Sea Angling

Boat catches are certainly on the increase with reasonable catches coming from most ports from Whitby to Amble.

Toon and Country

Bemusement by phone is the only way I can describe my Fleet Street pal's reaction when I replied to his scornful inquiry: "So what have you been doing up there today in Sleepy Hollow?

'Byker Grove' is on market for £1m

The former Byker Grove studios, where the children's TV series that launched a string of North-East stars including Ant and Dec, Jill Halfpenny and Donna Air was filmed, has been put on the market.

Sea angling

It was a case of lucky 13 for junior Dan Craig in the Whitby Festival.

Soldiers named

Two British soldiers killed when their armoured vehicle was hit by a bomb in Iraq were named yesterday as Corporal Ben Leaning, 24, and Trooper Kristen Turton, 28, of The Queen's Royal Lancers Battle Group.

Life's no soap opera for this dynamic duo

James Zabiela and Nic Fanciulli bring their One+One tour to Shindig tomorrow.

Sea angling

The Durham beaches and piers have once again given the best catches with a few codling to over 6lb, with the lucky anglers taking two or three a session.

Here's one we fixed earlier

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Blue Peter apologised to viewers yesterday for faking the results of a phone-in competition.

Tributes flow for a much-loved star

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Tributes poured in for Are You Being Served? star John Inman following his death yesterday at the age of 71.

Laser surgery option was a clear winner

An embarrassing mix up at a football match finally convinced Journal sports reporter Luke Edwards he needed to wear glasses, but he recently discovered there is a better alternative.

Homely tale that stole the show

Pink glow sticks at the ready, ladies, because it's Girls Night all week at the Gala Theatre in Durham.

Sea angling

Boat angling is starting to take off with some decent catches of cod, the best to 14lb from Sunderland.

Private show is so funny

It was enough to make Pauline Fowler turn in her grave.

Sea angling

The Easington District Council match had a good turnout of 535 anglers - but only one could scoop the £2000 for the heaviest fish.

Culture news

* Leeds band Kaiser Chiefs are heading out on the road again with a tour which will bring them to the Newcastle Carling Academy for two gigs on February 26 and 27.

Christmas crackers

Christmas television, for me, was unsparkling. There were two exceptions, however.

Sea angling

It seems the poor fishing of late is hitting the turnout in events.

Fingers on button

Strictly Come Dancing has been a total joy and, by and large, I've agreed with the decisions.

Sea angling

Some cracking fish turned up in the Seaham Open with Neil Howey taking the £1000 first prize with a 9.61lb cod from the Green Wall.

Sea angling

The River Tyne proved the best venue in the Whitley Bay Open with the top three bags coming from there.

Sea Angling

We are well into October and catches from the wrecking boats - mainly due to the pleasant weather - are still going strong.

Ross Davidson

Former EastEnders actor Ross Davidson has died from a brain tumour at the age of 57, his agent said yesterday.

Nasty Nick turns to the law

John Altman has faced down his most famous part as villainous Nasty Nick in EastEnders with roles in Chicago and Bouncers, and now he has finally become a man of law.

ScS is sitting pretty while rivals wriggle in an uncomfortable spot

Sofa retailer ScS Upholstery has won praise after growing sales despite the slump in consumer spending.

Qurios - and yet so very animated

The talents of a North-East born illustrator and animator will be showcased again this week on national television.

Sea angling

A change of tactics paid dividends for Trevor Ferry of Wallsend in the Newbiggin Open, fished by 348.

Hours to go and the world is waiting

Nearly 50,000 runners will line-up for the 26th Great North Run between Newcastle and South Shields tomorrow.

Contract hope after TV success

A computer graphics company from Hartlepool hopes to win its biggest contract after creating nail-biting scenes for a new TV drama.

Sea angling

The lower Tyne is the place to be if you want some sport with mixed bags of mainly codling, with coalfish, flounders and whiting also showing.

The real heroes take centre stage

For the stars who gave their services for the Teenage Cancer Trust gig free of charge, the evening was about putting something back and wowing the crowd with their displays.

In brief

The Liberal Democrats warned the polluter should pay more as the party yesterday launched a national campaign calling for more environmental taxes.

Peace camp banned from Labour party conference

Relatives of North-East serviceman killed in Iraq last night accused the Labour Party of censorship after protesters were banned from holding a peace camp.

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.

Sea angling

Ryhope SAC had a trip to Norway and enjoyed some cracking sport; the best fish of the trip was a 17lb 8oz ling for Paul Richardson, while Paul Riley took the best of the pollock - a nice fish of 9lb.

Sea angling

What a weekend for North East anglers. Matthew Holdroyd of Newbiggin took on a field of 104 top junior anglers in the Clyde Open winning the event for the second year running with three flounders for 91 points, ahead of local angler Mathew Simpson, who took two flounders for 75pts.

Jill adds her voice to charity gig

Jill Halfpenny is the latest addition to the 3 Bandstand line-up, set to fill The Sage Gateshead with music and laughter next month.

Tiger fan Dec helps event go with a swing

Presenter pays £7,000 for memento

Baby for star

Actress Tracy-Ann Oberman has given birth to a baby girl, it was announced yesterday.

Today's diary

All day: Rocker Alice Cooper and EastEnders hard man Ross Kemp are among the stars taking place in the Celtic Manor Resort celebrity golf tournament, hosted by Ant and Dec.

School is a special kind of pioneer

Warren is absorbed in making a board game based on the TV soap EastEnders.

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