The QT

Sunday 14 July 2024
14/07/2024

Edition 22

Ready, steady, go… eventually

It was late at night or early in the morning. Or was it the middle of the afternoon? It’s difficult to tell in the picturesque Norwegian town of Honningsvåg, a few miles south of the Nordkapp, in the middle of summer. You see, throughout June and July, near 24-hour daylight is a prominent feature of …

Port of Tyne outlines ambitious plans

The Port of Tyne’s activities are worth more than £720m to the North East economy and are supporting around 11,400 jobs, according to its annual report. Matt Beeton, the chief executive, said the business was looking to grow jobs after a year in which it delivered increases in turnover, profits and investment. The report showed …

The Hoppings revisited in pictures

Last week’s edition of The QT platformed my Hoppings photos from half a century ago. This year I hauled myself back. We still have the famous Waltzer or three but they’re now pumped up with rap music and dry ice. The other rides now include Slingshots, Space Rockets, Bungee Balls and any number of attempts …

An artist’s sometimes painful stroll

Annette Chevallier’s first solo exhibition for several years is called A Walk by the River and its 20 pictures invite you to take a stroll around the walls of the gallery at Newcastle Arts Centre. It’s possible to see the river’s peaty beginnings in the first pictures, hung just outside the gallery in the little …

Ashes to ashes…

My father tells me to bring a notepad and pen with me next time I come down. “There are a lot of things we need to sort out,” he says. At his house, I sit in the armchair opposite him. I open my notepad and click my pen. My father lights a cigarette. Every so …

Dance as if there’s no tomorrow

For three nights only, The Becoming is coming back, inviting audiences to witness a ‘raw expression of resilience and creativity’ born of the frustrations of lockdown. To shed a little light on what promises to be three memorable nights, I meet Liv Lorent at the headquarters of balletLORENT, the contemporary dance company she set up …

Top billing for Project A team

In a month that brings in Player Kings (minus Sir Ian McKellen, sadly) and film spin-off Madagascar: The Musical to the Theatre Royal, a group of young actors from the North East will also take to the stage. On the theatre website their production gets equal billing although its title is much, much longer and …

Progress on Sycamore Gap

Charlie Whinney, the lead artist at Creative Communities UK CIC, has been chosen to head a project which will mark the anniversary of the loss of the tree at Sycamore Gap. The artist commission is in two phases and is led by the national park in partnership with the National Trust — who gifted a …

Crime writer tackles the biggest killer

For Trevor Wood, the writing must shortly make way for the talking. Book number five from the Newcastle-based purveyor of page-turners is on the launchpad and ready to go. But The Silent Killer is something else, a challenging novel with two compelling interwoven strands, one rooted in familiar crime-busting territory and the other to do …

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