Tong hits the Toon

Pete Tong takes to the decks at Shindig on Saturday for a live broadcast on Radio One.

Burning rubber

The future of an up and coming North motorcycle star hangs in the balance unless he can find the cash to run with a top team next season.

Steve's a big hit with youngsters

Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper yesterday earned a rave review after his first public appearance as the Newcastle ambassador for the Grass Roots golf programme.

Junior boost

Newcastle United goalkeeper and keen golfer Steve Harper has signed up as an ambassador for Golf Roots - the junior golf initiative that makes golf more accessible to young people in urban and inner city areas.

Why look further than the University of Sunderland?

Best student experience in England, best new university in England, top marks for teaching, top-five UK campus - need we say more?

Motorsport: Burning rubber

Gateshead's Chris Coates is resting up in the hope he will be cleared fit to ride for next weekend's final round of the Metzeler Racetec National Superstock Championship at Brands Hatch.

David Beckham

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David Beckham yesterday day refused a single by new pop star Lily Allen - because she had been "horrible to Victoria".

Let's all do the time warp again

It's been five years since Hear'Say topped the charts, but former band member Suzanne Shaw is still drawing the crowds.

Steve is spreading gospel for golf

It's been a busy week for Steve Harper. After putting pen to paper on a new two-year contract as Shay Given's understudy at Newcastle United, he has signed up as an ambassador for Golf Roots, a junior golf initiative which makes the sport more accessible to young people in urban and inner city areas.

Do partners please for the next dance?

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Baby Spice Emma Bunton, ex-Bad Girls star Claire King and EastEnders actress Louisa Lytton have signed up for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Orange Lights put soul in their rock

The Orange Lights are set to get up close and personal with an audience in Newcastle this week.

John Peel

A second "John Peel Day" marking the anniversary of the music legend's final broadcast on Radio 1 was announced yesterday.

Manufacturing orders boost

Manufacturing order books built to their strongest level in nearly two years this month as domestic demand made up for a struggling export market, a survey showed.

Coates celebrates chance

Superstock rider Chris Coates has finally got his season back on track after securing a ride for the rest of 2006 following a strong race at Croft last weekend.

Tech notes

There's a quick question for you: what has comedian Ricky Gervais got in common with long-running radio drama The Archers?

Superbikes: What a time for BSB to come to region

There's just one week to go until the biggest motorsport event of the year roars into the region - and it couldn't have arrived at a better time.

At least they get to swim 25 metres

I was taken by a piece in one of the Sunday papers.

Poetic look at John's family

Comic poet John Hegley is bringing out the family favourites as he spins tales about his relations at the Gala.

Real soul at jumpin' gig

Soul singer Nicole Willis, pictured below, is in Newcastle later this month.

Downloads send crazy song to top of the UK charts

Pop music history was made last night (Sun) after a song reached the top of the UK singles chart based solely on computer download sales.

On the road

Easington Colliery Band has won a free van for 12 months in a competition launched by Northgate.

Meet the police

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Northumbria Police are starting monthly surgeries in parts of rural Northumberland to improve its service to the local community.

Creating headlines

Who would have thought music could be this good again. After the early 90s which saw the stratospheric rise of groups like Oasis and the Stone Roses, music hit a definite slump.

North ewe scoops top honours again

Once again the Humshaugh-based Cocklaw flock has taken the top prize in the Bluefaced Leicester classes at the Royal Highland Show.

Free screening just for laughs

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Comedy group Straightjacket return this weekend, as Showbusiness Reporter Gordon Barr explains.

Music festival

Thousands are expected to gather under the shadow of a North East monument for a free weekend of music.

Fontaine of the best in dance

Seb Fontaine returns to Shindig tomorrow.

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