Chef Jo Stoddart

Celebrated chef Jo Stoddart brings her talents to award winning retirement village

The Middleton Hall Retirement Village has a new chef who spent six years working alongside Michel Roux Jnr at Le Gavroche

Factory outlets look good for bargains

WITH serious pressure on retail spending increasingly a feature of the High Street as a result of the almost “over mentioned” recession, those offering discounted prices could be busier than usual at this time of year, says Mike Birkett.

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Dan tackles fatal cancer head-on

SCHOOLBOY Dan Squires last night told how being diagnosed with terminal cancer last November sparked a bid to cram a lifetime of incredible memories into just seven months.

Spark in the dark days of winter

Party poopers: avert your eyes. There’s no escaping seasonable accessories in the shops right now.

Surprise survey of wit, ego and genius

MUSIC producer Geoff Wonfor and former Lindisfarne drummer Ray Laidlaw are friends whose work has brought them in touch with some of the best musicians of the time.

Big City chance for new groups

IT has an unrivalled reputation for unearthing new talent and has helped launch the careers of Oasis, Coldplay and Radiohead, among others.

IF you listen carefully, you will hear the sound of a bandwagon coming your way.

Oasis, Ash, Prince and the Charlatans have all now officially joined the 21st Century and discovered that the best way to talk with and sell to their fans is via the internet.

Tech Notes with Lee Duddell

IF you listen carefully, you will hear the sound of a bandwagon coming your way.

Fashion in grip of ‘purple fever’

PURPLE’S a colour that looks great on all ages and suits most skin tones,” says Fiona Wellins of Colour Me Beautiful.

DO NOT REUSE THIS PIC: A scene from the movie The Kingdom

The Kingdom

AT a time when the involvement of British and American troops in the Middle East continues to make headlines, Peter Berg’s thriller considers the vicious circle of bloodshed that links warring nations.

Jewels give fashion a bright facet

EMBELLISHMENT has taken many forms this season, from craftwork-inspired pieces at Chloe and delicate foil dresses at Prada, to Christopher Kane’s sporty yet ribbon and jewel emblazoned body-conscious dresses and full on crystal overload at Burberry,” says Bonnie Rakhit, fashion editor at Elle Magazine.

Ready for an album

PUNK indie rockers The Ballarats have carved out a reputation on the local scene recently for playing exceptional live gigs.

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Thursday's business news

Rolls-Royce beats profits forecast; UK-based Coca-Cola staff begin 48-hour strike; Qatari investment group faces increased pressure over Sainsbury's bid.

Blake and Dahl build a giant peach of a show

ILLUSTRATOR Quentin Blake was in Newcastle yesterday to share a snozzcumber with some young Roald Dahl fans.

Builder lives up to expectations

HOUSEBUILDER Redrow said it expected its full-year performance to be in line with hopes after it continued to increase sales and completions in the second half of the year.

The Thrill of a new album

What a thrill! Chart-topping Irish band The Thrills are back in Newcastle next week.

BA now rates a brighter outlook

British Airways' finances got a vote of confidence yesterday after the company's credit rating was upgraded to its highest for almost four years.

The thrill of starting all over again

Like all the best bands, the Thrills seemed to come out of nowhere.

Booker is back in the black

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Cash-and-carry group Booker yesterday reported a return to the black after increased customer focus and price cuts helped drive a recovery.

Gatecrash threat adds zest to Oasis takeover

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A battle for the UK's biggest dental business, Oasis Healthcare, looks to be in prospect after its biggest shareholder threatened yesterday to gatecrash an agreed £76.9m offer for the firm.


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