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2008-07-18 18:00:25

THE Cradle of Christianity in Britain will be broadcasting across the world this weekend. For the second year running, Wakefield and District Radio Society will be broadcasting from Holy Island, off the coast of Northumberland, when they will be trying to break their record for contacting the most people in the world in a 24-hour period. Last year, while on a similar mission, they achieved more than 2,000 contacts with other amateur radio enthusiasts throughout the world, including...

2008-07-17 18:00:43

By Dave Black ARADICAL education reform programme in Northumberland reaches a major milestone tomorrow when the first tranche of the county's 44 middle schools are consigned to the history books. More than 1,000 pupils will be affected when the end of term sees Cramlington's four middle schools close their doors for the last time, under the controversial switch to two-tier education. The town is the first area to be reorganised as part of the Putting the Learner First project, which...

2008-07-14 18:00:25

By Thomas Hall THE second weekend of the 15th Brinkburn Music Festival was topped and tailed by the glories of English choral music, the Gabrieli Consort and Players revisiting their Purcell programme from the very first Brinkburn Festival and The Cardinall's Musick making its Brinkburn debut with a cappella music by William Byrd. Byrd's career coincided with the reign of Elizabeth I, placing him among the recusant Roman Catholics whose beliefs put their lives in danger. But fame and...

2008-07-12 18:00:20

A GIANT sculpture based on the legend of Robin Hood is planned to celebrate a Northumberland village's links to Nottingham. The 39ft bronze statue has swapped his arrow for a pit shovel and his Lincoln green for a miner's helmet and pit boots for the installation, which is planned for the south entrance to Pegswood, near Morpeth. He would stand on land once owned by Welbeck Estates, which manages land in Northumberland and Nottingham which once belonged to the Duke of Portland....

2008-07-01 18:00:23

CHILDREN across the North East are showing their creative flair for the first national schools festival celebrating the talents of young people. Shine is a programme of events, running until Friday, which will see youngsters taking part in activities that showcase their abilities across the arts, sport, music, drama and enterprise. Schools taking part are Bedewell Primary School, in Hebburn, Jarrow Cross C Of E Primary School, in Jarrow, Simonside Primary, Prudhoe Community High School,...

2008-07-01 15:00:54

By Rick Dandes, The Daily Item, Sunbury, Pa. Jul. 1--NORTHUMBERLAND -- As he does almost every day of his life, Borough of Northumberland "Street Supervisor" Tom Slodysko immediately responded on Monday night to an emergency call. This time it was to fix some electrical work at the 36th Pineknotters' Days festival in King Street Park. "They fooled me," he said, minutes after being awarded the 2008 Pineknotter of the Year Award on stage in front of about 1,000 people attending the concert...

2008-06-27 18:02:40

BUSINESS Secretary John Hutton yesterday called for planning decisions over renewable energy projects to be speeded up because of the urgent need to tackle climate change. Speaking to The Journal, he also said he expected more wind farms and power lines to be erected in parts of the North East that had the greatest wind resource. "I don't know about Northumberland in particular, I don't know what's in the planning mix there," he said. "But look, the thing about renewables and wind, we...

2008-06-25 18:03:07

AN event was being held today to find views on the future of new GP and health services. People are being asked to share their opinions on the development of health centres in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland to improve access to GP and other health care services. NHS North of Tyne, a management team working across Newcastle Primary Care Trust, North Tyneside PCT and Northumberland Care Trust launched a three-month public consultation which will run until August 5, 2008....

2008-06-24 18:02:47

A FOUR-year-old girl is in hospital today with broken bones after a crash which left a woman dead. The woman, a 43-year-old from Northumberland, was driving a Mazda northbound on the A696, near Ponteland, when it collided with a lorry transporting a 40-ton load of felled timber. The girl suffered a broken leg, spinal injures and arm fractures in the incident. Police are trying to establish whether one of the vehicles veered on to the wrong side of the road, or other factors led to...

2008-06-20 18:00:38

A HEALTH trust and Northumbria Police have joined forces to provide help for vulnerable patients who have been victims or witnesses of crime. The Northumberland, Tyne & Wear Trust's learning disability team and police trainers have come up with a booklet to assist officers and other professionals explain the process of how they will be asked to give evidence in court. The guide uses a series of photographs and text to give a step- by-step explanation. And it was chosen as...


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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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