RICHARD ORD: Why the brutal truth is the best medicine

Our doctors’ surgery is having a bit of a makeover at the moment.

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LEGAL EAGLE: How to get special measures

My son who is 14 has been charged with an assault on a boy at school. He has pleaded not guilty but is really worried about having a trial. Some of his friends were witnesses but refuse to go to court. I have now found out that the boy who he is supposed to have assaulted is going to be allowed to give evidence over a TV link. Is there anything we can do about it? Can my son give his evidence in the same way?

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Zinnia Sombrero. Picture by Mr Fothergill's

GARDENING: The borders barmaid – my pick of the bunch

Those blousey, overblown barmaids of the borders, Zinnias, have been named Flower of the Year by Fleuroselect, so I took a more detailed look at this popular flower.

Philip Hammond

IAIN WRIGHT: Hard times ahead on economic front

It seems a long time ago now, but as I write this it is exactly a week since the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, announced his Autumn Statement.

Brad Ord

RICHARD ORD: Smells like teen spirit ... or arrogance musk

My eldest boy turned 16 this week. Well, I say turned, he more swaggered 16 this week.

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Trip on stairs.

LEGAL EAGLE: Can you claim compensation for an accident at work?

I was injured at work recently when I fell down the stairs. I went to see a solicitor who told me that I haven’t got a case to be compensated. I don’t understand this – I broke my leg and my employer has got insurance, so why can’t I get any compensation? I have suffered a serious injury.

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Great berries on the Callicarpa Bodinieri Profusion.

GARDENING: Winter shrubs bring both colour and scent

This week, I’m looking at more plants for winter interest – focusing on shrubs.

Seaton Carew beach.

IAIN WRIGHT: Hartlepool could benefit from coastal communities plan

Hartlepool has some great strengths and positive attributes. Key amongst these is its location.

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Bah humbug! Ebeneezer Scrooge.

RICHARD ORD: Fashion’s not pulling the wool over my eyes

International Men’s Day was missed in the Ord household … again.

LEGAL EAGLED: She won’t let me see my son

LEGAL EAGLED: She won’t let me see my son

I have been having difficulties getting contact with my son, who is now aged 4. His mother and I separated around 6 months ago and she was initially letting me see him twice a week. However, our relationship has gone downhill since I issued divorce proceedings and she has not let me have any contact for the last 3 months. I am worried she won’t let me see him again and that he will forget me. What can I do?

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Polyanthus Fire Dragon.

GARDENING: Winter plants that will warm the coldest days

Do you shut up shop in the garden from October to March? If you do, you’re missing the joy of growing some great plants that will warm the coldest of hearts (and days).

Too much sleep can leave you groggy

FEEELING GREAT: Sleep less and feel much better

Believe it or not - most people spend too much time in bed. And even more people make the mistake of thinking that more time in bed equals more energy and feeling ready for the day.

Veterans at the Hartlepool Remembrance Sunday parade.

IAIN WRIGHT: Important to honour those who served

It was Remembrance Sunday at the weekend. The sense of pride and honour I have in laying a wreath at the town’s War Memorial is very strong, and something which I take incredibly seriously. This is the one date in the annual calendar where I would simply refuse to do anything else. Come what may, I want to honour the men and women from Hartlepool who have lost their lives and who are protecting our liberty and freedom even today.

Fashion! Who cares? Like Les Dawson, be comfortable  in your own skin.

RICHARD ORD: The 50-plus world according to Dave

Reasons to be cheerful at 50! They’re like buses. You don’t see any for ages, then nine come at once.

LEGAL EAGLE: Fighting back on sexual abuse

LEGAL EAGLE: Fighting back on sexual abuse

An ever increasing number of sexual abuse survivors are reporting their abuse. People who were sexually assaulted in their family homes, in Schools, Churches and social activity groups are addressing the historic abuse suffered.

Mulching the soil using the no-dig method for Cephalotaxus harringtonia (Korean Gold yew) and Cotinus (smoke bush).

GARDENING: Design your garden to reduce effort and pain

Last week, I talked about gardening with back pain and what you can do in practise to keep doing the hobby you love without causing any further damage.

Donald Trump is now President-Elect of the United States of America.

IAIN WRIGHT: World watches with anxiety

Yesterday people woke up to the truly historic news that Donald Trump has won the US presidential election.

An autumn walk can have many health benefits.

FEELING GREAT: Five reasons why autumn walks are good for you

Lets talk about autumn, and the number one thing that most people stop doing when this time of year comes round – which is getting outdoors.

The former Vaux brewery site is one of those set to be redeveloped by Siglion.

RICHARD ORD: Crossed off George Clarke’s Christmas card list

Just what you needed, another explosive war of words in the Twittersphere. Forget Trump v Clinton, now it’s Clarke v Ord. The heavyweight TV architect versus the paperweight Echo columnist.

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