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A different kind of shopping experience is on its way to Newcastle.  You might not be particularly excited at the idea of spending your Sunday rummaging through other folks’ cast offs. On the other hand, if you’re fond of vintage clothes but not so fond of the price tags frequently attached...
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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 recent survey has revealed that the residents of the north east are more likely to binge drink than people in other parts of Britain.  The survey, by the Office for National Statistics, shows that an incredible 40% of the north east’s drinkers are binge drinking at least once a...
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...
Reformed Bananarama Coming to Newcastle City Hall
If you’re of a certain age, you might remember them being always on Top of the Pops or their cheery sassy songs forever blaring out of radios. Well, Bananarama – one of the most successful girl groups of all time – have reformed their original line-up and are due to...
Quayside Bars Get Lifesaving Equipment in Case Customers Fall in Tyne
Newcastle’s quayside bars are to be given lifesaving equipment and offered staff training after several people have drowned in the Tyne.  The bars will be given special flotation bags attached to ropes, which can be thrown to anybody in difficulty. Since January, five bodies have been pulled from the river and...
Newcastle's - and Britain's Largest Foodbank to Move to New Base
Newcastle’s West End Foodbank – which gives out around £10,000 worth of free food each week throughout the north east – is set to move to a new base. The foodbank will be moving to premises on the Tyne Tunnel Estate. The move has been made possible by the generosity...
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...
The Flying Car Is Here - Thanks to an Engineer from the North East
It might sound like something from a science fiction film, or at least a James Bond movie, but soon you could be commuting to work in a car that could grow wings and soar into the sky if the traffic got a little heavy.  That’s assuming you had a few...
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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