Council fits up leisure centre for new library

People could exercise their minds as well as their bodies as a proposal is put forward to create a library inside a leisure centre.

Reg Smythe, creator of Andy Capp.

Town tips its Capp to man behind cartoon character

The life and work of the man behind the Andy Capp character will be put on show in his home town next month.

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Museum uses virtual reality mask to bring viking camp back to life

The sights and sounds of a Viking army camp have been brought to life through state-of-the-art virtual reality.
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A Grand Georgian Gathering

Georgian gin bar and more as Beamish opens its doors after hours

Beamish will open its doors after hours for A Grand Georgian Gathering to celebrate Museums at Night.

Ali and Grace wowed the BGT judges, and progressed to the next round.

Hartlepool dancer Ali Rasul praised by Britain’s Got Talent judges

Hartlepool dancer Ali Rasul was praised by Britain’s Got Talent judges after appearing on the show with partner Grace Durkin.

New claims Jack the Ripper was noted poet who studied as a priest in the North East

New claims Jack the Ripper was noted poet who studied as a priest in the North East

A new book makes the explosive claim that Jack the Ripper was the poet Francis Thompson, who studied as a priest in County Durham.

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Breech! by Benjamin Sullivan which is on the shortlist for the BP Portrait Award 2017, which features an all-female line-up of sitters. Picture by Benjamin Sullivan/National Portrait Gallery/PA Wire

Painting of breastfeeding mother heading to Sunderland as part of National Portrait Gallery exhibition

A painting of a mother breastfeeding her baby daughter has been shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award 2017 which this year features an all-female line-up of sitters.

Private Alfred Campin of the 6th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry during battle training in Britain, March 1944.

Image of Durham Light Infantry soldier to feature in groundbreaking war book

An extraordinary collection of rare colour photographs reveal the Second World War as the people living through the conflict would have seen it.
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How many of these top 20 books have you read?

Top 20 books Brits claim to have read (but probably haven't)

Four in ten Brits claim to have read a book they've never picked up in order to appear more cultured in front of friends.

The grammar vigilante at work, correcting an errant apostrope. Pic: BBC News.

'Grammar vigilante' tackles the scourge of rogue apostrophes

A self-confessed 'grammar vigilante' has been secretly correcting bad punctuation on street signs and shop fronts for more than a decade.

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Women admit they never wear some of their purchases, but buying things makes them feel better.

How much we spend on clothes every year - and why we go on shopping sprees

The average Brit spends more than £1,000 a year on new clothes every year, new research has revealed.
The Northern Lights over St Mary's Lighthouse near Whitley Bay. Pic: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

Pictures which prove you don't have to go to Iceland to see the Northern Lights

Sky watchers seeking a Northern Lights display often think their best chance lies in Iceland.
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Adele Robbins, "Odette" and Oli Speers, "Prince Sergei",  with members of the Corps de Ballet, English Youth Ballet (EYB) .

Chance to shine in Sunderland Swan Lake auditions

Have you got what it takes to be a ballet star?

Danza Contemporanea De Cuba. Picture by Johan Persson

A contemporary-dance masterclass

REVIEW: Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, Theatre Royal, Newcastle, Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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You won't find any of these buzzwords in a dictionary, they're so new.

10 of the latest buzzwords to listen out for in 2017

Yo, fam, how’s it hanging? If you have no idea what that means*, brace yourself for the newest influx of words that all the cool kids will be using this year.
Keeper of biology Dan Gordon with the skull of a gharial.

Skeleton secrets revealed at new family-friendly exhibition

The skeleton secrets of the animal world are to be revealed at a major new exhibition which starts this weekend at a North East museum.

The success of Paula Hawkins The Girl on the Train saw it adapted into a film starring Emily Blunt

The Girl on the Train is the most borrowed library book

Psychological thriller, The Girl on the Train, has steamed into the number one spot as the most borrowed book in UK libraries during 2015/16.

Author Richard Adams has died.

Watership Down author Richard Adams dies aged 96

Watership Down author Richard Adams has died aged 96, a statement on the book's official website has said.

Nabil Nayal with Lianne Hubbert, lecturer on the BA (Hons) Texture and Surface Design degree at CCAD.

Award-winning fashion designer inspires next generation in Hartlepool

An award-winning fashion designer inspired the next generation in Hartlepool as he delivered a talk to students.

A KR Dance student in action. Photograph courtesy of Simon Wright.

Well done to the Hartlepool schools for their dance support

A dance school owner has praised Hartlepool’s schools for embracing a new initiative.

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