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10:46am Thursday 13th March 2014
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10:48am Tuesday 11th March 2014
PART of this column is going to be very nasty. I’ll get the nasty bit in first, then you can resume the enjoyment of your breakfast. A man’s former girlfriend discovered a video of him having penetrative sex with a pit bull terrier. Time was when he would have gone to prison for that, but instead he was given a suspended sentence. I see in this distasteful story a parable of how public morality in this country changes –some would say deteriorates.
10:01am Tuesday 11th March 2014
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6:48pm Friday 7th March 2014
10:58am Thursday 6th March 2014
9:45am Thursday 6th March 2014
AS Parliament slumbers through another sleepy week, more and more I find myself cursing the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not sleepy in No.10 or at the Foreign Office - where I’m sure ministers are burning the midnight oil, after it all kicked off in Ukraine.
6:34pm Wednesday 5th March 2014
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5:36pm Tuesday 4th March 2014
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10:21am Tuesday 4th March 2014
SEDUCED by steam, last week’s column was on the Great Goodbye at Shildon. Those who so expertly design the page chose to highlight the suggestion that folk who persist in calling Mallard and her sister locos “trains” should be condemned, Sisyphus-like, forever to be returned to the back of the queue.
8:51pm Monday 3rd March 2014
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6:19pm Friday 28th February 2014
11:24am Friday 28th February 2014
FOR more than three-quarters of an hour one chill evening last November, my son and I patiently wound our way through the crash barrier queues down Claypath to get in to Durham’s Lumiere festival. We could see our lives ticking away on the Helvetictoc projected onto the side of Millennium Place.
11:10am Friday 28th February 2014
11:08am Friday 28th February 2014
SIMON COWELL and his partner, Lauren Silverman, took their nine-day-old baby Eric for a day to the beach – along with four tents, five sunshades, security guards, assistants, friends, helpers and Cowell’s two Yorkshire terriers.
11:08am Friday 28th February 2014
11:07am Friday 28th February 2014
A BUTCHER in Suffolk was forced to remove his awardwinning display of dead animals – pigs, rabbits, game – as it upset passers by reminding them that meat doesn’t actually grow in tidy little polystyrene packs in supermarket chill counters.
11:05am Friday 28th February 2014
ZARA PHILLIPS and husband Mike Tindall were apparently paid £150,000 by Hello! Magazine for pictures with their new baby Mia and have caused a flurry over whether this was the right thing for the Queen’s granddaughter to do.
11:04am Friday 28th February 2014
I WAS interested in your meeting with the police dog who is trained to sniff out explosives. It’s amazing what dogs can be trained to do. There are dogs who can sense when their owners are about to have an epileptic seizures and dogs to help children with autism, as well as dogs to help people with physical disabilities.
10:38am Thursday 27th February 2014
10:10am Thursday 27th February 2014
A NEW front in the battle against child poverty will be opened up today, apparently – but I fear the war has already been lost. Ministers are due to publish a new strategy aimed at lifting more youngsters above the breadline, as they are required – by a Labour law – to do, every few years.
10:42am Wednesday 26th February 2014
10:41am Tuesday 25th February 2014
We can rely on the bishops – Anglican or Catholic – to do anything, except teach the Christian faith. The hierarchy of both churches have just had a good old go at the Government for its changes in the rules about benefits. Of course, the church has a responsibility to the poor which derives from the words of Jesus Christ Himself who, according to St Luke’s gospel, said: “Blessed are the poor.”
10:30am Tuesday 25th February 2014
7:30pm Monday 24th February 2014
10:45am Monday 24th February 2014
IT was a pleasure last week to officially open the charity shop at Northland Methodist Church, in Darlington, and there were a number of key factors involved in my decision to agree to do the honours.
6:48pm Friday 21st February 2014
10:45am Friday 21st February 2014
SOMETIMES, coming last is brilliant. We should try it more often. Violinist Vannessa Mae did. Not content with ten million album sales and having earned £30m by the time she was 30, she decided life wasn’t challenging enough. So she had a go at the Winter Olympics.
10:41am Friday 21st February 2014
10:40am Friday 21st February 2014
CAUGHT out by Which? in pricing tactics that are as dazzlingly confusing as the three-card trick – baffling multi-buy deals, special offers that aren’t that special, jumbo packs that are no bargain at all – a supermarket spokesman said, with an apparently straight face: “We would never deliberately mislead customers on price.”
10:40am Friday 21st February 2014
10:24am Thursday 20th February 2014
I HAD two tickets for a live theatre show being screened at our local cinema: “Who would like to come?” I said, waving the golden tickets in the air. I bought them two months in advance as I knew it would sell out, which it did, within two days of the tickets going on sale. Someone will want to come, I reasoned, back in December.
9:33am Thursday 20th February 2014
10:12am Wednesday 19th February 2014
6:14pm Tuesday 18th February 2014
THE Northern Echo has been determined from the outset to do justice to the 100th anniversary of the First World War. It is a milestone of huge significance. It is not something to be celebrated. But it must be properly marked.
11:09am Tuesday 18th February 2014
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10:55am Friday 14th February 2014
ROSES are red... and ridiculously expensive this weekend as demand soars for Valentine’s Day Meanwhile, the commercial world pulsates to the throb of flashing pink hearts, giant balloons, satin cushions and uncomfortable lingerie, while the mountain of tat gets ever tackier – veering between the twee, the nauseating and the downright obscene.
10:53am Friday 14th February 2014
ACTOR Laurence Fox was apparently called a “disgusting and appalling human being” by a police community officer when he left his five-year-old son in the car as he dashed into a chemist’s shop to buy medicine for his other son.
10:51am Friday 14th February 2014
10:50am Friday 14th February 2014
THIS thing about poo bags as tree decoration must be a national phenomenon. I walk miles each day with my dogs, through countryside, and find them even in areas where there is no legal requirement to pick up the poo.
GENERAL ELECTION: CONSTITUENCIES
- Barnard Castle
- Bishop Auckland
- Crook & Weardale
- Durham City
- York & Harrogate
- Newton Aycliffe
- Richmond & The Dales
- Tyne & Wear
- Whitby & Scarborough