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Riot police with shields during the miners' strike
A piece of art, based around a key event in the 1984-5 Miners’ Strike, is to be exhibited in the north east. The film The Battle of Orgreave (An Injury to One Is an Injury to All), by Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller, will be showing at the Woodhorn Museum...
Yet Another Prize-winning Poet Joins Newcastle University
Newcastle University now has three winners of the prestigious poetry honour the TS Eliot Prize among its staff. Jacob Polley won this year’s TS Eliot Prize with his collection Jackself while Professor Sean O’Brien was awarded the same honour in 2007 for The Drowned Book. Now Northern Irish poet Sinead Morrissey...
Portrait of schoolgirl attentively looking at her laptop.
A combination of rising costs, frozen budgets and a new method for distributing government funding is set to leave north east schools struggling to provide high standards of education. Schools may be forced to sack teachers, class sizes could increase and schools may no longer be able to offer certain...
The Newcastle Coat of Arms: Fortiter Defendit Triumphans - Triumphing by Brave Defence
Newcastle City Council has announced that, due to the government’s ongoing austerity policies, it will have to raise council tax and slash services. In a meeting on Wednesday, councillors discussed then voted to approve a report that proposed making £30 million of savings in the coming financial year and £70...
Alan Shearer in front of posters for The Entertainers 20th Anniversary Game
Newcastle United hero Alan Shearer is to undergo a series of dementia tests as part of an upcoming BBC documentary. In Dementia – Football’s Silent Shame, Mr Shearer will investigate whether years spent heading footballs make ex-soccer professionals more likely to suffer from the condition. It is suspected that brain damage...
Portrait of Gillian Web with hair braided over her shoulder.
A 68-year-old north-east poet has been announced as the winner of The Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2016. Gillian Allnutt, who has strong connections with Tyneside and County Durham, will receive the award from the Queen in a ceremony to be held later this year. The Gold Medal for Poetry...
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,...
A Cruise Ship possibly like or even the same as that used for Rock the Boat 2017
A cruise ship company sailing out of the Port of Tyne has hit upon a novel way to entertain its guests. This September will see the ship Magellan embarking for a water-borne rock festival entitled Rock the Boat 2017. Cruise ship firm Cruiseco hopes its idea will appeal to rock...
Portrait of Ken Loach smiling and pointing to his mouth
A jobcentre manager from Newcastle has criticised Ken Loach’s popular recent film I, Daniel Blake. Steve McCall, employer relationship manager at Jobcentre Plus in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland, said, “I hope people don’t think the film is a documentary because it’s a story that doesn’t represent the reality...
View of river and bridges
Do you know that a survey last year ranked Newcastle as the happiest city in the UK? And not only that, the Toon also came in as the tenth happiest city in the whole of Europe. A European Commission survey, whose results were published in 2016, drew these conclusions after...

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