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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

North East News

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North East Rock Choir – a choir that performs rock, pop and chart songs – recently staged a 22 hour ‘singing relay’ to raise money for Cancer Research UK.  On Saturday 15th July, the choir took part in the Relay for Life – a charity running event, held at Monkton...
Portrait of Ken Loach smiling and pointing to his mouth
A jobcentre manager from Newcastle has criticised Ken Loach’s popular recent film I, Daniel Blake. Steve McCall, employer relationship manager at Jobcentre Plus in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland, said, “I hope people don’t think the film is a documentary because it’s a story that doesn’t represent the reality...
60% of North East Businesses Dissatisfied with North East's Infrastructure
A report by the employers’ organisation the CBI has found that 60% of the north east’s businesses feel the region’s infrastructure is in need of improvement. The same report claims, however, that if the local infrastructure was boosted, it could benefit the north east’s economy by £5.5 billion a...
Portrait of Gillian Web with hair braided over her shoulder.
A 68-year-old north-east poet has been announced as the winner of The Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2016. Gillian Allnutt, who has strong connections with Tyneside and County Durham, will receive the award from the Queen in a ceremony to be held later this year. The Gold Medal for Poetry...
image courtesy of Ilmicrofono Oggiono, from Flickr Creative Commons
Would you prefer your child’s teacher to say ‘bus’ or ‘baars’? How about ‘laugh’ or ‘laargh’? Research by Dr Alex Baratta at the University of Manchester suggests that trainee teachers are often asked to tone down their northern or midlands accents in the classroom. Dr Baratta found that many trainees had...
Riot police with shields during the miners' strike
A piece of art, based around a key event in the 1984-5 Miners’ Strike, is to be exhibited in the north east. The film The Battle of Orgreave (An Injury to One Is an Injury to All), by Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller, will be showing at the Woodhorn Museum...
paul carrick
British rock-soul singer Paul Carrack – famous for smash hits such as How Long, Over my Shoulder and The Living Years – will play Gateshead’s Sage on 27th January 2019. Paul – who has sung for acts like Mike + the Mechanics and Ace, and worked with Eric Clapton –...
image courtesy of Colin Gregory, from Flickr Creative Commons
A Turner-Prize-winning artist has created a haunting soundscape in a historic north-east building. Northumberland’s Belsay Hall is serving as the venue for the sound installation The Yelllow Wallpaper, by Susan Phillipsz. The Yellow Wallpaper features Phillipsz’s voice intoning melancholy ballads that float through the building and overlap with each other. The ballads,...
Dublin Legends to Play North East - Interview and Dates
The Dublin Legends, the band formed from ex-members of The Dubliners, are due to play the Customs House, South Shields, on March 24th. Founded in 1962, The Dubliners helped popularise Irish folk music around the world with their mix of up-tempo songs, street ballads and instrumentals. Though The Dubliner’s line-up...
New Generation of Metro Trains Could Have Wi-Fi and Air-Con
Ambitious plans have been revealed for the next generation of trains on the Tyne and Wear Metro.  There are plans for carriages to feature Wi-Fi, charging points, electronic information screens and extra luggage space. These proposals are the result of a consultation exercise – conducted earlier this year – which...

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