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A family have donated the remnants of a Roman fort – which lies on land they own along Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland – to the British nation. Carrawburgh Roman Fort was private property for 70 years, but has now been given to Historic England, and will be administered by English Heritage. Carrawburgh...
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Art experts recently discovered a hidden treasure highly appropriate to the Festive Season. Art conservators – from Newcastle’s Northumbria University – x-rayed a painting and found that it had another painting underneath it. The picture they x-rayed – a centuries-old depiction of the beheading of John the Baptist – obscured another...
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McDonald’s has celebrated 30 years of fundraising for Ronald McDonald House Charities UK by throwing birthday parties in their restaurants throughout the UK. McDonald’s is the biggest supporter of the charity – contributing an estimated £100 million over the last 30 years, via its collection boxes and fundraising efforts of...
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Seven Newcastle University students have been given this year’s Best Neighbour on Campus Award (BNOC) for acts of thoughtfulness and kindness in their communities. Six students received the award for collecting food for a local foodbank on Halloween while another received it for helping a neighbour when somebody tried to...
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Archivists at Newcastle University have discovered a recipe for mince pies that dates all the way back to 1733. The recipe includes some things you might expect to find in a mince pie – cinnamon, nutmeg, currants, and orange and lemon peel. But it also mentions some surprising ingredients –...
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Are you looking for an unusual vintage feature for your home, bar, café or business? Perhaps a genuine Victorian cathedral pew could be just the object you’re after. Newcastle Cathedral has announced that it’s going to clear out and sell off its pews as part of a £6-million renovation project. 35...
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Researchers from Newcastle University have come up with a novel way of dealing with the infections patients tend to get after surgery. They believe that honey – specifically, a medical-grade variant of manuka honey – could be the key to coping with this common problem. Doctors often use surgical mesh to...
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An awards scheme – which is being supported by Newcastle’s Northumbria University – is offering grants totalling £45,000 to help struggling writers in the north of England. The Northern Writers’ Awards – set up by New Writing North in 2000 – aim to recognise talented writers and help their work...
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A new research project is to look into the grisly history of Newcastle Gaol – an institution notorious for its history of executions, escapes, harsh rules and appalling conditions. The gaol was once described as “a nest of villainy”. The gaol was closed in 1925 and demolished shortly afterwards. The...
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You’ve heard of craft beer – the lovingly made tipple beloved of hipsters, students and real ale enthusiasts. The latest drinks trend to hit the north east is … craft cola. A Newcastle graduate has launched a start-up producing a tasty cola using all-natural ingredients that is just as obsessively...

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