 2014

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

Alan Ayckbourn's The Boy Who Fell Into A Book Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

The Northern Echo: Evelyn Hoskins as Kevin Carter in The Boy Who Fell Into A Book

10:12am Thursday 24th July 2014

THE name Alan Ayckbourn is above the title and he also directs, putting the seal of approval on this musical version of his 1998 play about a boy who finds himself inside the pages of his favourite (and some not-so-favourite) books.

A right bunch of sparklers

The Northern Echo: From Brite Spark FilmsDIAMOND GEEZERThursday 24th July 2014 on ITV Pictured: Michael Lynton who has been creating bespoke jewellery in Hatton Garden for over 40 years  wears magnifying glasses at his studioIn new ITV documentary Diamond Geezers, cameras h

10:10am Thursday 24th July 2014

Diamond Geezers (ITV, 9pm), Commonwealth Games (BBC1, 7pm) and Amazing Spaces – Shed of the Year (Channel 4, 8pm)

On your marks, get set, watch

The Northern Echo: Programme Name: The Commonwealth Games 2014 - TX: 23/07/2014 - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows:  Clare Balding, Hazel Irvine, Gabby Logan, Gary Lineker - (C) BBC - Photographer: Todd Antony  (8368394)

9:57am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Commonwealth Games: Opening Ceremony, Emergency Bikers and This Old Thing: The Vintage Clothes Show

Good Timin' at Newcastle Live Theatre

The Northern Echo: Ian Mclaughlin

9:57am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THIS time it's personal. Improv performer and star of 100-plus commercials Ian Mclaughlin wants to tell you a story. One that's close to his heart - the search for the father he never knew.

Disney as Sunderland International Airshow

The Northern Echo: Planes 2 is landing at a cinema near you soon

9:55am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

AHEAD of Planes 2: Fire & Rescue being released in cinemas on August 8, Disney will be attending the Sunderland International Airshow on July 26 – 27, accompanied by a fully-interactive fire truck.

Summer Chamber Series, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Sage Gateshead

The Northern Echo: Royal Northern Sinfonia (8513548)

8:40am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Mozart’s Flute Concerto in D, composed in a mere week, was a perfect choice to open the Royal Northern Sinfonia’s second Summer Chamber Series concert at Sage Gateshead.

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.



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