5:00pm Friday 3rd July 2015
I’M all for people stopping smoking.
1:22pm Friday 3rd July 2015
OF course I’m jealous. When we left school all we had was a disco with the boys’ school, warm orange squash and soggy crisps. I would have loved to get all glammed up for a prom – posh frock, posh hair, shoes and the immaculate make up.
6:38pm Thursday 2nd July 2015
GENETIC inheritance is a fascinating thing. Some of our features, such as blue eyes or brown hair, or particular medical conditions, are clearly passed down through the family line.
5:40pm Thursday 2nd July 2015
I HAVE just bought a new salt grinder. I realise that this in itself is not headline news, although in our house it was a historic moment because for at least a year, the salt has been falling unground into a pile on the table so there is never any in the grinder when you want some.
11:02am Thursday 2nd July 2015
THERE'S no escape, even when you're on holiday. Wherever I went during my week off, I was stopped on the street, emailed and tweeted about The Northern Echo's sports page report on Darlington striker Graeme Armstrong's recovery from major surgery.
12:00am Thursday 2nd July 2015
GIVE thanks the next time your local council fills in a pesky pothole, because it is not just protecting your car suspension – it is creating a Northern Powerhouse.
12:00pm Thursday 2nd July 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.
9:13am Tuesday 30th June 2015
NORMAN CORNISH, decorated painter, was again remembered last week when a lounge hung with his work opened at the Ramside Hall Hotel, near Durham. The North-East still hasn’t heard the last of him.
12:42am Tuesday 30th June 2015
BEFORE last Friday’s terrorist attacks in France and Tunisia, Lord Richards of Herstmonceux, former chief of the defence staff, warned: “Britain must stop sleepwalking and prepare to tackle Muslim extremism.”
5:41pm Friday 26th June 2015
IT’S GLASTONBURY weekend. The music festival to end all festivals – regrettably one I’ve never had the opportunity to go to.
3:51pm Friday 26th June 2015
THEY never grow up, do they? Inside that successful sophisticated man is the cross little boy with a chip on his shoulder because his brother had the bigger bedroom/better bike/later bedtime….
12:44pm Thursday 25th June 2015
IS it only me who feels totally unappreciated? Even when I perform heroics, it doesn’t merit any real recognition...
12:42pm Thursday 25th June 2015
LAST weekend, we splashed through the traditionally English summer to Hardwick Park at Sedgefield, hoping that the drizzley clouds would lift and allow us a dry walk. It was, we observed, nice weather for ducks...
12:27pm Thursday 25th June 2015
AROUND 218,000 households in this region receive tax credits, normally because someone’s pay is so low – of which around 85 per cent have children.
2:47pm Wednesday 24th June 2015
TURNS out they never should have got rid of it. First thing you used to see on crossing the Tees over Yarm bridge from County Durham was a handsome metal sign. Crowned by a shield bearing white roses, it announced, in firm capitals: NORTH RIDING YORKSHIRE.
6:02am Tuesday 23rd June 2015
I RECENTLY read a report which says the British funeral has been transformed. Mourning is out and rejoicing is in. It’s not even called a funeral any longer, but a celebration of life.
5:33pm Friday 19th June 2015
ROYAL Ascot has been on in the office this week, and, as a valued member of the sportsdesk here at the Echo, I suppose I should be knowledgable on all things hooved.
3:42pm Thursday 18th June 2015
WHEN I arrived at lunchtime on Wednesday, midway through the first conference of by the Friends of the Stockton and Darlington Railway on Wednesday, I found the 150 delegates both bemused and enthused.
12:07pm Thursday 18th June 2015
IT’S a question that has echoed down the years in our house: “Can we get a dog?”
12:02pm Thursday 18th June 2015
WHO could fail to feel a pang of pride as a pageant of 200 boats carried a replica of Magna Carta along the River Thames, on the 800th anniversary of its sealing?