Wild words

4:53pm Friday 25th July 2014

My mailbox this week includes an email from a reader who refers to my earlier notes (D&S May 9) about nicknames for some of our wild birds.

Now maybe I’ll be forever known as the whinger

4:54pm Friday 25th July 2014

GREAT, thanks for that. After getting a kicking on last week’s D&S letters page, I will be forever be known to the kids as Whinging Willis.

Le Tour de waterfalls and fosses

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:52pm Friday 25th July 2014

THERE is no doubt Le Tour de France left a lasting mark in this region. One of its lesserknown achievements was to revive my own memories of some cycle tours I had undertaken in my youth, and I thought I would add a final note to conclude my reminiscing.

‘Murder’ in the Red Lion

4:47pm Friday 25th July 2014

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A zest for life in the hills of Sorrento

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:24pm Friday 25th July 2014

USING the same care and attention a jeweller might employ to handle precious stones, farmer Peppino Nunziata examines the plump, waxy lemons hanging from wooden pergolas in his 10,000 square metre garden.

Duke Bombay Cafe, 22 Duke Street, Darlington

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:10pm Friday 25th July 2014

CHANCE brought us to the door of Duke Bombay Cafe in Darlington. We had intended dining elsewhere, at Salvos, a new-ish Italian a few doors further down Duke Street, a thoroughfare once solely associated with estate agents but now becoming something of a collection of eateries.

Come and celebrate magic of animal art

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:04pm Friday 25th July 2014

WHERE might you find a porcelain elephant, a stone squirrel and a paper fox sharing a room?

Andrea Berbegal de Dios Tuned In, Redcar

4:02pm Friday 25th July 2014

A WELL-FILLED auditorium at the Tuned In venue for entertainment and the arts in Redcar welcomed the youthful pianist Andrea Berbegal de Dios.

Blame in on Bartle Richmond Castle

4:02pm Friday 25th July 2014

NORTH Country Theatre and the people of Swaledale, Wensleydale and Gudbrandsdalen in Norway presented the 2014 Richmondshire community play.

Harrogate Festival: Stile Antico – Candlelit Compline St Wilfrid’s Church, Harrogate.

4:01pm Friday 25th July 2014

PART of the Harrogate International Festival, this concert was outstanding.

Harrogate Festival: Laura van der Heijden and Alison Rhind Wesley Chapel, Harrogate

3:47pm Friday 25th July 2014

THE festival’s Young Musician series began particularly well with cellist Laura van der Heijden who many will have seen when she won the BBC Young Musician 2012 at Sage, Gateshead.

Henry the Tudor Dude Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond

3:46pm Friday 25th July 2014

KJARTAN Psokitt’s irreverent Tudor musical provided the perfect vehicle to showcase the burgeoning talents of the Georgian’s lively youth theatre.

Inspiring artwork

3:45pm Friday 25th July 2014

NEW work by members of Ryedale ArtWorks explores the North York Moors in an exhibition opening today at the Inspired by... gallery in the National Park Centre at Danby.

Prom to remember

3:45pm Friday 25th July 2014

A LAST Night of the Proms special commemorating this year’s two world war anniversaries will be at Darlington Civic Theatre by the 33-piece British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra on Monday, July 28. Music for the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I and the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings will range from reflection to rousing tunes.

Playwright makes her acting debut

3:44pm Friday 25th July 2014

A NEW play from one of the region’s most inspiring playwrights also marks her acting debut.

Artwork inspired by the landscape

3:44pm Friday 25th July 2014

AN ARTIST who takes his inspiration from the peat moors of the North Pennines has started a two-month exhibition at Bowlees Visitor Centre in Upper Teesdale.

Virtuosos gather for world festival

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:43pm Friday 25th July 2014

HIGHLIGHTS of this year’s Ripon International Festival in September will include an evening of opera arias, Schubert lieder, songs from Broadway and American spirituals by South African baritone Njabulo Madlala.

Twenty seconds of film that mean the world

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:40pm Friday 25th July 2014

AWARD-WINNING documentary maker Mark Flowers has played with lemurs in Madagascar, swum with river dolphins in the Amazon rainforest, joined in a Mali mud festival in the heat of Africa and tracked down giant fish in the turbulent rapids of Laos.

River was the Ridings border

Darlington and Stockton Times:

11:07am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A RECENT recent outing took us to West Tanfield, between Masham and Ripon, said by Arthur Mee in his The King’s England series of books (The North Riding of Yorkshire) to have almost everything one could wish for in an English village.

It’s been flat-out here lately – on so many levels

11:05am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

NEVER mind the Tour de France or the World Cup, the best action took place at the six-year-old’s school sports day this week. After a summer of sporting failure, you will be pleased to hear that British participants excelled, winning almost every race.

Good times for the iron trade

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:59pm Friday 18th July 2014

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Colourful country perfect for families

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:48pm Friday 18th July 2014

Although it is a busy time for Barbados, the resort’s 750 acres, gorgeous greenery and vast facilities mean you barely see a soul, says Claire Spreadbury

The Purple Pig, Yarm

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:44pm Friday 18th July 2014

WE’RE well-versed in the noble art of finding our way to a cheap-(ish) family meal out in smart-(ish) surroundings and The Purple Pig seemed a perfect place.

Work is so popular it sells before it is dry

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:38pm Friday 18th July 2014

A NORTH Yorkshire gallery has seen paintings by Scarborough artist Peter Watson snapped up so fast it seemed they might all go before the end of the exhibition.

Louise Bourgeois on show at mima

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:33pm Friday 18th July 2014

WORK by one of the greatest women artists of the 20th century, Louise Bourgeois, goes on show this weekend at the mima gallery in Middlesbrough.

Artist will give talk on huge painting

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:30pm Friday 18th July 2014

ARTIST Len Tabner will be at the Zillah Bell Gallery in Thirsk tomorrow to talk to visitors about his giant canvas Looking over to Roseberry and Beyond from the Wainstones, Sunday 12th February 2012 – After Snow.

A triumph, now let’s reap the rewards

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:27pm Friday 18th July 2014

With the Tour de France back in its homeland after its time in Britain, Emily Flanagan looks at the Yorkshire legacy

A Murder is Announced: Civic Theatre, Darlington

2:36pm Friday 18th July 2014

LOUISE Jameson playing Miss Marple heads the cast in this stage adaptation of an Agatha Christie classic so full of red herrings and unexpected twists and turns it calls for total concentration.

Peter Hicks: Indulgences: Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk

2:35pm Friday 18th July 2014

LIVING on the North York Moors, the painter Peter Hicks is exposed to sunset glories and dramatic skies as 40 FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014 WEEKEND dst.co.uk DARLINGTON & STOCKTON TIMES played out over rolling hills and dales.

Romeo and Juliet: Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

2:35pm Friday 18th July 2014

PLAYING Shakespeare’s best-loved tragedy for laughs is startlingly novel, even for the Castle Players, which boasts fine comedic actors, but under Jill Cole’s direction the pointlessness of prolonged factional enmity was a persistent subtext that rose to a moving and pitiful climax.

Swing City Trio: St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington

2:34pm Friday 18th July 2014

AS ALWAYS, it was a particular pleasure to see this trio with Steve Andrews on alto and tenor saxophones and metal clarinet, Roy Cansdale on double bass and Roly Veitch guitar.

Comedienne returns with new show

2:32pm Friday 18th July 2014

COMEDIENNE Jo Caulfield appears at The Witham in Barnard Castle tomorrow night as she returns with her new show, A Celebration of Anger.

Musical 300th anniversary concert

2:31pm Friday 18th July 2014

SOWERBY Music’s 300th anniversary concert takes place tomorrow marking 27 years of bringing first class performers to North Yorkshire.

100 voices perform a summer concert

2:31pm Friday 18th July 2014

THE 100 Voice Singers with opera singer and coach Jeanette Wainwright give a summer concert tonight at the Methodist church in Saltburn.

Forget cyclists, we were racing the call of nature

4:32pm Friday 11th July 2014

DEAR ITV, that’s Bolton Castle, not Richmond Castle.

Mysteries, legends and religion

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:32pm Friday 11th July 2014

A FLEETING visit to Somerset enabled us to make quick visits to places like Wells and Glastonbury, the latter catching our attention before the crowds arrived for the noted festival of arts and music.

A Boston getaway

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:12pm Friday 11th July 2014

THE United States of America is 238 years old this year. But from the youthful squeals of glee that fill Boston on July 4, you wouldn’t know it.

Grantham Arms, Milby, Boroughbridge, York

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:56pm Friday 11th July 2014

ARRIVING in Boroughbridge on a warm, drowsy summer Sunday lunchtime, it’s hard to imagine the days when this town was a dusty, choked staging post on the old A1, reduced to little more than a refreshment stop for folk travelling north or south.

Goulish characters suit teenager Tash

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:52pm Friday 11th July 2014

TEENAGE drama enthusiast Natasha Graham is already showing a talent for portraying unusual characters on stage.

Charity exhibition will boost art for all project

3:51pm Friday 11th July 2014

THE Ripon-based charity New Lights has mounted another exhibition of work by northern artists at Swinton Park.

Northern Aldborough Festival, Bojan Cicic Stockeld Park Chapel, Wetherby

3:51pm Friday 11th July 2014

THE lovely but small private chapel in Stockeld Park, just outside Wetherby, was a perfect setting for this solo baroque violin recital, especially on another pleasant summer morning.

Opera North/ Götterdämmerung, Sage, Gateshead

3:50pm Friday 11th July 2014

THERE could hardly have been a better way to end the Sage’s classical season than with a performance of the last part of Wagner’s Ring cycle which was, quite simply, magnificent.

Harrogate Summer Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Royal Hall, Harrogate

3:49pm Friday 11th July 2014

AS OPENING nights go, this had everything going for it – not only a full house, but a good mixed crowd, one of the most enthusiastic I’ve heard for some time, and a band in spectacularly good form.

Royal Northern Sinfonia – Finale, Sage, Gateshead

3:49pm Friday 11th July 2014

THIS Finale was not just the end of the Sinfonia’s 2013-14 season but also Thomas Zehetmair’s last evening here as music director, though he will return as the orchestra’s conductor laureate.

Classics at Kirkleatham – The Grand Finale, Giulio Tampalini

3:48pm Friday 11th July 2014

THERE was scarcely a seat left in the house on the very last occasion of the series of classical concerts which Peter and Sue Sotheran have organised over the past 15 years – described by Peter as “magical years”.

Friend to pay tribute to great British composer

3:46pm Friday 11th July 2014

HARROGATE International Festivals will celebrate the final work of the late British composer Sir John Tavener with a pre-concert talk by his great friend, the violinist and founder of the Medici Quartet, Paul Robertson.

Army of helpers ready to help the victims of crime

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:44pm Friday 11th July 2014

FORTY years ago Victim Support, an independent charity for victims of crime was established throughout England and Wales. It is now the oldest and largest victims’ charity in the world.

Are you authorised sheep? Or emergency sheep?

1:58pm Friday 4th July 2014

A TELEVISION audience of millions, beautiful scenery, fantastic drama — but enough about the new series of ITV detective show Lewis, it’s time for the Tour de France.

Conquering the Durham Hills

Darlington and Stockton Times:

1:57pm Friday 4th July 2014

I’VE had an enthusiastic response to earlier notes about my exploits on a racing cycle. As this is the weekend of the much trumpeted Grand Départ of le Tour de France, I thought I would share my own memories of a “Tour” in which I took part.

Invest in land to turn a profit

Darlington and Stockton Times:

1:55pm Friday 4th July 2014

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