News archive from 22 November 2014, page 13

Ask Alys: your gardening questions answered

Ask Alys: your gardening questions answered

My Anglo-Indian mother’s prize possession is her curry leaf tree, but it has suffered an aphid infestation. How do we care for this plant? It is in a pot and we bring it into the conservatory in winter. I assume you’ve got rid of the aphids, but have...

 
Sunderland smuggler jailed for part in £1.3m cigarette operation

Sunderland smuggler jailed for part in £1.3m cigarette operation

A SUNDERLAND smuggler has been jailed for his part in a £1.3million cigarette smuggling gang. Glen Chrisp, of Pear Tree Mews, Sunderland, was part of a 10-strong gang brought before Newcastle Crown Court yesterday, to face conspiracy charges of...

 
Happiness expert Paul Dolan: what makes me happy

Happiness expert Paul Dolan: what makes me happy

As someone who has spent the last decade or so studying the science of happiness, I am often asked what makes me happy. Not being asked that question is a good start. You want more? OK, then how about working, working out and going out? Oh, and...

 
Granddad to lose crazy beard after year-long charity challenge

Granddad to lose crazy beard after year-long charity challenge

A GRANDDAD is getting to bid farewell to his wiry beard after a year-long charity challenge. Hartlepool man Mitch Wilson will take the razor to his fuzzy face in the New Year and shave off the beard for Grace House Appeal, in Sunderland, and also for...

 
Our 10 best pear recipes

Our 10 best pear recipes

Saffron-poached pears This is a fruit gifted with such a rich, natural flavour that simply poaching it is often the best thing you can do. Here sweet spices coax out its inherent caramel notes. Serves 4 4 William pears (not too ripe) 600ml water 250g...

 
How does your garden grow? The hairdresser, Hither Green, London

How does your garden grow? The hairdresser, Hither Green, London

I was meant to have this place. I lived in a bedsit up the road and was hairdressing for someone else at the time. It wasn’t even on the market, but I saw the shop and fell in love with it. That was 30 years ago and the weeds out the back were as tall...

 
What I’m really thinking: the online help-desk operator

What I’m really thinking: the online help-desk operator

When you complain to me that your delivery is late and the contents are for your mum’s funeral the next day, I can see your order – I know it’s a toilet seat. The emotional blackmail doesn’t make me want to help you. When you ask me how I think you...

 
Pedestrian raises Penistone Road crossing safety fears

Pedestrian raises Penistone Road crossing safety fears

Major roadworks which have caused congestion and chaos on Sheffield's second busiest road are finally due to be finished next week. The work to change a roundabout on Penistone Road near Leppings Lane to a junction, as part of a new Sainsbury’s store,...

 
Sophie Heawood: Home alone with my laptop, it’s friends and our glory days that keep me warm

Sophie Heawood: Home alone with my laptop, it’s friends and our glory days that keep me warm

Maybe we’re all cheating on each other. I know I am. Late at night, when the waning moon is slung low, and the constellations are propping up the celestial sphere, I am sadly oblivious to any such natural phenomena because I’m staring at my laptop...

 
Breakfast of champions: Victoria Pendleton’s juice

Breakfast of champions: Victoria Pendleton’s juice

Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton likes to down a glass of orange, apple, carrot and ginger juice first thing. Despite no longer cycling professionally, she still trains harder than a lot of us, with a 5km run most mornings. Makes one 250ml...

 
Alys Fowler: hot compost bin

Alys Fowler: hot compost bin

I have fallen in love with a compost bin. I often start off smitten by the newness of a novel method, but the relationship very quickly becomes one-sided and I end up shouting “you smell” and going back to the ramshackle pallet bin systems. Then the...

 
Gardens: what to do this week

Gardens: what to do this week

Pick this My children were fascinated to hear we have genuine mummies in our garden; their enthusiasm dipped a little when I explained that I was talking about the shrivelled brown clumps in our plum tree. These mummified fruits are caused by brown...

 
Tim Dowling: I have chores. I shouldn’t be looking for a bow tie

Tim Dowling: I have chores. I shouldn’t be looking for a bow tie

My wife’s been in India for a week. Occasionally she sends a picture of an elephant, or an email requesting home news. I take pains to paint a picture of normality, of dull routine being adhered to, and mostly this is honest: laundry is moving through...

 
Q&A: Anne Reid

Q&A: Anne Reid

Born in Newcastle, Reid, 79, played Ken Barlow’s wife in Coronation Street in the 1960s. In 2003 she was Daniel Craig’s lover in Hanif Kureishi’s film The Mother. Her TV work includes Last Tango In Halifax and Our Zoo (DVD and book out now). She was...

 
Gardens: winter pots

Gardens: winter pots

You’ve ripped out summer bedding and consigned petunias and lobelias to the compost heap, but don’t just stack those pots in a corner until spring. Follow these tips to get the most out of them this winter. Revitalise old compost Accepted wisdom was...

 


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