The Headline Challenge 2014

10:30am Tuesday 22nd July 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.

Cheers Charlie - you're a star

3:31pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

Staff here at The Northern Echo would like to say a big thank you to Charlie, the shih tzu, from Teesville, Middlesbrough. Charlie featured in the paper recently after getting his hair dyed in support of England's World Cup campaign. Despite England's failure, Charlie was so pleased with his 15 minutes of fame, he's sent us a thank you card and a box of Continental biscuits. Cheers Charlie!

Sevenoaks isn't ready for sushi

12:14pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

Regular readers will know how much I love news bills and I'm grateful to John from the Boro Fishbar for sending me some classics...Brace yourselves.

Wonga and an unethical mismatch

8:51pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

 

Tourism bears fruit in Darlington

5:13pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

There are some people who are always worth chatting to, and Robin Blair - the friendly face of Darlington's Victorian Market - is one of them.

A question of judgement for David Cameron

10:41am Wednesday 25th June 2014

HINDSIGHT is, of course, a wonderful thing and David Cameron would clearly not have appointed Andy Coulson as his chief spin doctor had he known he was engaged in criminal activity.

Wives tales from Newton Aycliffe

9:08pm Monday 23rd June 2014

A great pleasure tonight to speak to the Neville Parade Wives Club in Newton Aycliffe.

By gum, it can be such a chew on...

9:46am Monday 23rd June 2014

THERE are those, I’m sure, who imagine that being an editor is glamorous and exciting. So let me tell you about my visit to the chip shop.

Freedom of speech under attack by councils

2:22pm Thursday 19th June 2014

CAN someone please let me know if we are still living in Britain, where freedom of speech and democracy are supposed to be held dear.

A gift that takes the biscuit

12:15pm Thursday 19th June 2014

Loved spending some time this morning with illustrator Paul Wick at New Marske Primary School.

England til I dye

The Northern Echo:

12:09pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

Meet Charlie, the Shih Tzu, who will be brightening up the pages of tomorrow's Northern Echo as a canine England fan.

10 reasons why I want England to win

The Northern Echo: DECISIONS: England boss Roy Hodgson must decide who to play behind Daniel Sturridge on Saturday against Italy

4:02pm Saturday 14th June 2014

I know it's not very likely but here's 10 reasons why I really, really want England to win the World Cup...

D-Day's lesson in peace

8:45pm Friday 6th June 2014

IT takes a special occasion to bring world leaders together, and the 70th anniversary of the D-day landings has certainly been a special occasion, with many fine words spoken by heads of state.

A day to remember at Saltburn

4:26pm Sunday 1st June 2014

THERE were, of course, light-hearted moments behind the scenes before Saltburn's re-enactment of the Chhristmas Day football match between English and German troops.

Say Happy Birthday to Mary Butterwick...

The Northern Echo: BIRTHDAY GIRL: Hospice founder Mary Butterwick

4:32pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

The Northern Echo has had a long and proud association with the Butterwick Hospice.

How to get an editor to visit your school - offer biscuits

10:49am Wednesday 28th May 2014

The way to an editor's heart is through his stomach - and the pupils of New Marske Primary School appear to know that all too well.

Headline Challenge latest

6:15pm Monday 26th May 2014

Tomorrow morning's Headline Challenge between The Northern Echo and BBC Tees will be the following story...

Ukip - underestimated no longer

1:40pm Monday 26th May 2014

HINDSIGHT is a wonderful thing and it clear now that many of us underestimated Nigel Farage and Ukip - and The Northern Echo is included in that assessment.

Surviving a day of High drama

12:23pm Monday 26th May 2014

IT was arguably the most stressful moment of my career, and all because I hadn't checked my diary properly.

Foxy Farage makes the feathers fly

7:21pm Friday 23rd May 2014

LICKING his lips after productive raids in the council elections, power-hungry Nigel Farage has declared that the Ukip fox is in the Westminster henhouse. And there is certainly enough for each of the main parties to fret about.

A day of High drama

7:37am Thursday 22nd May 2014

The Northern Echo:

My World War One sunflower - coming along nicely

9:05am Wednesday 21st May 2014

I don't like to brag, but look at the size of my sunflower!

Confessions from the hairdresser's...

9:18pm Tuesday 20th May 2014

I HAD to laugh today when I went for a haircut and heard about a female customer who'd been into the salon in preparation for a wedding.

Name the nuttiest footballers

The Northern Echo: Artist Quentin Devine holds up his nutty carvings of Gary Lineker and David Beckham

2:15pm Tuesday 20th May 2014

Today's Headline Challenge is about artist Quentin Devine who is making a name for himself by carving portraits of famous footballers out of Brazil nuts.

Farage - a man of dangerous bluster

6:55pm Monday 19th May 2014

NO matter how much Nigel Farage twists and squirms, his remarks about Romanians during a disastrous radio interview were racist. It really is as simple as that.

Understanding the North-East

The Northern Echo: THE BIG PICTURE: The North-East, seen in all its glory, with an enviable view of Durham City, and England’s favourite building

10:29am Monday 19th May 2014

THERE’S always a danger of over-reacting when a national newspaper journalist sticks the knife into the North-East.

Understanding the North-East

8:14pm Tuesday 13th May 2014

THERE is always a danger of over-reacting when a national newspaper journalist sticks the knife into the North-East.

The bum's rush from Sir Richard Branson

8:34pm Monday 12th May 2014

YOU could hear the groans of Virgin Money's public relations advisers all over the North-East this morning...

It'll all end in tiers

7:42pm Friday 9th May 2014

DESPITE the fact that the national football team has failed to win the World Cup for nearly half a century, England supporters have gone into major tournaments with inflated expectations.

Cod speed!

2:11pm Friday 9th May 2014

I know we're all in a rush these days but I came across a fella in the chip shop today who must be on an especially tight deadline.

Losing the plot - and finding it again

10:30am Thursday 8th May 2014

IT's just a little green shoot in a plastic plant pot. But seeing it come up through the soil had me punching the air with joy.

Max Clifford: Paying the price of arrogance

9:12pm Friday 2nd May 2014

MAX Clifford was the "king of spin" who manipulated the media for huge personal gain. He made some stories appear on front pages - and prevented others from ever being published.

Quakers are heading in the right direction

6:39pm Thursday 1st May 2014

THE football season has come to a bitterly disappointing end for those supporters who have stuck with Darlington Football Club through thick and thin.

In search of Private John Thomas Matthews

10:59am Thursday 1st May 2014

JOHN Tomas Matthews died from his injuries sustained in the First World War and he is my sunflower soldier.

Disappointingly, Nigel Farage calls it right

5:52pm Wednesday 30th April 2014

FROM the point of view that it would have made politics more interesting for a while,  it is a bit of a let-down that Nigel Farage has decided against standing for the Newark seat vacated by the disgraced Patrick Mercer.

Fessing up because the game is up

8:49pm Tuesday 29th April 2014

PERHAPS Patrick Mercer thinks it is jolly decent of him to resign as an MP now that a standards committee has ruled that he should be suspended from the Commons for six months arfter he was filmed by undercover reporters accepting money in return for asking questions in Parliament.

A long, hard shift...

12:14pm Tuesday 29th April 2014

Even though it ate into the weekend, it was a pleasure to be guest speaker at the 50th anniversary celebrations of Norton Methodist Church on Saturday night.

Why it’s a blooming tough time

10:30am Monday 28th April 2014

A CONVERSATION with a friend has summed up why town centre trade is going down the plughole.

A good attitude? Frankly, I should think so...

10:53pm Sunday 27th April 2014

Don't you just love the bubble in which those involved in top-level football exist?

A nose for trouble?

8:19am Friday 25th April 2014

Now that Fidgety Bridget Wrigglesworth - my third book in the Monstrous Morals series - is in the shops, number four is about to be sent to the printers.

Restoring the memory of our heroes

7:58pm Thursday 24th April 2014

IN the year that marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, it is fitting that the Government should make a commitment to restore the gravestones of heroic soldiers awarded the Victoria Cross - the highest military award for bravery.

Why town centre trade is going down the plughole

9:19am Thursday 24th April 2014

I HAD a conversation with a friend the other day which summed up the challenge facing town centres.

Putting the world in perspective

8:07pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

THE main talking point of the week in the pubs and offices of Britain has been the sacking of David Moyes as the manager of Manchester United.

A sunflower to remember John Thomas Matthews

8:11am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

I'M delighted to have received my sunflower seeds this morning so I can take part in Stockton's community project to commemorate the centenary of World war One.

Introducing Fidgety Bridget Wrigglesworth

10:15am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Stocks of my latest children's book, Fidgety Bridget Wrigglesworth, have arrived today so I'm wriggling with excitement.

Time for Tony the Fridge to chill

The Northern Echo: Time for Tony the Fridge to chill

6:38pm Monday 14th April 2014

WHEN it comes to raising money for worthy causes, the North-East is blessed with countless people who are willing to go the extra mile. This is a region with a big heart.

The mum who fought the law

The Northern Echo: WELL DONE MUM: Pat Gibson gets a kiss from her son David in 1995 after she was named Darlington’s first Citizen of the Year

11:20am Monday 14th April 2014

MICHAEL Gibson just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. In April 1992, he and his younger brother, David, were walking along High Row, in Darlington town centre, when they were approached by three youths.

Finding the mum who changed the law

7:01pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Twitter is an amazing thing....

Out of step - and out of Government

7:38pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

It is not a surprise that Maria Miller has resigned as Culture Secretary - just that it was so long coming given that the controversy surrounding her expenses claim had become what is known in political circles as "toxic".

A mother who fought to scrap an absurd law

7:09pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

It is 20 years this week since one of The Northern Echo's most important campaigns took shape.



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