12:12pm Thursday 30th July 2015
PELAW Grange Greyhound Stadium is at the top end of Chester-le-Street, alongside the East Coast main railway line and for years was the only dog track in the Good Beer Guide.
12:16pm Thursday 30th July 2015
SOMETIMES it feels as if we are living in a parallel universe to our children. Technology is moving so fast, I can’t keep up with everything they’re into. And the terminology they use baffles me.
10:50am Thursday 30th July 2015
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.
11:51am Wednesday 29th July 2015
IT’S a truth that needs to be faced. The North-East, perhaps in company with South Wales, is the last bastion of True Labour, usually called Old Labour. Whether ‘New Labour’ deserves the name ‘Labour’ at all is a separate matter.
10:21am Tuesday 28th July 2015
YET another crazy shooting spree in a US cinema has resulted in murder, followed by the gunman’s suicide. So get rid of the guns and stop the killings. Simple. Barack Obama thinks so and that’s why he has just said that his failure to introduce tighter gun controls is the biggest disappointment of his presidency.
9:27am Tuesday 28th July 2015
AMONG the remarkable things about Bishop Auckland Methodist Church is that two of its most faithful members, Lez Rawe and Melvyn McConnell, taught me at the grammar school out the back. As will be appreciated, that makes them Very Old Indeed.
7:56pm Friday 24th July 2015
IT was an honour tonight to attend a formal dinner at the College of St. Hild and St. Bede in Durham, marking the end of a "International World Youth Exchange" programme.
9:44am Friday 24th July 2015
THE man who occupied The Northern Echo editor’s chair in the 1960s, Sir Harry Evans, had many proud moments but none more so than when he and his newspaper forced the Government to make free smear tests for cervical cancer part of the NHS.
2:23pm Thursday 23rd July 2015
WHEN the new Labour leader was announced one September Sunday, the jaw-dropping result ricocheted around the world.
5:38pm Thursday 23rd July 2015
BEYOND the bottom of our garden, on the shingly banks of the River Tees, there is a tall and rather handsome alien. But it’s a foreign menace, coming over here, stealing our space and poisoning our children.
8:52pm Wednesday 22nd July 2015
AFTER a quarter of a century of living in a crowded house – two adults and four kids – it’s rather nice to be alone once in a while.
12:25pm Wednesday 22nd July 2015
THE knives seem to be out for the BBC – big time.
12:23pm Wednesday 22nd July 2015
ONE of the talking points of this week has been our exclusive story about Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner, Ron Hogg, declaring that the force would no longer be actively pursuing small-scale cannabis users. It led this morning to a call from Danny Savage, from the BBC, asking if I knew "a friendly local grower" who'd be willing to talk. What kind of circles do they think I mix in?
5:12pm Tuesday 21st July 2015
MY husband suggested I take the 16-year-old, whose his exams had finished a few weeks before his younger brother's term ended, away for a week’s holiday.
9:49am Tuesday 21st July 2015
DURHAM Miners’ Gala, that annual extravaganza of preaching to the converted, begins in the Voltigeur at Spennymoor with beer and bacon butties at 7am.
12:00am Tuesday 21st July 2015
IS BARACK Obama mad or bad, or both? Why has he sold out to Iran on the nuclear weapons issue? He says he is confident his deal will mean that Iran will never produce an atomic bomb and he adds: “Not because they don’t have the knowledge – which is easy to acquire – but because the West will operate a comprehensive inspection system.”
5:00pm Friday 17th July 2015
ALLOW me to play devil’s advocate for a moment, if you will.
4:05pm Thursday 16th July 2015
“DEAR Mr Lloyd,” began an anonymous letter I received in 2004. “Thank-you for your most recent article about South Park which has explained something that I have been wondering about since the 1950s when I had the scariest experience of my life exactly where you said that bridge used to be. After reading your article, I can only conclude that I must have encountered the Grey Lady.”
5:02pm Monday 20th July 2015
MY husband suggested I take the 16-year-old, who, after his exams, had finished school a few weeks before his younger brother, away for a week’s holiday.
5:26pm Wednesday 15th July 2015
We all trot out sentences from time to time without really thinking them through - but a story on today's Daily Mail website warrants some analysis.