3:54pm Monday 18th May 2015
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.
11:06am Monday 20th April 2015
THE Corpse Way stretches, lugubriously, the 12 miles from Keld to Grinton, in Swaledale. Since Grinton was the nearest consecrated ground, 18th Century mourners would carry the body in a wicker basket, periodically stopping for liquid refreshment. The funeral procession could take an awfully long time.
10:51am Tuesday 14th April 2015
YOU read it here first; four weeks ago to be precise. The bronze mallard that was to have stood at the feet of the statue of the great Sir Nigel Gresley has been removed at the request of his grandsons.
12:37pm Thursday 9th April 2015
THE Welsh author Dylan Thomas, who once defined an alcoholic as a man you don’t like who drinks as much as you do, honed Under Milk Wood over many years.
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.
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.
10:19am Monday 16th March 2015
NOT what you’d call a resident president, I retain that high office with the Wensleydale Writers group and thus felt obliged to put in appearance at the annual meeting at the Friends Meeting House in Leyburn. There’d been enough rejection slips.
10:56am Tuesday 10th March 2015
BAMBURGH has been named by the Sunday Times as the best rural seaside place in Britain in which to live. So it’s official, then.
10:13am Wednesday 4th March 2015
The Road to Wembley isn’t an original concept, nor probably the Railroad either, but stand-up comedian Andy Fury had made a highly diverting fist of it.
10:05am Wednesday 4th March 2015
The Railroad to Wembley draws tantalizingly near its destination
11:41am Monday 2nd March 2015
IN step with history, last week’s column wondered how South Shields folk came to be known as Sand Dancers – and has had a couple of interesting theories.
10:12am Wednesday 25th February 2015
TO North Shields, long nicknamed The Robins, where excitement grows ahead of Saturday’s FA Vase quarter-final at Erith and Belvedere.
10:05am Wednesday 25th February 2015
The play’s the thing….but the memories take centre stage, too
12:12pm Tuesday 24th February 2015
MILDLY outraged, The Times reports that 11 Church of England bishops – including the Bishop of Durham – still have chauffeurs. It prompts affectionate memories of one of our former bishops and a rejoinder from a second.
10:53am Tuesday 10th February 2015
GIVEN the familiar verse from the 18th chapter of the Gospel according to St Matthew – you know, the one about its being better that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depths of the sea – the Millstone may seem a surprising name for a pub.
10:45am Tuesday 27th January 2015
ERIC WHITE’S funeral takes place in Aycliffe Village today. Lovely chap, local councillor, old friend, he’d appear occasionally in these columns – mischievously, but never once maliciously.
11:10am Tuesday 23rd December 2014
IT’S hard to describe the sound of Away In a Manger being played with a double bass bow on a large wood saw. but the edited highlights of an unanaesthetised procedure at a cat neutering clinic might come pretty close.
5:11pm Tuesday 16th December 2014
WE'RE invited last Friday evening to a do in Bishop Auckland, further to explain John Ruffer’s truly incredible vision for the town.
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