9:58pm Saturday 22nd October 2016
I'M delighted to announce the official launch of Chilly Billy Winters, the boy who wouldn't wrap up warm - the 7th book in my Monstrous Morals series of children's books.
10:38am Friday 21st October 2016
SCHOOL photographs are dire. That’s the point of them. Imagine looking back at yourself at five years old, or ten or fifteen, and thinking you would never ever look that good again. Grim. Self-esteem down the plughole straightaway.
12:11pm Thursday 20th October 2016
THE last setpiece in the American Presidential election was played out in Las Vegas in the early hours of yesterday morning, with much made of the body language and the lack of a handshake.
5:13am Thursday 20th October 2016
I found myself embroiled in a strange saga this week. I’ve dubbed it Benchgate.
12:49pm Thursday 20th October 2016
SEVEN months after our mother died, my sisters and brother and I gathered in Northern Ireland last week to dismantle what, in terms of material possessions, is left of her, our father and our family life together.
10:59am Wednesday 19th October 2016
LET this be clear at the start. I bear no ill will towards the Scots. Crofters in Orkney, fishermen in Peterhead, whisky distillers anywhere, even players of the bagpipes, the only instrument designed, so it seems, to be defiantly discordant – I wish them well in all their endeavours.
10:40pm Tuesday 18th October 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.
12:45pm Tuesday 18th October 2016
SMALL wonders, micro-pubs are big. The first, it’s authoritively supposed, was at Herne, in Kent, in 2005.
3:27pm Monday 17th October 2016
SIR Gary Verity is CEO of Welcome to Yorkshire and Chair, Great Exhibition of the North 2018.
11:29am Monday 17th October 2016
WHEN there is a terrorist atrocity, the EU has told the British press that where the perpetrator is a Muslim, this fact should not be reported.
11:06am Monday 17th October 2016
WHEN little Geoffrey Hill drew a picture of a Spitfire when he was at school as a ten-year-old boy in the late 1950s, it was to earn him one of the first Blue Peter badges.
8:08am Saturday 15th October 2016
NOW that they’ve all flown the nest again, I miss my children in all kinds of ways. (I can’t think of any at the moment but I’m sure there must be some.) But there is also a lot to be said for the freedom of going into autumn without any offspring being at home.
9:30am Friday 14th October 2016
ACCORDING to a survey by Poundland (why?) a third of young adults apparently can’t change a lightbulb, wire a plug or boil an egg.
2:41pm Thursday 13th October 2016
LAST weekend’s US presidential debate made uncomfortable watching, even with the sound turned down. Donald Trump prowled like a predator behind Hillary Clinton, deliberately invading her space in a provocative attempt to unsettle and bully her.
3:42pm Thursday 13th October 2016
WHAT a week in politics. No matter which end of the spectrum you fall on, or which side of the Atlantic, the scenes have not always been pleasant.
9:51am Tuesday 11th October 2016
IN what he supposed to be the privacy of the Dragonara Hotel in Middlesbrough, circa 1985, Labour leader Neil Kinnock voiced his fears for the two constituencies of Sunderland, 25 miles to the north.
10:41am Monday 10th October 2016
THE annual fashion show in aid of Help for Heroes at Phoenix House in Catterick Garrison was, as always, an unforgettable event and it was an honour to be the host.
10:55am Monday 10th October 2016
CAN we expect to see the BBC prosecuted for racism? Of course not – because their very palpable, institutionalised racism involves only whites.
12:45pm Thursday 6th October 2016
I HAVE always thought that Lovesome Hill is a lovely name for a lonesome vill.
9:11am Thursday 6th October 2016
MY niece is nine and she’s changing, as girls of nine are wont to do. Every now and again, she’ll ask me something vaguely related to her body or mine and it’s become apparent that it’s time someone had “The Talk” with her.