Thank goodness for the Archbishop

4:42pm Thursday 30th October 2014

WHAT a deeply depressing week for those of us who yearn for a sensible debate about immigration – so thank God for the guy in the dog collar.

The great British Fryup is worth a visit

The Northern Echo: NAME CHANGE? Fryup near Danby, North Yorkshire

3:07pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

IT’S to be hoped the good folk of Fryup, in the North York Moors, don’t veto the plan to rename their valley Vegan Fryup for World Vegan Day on Saturday.

Artist joins Echo for Remembrance Sunday special edition

The Northern Echo:

3:58pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

I really think this will be something very special...

George Reynolds on the vapour trail

The Northern Echo: NEW VENTURE: Former football club boss George Reynolds opens  his new e-cigarette shop in Chester le Street. Picture:; DAVID WOOD (11774657)

11:21am Tuesday 28th October 2014

IMPROBABLY, almost unthinkably, an extraordinary anniversary approaches. On Friday it will be – it would have been – a year since George Reynolds had his name in the paper.

A reading from the book of Dave: A very taxing issue

11:14am Tuesday 28th October 2014

AND it came to pass in the land which is Inger-land in the days when Dave was Chief Steward of them which are called the Cameroons, there was much murmuring among the people, even them that dwelt in Clacton by the seaside.

A Christmas plea for help

The Northern Echo:

2:39pm Monday 27th October 2014

SUPPORTING the Salvation Army's Christmas appeal has become an annual duty here at The Northern Echo.

We need to learn to talk about grief

The Northern Echo:

12:05pm Friday 24th October 2014

LYNDA Bellingham was pretty in pink, frail but fantastic, brave and laughing in her last interview. And so near death that the interview she recorded just two weeks ago was shown after she’d died. Gulp.

Combing the terraces for an insult

11:22am Friday 24th October 2014

WHILE preparing tomorrow's Memories about the linen industry that once thrived on the banks of the Tees, all I could see in the back of my mind was the irrepressibly cheery face of comic Michael McIntyre.

Hair today, gone tomorrow

The Northern Echo:

9:53am Friday 24th October 2014

AT the age of 52, I am having to face up to the reality that I don’t have as much hair as I used to.

The Headline Challenge 2014

8:50am Friday 24th October 2014

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.

Labour's policy comes off the rails

7:32pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

WHEN Labour MPs and supporters express alarm about Ed Miliband’s dismal poll ratings, they are told: ‘Yes, but look at all our policies!”

Canker at the heart of the NHS

12:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A NATIONAL newspaper last weekend promoted a Reader Offer. Not a coffee mug imprinted with a front page of the said newspaper. Not a pair of cotton sheets, nor a cut-price wining and dining treat.

Tidy your bedroom and win your mum and dad a night of luxury

The Northern Echo:

10:30am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

I am delighted to announce the following competition to coincide with the launch of my new children's book....

Time to deal with this immigration farce

2:29pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

WHAT a surprise! David Cameron has finally woken up to the fact that people are concerned about immigration. It’s Ukip, of course, which has provided the alarm call. Really, it’s disgraceful that all three main parties have for years contemptuously ignored the public’s disquiet about the numbers coming in – and we don’t actually know how many, since our borders are so porous.

Where's the Opposition?

3:48pm Friday 17th October 2014

THE “Right Lines” campaign being driven by this newspaper is aimed at uniting the North-East behind demands for a fair deal on rail services.

Act serious

6:01pm Thursday 16th October 2014

WHEN the 18-year-old left school recently, staff held a farewell evening for parents and students. The head of sixth form gave a speech, saying what a wonderful, talented, hardworking bunch these youngsters were.

PMQs is an affront to democracy

3:41pm Thursday 16th October 2014

THE ‘phone calls and text messages began within minutes of the MP’s name emerging from the lucky dip for the weekly screaming match of Prime Minister’s questions.

Wealth, poverty and The Archers

11:48am Wednesday 15th October 2014

THE other evening on The Archers there was talk of supplying “the local food bank.” Now there’s something that would never have entered the scripwriters’ minds when the celebrated soap was launched in 1950.

Punishment must always fit the crime

2:55pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

IN 1978, Barry Williams finally snapped after a long-running row with his neighbours the Burkitt family.

Ukip: undisputed momentum, clear appeal to the disenchanted, little substance

The Northern Echo:

8:59pm Friday 10th October 2014


Getting our hands on cash

The Northern Echo: A Generic photo of a couple discussing their spending.  This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FINANCE Finance Column. (11283539)

10:50am Friday 10th October 2014

MEN and money? Most of them don’t worry their pretty little heads about it…

Telling a hoary old chestnut

9:22am Friday 10th October 2014

YOU could feel the seasons changing last weekend. A weatherfront went through, sweeping away the last balmy days of summer and leaving behind the chill air of autumn – "the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness", to use Keats' old chestnut.

Will either party be strong enough for Government?

11:47am Thursday 9th October 2014

THE usual game was played at this week’s Liberal Democrat conference - will Nick stick with Dave, the devil he knows, or twist with risky newcomer Ed?

Whitby's crumbling piers will outlive us all

12:30pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

"COLLAPSE" is a big word – or at any rate a dramatic word. "Collapse at any time," suggests immediate risk, a severe emergency.

Cracks appear in my wife's relationship with George Clooney

12:01pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

IT has not been a good time for my wife. George Clooney - the man of her dreams - got married.

Railway lines

The Northern Echo:

6:23pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

THE Friends of North Road Railway Museum – it has many, as the upper or lower case may be – presented an illustrated talk by the excellent Mr Chris Nettleton on steam around York.

Turning out the lights on UK growth

6:13pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

PITY David Cameron. He is in the testing predicament of a salesman who has to try to sell a product which is sub-standard and not fit for purpose: the Conservative part under his leadership.

The Great North Nun

The Northern Echo:

12:23pm Sunday 5th October 2014

I've picked up some funny habits lately...great fun this morning, taking part in The Nun Run in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance.

A taxing time for velologists

The Northern Echo: (11033006)

3:24pm Friday 3rd October 2014

THIS week, I have discovered that I am a velologist. An accidental velologist, but a velologist all the same.

Wonga makes it right

3:18pm Friday 3rd October 2014

FEW industries have attracted more public outrage in recent years than financial services – and rightly so.

'Tories play to the crusty old men'

2:35pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

IT’S all about “priorities”, the Conservative Cabinet minister explained – and, boy, were those priorities crystal clear at the party’s conference this week.

The latest EU attempt to stick its nose in

12:14pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

I LOATHE the leader’s beer and fags image. Suspect some unpleasant xenophobic stuff brews behind that inviting Home Rule for Britain facade.

Pink is not the only problem

The Northern Echo:

10:20am Friday 26th September 2014

PINK is not the enemy.

That holiday feeling

The Northern Echo:

10:19am Friday 26th September 2014

GOODBYE holiday charts or pulling a sickie. How about holidays, a day off, a lie-in or an early finish whenever you like?

Leave them to it

The Northern Echo:

10:17am Friday 26th September 2014

WHY can’t politicians’ wives let them get on with it?

Backchat: The simple pleasures

10:16am Friday 26th September 2014

DEAR SHARON Reading the column I was struck by your treasuring of small delights. Isn’t it amazing how many memories can be wrapped up in one small thing?

Economy of words is a good thing

10:03am Friday 26th September 2014

I’M speaking at the Festival of Thrift on Saturday and wondering what words to use.

Labour has missed an open goal

9:39am Thursday 25th September 2014

THERE was blood and thunder at this week’s Labour party conference – but, sadly, it was seen on the football pitch, not in the conference centre.

Such a loser!

The Northern Echo:

9:46am Thursday 25th September 2014

I ’VE always enjoyed a day at the races. When I was a kid, a trip to Redcar, Catterick, Thirsk, and even York was a special treat with my Dad.

So what lies ahead for the UK now?

10:03am Wednesday 24th September 2014

SO – Scotland remains in the UK – for now. Already there will be many who voted No to independence regretting their decision.

Saving grace

The Northern Echo:

10:40am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

On the track of a forgotten hero, and an unexpected meeting with a lion

Does no one still believe in God?

10:24am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

OOH that Justin Welby he does say some strange things. The Archbishop of Canterbury says: “I sometimes wonder whether God exists.” He added: “There are moments when you think, ‘Is there a God? Where is God?’”

A victory on all sides of our Roman fort

8:20pm Monday 22nd September 2014

THE historic importance of the Roman site at Binchester, in County Durham, cannot be underestimated.

Cluff through the ages

6:45pm Monday 22nd September 2014

IT was an honour to say a few words tonight at the opening of an exhibition of the work of The Northern Echo's cartoonist John Longstaff, alias Cluff.

North's newspapers join up in a united call for fairness in wake of Scottish referendum

The Northern Echo:

10:50am Friday 19th September 2014

SEVERAL of the major newspaper titles across the north of England have joined forces in a united call to the party leaders in the wake of the Scottish referendum.

Delivering real change in the north

3:40pm Friday 19th September 2014

THE people of Scotland have spoken and we welcome their rejection of independence.

Is life too loud?

The Northern Echo:

10:38am Friday 19th September 2014

A CITY in China has introduced pedestrian lanes on pavements just for people using mobile phones. Brilliant.

It’s all about the booze

The Northern Echo:

10:37am Friday 19th September 2014

SORRY if you’re already worrying yourself witless about your departing 18-year-old – but in York, the university and the students’ union hired a private ambulance to look after new students as they drank themselves stupid in Freshers’ Week.

Backchat: How to keep everyone happy

The Northern Echo:

10:36am Friday 19th September 2014

DEAR SHARON, LIKE most men, I regard shopping as a chore – something to get over with as quickly as possible.

Bridge over troubled waters

10:08am Friday 19th September 2014

BY the time you read this, one of the most curious corners of the North- East may be the last upholder of the Union.

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