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2008-07-20 18:00:24

THE sound of steel drums filled the air of a North city as bands from across the region met to put on a vibrant public performance yesterday. Steel Pandango, the annual meeting of steel drum bands, took place in Gateshead's Performance Square, just in front of the Sage building. Bands congregated from Haydon Bridge, Seaham, Wooler and Newcastle. A spokesman for the Sage's SummerTyne festival said: "Our region has an amazing wealth of steel pan talent." GALLERY VIDEO WHAT DO...

2008-07-20 18:00:23

A NEW work from Kathryn Tickell is the highlight of a day devoted to folk music during this year's series of Proms concerts. The Northumbrian traditional music specialist and composer has written the finale involving all the live event's performers. It is the first time there has been a folk day during the classical musical event. The day includes performances from The Sage Gateshead's ground- breaking Folkestra. BBC PROMS 2008 FOLK DAY, BBC Radio 3, today, 3.30pm. (c) 2008...

2008-07-19 18:00:22

SUMMER finally arrives this weekend and, for the next 10 days at least, it'll be a scorcher. Last night's lighting up of Bambuco - the temporary bamboo bridge across the Tyne - marked the launch of the SummerTyne festival, which lines up sizzling music and family events at The Sage Gateshead until July 27. From noon today until 4pm, the outdoor Performance Stage hosts the Steel Pandango, a slice of the Caribbean on Tyneside and a chance to show off local steel pan talent. It's...

2008-07-12 18:00:25

A PATIENT has been found dead in a Tyneside hospital. John McLaughlin was receiving treatment in the Tranwell Unit at Gateshead's Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The 25-year-old, of Woodburn Gardens, Lobley Hill, Gateshead, was discovered dead in the mental health unit on June 29. A post-mortem has failed to pinpoint the cause of death. Gateshead Coroner Terence Carney has opened an inquest and adjourned the hearing for medical tests. Police and health officials are carrying out...

2008-06-25 18:03:07

ACTRESS Charlie Hardwick fell victim to pride, not hyperbole, when she referred yesterday to the creation of a jewel in the crown of the North of England. By that she meant the children's hospital being built at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary. It really does seem destined to be an absolute corker. The plan is to bring together almost all children's specialist medical services in a 245-bed complex fitted with the latest equipment and technology. No wonder the expectation is that...

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...

2008-06-14 18:00:11

A RENOWNED ecologist who is not allowed to build a shed on his Northumberland estate last night slammed national park planners for ignoring his environmental work there. Dr Bill Pickering, 58, a qualified botanist and plant ecologist, is seeking planning permission to build a shed in the garden of his cottage, The Badger, in the hamlet of Swindon, near Hepple. Dr Pickering, who splits his time between the cottage and his home at Moor Place in Gosforth, bought the country retreat in...


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glogg
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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