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Gardening: Get snapping to be in with a chance of winning a trip to the Netherlands

Fancy yourself as a garden photographer? Now everyone can enter one of the world’s most prestigious competitions to win a trip to Holland.

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Can income from a pension affect my benefits?

Can income from a pension affect my benefits?

Q. I have received a letter from the DWP stating that my pension income was assessed incorrectly when I applied for Income Related Employment and Support Allowance and despite me having received payments for six months, they have decided that I am no longer entitled and they have stopped my award. Is there anything I can do about this?

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Exercises like hill climbs are designed to get the whole of your body moving.

Shaping Up Summer Body Challenge: Workout 2

Our second workout, which is called 30/30 supersets, is designed to target all parts of the body.
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It's important to stay hydrated.

Why it's important to stay hydrated for the Summer Body Challenge

The Summer Body Challenge kicked off last week, when I gave you a meal plan, shopping list, and a home workout to complete three times per week.
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Black bean, chorizo, sweet potato and coconut bowl.

Recipe of the week: Black bean, chorizo, sweet potato and coconut bowl

This week's healthy recipe is for a black bean, chorizo, sweet potato and coconut bowl.
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Queen Elizabeth II reading the Queen's Speech in the House of Lords for the State Opening of Parliament. Pic: Carl Court/PA Wire.

Julie Elliott: Queen’s Speech was missed opportunity

It was a huge honour to be re-elected as Member of Parliament for Sunderland Central at the recent General Election.

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Beware of people trying to con you into handing over details on the phone.

Six sneaky fraudsters' tricks that are a sign you should put the phone down

If someone calling you out of the blue sounded like a “nice person”, would you be more likely to trust them?

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Careful planning can help your holiday cash go further.

Five ways to make your holiday money go further this summer

The UK’s biggest ever financial scam wasn’t done by dodgy blokes in back alleys, but by bankers in pin stripe.

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Online fraud is a growing problem.

Beware the conmen trying to part you from your cash

In Norfolk it’s dating, in Wales it’s IT issues, while in Northampton it’s online shopping. And in London it’s just about every type of fraudulent activity you can imagine.

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Make sure you're not going to be hit with a big bill after you hire a car abroad.

Six dos and don'ts for hiring a car when you go on holiday

I learned an expensive lesson a few years ago when I was driving around Europe in a hire car.

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Nekoda Davis

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Lots of sports to choose from

This week I was really lucky to land a position as presenter on a new show to be shown on Sky over the summer.

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Our expert advises on the best oil to use for cooking.

Should I swap olive for rapeseed oil? Our healthy living expert advises

Q. I’ve always used olive oil for frying and roasting, but I’ve been told it can be unstable at high temperatures.

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Improving your lifestyle can help you avoid Type 2 diabetes.

Five ways you can reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes

National Diabetes Week, which ends today, is all about raising awareness of the condition and funding the inspiring work of Diabetes UK.

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On the waterfront: Keeping river running deep

On the waterfront: Keeping river running deep

From the early years of the River Wear Commissioners (RWC), dredging of the river was essential in improving navigation to support trade and shipbuilding.

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Can young people get help with rent to help them live independently?

Can young people get help with rent to help them live independently?

Q. I am 20 and for a while I’ve been wanting to move out of my parents’ house and into a privately-rented property.

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Cordon tomatoes planted in simple ring culture pots on top of grow bags.

Gardening: How to get the biggest crops from your grow bags

Grow bags are great news for gardeners with little (or no space) but there are pitfalls – here are my top tips for getting your money’s worth and the biggest crops of tomatoes, peppers ad veg out of soil in sacks.

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Are you getting the broadband speeds that you're paying for?

Why should you miss out on superfast broadband speeds?

‘Connection lost”. Two words which have the unique ability to induce a sinking feeling and a rising anger at the same time.

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Complaints about parcel deliveries rose after Christmas. Pic: Shutterstock.

Who should you call about problems with parcel deliveries?

Sometimes the problems I help people out with are pretty surreal. After Christmas, I noticed we were getting loads of complaints about parcel deliveries.

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Spicy beef stir fry.

Shaping Up recipe of the week: Spicy beef stir fry

This week's offering is a spicy beef stir fry with broccoli florets, spring onions, mangetout and beansprouts.

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Clear all the unhealthy ingredients out of your fridge before starting the challenge.

Are you up to our six-week Shaping Up summer body challenge?

The summer holiday countdown has started and schools break up in just under six weeks. Are you feeling body confident?
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