3:01pm Tuesday 31st March 2015
A MONTH or two back, my wife and I had our worst experience ever walking the North York Moors. And since we’ve been wandering the moors for more than 60 years, I think that statement carries some weight.
1:00pm Tuesday 31st March 2015
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4:39pm Monday 30th March 2015
LABOUR vowed to go further and faster than the Conservatives in devolving power and money to the region, as it launched its ‘business manifesto’.
2:49pm Monday 30th March 2015
WITH the General Election just weeks away, editors are being hit by a snowstorm of press releases from eager candidates.
2:21pm Monday 30th March 2015
GERMANS are renowned – and sometimes heavily satirised –for their excessive efficiency and their capacity for obeying orders. So why was a man with a history of mental illness allowed to fly a passenger jet?
10:41am Monday 30th March 2015
FIFTY years ago this Thursday, the band Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames joined the first Tamla Motown tour of the UK at a one-night stand at the celebrated Globe Theatre in Stockton.
12:11pm Friday 27th March 2015
Thank you very much for the positive feedback following my first column. This week I took part in a live Facebook Q&A. It was great fun.
10:46am Friday 27th March 2015
SO why do people keep dogs as pets?
2:33pm Thursday 26th March 2015
RICHARD III has been reinterred in Leicester in a ceremony that feels as if it has lasted longer than the 25 tumultuous months he spent on the throne in the late 15th Century.
9:55am Thursday 26th March 2015
I DIDN'T know my 16-year-old son was singing at a concert until I found out by accident: “Roscoe, you didn’t tell me you were performing,” I complained afterwards.
7:30pm Wednesday 25th March 2015
A SILLY YouTube cartoon by the Conservatives features Alex Salmond tooting away on a recorder, while Ed Miliband leaps around like a demented Rudolf Nureyev.
5:07pm Wednesday 25th March 2015
WE all like to try to get local angles on big stories but I can't help feeling the Cheddar Valley Gazette has stretched things a bit too far.
3:15pm Monday 23rd March 2015
I’M not a big fan of the radio presenter Paul Gambaccini but I deplore the disgraceful way he has been treated by the police.
10:03am Monday 23rd March 2015
VERY early one morning, two Saturdays back, an 85-year-old gentleman carrying an ivory-topped walking stick climbed with some difficulty onto the almost empty first train out of Darlington. It was 5.18am.
2:24pm Friday 20th March 2015
THERE was light grey. There was dark grey. There was shiny grey. There was mid grey. There was thin wispy grey. There was heavy rainy grey.
1:31pm Thursday 19th March 2015
IT is said that there are only two certainties in life: death and taxes. This morning will put a third certainty to the test: it is inevitably cloudy when there is a solar eclipse.
10:09am Thursday 19th March 2015
MARKETS are good. In a world of shopping malls where every high street in the country has the same shops selling the same stuff, markets are a chance to do something different.
10:18am Thursday 19th March 2015
ONE of the nice things about being a local journalist, and being part of the community you serve, is that you run into stories all the time.
3:10pm Wednesday 18th March 2015
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