The QT

Tuesday 23 July 2024
23/07/2024

Edition 5

‘Trailblazer’ Hunt gets priorities right

Typically there’s not an awful lot of mystery left when it comes to Budget day. However, Jeremy Hunt had a few positive surprises for the North East. Most notably, the Chancellor announced a ‘trailblazer’ devolution deal for the North East, which the official Budget documents say ‘will provide a package of new funding potentially worth …

Collectors say Yes to rare rock haul

Memorabilia from a late North East music manager, who played a key part in a band which has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, drew interest from fans across the globe. Phillip Hepple, who was tour manager and sound engineer for prog rockers Yes in the 1970s, amassed a unique personal collection. And the …

All roads lead to London

In my last column, I wrote that if anything has come to define the relative failure of the Government’s attempts to address the North-South divide over the past 14 years, it is surely the fiasco of HS2. A project that was supposed to link London with the North at a total cost of £37.5bn is …

Why we must care better for the carers

Ask Caitlin Evans what she believes is the biggest issue currently facing the social care sector, not just in England but across the UK, and her answer is emphatic: a chronic shortage of staff. Low pay, insufficient funding, inadequate training, stress, and a lack of understanding and appreciation amongst many employers and the public of …

Urgent calls for a menopause manifesto

A North East MP is leading the calls for urgent action to provide protection in the workplace for women going through the menopause. Labour MP for Jarrow, Kate Osborne, believes a menopause manifesto will help employers not only to address the issues but also prevent talented women aged 40 plus choosing to leave the workplace …

Bid to STEM the talent gap

More than 1,000 school children across the North East are set to benefit from an expanded partnership between two international tech giants. Sportable, the cutting-edge smart-tracking technology company, and Sage, the industry leader in accounting and payroll tech, have doubled down on a programme committed to developing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in …

A modern twist on the classics

Hercules reborn as a self-obsessed Peterlee strongman seems a dead cert to be one of the highlights of ClassicsFest, a new festival blowing the dust off ancient Greek and Roman literature. A key part of the new festival was a challenge to North East writers to produce a modern version of one of the monologues …

My life through a lens: Steve Ellwood

It was during the 1980s when 68-year-old Steve Ellwood started taking photographs of Newcastle’s architecture. “As a result of the mass demolition of buildings in Newcastle to make way for the Eldon Square Shopping Centre, I started to find it difficult to recall some of the buildings that I had witnessed pre 1970s,” he says. …

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