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5:10pm Thursday 23rd May 2013
Ivan Smith was left paraplegic after a road accident. Speaking during Foster Care Fortnight, he tells Joe Willis how he has not let his disability stop him making a difference to a child's life.
2:33pm Thursday 23rd May 2013
WHEN it comes to computers and the internet, I tend to rely on my children to guide me through problems. But the time is rapidly approaching when the brood will all have flown and my wife and I will have to fend for ourselves. So, when our internet connection stopped working last week, I decided to be brave and try to sort it out myself.
5:51pm Wednesday 22nd May 2013
In the age of austerity, it is right that councils examine ways of saving money which do not have a direct bearing on public services.
11:33am Wednesday 22nd May 2013
TO most modern teenagers, etiquette and deportment classes are something from a bygone era, a time when genteel young ladies were taught to glide across a room with a pile of books balanced on their heads, in between lessons in elocution and flower arranging.
10:49am Thursday 23rd May 2013
Peter Barron relives childhood memories in Whitby and tries a restaurant celebrating an anniversary.
11:14am Monday 20th May 2013
Food writer Elizabeth David would have turned 100 this year. As a collection of her recipes is published, her former editor, Jill Norman, tells Keeley Bolger how her late friend continues to influence British tastes
10:40am Tuesday 26th February 2013
AS a young girl Joan Donkin helped her father, Norman, in his cellar carpentry workshop at their home in Durham City. She enjoyed working with her hands, little knowng then how much it would stand her in good stead throughout her life.
10:59am Monday 13th May 2013
‘IT is the works tower scrubber at Fielden Bridge gasworks, which was used for the removal of ammonia and tar vapours from the gas,” says Charles Lilley, of Nunthorpe, who helped prepare the plant for demolition in 1967.
Mum At Large
Ruth on the heartaches & belly laughs that go with being a mum.
A personal view of the week's events
Weekly political commentary.
Opinion from the region's best known woman columnist who never sits on the fence
Topical weekly column from the Rector of St Michael's, Cornhill, in the City of London
A personal view of the week's events
A look at who's walking the boards in the North-East.
Peter Barron, editor of The Northern Echo since January 1999, joined the paper as a reporter in 1984. He spent a year as editor of the Hartlepool Mail before rejoining The Northern Echo as editor. He is also a former UK columnist of the Year. Sign up for my free email newsletter!
LIVING ON BENEFITS
Following this week’s row over the Government’s welfare reforms, Northern Echo reporter Chris Pleasance is taking up the challenge of living on so-called breadline benefits at £56.80 a week.
HALF MARATHON OF THE NORTH
Sports writer Richard Mason is embarking on the Half Marathon of the North - join him as he shares the pain of training for the big day.
With the days counting down to his wedding, Darlington chief reporter Andy Walker is working hard to get fit for the big day. Follow his progress here...
FRASER KICKS OFF
Football chat with The Northern Echo's chief football writer, Paul Fraser. You can follow Paul and our other sports writers on twitter via our sport page.
Chris Lloyd's Echo Memories is one of the most popular features in The Northern Echo, generating plenty of reader reaction every week. This blog aims to air as many as the letters and emails as possible, to encourage more memories and feedback, and to act as a first draft for a future column.
Colin Devonport offers a view not often aired about the positive side of the railway town with a mining past and glossy future.
Polam Hall School based in Darlington writes about the issues affecting our students today from primary to secondary education.
Button's Blog aims to give Darlington residents a unique insight into the thoughts of the town’s Neighbourhood Police Team Inspector, Mick Button. Sgt Louise Guest of Darlington Neighbourhood Policing team will also contribute.
Nigel Dowson writes about his home town of Cockfield. Nigel, who was born and bred in Cockfield, owns Jigsaw Hair Salon in Darlington and has a passion for local history.
COUNTY DURHAM COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
This blog will tell you about new funding streams available through the foundation's grant-making programmes, set up by local donors and through other partnerships including government funding.
FEEL GREAT FOR SPORT
Advice from Chartered and State Registered Physiotherapist, Paul Gough, who is known for his successful running of the physiotherapy department at Darlington Football Club for more than four years.
WENDY'S SLIMMING BLOG
Join Wendy on her weight loss journey as she looks to slim from 32st down to 10st with the help of Slimming World.
JUDITH'S DIVORCE BLOG
Reflections on divorce, separation and associated topics by Judith Middleton, Consultant at Macks Solcicitors. Judith qualified as a solicitor in 1982 and is accredited as a family law specialist by Resolution. She is also the Regional Press Officer for Resolution, Tees Valley.