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10 first aid essentials for your family holiday

With summer in full swing, chances are that lots of fun and adventures are on the cards for kids and adults alike.

Health
Keep your eyes peeled for the red lily beetle.

Gardening: Why you need to beware red lily beetles

Watch out if you’re a lover of lilies – red lily beetles are out in force this year.

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Tom doing the wing walk. Photo by Tom's nephew Garry Brown.

Mike Hill: Hartlepool people are a true inspiration

You’ve got to take your hat off to 72-year-old Tom Wilson, from Elwick Road, who raised over £3,000 for charity recently by wing walking!

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Richard Ord: The advancing art of nightclub deception

Richard Ord: The advancing art of nightclub deception

Are you sure you’re old enough to drink son?”

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Legal Eagle: The rules around being forced to go into care

Legal Eagle: The rules around being forced to go into care

My elderly father has dementia. He was recently admitted to hospital. He had carers going in to his home four times per day but he was reluctant to let them in and wasn’t eating and drinking properly or taking his medication.

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The long window wall packed with plants.

Gardening: Logistics result in giving peat-free grow bags a miss

While it’s good to see more peat-free grow bags on the market, I’ve decided to give them a miss this year.

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Flashback to last June as Mike Hill, third right front row, celebrates becoming Hartlepool's MP.

Mike Hill MP: 'I will not let this town get dragged into the mire'

I remember the election this time last year distinctly.

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What are your hopes for the World Cup?

Richard Ord: Paying the penalty for years of hurt

There is only one way to watch England in the World Cup and that’s through the eyes of your children... or the fog of drink.

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Legal Eagle: Why there must be ‘blame’ if you don’t want to wait for a divorce

My husband and I are wanting to get divorced. We have been married for 10 years but we simply don’t love each other anymore.

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Compensation after a workplace accident.

Will I have to repay benefits if I receive compensation for a workplace injury?

Q. I suffered an injury at work and brought a claim against my employer. The claim looks like it will be settled, but my solicitor recently sent me a copy of a letter from the Compensation Recovery Unit.
This has a list of benefits I’ve been paid and I’m worried I’m going to have to repay my benefits.

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NatureUp! Basic Set Vertical. Picture by GARDENA

Gardening: Perfect Father’s Day gifts for a dad who enjoys his gardening

Forget socks, tie and beer for Father’s Day – if he’s a gardener, go for one of the top-notch products here – from under a tenner to, er, a lot more (get siblings to chip in) …

Lifestyle
You can reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by living a healthy lifestyle.

Five ways you can help keep Type 2 diabetes at bay

National Diabetes Week, which begins tomorrow, is a time in the calendar to raise awareness of the condition and fund the inspiring work done by Diabetes UK.

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There are ways to avoid back pain when flying.

Feeling Great: Three tips if flying with back pain

If you’re heading on holiday anytime soon – or making plans to do so – one of the things to consider is the effect that flying can have on your back.

Health
Mike Hill being congratulated by Lib Dem candidate Andy Hage on winning the General Election one year ago this week.

Mike Hill MP: I truly remain proud as punch to serve you a year on from the General Election

My first thoughts on writing this week’s column are of course with Richard Lee. To undergo the nightmare of the possibility that the body of your two-year-old daughter might be found after almost 37 years on a German riverbank is one thing; to discover that is not the case is another.

Politics
Pastel power? Michael Portillo's colourful dress sense.

Richard Ord: Achtung! He wears the wrong trousers

“Like your new trousers dad,” my 17-year-old commented. The fact he was tearing his eyes away from Netflix suggested he must be impressed.

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Hay fever can be awful for those who suffer from it.

Suffering the sneezes this summer? How you can tackle hay fever

Hay fever can ruin summer for many people – if you’re a sufferer, it can be hard to avoid the triggers for this allergic condition. However, there is plenty you can do.

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Mill on the Floss rose. Picture by David Austin Roses

Gardening: Chelsea debut for three new beauties in the rose garden

Three new roses made their debut at last month’s Chelsea Flower Show and they’re real beauties.

Lifestyle
Benefits Expert: Disability living allowance, carer payments and housing benefit

Benefits Expert: Disability living allowance, carer payments and housing benefit

Q. My son is 16 and a full-time student. He has received a letter telling us that he can no longer claim Disability Living Allowance and he should make a claim for Personal Independence Payment.

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Knee pain.

Feeling Great: Three tips to alleviate knee pain

The other day I was on the phone with one of our regular patients, Lynne.

Health
Mike Hill

Mike Hill MP: Working together will make our future brighter

A couple of months ago, my good friend Frank invited me to a meeting of the Over 50s Club at St Joseph’s Court.

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