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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...
writing
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...
Newcastle Gaol
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...
craft cola
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...
fireworks
It seems that all the fireworks and bonfires on Guy Fawkes Night can send Newcastle’s levels of air pollution soaring. Figures for Bonfire Night last year showed that – between 8.00 pm and midnight – the amount of pollution particles in the city’s atmosphere rocketed. Starting from a daytime measurement of...
trick or treat
The custom of trick or treating has become a familiar part of the British Halloween. But in Newcastle this year, one group of trick-or-treaters will be doing something a little more charitable than begging for sweets to satisfy their sugar cravings. Around 50 students from Newcastle University will be out...
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The author of a novel shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize – and described as a ‘modern fairy tale’ – is to give a talk at Newcastle University. Fiona Mozley will be in conversation with creative writing lecturer Dr Rachel Hewitt in the King’s Hall, Newcastle University, on 14th November. Fiona’s...
John Terry
A Newcastle student has started an innovative new business – selling rare, out-of-stock trainers. And his customers include some household names. Ollie Simpson, 21, started his business – The SoleScene – two years ago, as part of an assignment for his degree in Entrepreneurial Business Management (EBM) at Northumbria University. Ollie...
Jack Russell Terrier
Newcastle students have found a way to give their mental health a boost – thanks to a slightly unusual member of Newcastle University’s Wellbeing Team. Bessie – a three-year-old Jack Russell Terrier – is available for staff or students to take for a walk or just to give them a...

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