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2011-01-16 00:23:25

Executive careers consultancy UK Knack Group has announced that there have been created as many as 240 jobs created in Sunderland, Coventry and Peterborough with Fusion Contact Centres' opening of its new call centres. (PRWeb UK) January 14, 2011 Executive careers consultancy UK Knack Group has announced that there have been created as many as 240 jobs created in Sunderland, Coventry and Peterborough with Fusion Contact Centres' opening of its new call centres. Experienced call centre...

2008-10-08 18:00:21

OVER The Rainbow, the compelling and award-winning musical which tells the life story of legendary music artist Eva Cassidy, comes to the Sunderland Empire for one night only and The Journal Culture Club is giving members the chance to save pounds 2 on each ticket. Starring Faye Tozer, who rose to fame as one fifth of multi- platinum selling pop group Steps, Over The Rainbow follows the story of Eva Cassidy's tragically short life through dramatic scenes and stunning renditions of her...

2008-09-21 18:00:18

DAVE STEWART has given his backing to a movie about a North East music promoter. The Sunderland-born Eurythmics star has agreed to be musical consultant on The Promoter's Tale, a story based on the life of Wear side promoter Geoff Docherty. During the 1960s and 1970s Geoff brought some of the world's top bands to the now-defunct Bay Hotel and Locarno Hotel in Sunderland, and to Newcastle's City Hall and Mayfair. The story of how he persuaded bands such as Pink Floyd, The Who and Led...

2008-09-01 18:00:16

THE birds and the bees may help launch two student movie makers' careers. Ross Phillips, from Gateshead, and David Hutchinson, from Fulwell, Sunderland, have been chosen to take part in one of the most prestigious student film festivals in the UK. The Sunderland University students will have their films 'The Birdwatcher' and 'The Old Man and the Bee' shown at the Manchester Exposures Film Festival later this year. Films created by the students will be shown November 23-27. To see the...

2008-08-20 18:00:26

WE HAVE 10 sets of family tickets (four tickets per family) to give away for the September 3, 7pm, performance of Horrible Histories at the Sunderland Empire. For your chance to WIN, simply text ECWIN2 followed by a space, then your correct answer, name, house number and postcode to 84080 or call the competition line on 0901 229 2328 (please take care when dialling). Calls cost 25p from a BT landline, other networks may vary. Text entry costs 25p plus your standard network charge. Lines...

2008-08-07 18:01:05

YOUNG stars are set to shine tonight as they take centre stage. A cast of 160 budding actors, dancers and singers from across the North East has taken over the Sunderland Empire this week. The theatre is once again running its summer school project, called Stage Experience. Back in May, hundreds of talented nine to 25-year-olds took part in reality show-style auditions in front of a panel of judges. The successful performers have spent part of the their summer holidays working...

2008-07-29 18:00:35

A MUSIC promoter who was responsible for bringing some of the world's top bands to Wearside is to have his story turned into a multi-million pound movie. Sunderland's Geoff Docherty booked some of the best known groups of the 60s and 70s, bringing them to the city to perform at the now- defunct Bay Hotel and The Locarno Ballroom, as well as promoting major gigs at Newcastle City Hall. He hired Free for just pounds 35 and also managed to convince greats such as Pink Floyd, Rod Stewart,...

2008-06-19 09:00:53

By Chris Fay SOME of the region's best teachers have been recognised in this year's North-East Teaching Awards. More than 250 pupils, parents, governors and teachers cheered the ten winners at the awards last night, which were held at the Sage music centre, in Gateshead. Among them is Anna Wass, from Woodham Community Technology College, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, who received outstanding new teacher of the year. Miss Wass, 26, head of German, has only been teaching for two...


Word of the Day
maffling
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.