KATIE BULMER-COOKE: Support the Amber petition

I couldn’t write this week’s column without giving a special mention to the beautiful Amber Rose Cliff, who sadly passed away last week after battling cervical cancer.

My laden Red Falstaff apple tree in October.

GARDENING: Don’t prune your fruit trees in the wind or snow

Last season was a great year for apples – make sure this year is by winter pruning your apple and pear trees – but only if it’s not windy or snowing!

Stephen O'Brien

Why Labour’s bloody nose in Sandhill is good news for Sunderland politics

The people have spoken and Liberal Democrat Stephen O’Brien is the new councillor for the Sandhill ward. Welcome aboard Stephen.

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Jeremy Hunt

BRIDGET PHILLIPSON: NHS is not safe in the hands of Tories

Just days into the new year, the NHS is once again mired in crisis. Last week brought news of the deaths of two patients following waits on trolleys in corridors of well over 24 hours, and there have been numerous reports of other patients who have been forced to wait for days on end for urgent treatment.

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Sunderlands Hilton Garden Inn.

WEARSIDE MATTERS: Why Sunderland has a bright future ahead

Gary Hutchinson is a name most would associate with Sunderland AFC, but the former-commercial director, who joined the club’s board in 2011 and left at the end of 2016, has been driving more than just sales of season tickets and corporate events.

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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.

LEGAL EAGLE: The housing matters still covered by legal aid funding

LEGAL EAGLE: The housing matters still covered by legal aid funding

In 2012 a new law meant there were changes to the types of housing matters that legal advisors could assist clients with while being funded under legal aid.

Yann M'Vila was great for Sunderland last season

Gary Rowell: Sunderland messed up by not signing Yann M’Vila – Didier Ndong is NOT twice the player

The transfer window is in full swing now but I still can’t help feeling disappointed about the one that got away - Yann M’Vila.

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Jason Denayer clears for Sunderland. Picture by FRANK REID

Gary Rowell: No magic of the FA Cup for Sunderland

The magic of the FA Cup was nowhere to be seen at the Stadium of Light as the Sunderland and Burnley stalemate gave them the replay no one wanted.

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Get fit in 2017.

SHAPING UP: Five tips on how to get a flat stomach in 2017

The Christmas and New Year celebrations are over now and a lot of people have set themselves fitness targets for 2017.

Dodgeball is great fun

KATIE BULMER-COOKE: Dodgeball is great fun to play

Everyone is right back in the swing of work and exercising again now that we are well into January. As much as I love the holidays, I’m a huge fan of structure and routine, so as you can imagine I’m enjoying being back to work.

Gym equipment.

SHAPING UP: Five easily fixed workout mistakes

Stroll through any gym and you’ll notice many mistakes. Mistakes that waste time. Mistakes that put people in danger. And mistakes that are just plain crazy.

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Le Duguay-Trouin

ON THE WATERFRONT: Fishy business at Southwick

On Friday, May 5, 1933, two ships slipped quietly from the Wear bringing closure to a two-year shipbuilding saga.

Sunderland Royal Hospital.

A&E time-wasters plaguing Sunderland Royal Hospital deserve a hefty fine ... or worse

If you think a broken finger nail is reason enough to call an ambulance, it’s not Accident and Emergency you need but a psychiatrist!

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Blandford Street, Sunderland. Picture by FRANK REID

Big Sunderland projects are all very well, but they must not come at the expense of the city’s small traders

Big numbers, big thinking and big ambitions are all very well, but we must not let the small, but equally valuable, fall through the cracks.

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The signing of the Sunderland and South Tyneside City Deal. From left, NELEP chairman Paul Woolston, Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson, Cities Minister Greg Clark and Coun Iain Malcolm, leader of South Tyneside Council.

WEARSIDE MATTERS: Business leaders back new manufacturing park plan off A19

Business leaders from across the region are throwing their weight behind a nationally significant development that could create more than 5,000 jobs.

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Wahbi Khazri: sellable asset. Picture by FRANK REID

Gary Rowell: Sunderland to cash in on Wahbi Khazri

With the January transfer window open, all the talk is of signings and whether David Moyes will be given the funds to significantly strengthen the team.

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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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Vito Mannone makes a brilliant save against Liverpool. Picture by FRANK REID

Liverpool result could be season-defining – players showed they DO have stomach for fight

Sunderland went into the Liverpool game on the back of a horror show at Burnley but redeemed themselves with a battling performance and fully-deserved point against a team chasing the title.

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A time lapse of a red amaryllis opening.

GARDENING: Treat your Amaryllis like precious pot plant

I’ve had a bit of a take-it-or-leave-it attitude to Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) over the years – mainly due the very poor, gift-wrapped specimens that get trotted out in supermarkets and department stores at this time of year.

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