Building a bright future

WHEN I was 15, I dreamed of a career in the Marines.

September 4: HM Revenue and Customs seminar on becoming self-employed, Morton Park, Darlington, 9.30am - 1.15pm. Details from 01642 795037.

September 6: CONFEDERATION of British Industry North-east tax seminar, Ernst & Young, Citygate, Newcastle, 8am.

Tuesday's markets close

Credit concerns continue to hang over London market; Virgin Media chief steps down; National Savings and Investments achieves record results.


A BUDDING musician is on the road to rock and roll fame - while at the same time keeping in tune with studying for an IT qualification.

You’re hired, Sugar is told by Murdoch

TYCOON Sir Alan Sugar looks set to join the Murdoch empire after agreeing to sell his Amstrad business to BSkyB for £125m.

Do you pass as an interviewer?

‘IT’S the job or your family – you decide’. This is precisely the tough choice faced by one plucky contestant on popular BBC show The Apprentice, after an infamous boardroom grilling by Sir Alan Sugar.

Apprentice skills recognised

FIFTEEN ConstructionSkills apprentices were recognised as some of the North-East’s best young construction workers at the regional heat of the national Skillbuild competition.

Reality check on TV approach to hiring

LOCAL companies should not use reality television shows, such as the Apprentice, as the model for their recruitment procedures.


PERSIMMON Homes Teesside has launched its Apprentice of the Year award scheme.

It's the way we tell 'em

Regional accents, when I was a teenager were still pretty much a class clanger.

Apprentice crisis in UK

A PROMINENT Teesside business boss today claimed the apprenticeship system in the UK has reached crisis point.

Simon wins Apprentice

Posh public schoolboy Simon Ambrose is the surprise winner of The Apprentice - beating single mother and the show's hot favourite Kristina Grimes.

A taste of university life for all the family

Primary school pupils from the North will get a glimpse into the future next week when they become university students for a day.

Ambitious learners all set their sights so high

"Your fired" are the words everyone dreads to hear from Amstrad millionaire Sir Alan Sugar.

My Life

At a time when society is riven by differences - black versus white, left against right, one religion opposed to another - it is good to know that so many of us can come together in a common feeling of loathing towards that ridiculously posh woman on The Apprentice.

Jadine defends herself

Apprentice loser Jadine Johnson defended herself last night insisting she is not cracking up - despite bawling her eyes out on the TV show.

My life

The world record for the most opinions in one 450-word newspaper column is 31; I reckon I can beat it.

Police plea for witnesses to knife killing of 16-year-old

Detectives made an urgent appeal for witnesses yesterday [Sun] after charging a second person in connection with the murder of a 16-year-old on Tyneside.

Cannabis lady is being treated shamefully

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How utterly appalling that a housing association is going to evict an old lady for privately medicating herself with cannabis.

Teen charged with murder of boy, 16

A teenager was last night charged with murder after the stabbing of a 16-year-old boy in a crime-ridden area of Tyneside.

Duffield's account is opened with style

Ann Duffield got off the mark for the season in style at Catterick, teaming up with jockey Royston Ffrench to notch a 30-1 double.

Rainbow is showing the way ahead of Vital run

Eoghan o'neill's team received a boost ahead of a big weekend of action as Rainbow Bay struck at Catterick yesterday.

David takes excellence to a white heat

Bright spark David Baron has been recognised for his skill and enthusiasm as a welder to be named Apprentice of the Year.

The Apprentice returns

A quantum physicist, a would-be secret agent and Kate Middleton's former boss are among the candidates in the new series of The Apprentice.

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.

Garnett provides dry spot for punters

With the current wet spell causing havoc with the National Hunt fixtures, it could pay to follow Garnett on the all-weather at Lingfield today.

Hot stuff from winter squad

The excellent form of Mark Johnston's winter squad was succinctly underlined with a 14-1 double at windswept Southwell yesterday.

Guest is back on track

Richard Guest has had a lean time of things of late but that all changed at Southwell when Blushing Prince showed good speed to win the Go Pontin's Apprentice Handicap.

Mixing the sweet with the sinister

Cartoon characters, skulls and firearms jostle for attention in Dan Baldwin's work.

Dean sweats it out over his 'Oscar' again

He's been there before but he still hasn't got the T-shirt, so veteran jockey Dean McKeown is hoping he will finally achieve some lasting recognition at tonight's Lesters Awards in London.

Growing success earns Vicky top awards

Hair extension entrepreneur Vicky Lynch is reaching new lengths after scooping two top awards in as many weeks.

Shakespeare will write fresh chapter

Royal Shakespeare can make a winning start to his new career over fences in the Para Dressage Training Trust Novices' Chase at Fakenham.

Aiming to get business ideas off the blocks

Business Link for Northumberland assisted in the creation of 882 new businesses in the county in 2005/06.

Nakheel should get room

One-time Classic contender Nakheel can finally come good on the Rowley Mile in the Listed Pall Mall Stakes at Newmarket today.

Archduke is back to form

Archduke Ferdinand swept back to form and landed his first victory since the Northumberland Plate in 2001 when running away with the Lingfield Park For Christmas Parties Handicap at the Surrey venue.

Culhane wins at the double

Tony Culhane took the riding honours at Pontefract yesterday with a 44-1 double highlighted by Sweet Lilly's success in the £40,000 Listed Silver Tankard Stakes.

Stable mates stick to Bin Suroor script

Saeed bin Suroor has his team in cracking form and enjoyed a near 31-1 double with Scriptwriter and Army Of Angels at York yesterday.

Gemma fits bill for energetic PR role

Up-and-coming Tyneside PR firm O Communications has expanded with the appointment of PR graduate and industry award winner Gemma Clarke.

Queen's Best has pedigree

Queen's Best can prove supreme in the TSG Stakes, the highlight of a cracking card at York today.


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer