1:28pm Saturday 28th May 2016
Had my first experience of a Park Run this morning in South Park, Darlington and loved it.
8:32am Friday 27th May 2016
SO that’s where we went wrong… When Senior Son was born, it took us so long to think what to call him, that we had to get a stay of execution from the registrar. He was two months old before we finally agreed on Adam John.
3:36pm Thursday 26th May 2016
LAST week, I had a few free moments in London so I went searching for the spirit of Signor Rino Pepi in Piccadilly Circus.
8:23am Thursday 26th May 2016
SHE has a face which could have launched a thousand inquiries. Little shiny-eyed Madeleine McCann, her fate still unknown, meets our gazes as she looks out from newspapers and magazines all too regularly.
10:35am Wednesday 25th May 2016
READERS of this column can have no doubt that I am a Brexiter. None more so. The now looming referendum is the vote of all our lifetimes. Despite everything else that has been placed in the scales – employment (or unemployment), immigration, house prices, the future of the NHS, support for the creative arts, and on and on infinitum, usually ever more far-fetched - the central issue is whether we wish to remain a self- governing nation.
9:20am Wednesday 25th May 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.
9:14am Tuesday 24th May 2016
FURTHER proof of all that’s said about old uns and best uns, County Durham Age UK’s men’s breakfast last Wednesday was entertained by our old friends Paul Hodgson and Terry Schofield, boxing’s answer to the Chuckle Brothers.
12:04pm Monday 23rd May 2016
When Masterchef contestant Jane Devonshire told Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing that she was more used to cooking meals at home for her four children, he remarked that the TV competition must have been a doddle after that.
7:56am Monday 23rd May 2016
WE haven’t heard the last of this. Although the high court very sensibly agreed that John Platt was in his rights to take his daughter on holiday in term time – and quashed his £120 fine – the educational bureaucrats, the teaching unions and the Government aren’t going to let it end there. A spokesman for the Department of Education said: "We will look at the judgement in detail but we are clear that children's attendance is non-negotiable so we will now look to change the law."
5:00am Monday 23rd May 2016
THE 12th and final week of my strength and conditioning programme at Paragon started with a lower body session.
9:37am Friday 20th May 2016
Today (May 20, 2016) marks the retirement of Alistair Baker, media and PR manager for Northumbrian Water and, before that, a respected journalist in the North-East.
8:19am Friday 20th May 2016
What a special, memorable day.
8:35am Thursday 19th May 2016
WITH four children advancing into adulthood, it was bound to happen sooner or later, and the time has come to break the news. After 25 years, the name of this column is going to have to change from Dad At Large to Grandad At Large.
8:32am Thursday 19th May 2016
GEORGE Reynolds’s 80th birthday fell last Thursday. George himself fell the day before, involuntarily measured his length, looked like he’d been bare knuckle battling at HMP Durham with Mad Frankie Fraser (deceased.)
8:33am Thursday 19th May 2016
THE piece two weeks ago on former goalkeeper John Hope – Darlington, Newcastle United, Sheffield United and Hartlepool – stirred memories for Joe Coates of their junior school team days together back in Shildon.
4:52pm Wednesday 18th May 2016
THE New Hippodrome and Palace Theatre of Varieties opened in Darlington on Monday, September 2, 1907. Top of the bill on opening night, watched by 4,000 paying punters, was Miss Marie Loftus, “the greatest of all London comediennes, engaged at tremendous cost, performing selections from her extensive repertoire”, with loads of supporting acts on the programme beneath her.
8:15am Wednesday 18th May 2016
THE distinguished 20th-Century historian, AJP Taylor, always insisted that the greatest significance of the Second World War was that it marked the end of Western Europe’s “warring adolescence.”
8:16am Wednesday 18th May 2016
GETTING devolution for the North-East is becoming a torturous process, but at least steps are being made in the right direction.
10:46am Tuesday 17th May 2016
THIS week Stephen decided it was time to work on my core strength and stability. He soon discovered I don’t really have a lot of either.
9:05am Tuesday 17th May 2016
USUALLY if imprecisely associated with Christmas, Messiah was performed at St Thomas' church on Stanley Hill Top last Tuesday evening.