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New Generation of Metro Trains Could Have Wi-Fi and Air-Con
Ambitious plans have been revealed for the next generation of trains on the Tyne and Wear Metro.  There are plans for carriages to feature Wi-Fi, charging points, electronic information screens and extra luggage space. These proposals are the result of a consultation exercise – conducted earlier this year – which...
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North East Rock Choir – a choir that performs rock, pop and chart songs – recently staged a 22 hour ‘singing relay’ to raise money for Cancer Research UK.  On Saturday 15th July, the choir took part in the Relay for Life – a charity running event, held at Monkton...
North East Benefit Claimants More Likely to Be Sanctioned, MPs Find
A group of cross-party MPs sitting on the Commons Public Accounts Committee has found that benefit sanctions can vary a great deal depending on which part of the country claimants live in and which private company is responsible for getting them into work. The MPs – which include Bridget Phillipson,...
paul carrick
British rock-soul singer Paul Carrack – famous for smash hits such as How Long, Over my Shoulder and The Living Years – will play Gateshead’s Sage on 27th January 2019. Paul – who has sung for acts like Mike + the Mechanics and Ace, and worked with Eric Clapton –...
Jacob Polley posing in a meadow of waist high grass and flowers, holding a book.
A poet from the north east has won a prestigious literary prize. Jacob Polley, a Newcastle lecturer, clinched the prize for his collection Jackself, a disturbing work about the loss of innocence. After reading many manuscripts and months of deliberation, the three judges chose Mr Polley’s collection from a shortlist...
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The Tyne and Wear Metro is recruiting its next generation of train drivers, who – after completing their training – will earn almost £35,500 a year. You might think that’s a pretty good wage just for driving a train, but drivers will need to cope with unsocial hours, be comfortable...
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A Turner-Prize-winning artist has created a haunting soundscape in a historic north-east building. Northumberland’s Belsay Hall is serving as the venue for the sound installation The Yelllow Wallpaper, by Susan Phillipsz. The Yellow Wallpaper features Phillipsz’s voice intoning melancholy ballads that float through the building and overlap with each other. The ballads,...
60% of North East Businesses Dissatisfied with North East's Infrastructure
A report by the employers’ organisation the CBI has found that 60% of the north east’s businesses feel the region’s infrastructure is in need of improvement. The same report claims, however, that if the local infrastructure was boosted, it could benefit the north east’s economy by £5.5 billion a...
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Would you prefer your child’s teacher to say ‘bus’ or ‘baars’? How about ‘laugh’ or ‘laargh’? Research by Dr Alex Baratta at the University of Manchester suggests that trainee teachers are often asked to tone down their northern or midlands accents in the classroom. Dr Baratta found that many trainees had...
Tropical fish with coral, clams and anemones in the background.
Newcastle University scientists aim to find out if selectively bred corals can help save reefs that have been damaged by climate change. Higher sea temperatures can cause coral bleaching, where they lose the friendly algae that give the corals their colour and supply some of their nutrients. Over time, bleaching...

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