ON THE WATERFRONT: Tanker’s epic trip under tow

The naming of two tankers by British (later BP) Tanker Co Ltd in 1950 was seen as a tribute to their world-leading builders, William Doxford and Sons of Pallion.

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Domestic violence illustration.

Sunderland must prove it does not put dog mess ahead of domestic violence

Do we care more about cleaning up dog mess than we do victims of domestic violence?

BRIDGET PHILLIPSON: Seeking your views on benefit sanctions

BRIDGET PHILLIPSON: Seeking your views on benefit sanctions

Last year, I was elected as a member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). The oldest select committee in the House of Commons, the PAC was first established in 1861 by the then Chancellor William Gladstone to ensure that public money was spent effectively.

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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.

Councillor Niall Hodson with the waste said to be tipped out by a bin raker in Millfield.

Why we must stop bleating about civil liberties and throw the book at the Sunderland bin-rakers

The proposed introduction of public space protection orders has caused much consternation among some campaigners.

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LEGAL EAGLE: How to get special measures

My son who is 14 has been charged with an assault on a boy at school. He has pleaded not guilty but is really worried about having a trial. Some of his friends were witnesses but refuse to go to court. I have now found out that the boy who he is supposed to have assaulted is going to be allowed to give evidence over a TV link. Is there anything we can do about it? Can my son give his evidence in the same way?

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Sunderland's Frost Village

KATIE BULMER-COOKE: Look south for capital ideas

I really love this time of year, now that we are into December and the festive spirit is in the air (and the advent calendars are open).

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Zinnia Sombrero. Picture by Mr Fothergill's

GARDENING: The borders barmaid – my pick of the bunch

Those blousey, overblown barmaids of the borders, Zinnias, have been named Flower of the Year by Fleuroselect, so I took a more detailed look at this popular flower.

Sunderland Magistrates' Court.

JULIE ELLIOTT: Hope at last for new courts for Sunderland

Justice for Wearside could finally be served following a long-running campaign by Labour MPs for a modern courts complex.

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Sunderland Street Pastors prepare for a busy December.

WEARSIDE MATTERS: Sunderland Street Pastors prepare for a busy month

Festive revellers are being urged to stay safe, as the Sunderland Street Pastors prepare for a busy December.

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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Trip on stairs.

LEGAL EAGLE: Can you claim compensation for an accident at work?

I was injured at work recently when I fell down the stairs. I went to see a solicitor who told me that I haven’t got a case to be compensated. I don’t understand this – I broke my leg and my employer has got insurance, so why can’t I get any compensation? I have suffered a serious injury.

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SHARON HODGSON: Don’t despair – just Restart and repair

The age-old proverb: “out of sight, out of mind” always springs to mind when we have some old electricals tucked away at the back of the cupboard or stowed up in the loft.

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A mobile, laptop and notebook.

KATIE BULMER-COOKE: Some business ‘rules’ are there to be broken

Following last week’s column, it’s been great chatting to so many people about old Sunderland and the memories they have.

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Strathearn Trinity House tender in Deptford Dry Dock in 1938.

ON THE WATERFRONT: Traces of old dry dock still evident on river Wear

Even today, traces of an old dry dock entrance remain in the quay wall of Liebherr Sunderland Works - the former site of Sir James Laing and Sons’ Deptford shipyard.

Great berries on the Callicarpa Bodinieri Profusion.

GARDENING: Winter shrubs bring both colour and scent

This week, I’m looking at more plants for winter interest – focusing on shrubs.

Sunderland's Nissan factory

Why Nissan workers deserve to graze their cows on Sunderland’s Mowbray Park

Thousands of Nissan workers driving their cattle through the streets of Sunderland would be some sight to behold!

Staff at the Essence Service's Sir Thomas Allen Centre.

WEARSIDE MATTERS: A service on hand to offer hope

People living with the early stages of dementia are being urged to seek out help on their doorstep, after it was announced that the condition has overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death across England and Wales.

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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