Kate Fox: If the English Defence League had turned up at our book club we'd have scared them away

Journal columnist and poet Kate Fox says if EDL idiots had disrupted her and her friends they would have been peppered with rock buns

Russell Brand

Forget the fringe, the answer is in the mainstream says North East businessman Graham Robb

North East businessman Graham Robb on why we need to look past the nonsense in this most crucial of election years

Actor and comedian Steve Coogan

Curious Georgie: An open letter to open letter writers

If you've got something to say on a subject, just say it. It doesn't need to end with Yours Sincerely

Former Energy Secretary Chris Huhne

Denise Robertson: Politics is so important, so why can't we get real insight?

Denise Robertson ponders why good political programmes on television are fast becoming a thing of the past

Steven Fletcher in action for Sunderland against Fulham

Fulham 1 Sunderland 3 - Neil Cameron's match analysis

THIS was a Premier League match Sunderland simply had to win.

Jason Byrne

Review: Jason Byrne, People's Puppeteer, Tyne Theatre Newcastle

SHOWS like X Factor have diminished the power of a standing ovation.

Survey comments - Q4: Should he have been disciplined?

That still does not justify using the language that he did.

Sarah Green

A year it was all happening here

As 2007 draws to a close and we look forward to 2008 with hope and just a little foreboding, nebusiness asks a few notable members of the North business community to express their feelings about the year past and the year ahead.

DO NOT REUSE PIC: A scene from the movie St Trinians

St Trinian's

Girls just want to have fun in Oliver Parker and Barnaby Thompson’s revival of the naughty hockey stick-wielding minxes, first immortalised in the cartoons of Ronald Searle.

Colin Firth

Colin’s set up for a fall at St Trinian’s

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Back on the big screen after half a century is St Trinian’s.

Russell Brand at Sunderland Empire

HE came, he saw, but did he conquer? Well, Russell Brand did at least on stage last night at Sunderland Empire.

The sun is not about to set on the Empire

The Sunderland Empire is preparing to celebrate its 100th birthday in spectacular style.

Diversions to bridges

One of the main approaches to the Tyne and Swing bridges has been closed for two days to allow for repair work on a leaking gas main.

Survey reveals what men really want

Fiery chef Gordon Ramsay is the most admired man and Pete Doherty is at the bottom of the poll, according to a survey.

Who came where

Which British Man Do You Most Admire?

Dressed to kill

Bond star Daniel Craig has been named Britain's best-dressed man - and comic Russell Brand the worst.

Have fun and help others

The UK will go Comic Relief crazy today when the funny fundraiser reaches its climax.

Excuse me vicar, is that your husband?

Millions of us mourned the loss of one of our favourite comic creations, the Vicar Of Dibley's chocolate-loving vicar Geraldine Granger, when the last episode of the hit sitcom aired at Christmas.

Hain backs `baby' chief

Northern Ireland police chief Sir Hugh Orde last night had the "complete and unequivocal" support of Ulster Secretary Peter Hain after it was revealed that he had fathered a secret love child.

Ant and Dec up for awards

Ant and Dec are in contention for three honours at the British Comedy Awards.

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