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Me heading blissfully along the Northumberland coast, near Boulmer, shortly before the accident – 'stride before a fall.  Picture: JULIAN TYLEY

Stumbling across some former-day saints

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Blair may be damaged goods - but he knows about winning elections

FOUNDER: Guinness Book of Records founder, Norris McWhirter

Exercising my own freedom to speak

FIRST CAR: Harry Whitehouse with his 1938 Talbot 10

My First Car: 1938 Talbot 10, Harry Whitehouse, Stockton

THE FIRST: Mike Amos' debut report in the Northern Despatch of September 1, 1965

50 not out - Mike Amos clocks up half century at the Echo

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Junk mail something for the dog to get his teeth into

Junk mail something for the dog to get his teeth into

Tested: Citroen DS 4 DStyle NAV Blue HDi 120 (Price, as tested, £24,425)

Review: Citroen DS 4 DStyle NAV Blue HDi 120 (Price, as tested, £24,425)

FAKE: Zac and Sarah grinned from leaflets produced by Mr Duncan Smith's Department of Work and Pensions.

Insult of the Government's fake claimants

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Allan Edgar was a talented wicket-keeper for Bishop Auckland Cricket Club and Durham Police

Landlord lauded

The scene at Garforth Town FC, with the "heliport" stand in the background

Ripping stuff

REMARKABLE MAN: Ian Harper and his great friend and mentor Owen Willoughby

The final whistle

WARM WELCOME: Mike Amos is greeted by Councillor Mary Dalton, Mayor of Newton Aycliffe, at Newton Aycliffe FC's Moore Lane ground

Saints’ day remembered

Mike Amos with Peter Collinson and his dog Cassie first footing at Staithes

Pigeon posts

Brothers David Miliband (right) and Ed Miliband. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Labour vote debacle is embarrassing distraction for party on road to recovery

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Wendy Robertson: Inspired by her family history

Bishop Auckland writer's new novel is inspired by family history

OPPORTUITY: Apprentice Anthony Butler at SW Durham Training in Newton Aycliffe

Devolved skills funding 'essential' for region's economic development

CONGESTION: Traffic on the A1 on the outskirts of Newcastle

What could devolution mean for transport in the North-East?

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MOTORING MEMORIES: Mike Batt

Car Torque .... with composer and man behind the Wombles, Mike Batt

DEVOLUTION: George Osborne has made it clear there will be no deal without regions agreeing to elect a mayor. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Devolution power play

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Bramble or blackberry – whatever you call them, they are still good to eat in a crumble

Cooking up a storm

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Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaks to crowds during a ceremony in Tehran, Iran, in April this year. Picture: Official website of the Iranian Supreme Leader

A sell-out that gives Iran the nuclear bomb

Darren Henley: "We know just how much of a positive impact arts and culture has on everyone's life. And there's no better reason for working together than that."

Making the case for culture

Jamaica's Usain Bolt, second from right, on his way to Gold in the Men's 100 metres final ahead of USA's Justin Gatlin, left, at the IAAF World Championships at the Beijing National Stadium, China. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Usain Bolt scored victory for good guys

SLEEP DEPRIVED: When was the last time you woke up feeling you'd slept 'like a baby'?

Want to sleep like a baby again?

Author Harper Lee

Separation of fact and fiction

MY WEAKENESS: I feel on top of the world after a coffee, before I come crashing down into a shivering wreck

Coffee addict's grounds for concern

Six-year-old Caitlin Drabble from Cestria Primary School in Chester-le-Street. who won a top prize in a school’s handwriting competition back in 1999

Do the write thing

GCSE: Our students are the most tested in Europe. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire

GCSEs could do better

MY FIRST CAR: George Wright. Picture: STUART BOULTON

My First Car: 1953 Austin A40 Somerset, George Wright, Sadberge

CONTENDER: Labour leadership candidate Liz Kendall arrives at the Abbey Centre in London, where she made a speech as part of her campaign. PHOTO: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire.

Liz Kendall: 'I'll never take you for granted'

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Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn

Picking at a prickly problem

Jeremy Corbyn on the stage of Middlesbrough Town Hall for a Labour party leadership rally. Picture: TOM BANKS

Leaning excitedly to the left

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INVESTIGATION: Wayne Scott after his arrest

Cleveland Police must regain public's trust

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RALLY: Jeremy Corbyn on the stage of Middlesbrough Town Hall for a Labour party leadership rally. Picture: TOM BANKS

Corbyn's vision for the North

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Prime Minister David Cameron's credentials as an eco champion are tarnished. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

PM shows his true colours

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Green lifestyle: Aggie Maxwell with two of her children

The happy nappy lady

THORNY ISSUE: Brambles or blackberries?

No beating around the bramble bush

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HIGH ACHIEVER: Arthur Peter Pease

An American academic seeks to honour a Battle of Britain hero from a famous family

Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn ahead of a campaign rally at the Arts Centre Theatre in Aberdeen. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Can anyone stop Jeremy Corbyn?

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SHOW: Sedgefield Agriculture  and Horticulture Show picture: SARAH CALDECOTT (35149801)

Dogged by complaints

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Michelle Heaton and her children Aaron and Faith

I'm back to being me again'

LOVED: Michael McMonigle, widely known as "Mister Mac" to pupils, colleagues and parents

Mister Mac: A teacher with a rare gift

SOCIAL TIPPLE: But what are the risks involved with consuming too much alcohol. Picture: PA/thinkstockphotos

Drinking in the health risks

Boatload of memories: Gateshead’s famous Tuxedo Princess will depart in 2008 after 25 years of partying

The cream of the joke

RESULTS: Students collect their A-level results from King James I Academy, Bishop Auckland. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Celebrating North-East A-level excellence

Review: Ssangyong Tivoli ELX (Price £17,250)

Review: Ssangyong Tivoli ELX (Price £17,250)

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HEADLINE CHALLENGE: The Headline Challenge is played out every week day between The Northern Echo's editor Peter Barron, left, and BBC Tees's Ali Brownlee

Headline Challenge - the year so far in quirky headlines

LEGALISE: Terminally ill nurse Sandra Smith calls for decriminalisation of cannabis. Picture: TOM BANKS.

'Without it I'd be in bed waiting to die' - nurse with terminal cancer argues for cannabis legalisation

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FIRST CAR:Reg's Standard Ten 1955

My First Car: 1955 Standard Ten, Reg Foster, Darlington

Top five lies to get cheaper motoring insurance

Top five lies to get cheaper motoring insurance

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