Staff and pupils at Benfield school dress up on World Book Day

Children across the North East dress up to mark World Book Day

Little literary characters went to school dressed as their heroes to mark World Book Day

Great North Museum Exhibitions Curator Lindsey Bruce with the Fijian Mermaid

Fairies and fantasy exhibition set for Newcastle's Great North Museum

An exhibition exploring fantasy, fairies and magic is to be staged by Newcastle's Great North Museum

Actress Miriam Margolyes is to perform at St George's Church, Jesmond

Actress Miriam Margolyes is star turn in Jesmond church fundraiser

Miriam Margolyes - Prof Sprout in the Harry Potter films - is to entertain in Tyneside to raise funds for St George’s church in Jesmond

DO NOT REUSE PIC: Reading books

Merry Christmas and a happy new read

HANNAH Stephenson picks some hot books of 2010, when actress Denise Welch's autobiography will vie for attention with a new fad for angelic fiction.

Alnwick Garden

Former Disneyland boss becomes joint chief executive of Alnwick Garden

THE man behind the magic of Disney is coming to Alnwick to spearhead an ambitious bid to turn the Northumberland town into one of the world’s top tourist destinations.

Coloccini’s happy as an adopted Geordie

FABRICIO Coloccini emerges from a side room at Newcastle United’s Darsley Park training ground clutching an English text book.

Broad welcome for cut

BUSINESS breathed a sigh of relief yesterday as the Bank of England trimmed interest rates by a quarter point.

The Journal quiz of the year

1. What is unique in the North-East about The Round, the new theatre which opened in 2007 in Newcastle’s Ouseburn (the answer is hinted at in the name)?

Sunderland to London train finally arrives

LIKE the Hogwarts Express, the 20.36 from London sneaked unannounced into the station – two minutes late – last night.

HMV sales slow but losses are reduced

MUSIC retail chain and Waterstone’s owner HMV has signalled slowing sales despite narrowing first-half losses.

Signing event will draw in crowds

BRYAN Talbot will be signing copies of his extraordinary book, Alice in Sunderland, in the run-up to Christmas.

Stark warning over accolade for village

A NORTHUMBERLAND village should not follow in the footsteps of a neighbouring town, a community leader has warned.

My place - Martin Duffy

MARTIN, 46, is a professional magician. He has been performing magic full-time for more than 20 years but before that he used to sell magic in London to other magicians.

Harry Potter halo makes Amazon sales glow

THE final Harry Potter novel and music from Amy Winehouse were UK bestsellers for online shopping group Amazon as the company posted healthy sales.

Harry Potter

Wednesday morning business bulletin

Harry Potter helps Amazon to healthy results; Argos owner beats forecasts; FTSE 100 Index on the back foot.

Giving MySpace users a voice

SOCIAL network MySpace and internet communications company Skype have announced a partnership to provide the MySpace community with voice communications.

Calendar features a good feed every day

AN enterprising group of North-East mothers is following in the footsteps of the Women’s Institute’s Calendar Girls.

Garden to lead fight against turbines bid

ONE of the North-East’s biggest visitor attractions is to lead the fight against plans for a wind farm in Northumberland.

Mixing rural life with good links to cities

THE opening of a showhome is always a special event, but one North-East builder had an extra special launch – with a little help from the world’s most famous wizard.

Working with the big names

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