Archie Sibeko, meets with the Sheriff of Newcastle, George Pattison in the Council Chambers

Nelson Mandela's cell mate receives cash boost from Newcastle City Council

A South African who shared a prison cell with Nelson Mandela for a year has received a cash boost from Newcastle City Council

Former South African President Nelson Mandela

Curious Georgie: Silly selfie showed how much Mandela meant

David Cameron caused uproar with a 'selfie' photo of him with at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Bernard Trafford: Nelson Mandela - an example to all, young and old

Bernard Trafford reflects on the former South African president Nelson Mandela and how he wishes he could have met him

Former South African President Nelson Mandela

Denise Robertson: Nelson Mandela's legacy will live on

The death of Nelson Mandela last week saw many people reminiscing about former South African president

Comedian Stephen K Amos

Stephen K Amos gets set for North East shows

Stephen K Amos has a double date with the North East at the Durham's Gala Theatre and The Stand in Newcastle as Chris Waugh finds out

Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole

Lee Cattermole hopes to avoid knee operation

SUNDERLAND will make one last attempt to spare Lee Cattermole from surgery.

Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi

Tyneside teenager bestows Freedom of Newcastle on Aung San Suu Kyi

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A teenager has capped years of political activism in Burma by meeting resistance leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

teaser: Joey Barton

'Good lad' Barton is set to face Baggies

HE WAS unable to avoid making a controversial return to the first team at Sunderland last weekend but Joey Barton will still make his first start for Newcastle in more than five months against West Bromwich Albion tonight.

Eddie Hutchinson

When the furnace flames went out

THEY haven’t got a cat in hell’s chance." That is how the Derwentside job creation team were viewed shortly after Consett steelworks closed in 1980, recalls Eddie Hutchinson.

Review: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, The Sage, Gateshead

AFTER torrential rain on Tyneside, it’s a welcome relief to be transported to the South of Africa.

Teser: Robin Bloom

Life is sweet after Christmas in jail

REPRESENTING the ne’erdowells of the North-East, sponsoring roundabouts on Teesside and not opening a New York office, senior partner at Dickinson Dees law firm Robin Bloom talks to Graeme King.

Investors stick together

SMALL shareholders of Northern Rock have continued to pull together amid uncertainty about a takeover.

Teaser: Geremi

United’s Mandela is a hit

NEWCASTLE United team-mates have been so impressed with new captain Geremi’s calm approach and natural leadership skills that they have nicknamed him Mandela after the former civil rights campaigner and president of South Africa.

Colin Seccombe teaser

A full agenda for our mutual friend

KEEPING up with business trends is as much as some companies can do, but Alastair Gilmour talks to one chief executive whose financial institution is setting an increasingly hot pace.

Nick Spurr

Steady hand in stormy waters

From an early age Nick Spurr has been fascinated with the craft of boat building, harbouring a romantic notion to own his own yard.

teaser, Franck Queudrue

Allardyce eyes Queudrue deal

FRANCK Queudrue is hoping to fill the problematic left-back position at St James’s Park after the former Middlesbrough favourite emerged as Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce’s latest defensive target.

We hope new PM will show courage

Gordon Brown admires courage so much he wrote a book about it.

Bill Colbeck

Appetite for growth

After surviving two world wars and the Great Depression, a fourth generation fish and chip shop supplier is looking forward to a profitable 21st century.

Drive is Stevens' X Factor

Matt Stevens has met Nelson Mandela and performed on television's X Factor since he last played rugby for England.

And the Wall came tumbling down

Saturday November 11, 1989 - East Germans, some in their night clothes and others cheering, watched in amazement last night as building workers joined border troops to tear down a section of the Berlin Wall.


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