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Record shops will make a comeback, Rick Wakeman predicts

World renowned pianist Rick Wakeman has predicted a revival of traditional music shops after vinyl sales started to outpace music downloads.

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Would you like a hug from Ant and Dec? Picture: PA.

National Hugging Day: The top 10 celebrities Brits want to hug

If you're in a need of a cuddle today - you're in luck!

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Men from North East wanted to become Butlers in the Buff

Attractive, approachable men who are also happy to bare all are being sought for a part-time job that pays around £25 an hour.

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Did you find the advert offensive? Credit: Moneysupermarket.com/Youtube

From twerking builders to Scottish football fans: 10 most complained-about adverts in 2016

The Advertising Standards Authority has released the 10 most complained-about adverts from last year.
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Sleeping with a sex doll DOES count as cheating, new research reveals.

Six out of 10 Brits think using a sex doll is cheating

Sleeping with a sex doll is just as bad as cheating on your partner, new research has suggested.

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Banking giant Lloyds has been named the most inclusive employer in the country by the equality charity Stonewall. Pic: PA.

Five North East employers make it onto most LGBT-friendly list

Several North East employers have made it onto a list of the 100 most inclusive in the country.

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The demonstration is planned for January 21.

Women’s March UK: What it’s all about

You may have noticed your Twitter and Facebook feed is suddenly dominated by pictures of feet – or rather footwear.

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Reality shows like Geordie Shore have fuelled the growth of fake tanning among young men.

Geordie Shore stars fuel rise in fake tans among men under 25

British men have fallen for fake tan in a big way - and TV reality shows like Geordie Shore are partly to blame.

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London-based Naturist Cleaners is on the hunt for women to do household chores in the nude.

Naked female cleaners wanted for £45 an hour jobs

Naked female cleaners are being sought to clean houses in the North East for £65 an hour - on condition they do it in the nude.

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George Michael, who died on Christmas Day.

George Michael 'died of accidental drugs overdose', his cousin says

George Michael's cousin has said he suspects the star died of an accidental drugs overdose.

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Cilla Black statue. Picture by PA

Statue of Cilla Black unveiled in Liverpool

A bronze statue of Cilla Black has been unveiled in her home city of Liverpool.
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Britain's oldest Olympian celebrates his 100th birthday

A whisky every evening is the key to a long life, according to Britain's oldest living Olympian who is celebrating his 100th birthday.

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Will you be putting the Lottery on for Wednesday?

Lotto jackpot rises to £12.2million after nobody wins top prize

There will be an estimated £12.2 million jackpot in Wednesday's National Lottery draw after nobody scooped Saturday's top prize.

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Beware the bats!

Health concerns sparked after vampire bats start sucking human blood

It sounds like the stuff of horror fiction, but scientists have raised health fears after a species of disease-carrying vampire bat, previously thought to mostly diet on birds, has been discovered feeding on human blood.

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Man claims Cadbury stole his idea for Oreo creme egg

Man claims Cadbury stole his idea for Oreo creme egg

Sweet-toothed Nick Allam is claiming to have invented the Oreo Creme Egg - TWO YEARS before Cadbury put their latest creation on the shelves.

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A sad dog on Blue Monday.

Pets suffer from ‘Blue Monday’ too - and how you can help

Every year we’re told that the third Monday in January is ‘Blue Monday’, supposedly the saddest day of the year.

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Have you bought the toy set?

Disney toys recalled over safety concerns

A popular Disney toy set has been recalled by its manufacturer over safety concerns.

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Will you be feeling blue this Monday?

Banishing the 'Blue Monday' myth

January 16 is Blue Monday. But does it exist? We look at the maths formula behind what is considered to be the most depressing day of the year… and hear that it’s “scientifically ridiculous”.
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13 ways to stay lucky on Friday 13th

Today is Friday 13th, known as one of the unluckiest days of the year.
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Your pictures: Walking in a winter wonderland as snow arrives in the North East

We didn't dare to believe it when they said it was coming - but the white stuff has FINALLY arrived in the region.

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