The QT

Tuesday 23 July 2024
23/07/2024

Edition 11

Strength of immersive tech is a reality

“Immersive technology is the future and the future is in Gateshead,” they said. Well, one of them said it and they always say things, don’t they?  It was a chilly, wet and windy morning in November 2017 when I first entered Proto, the emerging technology centre based in Gateshead’s Baltic Business Quarter.  The rain had …

Packing a punch in Paris

Sitting in his bedroom in North Tyneside, Adam Olaore is daring to imagine the possibility of Olympic glory. After years of blood, sweat and sacrifice, it’s now within touching distance. Tantalisingly so. The 22-year-old Wallsend boxer, who is nicknamed Big Future, has secured his ticket to Paris 2024 and, as he prepares to step on …

Rain stops play

James Morgan is staring out of his office at Benwell Hill CC wondering when — or if — the new cricket season will ever get underway. Heavy April showers have been a feature of the last three weeks and grounds staff across the North East have been grappling with one of the wettest springs, and …

Lifting cups on a weekly basis

Three quarters of a million drinks cups are expected to be used at this year’s Wimbledon — all supplied and washed by a North East firm. Event Cup Solutions, based at Middlesbrough’s Skippers Lane Industrial Estate, already has deals with Premier League giants, major sport and music venues, and outdoor music festivals. But landing the …

When the going gets tough

When Stephen Berry arrived for work at Redcar Racecourse at 5.30am on Monday, he had no reason to think the day’s meeting wouldn’t be going ahead as planned. After weeks of hard graft by Redcar’s track manager and his team of seven full-time ground staff, the 2024 season was finally poised to get underway at …

Things are looking up 

A mature student at the University of Sunderland has swapped the aviation industry for a place among the stars. Astronomer John Race, currently in the final year of an electronic and electrical engineering degree, was volunteering at a local observatory when the idea for a new telescope system came to him. The concept, which uses …

Remembering the modern ice age

Ice hockey trophies thought to be long lost will be the star attraction at a new exhibition spotlighting the story of Durham Ice Rink. A collection of shining symbols of the successes once enjoyed by the teams which called the arena home have spent the past 15 years or so in someone’s garage. But a …

The freedom of missing out

So, here I am doing the thing that epitomises most people’s idea of the freedom of the single writer. Trundling about on leafy Suffolk lanes in my camper van, Hilda, on a Saturday afternoon with no need to be home for a couple of days, just the open road ahead of me.  I’d performed some …

How do we keep pub doors open?

Last orders could be all too real and permanent for pubs in the coming years, fears an expert in the field. Now Professor Ignazio Cabras, who is head of the accounting and financial management department at Northumbria University’s Newcastle Business School, has organised a public event which will examine what the future holds for the …

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