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If you’ve ever taken a flight from Newcastle to Amsterdam, you might have been flown to your destination courtesy of a king. The Dutch monarch King Willem-Alexander has admitted that for the last 21 years he has been working as a pilot for KLM, otherwise known as Royal Dutch Airlines. King...
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Newcastle has officially been named as the best city in the UK in which to bring up a family.  The Toon beat off competition from 34 other metropolises in a survey by MoneySuperMarket.com, triumphing due to its low house prices, low crime rate and good schools.  The survey analysed six factors:...
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Newcastle Castle is a familiar Tyneside landmark … or should that be Newcastle Castillo or Châteaux or Schloss? Well, it probably depends on where you’re from and what language you speak. But with 50% of visitors to Newcastle Castle coming from aboard, the tourist attraction decided it was time to...
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Amputees could soon be helped by a new type of prosthetic hand that will allow them to reach for objects without thinking first. The robotic hand – which is being developed by researchers at Newcastle University – will behave in much the same way as a real hand does. The hand...
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A garden created to meet the needs of people with mobility problems and dementia has opened to the public – after securing £10,000 in funding. The Scotswood Garden received the £10,000 grant from the housing provider Your Homes Newcastle (YHN). The money – from YHN’s new Community Investment Funding pot –...
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A young business woman and Newcastle University graduate has been presented with an award by Prince Andrew.  Shantelle Million received her Young Entrepreneurs’ Award from the Duke of York in a recent ceremony at Huddersfield University.  Shantelle’s company, MiCarePlan, provides electronic systems for the care sector, making it easier for staff...
energy drinks
A number of north-east experts have urged the government to implement a ban on the sale of energy drinks to anybody under 18. A study carried out by academics from Newcastle University, Northumbria University and Teesside University has highlighted the shocking effects that such drinks can have on youngsters. Their research...
Newcastle United Raided by Tax Authorites
HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) have raided Newcastle United’s St James' Park stadium, as well as the club’s Darsley Park training ground in Benton.  It is believed the raid is connected with an investigation into the transfer dealings of a number of top clubs. West Ham United and Chelsea...
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 A colourful, 1970s social housing estate in Newcastle has been declared as the best neighbourhood in the UK and Ireland.  The grade-II-listed Byker Wall Estate beat off challenges from fellow finalists Smithfield in Dublin and the Golden Lane Estate in London to finish first in the Best Neighbourhood category of...
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Newcastle University has been awarded a ‘gold star’ from the government for the quality of its teaching.  The government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) award measures teaching quality, the learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. Newcastle has been given a gold version of this award, which is the highest level...

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