Come to South Shields for happy seaside outings, invited the old railway posters. Sandy chip butties and a plastic beaker of warm, diluted orange squash in this gem of a resort were the long summer holidays of my salad days. We didn’t need to travel far – only a few miles on a bus – which was just as well when there was mam, dad and six kids, carrying bags galore stuffed with towels, rugs, flasks of tea and buttered bread, a windbreak, tent and football. I might not have fully appreciated it then, but we were fortunate to live in a friendly town on the glorious golden coast of North East England. And they’re still coming in their thousands from near and far to enjoy their happy seaside outings in sunny South Shields. Just like the charabanc up the A19 from Middlesbrough, 50 miles to the south on Teesside. Back on the beaches with a bucket and spade, I bumped into a couple of coachloads of Smoggies from Newport Primary. Kids, parents and … [Read more...] about Why aye do like to be beside the seaside: A love letter to South Shields, by Mirrorman Kevin Maguire
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Christine Langan, who runs BBC Films, recently felt obliged to defend the latest cinematic adaptations of novels by Charlotte and Emily Brontë – Cary Fukunaga's Jane Eyre, which opens early next month, and Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights, due for release in November – against accusations of deja vu. "People," Langan sighed, "will be saying, 'Why the hell are they doing all that over again?'" They are doing it, I'd suggest, because it needs to be done. Certain books – by the Brontës and by Jane Austen and Dickens – are indispensable to us and accompany us through life. When we first read them, they prospectively sketch our quest to discover who we are and our struggle to impose ourselves on the world; in later decades, they remain as markers of our progress or testaments to our disillusionment. In Jane Eyre, a disadvantaged girl prevails by force of will and by the intensity of an uncompromising imagination. Oliver Twist is about an even more … [Read more...] about Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights: do we need new film versions?
Campaigners in the Cayman Islands say they are fighting a "David and Goliath" battle against the world's biggest cruise lines that want to redevelop the country's port to accommodate huge ships. "I fear that it's going to cause some irreversible damage that we can't ever change, take back or fix in the future," says Michelle Lockwood, one of those opposed to the coral dredging that will be needed to enlarge the port. It's just gone 9am in Grand Cayman and the Royal Watler Cruise Terminal is already crowded. Hundreds of tourists are disembarking from a fleet of small tenders from two enormous ships anchored just off George Town harbour, that loom like giant white whales. As the visitors step onto the dock, some of them pose for a photograph with workers dressed as pirates. This is the Caribbean after all. But away from the holiday-makers heading for the island's famous Seven Mile Beach, tension is in the air. The cruise ships and the coral reef beneath them are at the heart of a dispute … [Read more...] about Coral dredging: ‘It’s going to cause irreversible damage’
brexit countdown_bg Created with Sketch. A Remainer 'rebel alliance' of Tory backbenchers opposed to a No Deal Brexit has grown to as many as 40 MPs as Downing Street blamed the ring leaders for leaking a bombshell contingency planning document. The leak of Operation Yellowhammer which details the food, medicine and fuel shortages which could arise after a chaotic split from the EU on October 31 has sparked an all-out Tory civil war. Number 10 sources believe Mr Hammond, who quit the government before Mr Johnson could sack him over his anti-No Deal stance, or another former minister leaked the document out of revenge and in order to influence Brexit talks. The government has insisted the doomsday dossier is out of date but the wind is now in the sails of the anti-No Deal Tory group known in Westminster as the 'Gauke-ward squad'. A letter sent by Mr Hammond to Boris Johnson last week was signed by 21 Tory Europhile MPs. But their numbers have now swelled … [Read more...] about Remainer ‘rebel alliance grows to 40 Tory MPs’ as Downing Street blames Philip Hammond for revenge-leaking a doomsday No Deal Brexit dossier code-named Operation Yellowhammer
Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now A £100million taxpayer-funded operation is underway to bring 150,000 stranded Brits back to the UK after Thomas Cook collapsed. In the hours after the travel firm - which has been in operation since 1841 - ceased trading, the government has come under fire for not putting a rescue package together. And calls have been mounted for senior figures within the company to return generous bonuses as 9,000 UK workers saw their jobs wiped out. At 2am this morning, chief executive Peter Fankhauser confirmed a deal to save the struggling business could not be reached. People who are travelling on holidays that leave today have been told not go to the airport. Have you been affected by the Thomas Cook chaos? Email [email protected] Customers currently overseas should check thomascook.caa.co.uk for advice and only go to the airport once they have an alternative flight … [Read more...] about Thomas Cook collapse recap: First flights of repatriated Brits arrive home in £100m rescue