5:01pm Friday 27th November 2015
I AM served with a reminder that little has changed in the last year.
3:48pm Thursday 26th November 2015
WE’RE only in our early fifties and generally in robust health, but ageing is already proving to be a challenging process.
3:24pm Thursday 26th November 2015
AS MUSICIAN Frank Turner raised his fist, the spotlight picked out his red, white and blue wristband.
2:16pm Thursday 26th November 2015
USUALLY, tennis only holds the British attention for a couple of weeks a year when Wimbledon is on, and even then our interest in lobs and second serves is so shallow that we are easily distracted by the sight of Andy Murray's wife, Kim Sears, particularly if she starts swearing.
9:10am Thursday 26th November 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.
9:00am Wednesday 25th November 2015
“We are solidly with you. We are together.” David Cameron uttered the words in French to reinforce his message.
9:10am Tuesday 24th November 2015
IT was on the 25th anniversary of the Man versus Horse race in the small Welsh town of Llanwrtyd Wells that we bumped in 2004 into Cynthia Payne, the woman who, when learning the game, really did put a “Huge chest for sale” postcard in the window of the local paper shop.
8:19am Monday 23rd November 2015
BEING first with the news is obviously important – but there are times when it's wise not to rush into print.
8:14am Monday 23rd November 2015
IMAGINE you wake up one morning to find your whole body, head to toe, covered in an itchy, painful rash. You go to the doctor and he says, “Oh I see you have a pimple on your nose! I’ll give you some ointment for it.” This is exactly the response of the western powers to the violent Islamic insurgency which threatens us all. Hollande, Cameron, Merkel and Obama have belatedly come to the conclusion that we must destroy Islamic State which they describe as a death cult, its members evil psychopaths. And they are right – even if they seem to have woken up to the fact rather belatedly.
5:00pm Friday 20th November 2015
WE’RE a little over a month to Christmas now, the television is full of festive adverts designed to make people cry, and our high streets are starting to swell with people heading out to purchase their presents.
4:49pm Friday 20th November 2015
OF all the hells that surround Christmas shopping, Black Friday is the worst. Unless, of course, you really like fighting in the aisles for a cut price TV…
1:52pm Friday 20th November 2015
ALBERT had to bring his fees and club membership form along to his football match on Sunday. So his dad put the money in an envelope and filled in the form on Saturday night, leaving it on the table for Albert to sign.
3:48pm Thursday 19th November 2015
LORD Heseltine arrived in the region on Monday with his famous mane of hair a little thinner and whiter than in its luxuriant heyday, but still looking pretty impressive given it is now in its 83rd year. I know this because those who were there tell me that, crucially, he was not wearing a hat.
8:30am Thursday 19th November 2015
A LEBANESE doctor wrote on his blog this week: “When my people died, no-one bothered to light up its landmarks in the colours of their flag.
8:38am Wednesday 18th November 2015
A WEEK ago I wrote that war now “percolates everyday life everywhere”. Appalling confirmation came two days later with the terrorist atrocities in Paris.
9:16am Tuesday 17th November 2015
THE Fat Brewer grows apace, off this week on a trade mission to sell good beer to the Latvians. “It’s quite exciting. One of the companies involved is the Harrods of Latvia,” says Christian Burns, the eponymous gentleman of the outsize small brewery.
8:55am Monday 16th November 2015
WHAT would be your reaction if someone told you that the best method of household management is to throw your money into the fire? This is what European politicians are now doing on a grand scale.
8:34am Monday 16th November 2015
IT'S not a surprise that public authorities – Government departments, councils, health trusts, police forces and the like – don't like the Freedom of Information Act.
5:43pm Friday 13th November 2015
HAVE you heard of an earworm before?
5:23pm Thursday 12th November 2015
THE buck has been doing a lot of stopping this week. On Tuesday, the Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson said that the buck for the mess over police funding stopped on the desk of minister Mike Penning, and on Wednesday rugby coach Stuart Lancaster realised that the buck for England's poor performances in the World Cup stopped with him and so he resigned.