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Man claims Cadbury stole his idea for Oreo creme egg

Sweet-toothed Nick Allam is claiming to have invented the Oreo Creme Egg - TWO YEARS before Cadbury put their latest creation on the shelves.

My laden Red Falstaff apple tree in October.

GARDENING: Don’t prune your fruit trees in the wind or snow

Last season was a great year for apples – make sure this year is by winter pruning your apple and pear trees – but only if it’s not windy or snowing!

Will you be trying out turmeric this year?

17 super foods for 2017

If you can't stomach discarded bits of meat or even an insect sandwich then you might want to avoid these latest foodie trends.
Eating Out
Ring any bells? The barbershop singers on HMS Warrior.

Were you in harmony with the barbershop singers

Dozens of barbershop singers in Hartlepool had reason to remember the day the television cameras came to town.

John McGinley evades a tackle from Swansea veteran Tommy Hutchinson.

When Pools were a match for high-flying Swansea

Promotion chasing Swansea City came away from the Victoria Ground with a valuable point - but Hartlepool United were very much their equals in this close-fought encounter.

Poinsettia will thrive in the right conditions, but keep a daily check on its water requirements.

Daylight and warmth key to long plant life

Indoor entertainment, such as that forced on gardeners by seasonal celebrations and inclement weather, has been a welcome break from the cold feet and fingers that winter work outdoors brings.

The Waterhead Hotel is just a stones throw from Lake Windermere.

Travel review: Lakeside splendour in Ambleside

Winding along the road in bright sunshine it was difficult to imagine the storm  devastation that just 12 months ago had crippled this part of Cumbria.

Donal Skehan.

Interview: From crooning to cooking for former boyband star Donal Skehan

A decade ago, young Donal Skehan was plying his trade as a pop star, showcasing his dance moves and– “the most mortifying aspect of it” – wearing matching white training outfits to the gym with his Streetwize bandmates.

Eating Out
Snow drifts in Hartlepool 50 years ago.

Cool reminders of chilly Hartlepool winters

With snow on the way, we thought we would take a look back at some winter scenes through the decades.

Glenn Hughes. Photo by Arnie Goodman.

Glenn Hughes is ready to rock the North East

Ahead of Glenn Hughes taking to the stage in Newcastle next week, we caught up with the “greatest white soul singer” Stevie Wonder has ever heard.

Ewan McGregor in Trainspotting 2

From Trainspotting to Transformers - 30 films to look out for in 2017

Film fanatics can look forward to a bumper year in 2017.

TV and Film
Asters in Seaton Carew.

The 80s Hartlepool venue you all adored

You danced to Wham, had a go on Herby the bull and got in for £1.


Iconic Monopoly pieces face the boot - you could have emoji, dinosaur, duck and penguin as replacements

Traditional Monopoly pieces are facing the boot - but you can vote on what you'd like to see in their place.

Doritos Lightly Salted crisps could contain wheat/gluten and soya, which could cause problems for people with an intolerance or allergy.

Health risk forces Doritos to recall crisps

The owner of popular crisp brand Doritos is recalling some products after it was revealed they could pose a health risk.


Get a free pattern to create a woolly wonder and help animals in need

An animal charity is asking North East knitters to help people oversees beasts in need.
Violitt Allison and Kathleen Howitt.

The hundreds of Hartlepool people who headed to a land Down Under

Back in the 1980s, Hartlepool had a club which was very big Down Under.

Marillion paying a visit to Hartlepool.

Do you remember .... the day Marillion came to Hartlepool

Musically minded Hartlepool people may recall this visit to town by a group of top rockers.

Will you be looking for ways to save money this year?

Five really easy ways to end up with more money in 2017

January may be a tight month, but it is also one where you can take a few simple steps to have a better financial start to the year.

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The safety warning notice for Playtime Beds.

Parents urged to stop using Playtime Beds NOW after baby's death

Parents are being urged to stop using a range of cots and children's beds IMMEDIATELY after they were linked to the sudden death of a baby.

Water iris.

GARDENING: Nine tips to recover from waterlogging - and even make it work to your advantage

If you have a waterlogged garden, don’t despair – there are things you can do to help it recover or even take advantage of the boggy conditions.

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