The QT

Sunday 19 May 2024


That’s Livin’ Alright

If you’d dropped me, blindfolded into the basement bar at Newcastle City Hall on Saturday night and asked me to guess the evening’s on stage attraction, I reckon I would have got it within 30 seconds. Standing in the ridiculous queue, weighing up the longevity benefits of a two-pinter versus the inevitable —  and even …

The strike which destroyed Coaltown

Ashington, Northumberland. Famed for being the home of superstar footballers Bobby and Jack Charlton, not to mention Jackie Milburn, and once the largest mining town in Europe, known as Coaltown. The pit stood proudly at the centre of the community, with super pit Ellington — the Big E — just a few miles down the …

Time travelling on The Tube

In October 2022, me and my Dad were sitting in a hospital waiting room at the Freeman in Newcastle. We’d spent a lot of time in those places during the few months before and were becoming pretty adept at passing the time rather than wasting it. He’d want me to say he got canny good …

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