Section: UK


The Tragedy of Macbeth

Yvonne Wancke
The Tragedy of Macbeth

If you are already a Shakespeare fan or expert, then The Tragedy of Macbeth worth a watch. If you are new to Macbeth then this film is a great introduction.


Full of sound and fury, signifying something…

Gareth Kearns

There is an old philosophical thought experiment that you will have heard of. It goes like this – “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” This old chestnut persists because it so beautifully demonstrates how language and meaning can impact upon how […]

What can you do about the Policing Bill?

Peter Burke
Policing Bill

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is going through the report stage in the House of Lords at present. You may also know that this bill contains provisions limiting civil liberties, in particular the right to protest peacefully.


Hair today…

Peter Lathan
Peter Lathan with long hair in Close the Coalhouse Door

I know that actually losing your hair as you get older is a common thing for men, but to keep the hair and lose the curl…

To heat or eat in 2022?

Peter Benson
Ready meal

Many people, including right across the North East will have to make the hard choice of whether to eat or heat in 2022. We need to hold the government to account.

Poetry Corner

The Unhappy Winners

Harry Gallagher
UKIP - unhappy winners

Last night, I was unfortunate enough to overhear a meeting of the local UKIP party. I’ve never heard such an unhappy bunch of winners, their whole meeting seemed to be about settling scores with unbelievers!

Poetry Corner


Bridget Enever

Weaving down roads I can flirt with the line
stitching up miles, I’m just chasing time

Whatever happened to the likely lads?

Phil Coghill
Whatever happened to the likely lads?

The original Likely Lads was a sitcom written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais that aired from 1964-1966 about two young working-class Geordies called Bob and Terry (Rodney Bewes and James Bolam) who loved beer, football, and girls.