Expertise to provide a safe berth

Pd Ports new chief executive David Robinson was a key player in the re-development of Hong Kong's port, one of the world's largest, in the 1990s.

Public sector in line for autumn turmoil

The Government was last night on a collision course with tens of thousands of public sector workers in bitter disputes over privatisation and pay which threaten an autumn of discontent.

Friday Forum

The ghost of Margaret Thatcher has been resurrected this week, as a warning to the Labour Party not to eject Tony Blair against his will.

Implied criticism of police not justified

I refer to an anonymous letter headlined "Why do we have to put up with this?" which was published on August 30.

Hurt is over for relieved Jonny

Jonny Wilkinson believes he has finally put his three-year injury nightmare behind him as the Newcastle Falcons star prepares for the Guinness Premiership season.

Not blinded by big-time demands

A woman often mistaken for her father's secretary is now clearly recognised as being in charge of the family business - and she intends to take it further.

Softer side of the Iron Lady revealed

The Iron Lady came face to face with her silkier side yesterday when Baroness Thatcher attended the unveiling of a new portrait.

Happy memories tinged with concerns

The rising costs of university education for students and their families is a major concern for the man who was Vice Chancellor of Durham University for a decade.

No fairy tale endings

July has always been a popular month for weddings. But in the 1980s it was the chosen month for two Royal nuptials, as Jane Hall reports.

Will Ms Kelly ever get us to Turin?

Ever since the people of the North-East voted by a margin of 4-1 to reject its proposals for unelected assembly, the Government has been unsure where to go next with the regional devolution agenda.

Pensions to be linked to earnings after 2012

The link between the basic state pension and rises in average earnings will be restored, Downing Street confirmed yesterday.

Cameron could be youthful asset

In my previous two columns, I considered the contrasting fortunes over the course of the party conference season of two prospective party leaders, Gordon Brown and David Cameron.

Even without the Rubik's Cube 1980 was a fascinating year

In the world of fashion, Lady Diana Spencer entered the world stage, opting for the romantic glamour that was later taken to extremes by the New Romantics, in stark contrast to Mrs Thatcher's trademark power suits.

Why not drink to our health?

Two Japanese octogenarians have emerged from a Pacific island jungle, apparently unaware that the war is over.

Classic born in Moscow

Theatre critics will be sharpening their pencils and wits in readiness for Billy Elliot: The Musical but the show, opening in London this month, is in good hands - as you will understand if you visit The Journal Tyne Theatre next week.

Karen Bartlett column

Twenty years ago, the miners' strike reached its sad, straggling end.

Warning on housing plan

Deputy Prime John Prescott was today accused of killing off social housing as he prepared to announce plans to enable 300,000 poorer tenants a chance to buy a stake in their homes.

Americans pour out love for Reagan

The body of former US president Ronald Reagan was taken to Washington last night to lie in state.

Osama bunker artwork

Two artists who recreated Osama bin Laden's house have made it on to the shortlist of this year's Turner Prize.

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