4:03pm Monday 25th July 2016
WE need an extra 750,000 school places in England to keep up with a population bulge, says an official forecast from the Department for Education.
10:45pm Saturday 23rd July 2016
THERE is something very appealing about sailing out to sea, stopping at a point where there is an open view of Sunderland's beautiful beaches, and watching Europe's biggest free airshow begin to unfold.
7:45pm Thursday 21st July 2016
AS she gears up for her second Olympics, Laura Trott tells Abi Jackson how discovering a passion for cycling was the ideal antidote to schoolgirl woes, and why she hopes to inspire others to fall in love with sports
7:41pm Thursday 21st July 2016
YOU’VE got to agree –it’s a strange old world. Nowhere more so than in politics. Here we have Jeremy Corbyn, who, it is said, favoured Britain leaving the EU. But he gave lukewarm support to Remain – and now might be ousted as Labour leader.
2:22pm Thursday 21st July 2016
ON Tuesday evening, I addressed the ladies of Shadforth WI. My reputation clearly proceeded me as they had fortified themselves with a glass of wine before I arrived.
2:10pm Thursday 21st July 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.
12:41pm Tuesday 19th July 2016
(Standfirst) The column’s back from Scotland with tales of preservation – self-preservation, too
12:26pm Tuesday 19th July 2016
I bring glad tidings, for a change.
7:42pm Saturday 16th July 2016
AS a feminist, I’m fairly sure I’m expected to be celebrating the fact we have a female Prime Minister.
11:52am Friday 15th July 2016
EMILY and Norris could be leading a revolution. The two elderly Coronation Street characters share a house. One owns it and the other’s the lodger. But they’re both trailblazers. For flat and house sharing is booming among the over 50s.
10:22am Thursday 14th July 2016
THE clock is ticking relentlessly towards the arrival of our first grandchild and, naturally, urgent changes are having to be made.
11:04am Wednesday 13th July 2016
BREXIT has brought a consequence unwelcome to me. It has boosted the prospects of the firm that intends to scar the North York Moors with the world’s biggest potash mine.
9:12am Tuesday 12th July 2016
THE words honourable and honorary are oft confused, but really aren’t synonymous at all. Were titular office to be honourable, it’s doubtful if my name would ever have appeared atop a sheet of notepaper.
9:03am Monday 11th July 2016
WE’VE had more than we can stand of all the slush and mush which has engulfed public conversation since the Brexit vote.
8:39am Monday 11th July 2016
TODAY is the saddest day for one of the most amazing people I've met in my time as a journalist, working principally for this paper.
11:44am Saturday 9th July 2016
Well, I've had some strange requests in my 36 years as a journalist but the call from St Teresa's Hospice takes the sugar lump: "How do you fancy being the back-end of a pantomime horse?"
11:11am Friday 8th July 2016
MORE roundabouts to help elderly drivers? No, please no… I’ve never forgotten the nightmare of going round Scotch Corner while an elderly driver on the roundabout started reversing towards me, completely oblivious of me, other cars, blaring horns and the basic rules of roundabouts. Or common sense.
4:13pm Thursday 7th July 2016
THINGS are bad. Things are really bad.
12:40pm Thursday 7th July 2016
A LOP can be many things. It can be the small branch or twig at the top of a tree which gets loped off by gardeners with a pair of lopers. It can be a type of rabbit with drooping ears that lop about – dangle loosely – down the side of its face.
8:44am Wednesday 6th July 2016
BEFORE it becomes an ingrained myth of ‘Brexit’, let’s dispel, or at any rate put into context, the claim that 75 per cent of young people voted to remain in the EU.