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Admirable Nelson – the one-eyed miracle moggy

The Northern Echo:

10:02am Thursday 21st August 2014

I WOULD just like to say well done to Andrea Huntley-Crow and her husband Dave for adopting Nelson, the one-eyed cat (Echo, July 7).

No way out?

10:01am Thursday 21st August 2014

PREDICTABLY, events over recent weeks will have acted as a recruiting sergeant for anti- Semitism and Muslim extremism.

Halt this outrage

10:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

THE controversy regarding British born Jihadists returning to Britain after fighting for Islamic State (IS) in Syria has serious implications, particularly when they openly threaten to return to Britain and attack the people in all manner of barbaric ways.

Not cricket

10:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

VJ CONNOR should not be surprised that the BBC prefers to show any sport rather than cricket.

Method madness

9:59am Thursday 21st August 2014

AS an impartial observer of the yes/no campaign, may I suggest that both parties adopt the “EU referendum method” of voting. By this I mean if your party does not achieve the necessary majority support in the first ballot then just repeat the procedure until the result you desire is obtained.

Bob took Cats up

9:55am Thursday 21st August 2014

MARTIN BIRTLE’S letter (HAS, Aug 11) regarding Sunderland was incorrect.

Region's more recent history needs recording

The Northern Echo:

11:37am Wednesday 20th August 2014

MY grandmother was born at Mount Pleasant, married my grandfather in 1901, and moved into a house in Newton Street, Dean Bank. My grandfather left the pit as his family grew, and took up farm work. Some 30 years earlier my great grandfather, on my mother’s side, landed in Durham from Buckfastleigh, where he had been a tin miner.

Rioting's wrong

11:35am Wednesday 20th August 2014

WHY is it Arab and Islamic countries feel they have the right to riot against their governments in the hope of overthrowing them and getting their own way?

Bad exit strategy

11:35am Wednesday 20th August 2014

JEREMY PAXMAN is supposed to have said that he would like to see a Dignitas clinic on every street corner.

Britain ain't broke

11:34am Wednesday 20th August 2014

THERE is a saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

Ambulance facts

11:33am Wednesday 20th August 2014

THE letter written by Malcolm Bateson (HAS, Aug 16) on stand-by ambulance crews shows a basic lack of understanding as to how stand-by ambulance crews actually work.

War coverage

11:33am Wednesday 20th August 2014

DON’T worry, I’m sure the BBC’s tribute to the Great War will be over by Christmas.

Threat to Britain

11:32am Wednesday 20th August 2014

TEACHING young people to hate the British is a worldwide phenomenon. Our cowardly do-gooder excuse of a Government should act but it won’t.

MP's a disgrace

11:32am Wednesday 20th August 2014

MONEY-HUNGRY people should not become MPs Foreign Office minister Mark Simmonds resigning because he can’t manage on £117,310 a year is a disgrace.

Here's to one for the road...

The Northern Echo:

10:13am Tuesday 19th August 2014

I RECENTLY noticed that I’d picked up a nail in one of my rear tyres and went to International Tyres, on the Roman Way Industrial Estate, just off the roundabout at Tindale.

Charity worry

10:11am Tuesday 19th August 2014

IF the money spent on TV appeals was spent on people in need it would alleviate all the begging adverts we have to put up with.


10:11am Tuesday 19th August 2014

IT is good to hear that there will be a ceremony to remember Canadian officer Andrew Mynarski and the 1,266 men who died flying from Middleton St George during the Second World War (Echo, Aug 16).


10:10am Tuesday 19th August 2014

PETE Winstanley asks is it really necessary for him to put pen to paper and condemn ISIS for the atrocities in Iraq as everyone shares his disgust and outrage at such obscene barbarism anyway (HAS, Aug 15).

War on terror

10:10am Tuesday 19th August 2014

I HAVE opposed the “war on terror” since it was started in 2001 by the misguided George W Bush and his vainglorious admirer, Tony Blair, because I believed that the strategy would only create more terrorists.


10:09am Tuesday 19th August 2014

HUGH Pender’s letter (HAS, Aug 8) rightly highlights the weak rhetoric offered by British and European politicians with regard to the Ukrainian crisis.

Are the Government’s policies really working?

The Northern Echo:

9:50am Monday 18th August 2014

WORK and Pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith is up to his old tricks again manipulating the unemployment figures.

Street lights

9:49am Monday 18th August 2014

HAVING observed the new ‘low cost’ street lighting, which is now been installed, I have to say it reminds me of the 1950s and 1960s when the streets were lit with gas lamps.

Trade deal

9:48am Monday 18th August 2014

DAVID CAMERON likes to portray himself as defender of British sovereignty in dealings with the EU.

Show no show

9:48am Monday 18th August 2014

I FAIL to see why Durham Tees Valley Airport cannot revive the much-loved Teesside air show.

Navy deal

9:48am Monday 18th August 2014

EVERYONE knows how desperate this Government is in its attempt to buy votes but now it is actually resorting to out-and-out bribery with its threat to cancel the contract for the building of the three naval vessels on the river Clyde if Scotland vote yes for independence.

Peace at last?

9:47am Monday 18th August 2014

WHEN we moved to Low Etherley in 1979 the main attractions were some lovely people, a number of traditional pubs and rural peace and quiet.

Robin Williams

9:47am Monday 18th August 2014

WE have witnessed yet again the untimely passing of yet another Hollywood icon.

Arms sales

9:46am Monday 18th August 2014

IF anyone had any doubts about how callous this Conservative Government is then any uncertainty should be dispelled over David Cameron’s attitude to Gaza.

‘Never too late to achieve your dream’

The Northern Echo:

9:41am Friday 15th August 2014

WHAT a tremendous night of Athletics for Great Britain at the European Athletic Championships in Zurich on Wednesday. Three gold, one silver and one bronze medal with Great Britain top of the medals table.

Norman Cornish

9:40am Friday 15th August 2014

YOUR editorial (the first that I can recall in eulogy to an artist) rightly states that the North-East, and County Durham in particular, must think carefully about the appropriate way to remember Norman Cornish (Echo, Aug 12).

Gunner George

9:39am Friday 15th August 2014

LIKE many others, I read the weekly entries in Echo Memories of Gunner George James’s daily diary of the carnage on the Western Front during the First World War (Echo, Jan-Jul). His writing brought home to me the reality of the conflict of 100 years ago.


9:39am Friday 15th August 2014

SO COMPANY bosses are going to sleep “rough” at St James’ Park to raise money for homelessness charities (Echo, Aug 14).

Tracey Emin

9:40am Friday 15th August 2014

GEOFF CARR’S letter (HAS, Aug 14) prompted me to delve deeper into the works of Tracey Emin, whom he describes as “a truly gifted artist”.

Dogs in pubs

9:38am Friday 15th August 2014

THERE have been two letters recently voicing complaints regarding publicans who refuse to allow dogs into their pubs (HAS, Aug 13). I say well done to the publicans, because they obviously have considerable concern for the hygiene of their premises and products, and for the wellbeing of their customers.

New Dark Ages

9:38am Friday 15th August 2014

HAVING observed the new LED street lighting which is now being installed across the North-East, I have got to say it reminds me of the 1950s and 1960s when the streets were lit with gas lamps.

Even Mrs Thatcher knew mail privatisation was wrong

The Northern Echo:

10:08am Thursday 14th August 2014

WHEN they go on sale I shall be the first to buy some Margaret Thatcher stamps.

Naughty Boy

10:06am Thursday 14th August 2014

HAVING been a follower of HAS for a number of years I was surprised to read VJ Connor’s allegation that fellow contributor Kevin Mcstravick could call a fellow correspondent a horrid little boy (Echo, Aug 13).

Parcel trouble

10:06am Thursday 14th August 2014

RECENTLY I went to my local post office to send a small parcel to my very seriously ill son who lives in Germany.

Stay active

10:05am Thursday 14th August 2014

MICK WARD, of Leeds social services, claims a local 62-year old woman, recently retired, will live to 120.

Death hype

10:05am Thursday 14th August 2014

AT the risk of sounding callous, I have to say, I think that the death of actor Robin Williams (Echo, Aug 13) has been grossly over-hyped by the media.

State mistake

10:04am Thursday 14th August 2014

PETER Mullen’s hatred of all things connected with the state knows no bounds (Echo, Aug 12).

Gifted artist

10:04am Thursday 14th August 2014

I AGREE with John Cumberland’s views on the genius of Norman Cornish (HAS, Aug 13) and love his work, especially so as it reminds me of my Spennymoor childhood.

Leaving a mark

10:04am Thursday 14th August 2014

I HAVE just visited the Edinburgh Festival for the second year running and once again saw brilliant entertainment on the Royal Mile and various venues across Edinburgh, but one performance in particular really left its mark on me.

Medical study

10:03am Thursday 14th August 2014

HAVE you completed treatment for breast cancer in the past five years? Are you an internet user? Have you ever used the internet to look up complementary and alternative medicine treatment?

Emin can’t hold a candle to Norman Cornish

The Northern Echo:

9:43am Wednesday 13th August 2014

I WOULDN’T care who stood in front of me trying to defend the artistic content of work by Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst and the like, or those so-called collectors with more money than sense, I’d happily criticise it.

Football crazy

9:42am Wednesday 13th August 2014

THE letters page has been full of discussion about North-East football greats in the past week.

Clare Balding

9:42am Wednesday 13th August 2014

I WAS amused to read the sports commentating awards letter (HAS, Aug 11) and thought the winning choice strange.

Ode to cold calls

9:41am Wednesday 13th August 2014

AFTER three cold callers knocked to say I had a problem with my roof I put together this verse. I thought it may interest and alert your readers to the fact they are doing the rounds again.

Hamas puzzle

9:41am Wednesday 13th August 2014

KEV MCSTRAVICK (HAS, August 4) questioned why Hamas continued to pursue an armed struggle against Israel when it could follow a more passive policy of adapting to the current situation. He said he had his opinion but would welcome others.

Russia bashing

9:40am Wednesday 13th August 2014

THE hypocritical West is at it again.

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