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Mick Hill MP: Younger retirement must be our goal

IT doesn’t seem that many years ago the experts were telling us that we’d be working shorter hours, have more leisure time and be retiring much earlier. The reality for many people now couldn’t be more different – especially in towns like Hartlepool.

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Richard Ord: The very big issue of shrinking choccies

Richard Ord: The very big issue of shrinking choccies

As an eight-year-old, I was once trapped under a Mars bar for five hours.

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Graham Low doing his Summer Body Challenge.

Shaping Up Summer Body Challenge: Week 6 Workout

The last workout of the Summer Body Challenge! Each week has been increasing in intensity, so this is a pretty tough one. But the time limits are short so the workout will fly over.

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Planning your meals can help you stay on track.

Plan your meals to stay on track for Summer Body Challenge

This is the last week of the Summer Body Challenge and if you’ve been following along with the meal plans and workouts, then you’ll be experiencing some great changes to your body.

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Spicy beef stir fry.

Recipe of the week: Spicy beef stir fry

This quick and easy Asian-style recipe is one which always prove popular.

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Can I appeal a medical decision which affects my benefits?

Can I appeal a medical decision which affects my benefits?

Q. I have been claiming Employment and Support Allowance for three years and I have always been in the Support Group.

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The Working Wetlands Garden at Washington Wetland Centre. Picture by Ian Henderson

Gardening: How creating a ‘rain garden’ can help tackle climate change

Gardeners are being encouraged to try ‘rain gardening’ as a way of coping with the effects of climate change at a new WWT Washington Wetland Centre garden exhibit.

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Feeling great: You don’t have to go to the gym

Feeling great: You don’t have to go to the gym

Has anyone else had that niggling thought in the back of their head when they think of the gym - ‘I’ve got to go to the gym. Should I go? I know I should but I’m tired/stressed/don’t want to…’

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Mike Hill MP: Fighting to be really ‘born in Hartlepool’

Mike Hill MP: Fighting to be really ‘born in Hartlepool’

I was born in the small Lancashire town of Heywood. With Bury and Rochdale as its very near neighbours and the huge city of Manchester just a few miles away, it’s fair to say that my home town is struggling to hang on to its identity.

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Insomnia regularly affects one in three adults in the UK.

Having trouble sleeping this summer? Here's what you can do

In the UK it is estimated that insomnia regularly affects one in three adults and can be caused by a range of different issues.

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Being burgled is the last thing you want while on holiday.

Will your home be secure enough when you head off on holiday?

So the suitcases are packed, tickets and passports are ready, your wallet is bursting with foreign currency and you’re ready for the off - summer holiday here you come!

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Hiring a car on holiday can be a whole lot of trouble if you are not careful.

Five ways to steer clear of car-hire problems on holiday

Every summer millions of Brits sit behind the wheel on far-flung destinations across the world.
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Richard Ord: Achtung! Time for a Nazi Doctor Who?

Richard Ord: Achtung! Time for a Nazi Doctor Who?

History can do funny things to people.

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Legal Eagle: Reform of Mental Health Act

The Government announced its intention to reform mental health legislation in England and Wales in the Queen’s Speech on 21 June. This comes after Prime Minister Theresa May has made clear that she intends to prioritise mental illness, giving it parity with physical health.

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Clumping yellow bamboo ... Fargesia robusta Pingwu.

Gardening: Getting the right bamboo plants for your garden

Bamboo is big at the moment – quite literally – don’t fall for the massive varieties that can be an invasive pest.

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Your questions, answered.

Will taking a part-time job affect my housing benefit?

Q. I have a single claim for Jobseeker’s Allowance of £73.10 per week. I’ve had the offer of some part-time work. Will this affect my Housing Benefit?

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Feeling great: What to do if you pull a muscle

Feeling great: What to do if you pull a muscle

Have you ever pulled a muscle? Chances are you have. And when you do, don’t you know it!

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A good night's sleep can help you lose weight.

Why a good night's sleep can help you lose weight

Do you struggle to maintain your focus when trying to lose weight?

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Graham Low demonstrates an exercise from the workout.

Shaping Up Summer Body Challenge: Week 5 Workout

The workouts are starting to really increase in intensity now.

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