Pair will get gym in trim for health

A PAIR of fitness instructors have bought the gym where they work and now plan to give the business a makeover.

Tech Notes

I GOT off the plane in Heathrow on Tuesday from the Fortune Magazine ‘iMeme Conference’ and queuing in front of me was none other than Star Wars creator George Lucas.

The pie’s the limit for Angel’s Share delicatessen

DARLINGTON delicatessen The Angel’s Share has come top in the Grocery and Bakery category in the prestigious Waitrose Small Producers Awards.

Babylon's Burning but Bizzle has it covered

One of my pet hates, musically speaking, is when an artist or band gives a classic song a modern update, usually by just whacking on a dance beat.

Soon everything you need will be on your phone

WHEN gadgets are integral to your life and all equally important it’s never easy choosing which ones to carry with you.

A talent that could take Chris to the top

The search is on for the next big thing – a singer songwriter with the talent to make it to the top in a cut-throat industry.

Stock Watch

Stronger oil and commodity prices helped to reverse some of this week's losses, with the FTSE 100 Index ending the day up 43.7 points at 6571.3.

What's hot

We love this Freeloader for Summer - which gives you Portable Solar Energy wherever you are (as long as there is light!)

Comfort zone is getting larger

Restaurateurs Tom and Emily Sillar's latest venture is bringing a new meaning to `pick your own,' as Jane Hall reveals.

Looking for a good start

Godolphin may not have that many big-hitters lined up for the Royal meeting but Abhisheka can send them off to Ascot in good heart with a victory in the Tweenhills Farm & Stud Warwickshire Oaks at Warwick today.

Car surfer, 18, dies

An 18-year-old man who was critically injured after he fell from the roof of a moving car has died, police said yesterday.

River cruiser breakdown

Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade were scrambled when a leisure cruiser broke down on the River Tyne at 1.15pm yesterday.

Sweet Sixteen sound angelic

Minutes into Harry Christophers and The Sixteen's programme for their current annual Choral Pilgrimage, Music from the Sistine Chapel, and you realise why the 16th Century Italian church placed such faith in music as a means of attracting congregations.

Holidays are a let-down for the grumpies

The thought of white sandy beaches, coconut trees, blue sea and exotic climes builds up huge expectations as people head off for their annual summer holiday.

Amazon songs move

Amazoncom is launching a new music download service to rival market leader Apple, it announced yesterday.

We believe pound won't fall just yet

Since the middle of April, the pound in your pocket has been worth more than $2.

Cassette ejected

The cassette tape is doomed, it was predicted yesterday, after Currys, with more than 500 electrical stores in the UK, said existing stocks of blank cassette tapes would be sold but not replenished.

Hard work pays off

Even if you haven't been to a gig for as long as you can remember, there's a good chance you've already partaken of the Baghdaddies live experience, albeit in an open-air setting.

People on the move

The former head of communications for destination marketing agency NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI) has joined MDA, a Newcastle-based public relations, marketing and advertising agency.

Sandi's journey from Harlem to Durham

Jazz musician, novelist, journalist and civil rights author and activist Sandi Russell has had an exciting and adventurous life.

Tiger can roar to success

Sir Michael Stoute has enjoyed a good start to the new campaign and is expected to strike gold with Eternal Path in the Robert Sangster Memorial Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Newbury today.

Peter Jackson column

As an infant I was unable to spell the word "went" and persistently wrote "whent".

Oops, there's uproar in the sorting room

A disciplinary row has erupted at a Tyneside Royal Mail depot over a spoof Britney Spears song.

Give your home the fair trade treatment

We can all buy into the idea of fair and ethical trading - in every aspect of our homes, explains Lisa Haynes.

Firm may go public for funding

An online ethical trading company hoping to become the `ethical Amazon' may look to a public share sale to help fund future expansion plans.

Garden stabbing

A Tynedale man is recovering in hospital after he was stabbed in a garden.

E.On withdraws takeover offer

German energy giant E.On has withdrawn its controversial £28.6bn bid for Spanish power company Endesa, because it believed its takeover offer would not be successful.

What's new?

Sourcing a vegetarian wine can be tricky. Luckily there's a huge selection of suitable wines from Smithfield Wine, based in Manchester.

Food Heroes Tasting Market

Bringing together more than 20 of the region's top food originators, this all-day event at Newcastle University will showcase a huge range of local food and produce, with the emphasis firmly on tasting.

Factory Girl

The life and times of 60s 'It girl' Edie Sedgwick, the blue blood American princess with a Harvard education and startling beauty, comes into focus in George Hickenlooper's controversial biopic.

Liam looking to the future

Durham ace Liam Plunkett hopes the use of new 21st-century technology will help add to his armoury - and earn him a place in England's starting line-up for their opening World Cup match on Friday.

Family idea proves to be just the business

An idea to help schools get out news electronically to parents has helped a North-East household win a Family Fortunes-style business competition.

Harry snubbed at airbase

Being third in line to the throne should mean Prince Harry has no problem queuing in shops - but that was not the case when he paid a surprise visit to a US airbase.

Toon and country

They don't understand, those Big City types, really they don't. "I can't be on your programme," I shout above the din into my mobile phone to the man from Radio Five.

Here is music to lift the spirit

I wipe away a tear with the back of my hand and slowly he walks away, leaving hundreds of us mesmerised, by the man and his music.

Young yoga

Feasting on fruit and vegetables is the order of the day for children at a Tyneside nursery.

Couple enjoy a mashing time with TV cooks

A north Northumberland farming couple who specialise in growing gourmet heritage potatoes are expecting an upsurge in orders for their crops after their appearance next week in BBC 2's popular daily cookery programme, Ready Steady Cook.

Tech notes

The mobile phone world's movers and shakers were recently out in force at 3GSM in Barcelona to discuss industry trends and showcase the latest handsets.

StreetSmart

StreetSmart is the charity which raises money for the homeless through restaurant bill donations.

Tech notes

Christmas comes late for gadget fans.

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