8:36am Friday 24th June 2016
DEMOCRACY must be respected. The people of Britain have voted to leave the EU and, although that makes me sad and fearful, the decision has to be accepted and we need strong leadership to move forward.
2:29pm Thursday 23rd June 2016
WHEREVER I’ve gone this week, people have stopped me and asked me about my judgement – not whether we should be in or out of the EU, but whether they should buy tickets to see Kynren.
8:54am Thursday 23rd June 2016
NARCISSUS was the beautiful Greek demi-god who stared into a pond and fell in love with his own reflection.
7:51am Thursday 23rd June 2016
AFTER being at the helm for so long, it feels strange not to have played a part in the production of a front page of The Northern Echo on a day of history.
9:20am Thursday 23rd June 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.
2:54pm Monday 20th June 2016
AFTER the slaughter by Omar Mateen in Orlando, Barack Obama said, “Americans must decide what kind of country we want to be.”
2:44pm Monday 20th June 2016
BEING an ambassador for the Butterwick Hospice comes with certain advantages. The invitation to be a judge at the charity’s annual fund-raising “Bake-Off” was one of them.
10:00am Monday 20th June 2016
I've now been to six newsagents in Darlington in search of 24 - "the new national newspaper for the north". None of them have even heard of it.
7:51am Thursday 16th June 2016
AS much as I love the opposite sex, I think it’s important for dads – and mums, for that matter – to have time for themselves. There’s surely nothing wrong with “men’s nights” or “girls’ weekends” every now and again. It means we appreciate each other more when we get back together.
7:51pm Wednesday 15th June 2016
THERE is an American TV sitcom about a family called the Goldbergs which my older boys told me I must see: “The mother is just like you,” they said.
1:24am Wednesday 15th June 2016
A MAJOR surprise of the referendum campaign is the narrow vision of special-interest groups. Your first reaction to that statement might be to say: “Well, since they are special-interest groups, what do you expect? They’re naturally going to focus on their interests.”
7:11pm Tuesday 14th June 2016
TIME trial champion Hayley Simmonds visited Stockton this week to check out the course before defending their title at the highly anticipated Stockton Cycling Festival 2016.
10:16am Friday 10th June 2016
NED Boulting is a journalist, best-selling author and ITV’s Tour de France correspondent. He will be touring with his show BIKEOLOGY later this year and comes to the Playhouse at Whitley Bay on November 7.
8:22am Friday 10th June 2016
A handbag sold for more than £200,000 last week – and it wasn’t even new. The bag was made of Himalayan crocodile with gold detailing and lots of diamonds and was officially the most expensive handbag in the world. But its real value lay in the bragging, showing-off rights it would give its new owner. Hey ho. If it makes them happy…
8:39am Thursday 9th June 2016
POLISHED to a sheen more dazzling than the stage he was standing on, groomed and poker-straight, David Cameron strolled on to our screens on ITV on Tuesday night to make his case for the EU.
8:46am Wednesday 8th June 2016
FROM the introduction to a BBC Radio 4 news programme following the death of Muhammad Ali. “And we look back to the days when the world stopped to watch Muhammad Ali fight.”
9:18am Tuesday 7th June 2016
RUTH ANNISON is one of those wonderful, endlessly enthusiastic, community conscious souls who seems to have a hand in everything. Her latest project is a two-day party in August to mark the 140th birthday of Garsdale railway station, high on Wensleydale’s wild and western fringe.
8:06am Monday 6th June 2016
LORD Waldegrave, provost of Eton, has threatened to resign from the Conservative party if proposals to make it mandatory for employers to ask job candidates if they received a private education come into force.
4:35pm Monday 6th June 2016
THE British Cycling National Road Championships come to Stockton next month. But when the peloton has crossed the finish line and the riders have unclipped their shoes, what is the impact of hosting such a high profile event?
8:02am Monday 6th June 2016
WHEN a four-year-old boy accidentally knocked over a valuable Lego sculpture in China last week, there was a collective intake of breath within the hallowed walls of Durham Cathedral. "Bricking it" would be an undignified description.