When we moved from North Shields to the west side of Newcastle in 1975 we encountered a new phenomenon – the washing on the line being occasionally stained with discharge from the steel works at Consett.
If the North East was granted one wish by the Good Fairy then `more and better jobs´ would be the region´s top choice. This wish lies at the heart of the economic plan for our region drawn up by the Local Enterprise Partnership.
Last week I arrived at the European Parliament in Brussels and discovered next to the main doors a life size model of a whale made from plastic bottles. Its presence indicated a week of campaigning by the World Wildlife Fund.