8:20am Friday 23rd September 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.
3:44pm Thursday 22nd September 2016
HOMETOWN pride, female solidarity and a truly fantastic scope of achievements were unveiled under the #girlwhogrewupinboro hashtag this week.
1:12pm Thursday 22nd September 2016
I HAVE travelled from the Somme to the Wear this week looking at riverbank benches. They have been installed, partly through the generosity of readers of The Northern Echo, to commemorate the sacrifices made by the Durham Pals in the First World War.
11:15am Monday 19th September 2016
SEASONAL affective disorder (SAD): it’s what many people suffer with the coming of autumn.
1:41pm Thursday 15th September 2016
AS the years roll by, and age brings maturity, opportunities come along to repair the psychological scars left over from more youthful, naïve days.
12:28pm Thursday 15th September 2016
IT was, said Stephen Kinnock MP, “a barefaced gerrymander.” According to Tristram Hunt, Labour’s former shadow education secretary and historian and broadcaster, “this boundary gerrymandering is grotesque”. In the Guardian, commentator Owen Jones railed that it was “a ruthless gerrymandering of British democracy”, while Sedgefield’s own Phil Wilson put it most succinctly when he said it was a Conservative attempt “to gerrymander the system to give them a bigger majority over the Labour Party”.
8:28am Thursday 15th September 2016
"WE begin with Hillary Clinton’s death." So said a New York news anchor this week, who slipped up when he opened the six o’clock news.
10:59am Monday 12th September 2016
FORTY years after helping pick Miss Byers Green, we’re invited back to judge the village carnival’s fancy dress parade. Some people have short memories.
10:49am Monday 12th September 2016
IN a single week in August, 10,000 migrants were rescued from sinking boats in the Mediterranean and taken to Italy.
10:40am Monday 12th September 2016
IT is nearly 20 years since Tony Blair, the fresh-faced and idealistic MP for Sedgefield, made perhaps his most naïve declaration as he stepped into Downing Street, high-fiving his delirious supporters, as Britain’s new Prime Minister.
8:39am Friday 9th September 2016
IT’S like throwing sweets at children and expecting them to say no… One of the most important things that students learn at university is not the subject they’re studying, or how to work a washing machine or cook a meal, but how easy it is to borrow money.
5:46pm Thursday 8th September 2016
PTERIDOMANIA is not a condition I had considered until this week, but I must be suffering badly because I have just been out to buy a packet of custard cream biscuits.
1:57pm Thursday 8th September 2016
A FEW days ago, one of our journalists made a mistake. In an otherwise beautifully written article, she’d written heartrendering instead of heartrending.
2:30pm Wednesday 7th September 2016
LET me confess an addiction – to ‘slow television’. I’ve watched all three BBC4 programmes in this novel format – journeys filmed in real time, with no commentary, no music, just the natural sounds. Wonderful, true balm for the spirit, a perfect antidote to modern-day stress.
9:56am Tuesday 6th September 2016
A MAN of whom truly it might be said that he was once seen and never forgotten, the Rev Roly Bain has died. He was 62.
5:25pm Thursday 1st September 2016
"AVAST me hearties,” said a sailor picking up Tuesday’s front page, and seeing a beautiful picture of a tall ship, its sails billowing magnificently in the wind as it left Blyth, beneath the headline: “Anchors aweigh”.
3:34pm Wednesday 31st August 2016
SHORT of her proving conclusively that “Brexit means Brexit”, Theresa May’s premiership seems unlikely to deliver a bigger surprise than this: next to her much-favoured kitten heels, her footwear of choice might well be – walking boots.
10:00am Tuesday 30th August 2016
REETH Methodist Church – almost 200 years old, Grade II listed, rich in hope and in history – officially closes today. A misty, moisty morning, its last service was on Sunday.
8:20am Monday 29th August 2016
CONSIDER this quote, taken from the website of Britain’s best-known motoring organisation: “Everyone ages differently. There is no safe or unsafe age for a driver.”
12:15pm Friday 26th August 2016
SUN tan, silly hat, bottles of the local booze… and somewhere in among your summer souvenirs could just be a demand for divorce.