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Richard Ord

RICHARD ORD: Dog dirt delivers another fine mess

Anyone who tells you throwing money at a problem is not the answer to a problem, obviously hasn’t had kids.

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RICHARD ORD: Love is...never having to say ‘how much?’

RICHARD ORD: Love is...never having to say ‘how much?’

Love is … a tacit agreement not to ‘waste’ money on Valentine’s Day gifts or cards.

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So sue me! An embarrassing photo of Isaac from the archives.

RICHARD ORD: Fight for the right to embarrass offspring

Our Isaac, 13, was sitting in the front room with his pal Henry watching TV. Perfect, I thought, his guard is down.

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Sunderland players (left to right) Darron Gibson, John O'Shea, Bryan Oviedo and Joleon Lescott. Picture by FRANK REID

A face to face dressing down from a fan didn’t do Kevin Ball any harm - Sunderland’s players could do with more of the same

When Kevin Ball first arrived in Sunderland he was, he is fond of retelling, given a dressing down on his performance from an irate fan in a Chinese takeaway.

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James Dean

RICHARD ORD: Rebel without a pair of sensible trousers

I noticed my son heading off to school in a pair of unflattering shorts the other day.

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Ambulance services are finding it increasingly difficult to cope with rising demand for urgent and emergency services, according to the National Audit Office.

Our ambulance service needs emergency treatment – but will the response be quick enough?

If the ambulance service were a patient, we’d be dialling 999.

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RICHARD ORD: Snack attacks prove to be a burning issue

RICHARD ORD: Snack attacks prove to be a burning issue

Hats off to the team at the Food Standards Agency who are the verge of tremendous breakthrough: they may have finally extracted all pleasure from eating.

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Top tip on getting a decent kip: Dont drink a gallon of coffee at bedtime

RICHARD ORD: Goodbye Heroin Chic, hello Cocoa Chic

My 16-year-old son looked me up and down. “Dad, you look like such a ... a ...” he struggled for the right word. Then it came to him. “You look such a dad.”

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A giant metal soldier towering just under six metres, made from scrap metal by blacksmith Martin Galbavy, for a private client to commemorate the First World War. Picture PA Wire

RICHARD ORD: How to get around the litter of the law

I’ve had less grief for missing a wedding anniversary than I have for missing bin collection day.

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One lump or 22? War is declared on sugar lumps in 2017.

RICHARD ORD: No sweet start to New Year - official

Reviews of 2016 have been banned. Apparently nothing good happened.

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Bradley, left, and Richard Ord.

RICHARD ORD: Football’s loss is bouncing’s gain

My football playing days appear to have been brought to an abrupt end by the most unlikeliest of career ending phenomena … trampolines!

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The Cinderella cast take a bow.

REVIEW: Cinderella, Theatre Royal, Newcastle

A flying horse-drawn carriage saw Cinderella arrive in spectacular panto style ... but it was a sell out Theatre Royal who had a ball.

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RICHARD ORD: Why the brutal truth is the best medicine

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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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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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.

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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.

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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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George Clarke

RICHARD ORD: By George, he doesn’t half talk some tripe!

My question of the week is this: Just what did TV architect George Clarke expect to see from the banks of the River Wear?

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RICHARD ORD: Three cheers for the middle-age moaners

RICHARD ORD: Three cheers for the middle-age moaners

Almost a year ago I began work on compiling a list of reasons to be cheerful after turning 50 … I’m up to three.

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Striking beard oil.

RICHARD ORD: Combing history for origins of beard oil

Remember when I told you about my trip to the Turkish barbers?

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