The Northern Echo's website recently launched a new feature - the e-interview - where readers ask the questions.

The first interview was with Alan Hinkes, a mountaineer from Northallerton, North Yorkshire, who is aiming to be the first British man to climb the world's 14 highest peaks.

Alan's answers are now online. Log on to see how he's answered your questions.

* North-East History has two new sections: crime history and veterans' stories. Go to www.northeasthistory. to read about the struggles of soldiers during the First World War, and also about some of the region's notorious criminals.

* We have teamed up with the Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle, to give readers a chance to win tickets to some of the finest films on release. Log on to to enter.

* Readers have a chance to win a family day pass to Beamish Museum. Log on to our homepage for a to enter this and many other competitions.