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2008-09-28 18:00:24

NORTH comedy actor Alexander Armstrong is being tipped to become the new presenter of Countdown. Armstrong, who was born in Rothbury, Northumberland, and lived in County Durham, would replace current host Des O'Connor on the popular game show. According to industry insiders, the 38-year-old actor is due to take a screen test in the next few weeks for Channel 4. Countdown's chiefs hope Armstrong's racier image will appeal to younger audience and boost viewing figures for the show that...

2008-09-26 18:00:51

By Sam Wood THE lucky winners of The Journal's Tokens For Schools competition have been revealed. More than 50 schools in the region entered the competition, which was run in association with Barclays Bank. There was a top prize of pounds 2,500 for the schools which collected the most tokens in each category, to be spent how they wish. There was a second prize of pounds 1,500 and pounds 500 for third and fourth in each category. The competition was split into primary and first schools...

2008-09-26 18:00:37

THE FACES of more than 200 people have been projected onto a wall inside Hexham Abbey. Bradford-based artist Carolyn Mendelsohn spent 28 hours filming on the streets of the Northumberland town, asking people to pose in front of a video camera. And after editing the footage down to 14 minutes it will now be projected onto the wall in the Treasury Room of Hexham Abbey. Carolyn, who studied art at Northumbria University, said: "It's quite a powerful piece. You have these big faces and...

2008-09-26 18:00:37

PORTRAITS of locals will be the centre piece of Hexham Festival. More than 200 people are being projected on to a wall inside the abbey. Bradford-based artist Carolyn Mendelsohn spent 28 hours filming on the streets of the Northumberland town, asking people to pose in front of a video camera. And after editing the footage down to 14 minutes it will now be projected on to the wall in the Treasury Room of Hexham Abbey. Carolyn, who studied art at Northumbria University, said: "It's...

2008-09-25 17:46:48

THE Duchess of Northumberland yesterday unveiled the new wing of a pounds 51m hospital development and turned her hand to keyhole surgery. But she was not performing a life-saving operation - instead carefully placing Polo mints on a stick. The Duchess was given the chance to use the latest technology inside Hexham General Hospital's new training centre, which includes a "mock-body" where training nurses can perform laparosco pic surgery using cameras and tiny surgical instruments....

2008-09-25 17:46:30

LANDSCAPE features off the North East coast include the Farne Deeps trench which is more than 100 metres deep. It is home to large numbers of Dublin Bay prawns, better known as scampi. Doggerland, an area of the Dogger Bank, has the remains of more than 30 seabed villages. Expanses of the North Sea off the North East are dominated by underwater hills and plains of sand and gravel. In some parts of the Dogger Bank the hills are as high as Big Ben. The Dogger Bank sand hills were...

2008-09-24 18:00:33

A HIGH school became a learning village today as part of a pounds 12m revamp of education in a North East town. Cramlington Community High School has been renamed Cramlington Learning Village and will cater for pupils aged 11 to 18. It was formally opened today as part of Northumberland County Council's programme to replace its three-tier education system of first, middle and high schools, with a two-tier system of primary and secondary schools. The new education centre is based...

2008-09-24 18:00:00

By Dave Black A SCHOOL'S transformation to a multi-million pound, state-of-the- art education complex takes a major step forward today with the official opening of a pounds 12m 'learning village'. Cramlington High School is the first in Northumberland to become a secondary school for pupils aged 11 to 18 under the Putting the Learner First switch to a two-tier education system. The project involves the school becoming a 2,000-student learning village complete with its own mini-Eden...

2008-09-23 18:00:25

A SPECIAL screening of archive film footage is set to bring memories of Northumberland coal mining into the 21st Century. Three films - showcasing the 1959 miners' picnic in Bedlington, the former Woodhorn Colliery in the '70s and the transportation of coal from the old Ashington Colliery - will be shown the Woodhorn Museum and Archives Centre. Taking place on Wednesday October 1, the screening is free, but those wanting to attend should either book a place in advance on (01670) 528 080...

2008-09-19 21:00:33

A MAN who suffered a stroke has celebrated his 65th birthday with a group of people who he believes saved his life. Doug Willis is a regular attendee at exercise sessions, run as part of Northumberland Care Trust's cardiac rehabilitation programme for people in rural areas. On April 1 this year, he collapsed during one of the sessions at Cheviot Primary Care Centre in Wooler, near his home. He was treated immediately by cardiac sister Carol Groves, who runs the group, and local GP Dr...


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2005-06-14 09:01:00

The Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) is a large sea duck which is distributed over the northern coasts of Europe, North America and eastern Siberia. It breeds in Arctic and some northern temperate regions, but winters somewhat further south in temperate zones, where it can form large flocks on suitable coastal waters. The nest is built close to the sea and is lined with eiderdown which is plucked from the female's breast. This soft and warm lining was (and in some areas, still is)...

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Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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