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25 April 2024

Back in time — Dr Who fans descend on Allendalek

They came out from hiding behind the sofa and materialised in the Northumberland village of Allendale — more than 80 Dr Whovians from around the world for the Museum of Classic Sci-Fi’s Monster Men Event. Genevieve travelled the furthest back in time (think about it!) from Australia. She was still struggling with the jet lag …

Cup winner’s precious haul for sale

A century ago tomorrow (April 26), Newcastle United goalkeeper Bill Bradley found himself living the football dream as he stepped out at the new Wembley stadium. Bradley, born in Wardley in Gateshead, was drafted at the last minute into United’s FA Cup final team against Aston Villa on April 26, 1924. He had been second …

Banking on the Exchange

Consternation greeted the news at the beginning of last year that the council had appointed a new operator to run the venue known as The Exchange on Howard Street, North Shields. The arts-orientated charity that had been in charge for seven years had tendered but a rival bid from Stonebanks Investments, promising a lavish revamp, …

Serving up a feast of tennis

As the wonder of Wimbledon starts to peek over the horizon (OK, it’s still yonks away, but something has to get us through this perpetual chill), a three-day tennis hoopla on Tyneside sounds like the perfect way to get us in the swing. Six Newcastle parks will play host to the Tennis Festival, which has …

Pride in the shirts of noisy neighbours

As a Sunderland season ticket holder, Jack Ramsey wouldn’t normally tune in to watch Newcastle United. But there was something far more important than regional rivalry at work during the Magpies’ Premier League clash with Tottenham earlier this month. In a footballing first, a group of deaf and hard of hearing Newcastle fans were kitted …

No such thing as drinking responsibly

Imagine a product causing seven types of cancer, one million hospital admissions a year, and draining public resources of billions across healthcare, social services, crime and disorder and our economy. Then imagine that product sponsoring major sports events, delivering relentless advertising on TV and cinema, getting piled up at the entrance to supermarkets and being …

Buzzing for the summer ahead

It sounds like the best job in the insect world. It’s the chocolate mining bee, and is one of 72 bee species which have been recorded in the North East during a major citizen science project. A total of 721 volunteer recorders have reported more than 22,000 sightings of bees, ladybirds and orchids across the …

Protest or policy — now we have to decide

Every politician’s nemesis: the ordinary voter. For our elected representatives, there’s no higher stakes moment than a conversation out in the wild. On such interactions are elections won and lost, and careers made or destroyed. There’s a long history of things getting ugly. In 1880, Joseph Cowen Jr, the founder of the Tyne Theatre, owner …

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