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MICHAEL Gibson just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. In April 1992, he and his younger brother, David, were walking along High Row, in Darlington town centre, when they were approached by three youths.
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IT’S never easy thinking of presents for my wife – but I really think I excelled myself this time. Forget the usual last-minute bunch of garage flowers and a quick lunchtime dash to Thornton’s for a box of chocolates, I masterminded a much better surprise for Mother’s Day.
10:19am Thursday 10th April 2014
7:38pm Wednesday 9th April 2014
It is not a surprise that Maria Miller has resigned as Culture Secretary - just that it was so long coming given that the controversy surrounding her expenses claim had become what is known in political circles as "toxic".
7:09pm Wednesday 9th April 2014
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ALL of us will hope that the signals detected in the Indian Ocean prove to be from the black box of the Malaysian airliner missing with its 239 passengers and crew. If the discovery leads to the solving of the plane’s disappearance it will be a triumph for the international investigation into the mystery.
7:11pm Tuesday 8th April 2014
THE spectacular development of Rockliffe Hall, near Darlington, has been a huge boost to the southern end of our region in recent years and The Northern Echo is delighted to again be the media partner for the English senior Open in the summer.
12:46pm Tuesday 8th April 2014
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I WENT into three shops trying to buy an Easter card. I’m fond of flowers, I love eggs and I’ve no desire to perpetrate a hate crime against bunnies. But I was looking for something with a cross on, or an Easter garden, the sepulchral stone being rolled away.
5:36pm Monday 7th April 2014
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A FEW rays of sunshine make all the difference, don’t they? With winter behind us, spring in the air, the crocuses joyously exploding, and the inevitable pictures of gambolling lambs flocking to our newsdesk, it’s my favourite time of year.
11:36am Friday 4th April 2014
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AN American student has saved his government a potential $400m a year by suggesting they use a smaller, neater font for all their mountains of official literature, saving a fortune in printer ink, possibly the most expensive liquid on the planet. If only our government would do the same.
11:32am Friday 4th April 2014
MORE dads are staying at home to look after the children – 229,000, double the number 20 years ago. Many of them have made a virtue out of necessity – wife earns more, decent childcare is expensive – and grown to love it.
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6:56pm Thursday 3rd April 2014
WHEN the MPs' expenses scandal unfolded, it was more than just the financial skullduggery which angered people all over the country. It was the holier than thou attitude of some MPs towards the issue which heightened public outrage.
10:08am Thursday 3rd April 2014
I GOT the usual breakfast in bed, home-made cards and promises to unload the dishwasher and clean the car on Mothering Sunday: “All I need now is for one of you to do something that gives me a good story for this week’s Mum at Large column,” I joked.
9:48am Thursday 3rd April 2014
11:41am Wednesday 2nd April 2014
A LARGE gilt-framed mirror claimed to have been the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice Through the Looking Glass is up for sale – for £1m. Well actually, the price includes the house, in Cheltenham, Gloucester, where the mirror has hung since Carroll’s day – but the mirror is the undoubted star.
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FELLOW feeling, today’s column was to have majored on a meeting of the Grumpy Old Men’s Breakfast club which gathers – doubtless querulously – around Norton-on-Tees each Wednesday. The only problem is that, having extended the invitation – “We are treated with his regard, wherever we decide to grace with our presence” – they failed totally to acknowledge its eager acceptance.
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THEY’VE tried for a year, with commendable privacy, to sort things out but now after ten years of marriage, Gwyneth Paltrow and husband Chris Martin, have decided to “consciously uncouple and co-parent”.
10:23am Friday 28th March 2014
Time Travel 1: A broken boiler means we’re relying on a real fire for heat. Wonderful if you’re sitting in front of it – but then there’s that dreaded scuttle into the rest of the house and the shock of the cold kitchen. Not as bad as having to get out of a nice warm bed in the morning and into the icy chill. Still, at least we haven’t got the mottled legs from sitting too close to the fire. Yet.
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8:54pm Wednesday 26th March 2014
Regular readers will know that my blood boils when petty-minded, power-mad football club bosses resort to banning journalists from doing their jobs during disagreements. But beware the local paper scorned...
12:25pm Wednesday 26th March 2014
A LATE former colleague of mine liked to tell of a leading article that he claimed appeared in the weekly newspaper on which he started his career. It was the Keighley News, which, according to my old workmate, during the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, which brought the world to the brink of war through a Russian plan to base nuclear missiles on the doorstep of the US, addressed itself directly to the Russian President.
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