Author: Paul Taylor

The small gifts of nature: spring flowers which seem like a spring gift from a grateful planet.
Photos by Barbara Anderson.

Time for big blue-sky thinking?

#The CoronaDiaries   THE muted whooshing of wind-blown trees and the cheerfully chaotic chorusing of hedge-sparrows… in the absence of most human noise, these have become the new quiet song of the outdoors. I’m struck, as I venture outside for my allotted ‘exercise hour’, by how this Covid-19 crisis has […]

Nick C-leggs it!

Nick C-leggs it!

    THE shock result of the night so far has seen former Lib-Dem leader Nick Clegg lose his Yorkshire seat to Labour. The man who led his party into government power for the first time, in coalition with the Conservatives under David Cameron after the 2010 election, was defeated by […]

Labour holds onto Hartlepool

LABOUR has held onto Hartlepool – a seat which many speculated could be lost to the party which has held it since 1964. Voting was as follows: Mike Hill (Lab) – 21,969 Carl Jackson (Cons) – 14,319 Phil Broughton (Ukip)- 4,801 Andy Hagan (Lib Dem) – 746   That gives Mike Hill […]

Pound falls as markets fear Corbyn power

Pound falls as markets fear Corbyn power

THE pound plunged following the shock BBC/ ITV / Sky exit poll an hour ago, which indicated the Conservatives have fallen short of an overall majority, resulting in a prospective hung parliament. Within minutes, Sterling fell over 1.5% to 1.27 US dollars, after the poll which predicted the Conservatives would be the largest party […]

Julie makes it three for Jeremy

Julie makes it three for Jeremy

WITHIN the last two minutes Sunderland Central count officials have declared victory for Labour – making it three in a row for the party. Sitting MP Julie Elliott took 56 per cent of the vote to hold the seat – not a surprise result in itself, but another note adding […]