9:41am Tuesday 9th February 2016
SAVE for a bit of a scrum at the bar of the Parcels Yard, the newish – and pricey – pub above the concourse, all seemed peaceful at Kings Cross station last Wednesday.
7:52am Tuesday 9th February 2016
PRESIDENT Obama, according to US law, will have to quite the White House before the end of 2016. He is said to be concerned about his legacy – what great achievements will he be remembered for? It depends on your perspective. Among Americans, Obama’s popularity is as low as it’s ever been and this is because US citizens have at last twigged that the Great Talker is a great talker, and that’s all. Is there a fresh crisis in the Middle East? Yes, there’s a new one every week. Don’t worry, the president will make a pretty speech about it. Unfortunately, he will do nothing else and the crises will keep coming. Is Russia meddling dangerously in Ukraine, threatening the Baltic countries and reviving the Cold War? It does look rather like that. Never mind, Mr Obama will saturate the whole scenario under an ocean of fine words. If rhetoric were statesmanship, Obama would be the most outstanding politician since Pericles (495-429 BC).
9:40am Tuesday 9th February 2016
The Headline Challenge is played out every week day between The Northern Echo and BBC Tees. You can play along by following @echopeterbarron and @alibrownlee on Twitter.
9:59am Monday 8th February 2016
EVEN now, 54 years on, Irene still needs to wipe away tears and take a deep breath as she remembers the day she gave birth to her son – January 2, 1962.
8:51am Friday 5th February 2016
MADE it! At last I’m going to the supermarket. I’m so excited. Today’s the day I’ll buy loo rolls, coffee, butter, yoghurt, out of season veg, crispy salads and other treats. Other people give up drinking for January. I give up shopping.
12:50pm Thursday 4th February 2016
I FIRST stepped out onto a dancefloor to the scorched vocal chords of shock-rocker extraordinaire, Marilyn Manson.
8:28pm Thursday 4th February 2016
I’VE been walking round all week with a crick in my neck all week, looking up at the sky in the hope of seeing a nacreous cloud.
9:46am Tuesday 2nd February 2016
AS the Campaign for Real Ale would cheerfully confirm, the John Bull in Alnwick is one of the finest pubs in North-East England.
10:51am Monday 1st February 2016
HAVING become old and well-stricken in years, I thought I might read an article in that famous woman’s magazine The Daily Telegraph about how to continue to enjoy a good sex life when you’re getting on.
8:09am Monday 1st February 2016
IT was nothing short of a joy to host the Darlington Schools Eurovision Song Contest at the town's Civic Theatre last week.
8:59am Friday 29th January 2016
WELL done, Kate Chisholm. The headteacher of Skerne Park Academy in Darlington has caused a national furore by her polite letter to parents suggesting that, instead of turning up in PJs and slippers, they might actually get dressed before they bring their children to school,
8:18am Thursday 28th January 2016
STUART Monk began to stutter. He was struggling to get his words out. He was not speaking in sentences, but paraphrases of different meanings strung together.
2:19pm Thursday 28th January 2016
MIDDLESBROUGH’S new signing, Gaston Ramirez, has both delighted and surprised me. Delighted, because he comes from the town of Fray Bentos – “the kitchen of the world”; and surprised, because he is Uruguayan.
11:11am Thursday 28th January 2016
So sad to hear my old journalism lecturer at Darlington College, Robin Crowther, has died.
8:35am Thursday 28th January 2016
EVER since we took the boys to see illusionist Derren Brown in London in December, 13-year-old Albert has been obsessed with magic. While the rest of us came away from the show amazed by what we had seen, Albert emerged determined to master the art of the seemingly impossible.
3:52pm Wednesday 27th January 2016
THEY’RE a famous concept in cricket – or certainly in cricket poetry: “the run stealers”.
10:16am Tuesday 26th January 2016
STUDENTS of the death notices, which for life affirming reasons means almost everyone, will have noticed a first last Monday. The deceased was quoted.
10:46am Monday 25th January 2016
IN the early 1970s, my dad picked up my baby brother and carried him on foot from Middlesbrough to Great Ayton.
8:45am Monday 25th January 2016
THE disease seems to be spreading. First we heard of cricket matches being fixed. Next, widespread doping in world athletics, then accusations that international tennis is rotten to the core, while, of course, bungs, bribery and skulduggery have long infested football.
8:39am Monday 25th January 2016
THERE are journalists all over the world who were trained in Darlington. For decades, the town has not only been known for giving birth to the railways but nurturing careers in the media.