The QT

Tuesday 23 July 2024
23/07/2024

Edition 6

The Singing Politician

It could all have been so different. If the 2019 General Election hadn’t been a Boris “Get Brexit Done” landslide then Penny Grennan might have become Hexham’s Labour MP. Right now she would be gearing herself up to defend the seat, fighting to persuade her party to solve problems which still keep her awake at …

Green lobby back restoration of Leamside Line

North East leaders of England’s most prominent countryside charity have joined the clamour for the Leamside Line railway line to be re-opened. Andrew Thompson, chair of CPRE Durham and Richard Cowen, chair of CPRE North East say that as well as the economic benefits the 21-mile stretch of railway line would bring, there would be …

That’s me in the picture, that is…

It’s not every day you peer at a painting and find yourself in it (and I don’t mean your reflection in the glass). That’s exactly what happened to me during a recce of Emma Holliday’s studio at 36 Lime Street, although I can’t guarantee it’ll be the same for others attending Ouseburn Open Studios this …

Quarry hosts performance for peace

Dress appropriately for the weather and rough terrain, it states on the flyer. This, you’ll gather, is no ordinary theatrical offering from Hexham-based Théâtre sans Frontières (TsF). Not that this adventurous company, initiator of more than 50 productions  since its inception, has ever dealt in the ordinary. Movement-based theatre shows performed in French, Spanish, German …

The day a dead story was live news

‘Funeral van drops coffin’. Even today, the rather sobering headline still beggars belief. But it happened. And I was there. Almost. Back in the day — when there was barely room to move in the newsroom, 10 reporters were chasing every story and exclusives were like gold dust — it was difficult to make your …

Freedom To Be: A solo traveller in winter

I don’t see myself as a particularly adventurous traveller. I’ve only ever been to European countries (and North America), didn’t have a gap year and am not one of the one in eight British people who has apparently seriously contemplated living abroad.  However, I do see travel as representing freedom in a way — the …

Events provide plenty food for thought

Long before Rishi Sunak’s controversial ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme of summer 2020, Newcastle became the first UK city to introduce the concept of Restaurant Week back in 2011. The NE1 initiative was a way of supporting the city’s restaurants at otherwise quiet times of the year. In spite of a cost-of-living crisis, rampant …

From North Tyneside to The National

The National Theatre is supporting Laurels Theatre in the development of its latest production. The fringe theatre in Whitley Bay has been earmarked for funding by the prestigious venue and its Generate Programme, to bring together a group of creatives to workshop a new piece of theatre. This week, Laurels founders Jamie Eastlake and Steve …

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