9:10am Friday 22nd May 2015
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3:14pm Thursday 21st May 2015
WITH that decisive election result, it will presumably be full steam ahead for the HS2 high-speed rail project – but I think it’s time to think again.
12:28pm Thursday 21st May 2015
OUR 19-year-old, who’s at Manchester University, appeared at the door, out of the blue, last week: “Hi Mum. Just thought I’d come home to study for a few days, I can’t get anything done in halls, it’s far too noisy and distracting.”
5:56pm Wednesday 20th May 2015
LABOUR infighting stopped the party putting forward radical plans to devolve power to Northern areas, a leadership hopeful revealed.
5:10am Wednesday 20th May 2015
I’VE fallen into a fit of nostalgia for a movable feast. I refer to this coming weekend which used to be called Whitsuntide – a bank holiday before these things were secularised.
10:15am Tuesday 19th May 2015
As some of you will know, I upset some students recently when I addressed the issue of river safety and drinking in Durham city.
3:53pm Tuesday 19th May 2015
WHAT a colossal abdication of responsibility. After four years of doubtless earnest consideration, the planners of the North York Moors National Park Authority have chosen to make no recommendation on the plan for what would be the world’s biggest potash mine, near Whitby.
3:54pm Monday 18th May 2015
12:17pm Thursday 14th May 2015
A FORTNIGHT ago in this space, I was marvelling at Danish Scurvy Grass, the grubby little white flower which is colonising our central reservations.
6:15pm Wednesday 13th May 2015
ALL the talk, after that shock election result, is of two nations drifting apart - but I think the new political map reveals a country divided into four.
6:18pm Tuesday 12th May 2015
IT is just as well that this country, unlike the United States, doesn’t have an annual State of the Union address. The Prime Minister would have to confess that the union is pretty fragile - seemingly heading for the knacker’s yard.
11:16am Tuesday 12th May 2015
BREAKING the habit of a lifetime, I have been worrying about the future of the Labour party.
9:53am Tuesday 12th May 2015
THANK you to the ladies of Saltburn Methodist Monday At Eight Club, and assorted guests, who had me as their guest speaker last night and paid me with a generous cheque to the Butterwick Children's Hospice.
9:46am Tuesday 12th May 2015
HONESTY is, of course, the best policy – but there are times when blind panic gets in the way
9:40am Tuesday 12th May 2015
THE latest developments in new technology always baffle me. This is where children come in handy. They taught me how to text, engage with Twitter and put music on my iPod. But while many of the new products they introduce me to enhance my life, others can be a curse.
10:51am Monday 11th May 2015
IF the British army marches on its stomach, as Napoleon supposed, then so – increasingly, it seems – does the local economy. Food festivals flourish: the latest set out its stalls in Darlington last weekend.
7:06pm Friday 8th May 2015
I WOKE up with an election yesterday morning that was all over. The last few General Elections have seen me last the course and make it to the final result, bleary-eyed but with a sense of achievement.
4:39pm Friday 8th May 2015
I WOKE up with an election yesterday morning.
1:24pm Friday 8th May 2015
THERE have been many elections to cover in my 35 years in newspapers but the latest was extraordinary for all kinds of reasons:
2:30am Thursday 7th May 2015
The key issue of the campaign – just how scary are the SNP? (from April 20)
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