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14 February 2024

Review: The Last Quiz Night on Earth

With Earth in the path of a celestial cue-ball approaching with Ronnie O’Sullivan style velocity, and the apocalypse therefore seemingly assured, what would you do? “Rush out and buy all the toilet paper I can find,” quipped one wag on Twitter (formerly X) recently. Having asked herself the question, Newcastle playwright Alison Carr came up …

Boxing Clever – The Office (US Version)

Before we get into this week’s column I feel I should address the jelly-encased elephant in the room. Yes, this is the American remake of the classic and groundbreaking British comedy of the same name, which took the form of a documentary about the staff of a Slough paper sales office. The 2001 show changed …

Backstage Pass to the school of rock

Born in Newcastle and given his big break in Sunderland, music and tech mover and shaker Harvey Lee will always have a soft spot for the North East. It was AC/DC, fuelled by flat-cap wearing Geordie frontman Brian Johnson, who inspired the academic flop’s colourful future career. And Harvey will be hoping the region’s next …

Orchestral manoeuvres in the North

Anton Bruckner’s music has never been used to advertise after shave or motor oil or even soap. Nor has it appeared in the opening credits of a weepy movie or sci-fi spectacular. Maybe that’s the real reason for its intimidating reputation with concertgoers.  The late 19th Century Austrian composer wrote nine symphonies each clocking up …

Farmers: No need to plough a lone furrow

A business network to support farmers and their families has been launched in Northumberland and is determined to make a difference.  The Farmer Network for Northumberland is the first of its kind in our region and provides a platform for the farming community to support each other – both in business and personally. The not-for-profit …

MP claims LGBT+ community has been ‘betrayed’

Jarrow MP, Kate Osborne, has accused the Government of betraying the LGBT+ community after the NHS badge rainbow scheme — designed to promote inclusivity and Pride — was scrapped by NHS England. The charity LGBT+ Foundation, which leads the scheme, announced it was ending due to lack of funding earlier this month but said the …

Poverty damages the economy and society

You only have to venture out into the communities around you to see deepening poverty. Rising homelessness, community buildings turned into “warm spaces” for people who can’t afford to heat their homes, growing numbers of people being treated by the NHS for malnutrition, queues at food banks. Shockingly, the latest data shows more than one …

Bank accused of not acting fairly

A small charity that brings theatre to schools and community groups is trying to prompt the bank it has been with for 30 years into paying proper compensation for putting it through a real-life drama. Théâtre Sans Frontières based in Hexham got a shock when its account with Barclays Bank was closed without any notice. …

Actors pass their Audition

Folk luminary, Rachel Unthank is set to make her theatrical debut in a new musical, which will get its first outing on South Tyneside next month. Featuring songs from the Great American Songbook, The Audition will be unveiled at The Customs House, South Shields, introducing audiences to five leading ladies all competing to get top …

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