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Sunday 14 July 2024
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6 June 2024

Overlooking Newcastle from Gateshead

We are the backbone of the UK economy

Newcastle has always been a city of innovation and progress.  At the height of the industrial age, the River Tyne was the ‘workshop of the world’ — producing trains, ships and engines that powered industries the world over and have had a lasting and profound impact. It has always been a city of trade and commerce — an outward and …

Alphabetti unveils its leading man for Act II

The news that Alphabetti Theatre’s founding artistic/executive director Ali Pritchard was standing down after a decade of being the driving force at the city centre venue, charity and new-theatre-producing powerhouse was met with a mixture of sadness, admiration and a couple of massive questions. Firstly, who are they going to get to replace him? And …

Poetic power of Morden Tower

On June 16, 1964, Connie and Tom Pickard organised the first poetry reading at Morden Tower on Newcastle’s mediaeval town West Walls. Over the next few years, against the odds, it became an international centre for poetry and one of the most iconic venues for poetry performances in Britain.  It played host to Allen Ginsberg, …

A story to stick with…

Recently while watching Mammals, the latest of David Attenborough’s remarkable films about the animal kingdom, I was entranced as a gorilla used the branch of a tree to help him walk along a path through dense jungle. Then he went and spoiled the touching image by braying a rival over the head with it. This …

Nothing Trumps Donald hype 

I’d spent most of the afternoon on board the US Navy ship turned five-star visitor attraction Intrepid, learning all about life at sea and enjoying unrivalled views of New York’s Hudson River from the famous Pier 86. It reminded me of my brief stint with the Sea Scouts in Blyth: I immediately felt a deep …

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