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World Cup fever is icing on cake

Football World Cup fever gripped pupils at Burton Leonard Primary so much that helped Starlight Bakery, of Bishop Monkton, create a welcome home cake for England manager Gareth Southgate. Bakery manager Catherine Clowe and mum of pupils at the school,...

Ripon Gazette, 46 min. ago
 
Ian McEwan: ‘I despise lying, ideological Brexiters’

Ian McEwan: ‘I despise lying, ideological Brexiters’

Born in Hampshire, Ian McEwan, 70, took a creative writing MA at the University of East Anglia. In 1976, his first collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites, won the Somerset Maugham award; his first novel, The Cement Garden, was published...

Guardian, today, 10:56
 
Elena Ferrante: ‘I love upheaval. As a child, I would rush out into a storm’

Elena Ferrante: ‘I love upheaval. As a child, I would rush out into a storm’

I have never been particularly frightened of change. I’ve moved house a few times, but I don’t remember particular discomforts, regrets, long periods of maladjustment. A lot of people hate moving; some people think it can shorten your life. But first...

Guardian, today, 10:43
 
The enduring mystery of Australia's unique Elvis Presley memorial

The enduring mystery of Australia's unique Elvis Presley memorial

Every year on the anniversary of Elvis’s death, Wayne Hawthorne, the president of the Elvis Presley Fan Club of Victoria, gets up early in the morning and heads to the Melbourne General Cemetery to cleanse of “promotional rubbish” the memorial to the...

Guardian, today, 10:25
 

Theatre review Fatally fractured masculinity

Othello The Globe 21 New Globe Walk London SE1 When The Globe announced the cast of its latest production of Othello, I admit to wondering whether I had signed up for standing room at the Rylance-Holland Show. With two such beloved and celebrated...

Morning Star, today, 01:25
 
Aretha Franklin's A Natural Woman: Why the song still moves us, 50 years on

Aretha Franklin's A Natural Woman: Why the song still moves us, 50 years on

When Aretha Franklin died, the clip that was shared most widely - the most potent reminder of her raw, soul-stirring emotional force - was a 2015 performance of her 1967 hit (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman. The rendition at the Kennedy Center...

BBC, yesterday, 23:34
 
Exhibition review Pertinent purgatory visions

Exhibition review Pertinent purgatory visions

Piero Pierini: Drawings Abasto London W2 Piero Pierini arrived in London 21 years ago, after Argentina spiralled into economic catastrophe under the corrupt rule of Fernando de la Rua. He left secondary school, made infamous by the disappearance of 10...

Morning Star, yesterday, 19:10
 
'The devil's aspirin': why do so many celebrities blame Ambien?

'The devil's aspirin': why do so many celebrities blame Ambien?

Elon Musk’s erratic public declarations are reportedly worrying Tesla board members, and a main concern for executives is a sedative Musk says he has been using: Ambien. “It is often a choice of no sleep or Ambien,” Musk told the New York Times in an...

Guardian, yesterday, 18:23
 

Around one in three Universal Credit claimants in Northumberland are in employment

Hundreds of workers in Northumberland are claiming Universal Credit as their low wages are not enough to live on. Charities say that the “shocking” number of in-work applicants is due to low wages and housing costs. According to Department for Work...

Northumberland Gazette, yesterday, 18:11
 
New album, new grandson and new festival to look forward to

New album, new grandson and new festival to look forward to

I get some amusing musical questions as I charge round the country with my early-music-meets-punk-band Barnstormer 1649 large collection of obsolete instruments in tow.   The most common one is: “What’s that buzzy thing that looks like a walking...

Morning Star, yesterday, 18:05
 
Exhibition review Feeling at home among workers

Exhibition review Feeling at home among workers

Frank Brangwyn’s Prints Brighton Museum Prints and Drawings Gallery Royal Pavilion Gardens Brighton BN1 Who nowadays has heard of Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956)? Yet he’d had the greatest international reputation of any British artist, he exhibited with...

Morning Star, yesterday, 18:05
 

Theatre review Powerful depiction of injustice

Killymuck Underbelly Bristo Square Edinburgh It’s hard to believe Aoife Lennon didn’t write Killymuck and that she’s not actually called Niamh. Kat Woods’s mesmerising play begins with Lennon, its sole performer, enacting her birth and ends soon after...

Morning Star, yesterday, 17:22
 

Plans for new hospital and leisure centre in Berwick announced

A multi-million pound investment in new health and leisure services for Berwick has been announced. The development, costing £45million-plus, is being planned on the Swan Centre for Leisure site in Tweedmouth. Existing services currently provided...

Northumberland Gazette, yesterday, 17:13
 

Longstone lighthouse back in the spotlight

It is approaching 180 years to the day since Grace Darling and her father set out from Longstone lighthouse on their heroic rescue of passengers from the stricken SS Forfarshire. The story of their efforts on the morning of September 7, 1838, have...

Northumberland Gazette, yesterday, 17:02
 

Woman dies after being hit by tractor in Northumberland village

A woman has died after being hit by a tractor in Belford. At around 2.53pm this afternoon police received a report of a collision between a tractor and a pedestrian on West Street. Emergency services attended but the pedestrian has sadly passed away...

Northumberland Gazette, yesterday, 16:32
 


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