9:49pm Sunday 22nd January 2017
The Prime Minister last week declared that Britain will take a hard line on negotiations over Europe. On Monday night, on BBC1, Peter Barron talks to Europeans living in the North-East about how they feel post-Brexit
9:49pm Sunday 22nd January 2017
A GOOD cycle ride isn't a good cycle ride without a good cafe stop.
4:58pm Sunday 22nd January 2017
OVER 29 years of marriage, I’ve learned to fear the dog-house. Inevitably, I’ve spent a fair amount of time in there and, to be absolutely fair to my wife, it’s usually been well deserved.
11:12am Friday 20th January 2017
Good luck to Julia Polley for trying to take drastic action. The head teacher of Wensleydale School and Sixth Form College wanted to install a jamming device in the school to block mobile phone signals. OMG! How would the students survive?
12:29pm Thursday 19th January 2017
BREXIT is going to be brilliant for introducing new words and concepts into our language. Who, for example, would have thought there could have been so much fun to be had over a customs union, as there has this week.
10:14am Thursday 19th January 2017
I OFTEN read comments from readers who complain that there’s no good news in the papers these days.
2:58pm Wednesday 18th January 2017
DRINK and sex – yes, a perilous combination. Especially if the drink, particularly by a woman, gets out of hand.
9:35am Wednesday 18th January 2017
AN independent investigation into the culture of British Cycling has finished but the publication of its report is still a month away.
9:09am Tuesday 17th January 2017
NEXT to Lady Bracknell’s anxious exclamation – “A handbag!” – it may become history’s most celebrated reference to that indispensable accessory.
8:19am Monday 16th January 2017
THE campaign, launched on this page last week to persuade Canada to finally recognise the heroism of Pilot Officer William Stuart McMullen, appears to be taking flight.
3:20pm Monday 16th January 2017
The Headline Challenge is played out every week day morning between The Northern Echo and BBC Tees on 95fm. You can play along by listening to the breakfast show or by following Peter Barron on Twitter and Facebook
12:14pm Friday 13th January 2017
STOP blaming the old. Start blaming the drunks. The NHS is in crisis and we’re desperate for someone to blame. Just about everyone’s had their turn in the stocks – from Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt down to junior doctors and women GPs who are more likely to work part-time. How dare they?
5:39pm Thursday 12th January 2017
I APPEAR before you this morning a little down in the mouth. Quite literally – I’m a tooth down.
11:16am Thursday 12th January 2017
IN just a few years from now, you may not be able to read independent reports of crime in your area, or a summary of what was said in a council meeting.
12:46pm Thursday 12th January 2017
THANKS to the fact I struggle with the fast-moving digital world of the 21st Century, I have become used to my sons treating me as if I am an idiot.
10:18am Wednesday 11th January 2017
IT led the national BBC news. It prompted press articles and discussions on numerous radio and TV programmes. At its centre was a woman whose courage and fortitude had earned her universal respect and admiration.
9:35am Tuesday 10th January 2017
AFTER a family visit to Raby Castle, near Staindrop – “Christmas trees, hot chocolate, mince pies” – Shaun Whitehead forwards some attractive images.
9:03am Monday 9th January 2017
AT 8.49pm on Friday, January 13, there will be a small gathering on a street corner in Darlington as a truly momentous act of heroism is remembered.
10:28am Friday 6th January 2017
TRY harder. Walk more. Eat less. Be kind. There – I’ve just saved you a small fortune. It’s the time of year for self-improvement.
7:10pm Thursday 5th January 2017
FOUR years ago, a police force used its special powers under surveillance laws to monitor my personal mobile phone.