The QT

Tuesday 23 July 2024
23/07/2024

Edition 1

Showing Hartlepool in an old light

The winter of 1962-63 is remembered as the ‘big freeze’, one of the coldest on record. In some parts of the country snow lay metres high, bringing things to a grinding halt. In Hartlepool, recording the worst unemployment figures in the country, hardship was piled on hardship. William Gray & Co. had recently closed its …

Wedded to words… and each other

David Almond and Julia Green have lived on their quiet Tynemouth street since November 2022 and if ever a place could be called a house of stories it’s surely theirs. Bookending the upstairs landing are studies — one each, with desk, writerly paraphernalia and personal flourishes. Julia’s has a bookcase with David’s published titles and …

Winds of change

Although something huge is happening in the North Sea, something genuinely transformational, the chances are it has barely registered with you. Why is that?  Maybe because no matter how hard you scan the horizons from the sandy beaches of Seaburn, Seaton Carew, Sandhaven or Druridge Bay, you can’t see it taking shape and there are …

Putting more officers back on the beat

There will be a more visible police presence and a more local focus on crime in Northumbria’s Chief Constable Vanessa Jardine’s vision of how she will reshape the force. Having taken the top job back in April of last year,  the Chief Constable is now setting out her stall on how to bring crime down …

Sunderland’s green goal to net rewards

We increasingly live in a world where we know green is good. Only fossil-fuel polluters and petro-states tick the ‘strongly disagree’ box these days (though no one should underestimate how much they can muddy the waters of public opinion). Even football, that exemplar of conspicuous consumption in the modern era, is belatedly making efforts to …

How the North East is motoring ahead

He’s the driving force behind the largest automotive cluster in the UK and a long-time champion for accelerating growth and investment across the North East. Paul Butler, CEO of the North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA), continues to play an integral role in positioning the region as the location of choice for automotive investment in Europe …

Turner-nominated artist turns her attention to Belsay

For artist and photographer Ingrid Pollard, it was a year spent in ‘wonderland’. Ingrid, appointed as English Heritage’s first visual art fellow, was presented with the opportunity of a year-long fellowship at Belsay Hall in Northumberland. Spread out before her was a medieval castle and an impressive 20 acres of gardens, including the location’s atmospheric …

How to drive Kevin Keegan Batty

They say ‘never meet your heroes’. In truth, I’m not sure who says that or who ‘they’ really are? I’ve always loved meeting my heroes and intend to meet many, many more. Maybe a more appropriate nugget of advice would be ‘always meet your heroes — just limit your expectations’. It’s served me well down …

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