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Review: The Standing Water (Steel String Books) by David CastletonSome books may be pleasant, easy reads – novels that cosily confirm us in our worldview, our habits and opinions. Other books seize us by the lapels, shake us, drag us to an imaginary window and force us to see...
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A north-east production of the gothic classic Dracula is to be staged with a difference – as part of the play audiences will walk through a spooky regional landmark.The show, directed by University of Sunderland drama graduate Kylie Archer, will take the audiences on a ‘horror tour’ of Newcastle’s...
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A University of Sunderland graduate has penned a Japanese-themed series of books full of swords, sorcery and humour.After graduating in 1990 with a degree in English studies, Jason Rohan went to work as a teacher in Japan. His experiences there – as well as his travels to destinations like...
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North-east comedian Vic Reeves is said to be “made up” at having landed a small part in long-running soap Coronation Street.It turns out that Vic, 58, is a lifelong fan of the Manchester-based soap opera.The Sun newspaper has revealed that Vic will play a shopkeeper in a short run...
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The cities of Sunderland and Newcastle have long enjoyed a fierce rivalry. This rivalry is most frequently expressed in football clashes between the Magpies and the Black Cats, with each side eager to win local derbies.But, with the general election coming up on June 8th, the north east’s two big...
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Sunderland City Council has officially appointed Irene Lucas CBE as its chief executive. Though Ms Lucas has been doing the job on an interim basis for the past twelve months, she has now signed a contract which will see her continue in the role for at least another two...
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Telecoms giant BT has plans to bring 165 jobs to the north east of England. The jobs on offer will range from ICT (information communication technology) roles to HR, vehicle maintenance, and customer service posts.BT will especially be looking to recruit youngsters via its graduate and apprentice recruitment programmes....
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A mix of frozen budgets, increasing costs and a new method for distributing central government funding could leave north east schools facing a future in which they struggle to maintain educational standards. Schools may have to fire teachers, class sizes could go up and schools might have to stop teaching...
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A planning application to build a dual carriageway through the centre of Sunderland has been lodged. The multi-million-pound scheme would provide a continuous dual carriageway between the A19, Sunderland city centre and the Port of Sunderland.It is hoped the scheme would open up more development sites and opportunities along...
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Sunderland has now officially been a city for 25 years. It was on St Valentine’s Day, 1992, that the announcement came that the Queen would confer city status on Sunderland.The proclaiming of the UK’s 54th city was part of celebrations marking the 40th year of the Queen’s reign.The competition...

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