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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Rachel Reeves

SHARON HODGSON: Tackling isolation and loneliness in society

Over the Christmas period, many of us would have spent much of our time with loved ones celebrating everything the holidays have to offer. Yet, this wouldn’t have been the case for many people who suffer from loneliness.

Binge-drinkers are causing problems for the NHS.

Is safety or money at the heart of ambulance meal break controversy?

The more we’re told something’s not about the money, the more we can’t help but think it’s all about the money.

Theresa May reveals Brexit plan

PM urges Leavers and Remainers to unite for a Brexit success ... and pigs might fly

Sometimes it feels that the more we’re told, the less we know.

Billy Jones

Gary Rowell: Sunderland will come up against one of the best at West Brom

Sunderland play their third game in a week when they go to eighth-placed West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

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LEGAL EAGLE: Why you must comply with a domestic violence protection notice

LEGAL EAGLE: Why you must comply with a domestic violence protection notice

Q. At Christmas my girlfriend called the police when she was drunk and said I had assaulted her.

Victor Anichebe: Vital figure for Sunderland. Picture by FRANK REID

Gary Rowell: Inept Sunderland need to improve and get Victor Anichebe back

Not for the first time this season, Sunderland let themselves down with an inept performance against Stoke which left the fans shaking their heads in despair.

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Weight training.

SHAPING UP: Five habits for rapid weight loss

The best kind of fat loss is steady fat loss. And while a slow-and-steady approach to weight loss will ensure that you keep the weight off for good, I have a few tricks to help you burn fat as fast as possible.

Amber Rose Cliff.

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.

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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!

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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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