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10:23am Wednesday 4th December 2013
A LEAGUE table showing that the UK is falling behind our global rivals when it comes to tests in maths, reading and science taken by 15-year-olds was described by employers as “a wake-up call” to Britain.
7:37pm Wednesday 4th December 2013
The value of grass roots sport should never be underestimated. It keeps people healthy, it creates friendships, enhances understanding, and plays a huge role in tackling anti-social behaviour.
10:16am Wednesday 4th December 2013
IT should not come as any great surprise that David Cameron overlooks the North-East. This is not the part of the country which holds the key to a second term in Downing Street and he has not been swayed by the clear evidence that the region has suffered disproportionately under his Government’s policies.
10:31am Wednesday 4th December 2013
I SAW the Christmas tree in Stockton town centre – the socalled dunce’s hat that has been the subject of so much manufactured outrage from the permanently annoyed (Echo, Dec 3) – on my way to a meeting at the town hall earlier this week.
10:47am Wednesday 4th December 2013
NEW parenthood is a very exciting time, but it can also be very frightening.
4:58pm Monday 2nd December 2013
KEVIN KENNEDY became one of the nation’s favourite TV characters when he played the hapless Curly in Coronation Street. With his unruly hair, owlish spectacles and puzzled expression, he skilfully brought both humour and poignancy to the man often a loser in Weatherfield love, and life.
2:35pm Friday 22nd November 2013
WE start with an apology. Eight years ago, when we last visited Richmond’s Frenchgate Hotel, we made not one, but two, references to laminate flooring.
2:24pm Monday 2nd December 2013
IN the 1973-74 season, Willington FC, with playermanager Brian Newton and assistant Jimmy Lee, reached the first round proper of the FA Cup for only the third time in the club’s history, and met Blackburn Rovers, from the Third Division, at home.
6:13pm Tuesday 3rd December 2013
AS the market-leading crossover the Qashqai already has excellent residual values. But Nissan must be delighted that the new Qashqai, which goes on sale in January, is forecast to retain 50 per cent of its value after three years or 30,000 miles – a 10 per cent improvement on its predecessor – according to latest data from residual value (RV) setters CAP. That means the experts at CAP reckon a used Qashqai will be worth more secondhand than a VW Golf - a car known for its cast-iron used prices.
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