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Recipe of the week: Mango and passion fruit smoothie bowl

The flavours in this smoothie bowl are amazing! Ideal for a quick breakfast, or it can be made in advance and take to work for your lunch.

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Buying on a credit card gives you a number of rights under the Consumer Credit Act.

Do you know your rights when it comes to credit cards?

I’ve spoken to lots of people over the past few weeks who are worried about businesses going bust.
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Will you be able to live the high life in retirement?

Are you adequately prepared for a comfortable retirement?

How much do you need for a comfortable retirement? It’s the thing that every saver wants to know, but one that’s almost impossible to answer.

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Our Benefits Expert answers your questions.

Benefits Expert: How to appeal a decision and what to do about Child Benefit

Q. My son has changed his mind about the college course he started in September, he has decided that he wants to do an apprenticeship instead and will be getting £145 per week.

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Have you ever trained with your significant other?

Shaping Up: Six reasons to train with your significant other

Healthy eating and exercise has become more and more popular over the last few years. To the point where it’s now trendy to ‘look after yourself’.

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Smoking, according to some reports, may be bad for you.

Smokers show dedication to their vice that beggars belief

Roy Castle once said dedication is what you need if you want to be a record breaker.

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Brothers Stuart and Ian Paton with their winning pumpkin. Picture by Thompson & Morgan

Gardening: Paton brothers smashing records with their pumpkins

Everyone loves monster veg and last weekend four British records were broken, including the biggest pumpkin ever grown in the UK.

Lifestyle
How often do you shop around for your energy bills?

Why we'll be keeping a close watch on energy prices

Energy prices and what the government could or should do about them was one of the hot topics in the general election earlier this year.

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Amanda Brown, deputy chief executive officer at Sunderland Carers Centre, left, with volunteer Vera Lorraine.

Meet Vera – the Sunderland carer who cares for other carers

One of Sunderland’s most dedicated carers has marked more than two decades of devoting her life to others.

Health
Washing machine.

Richard Ord: Washing dishes and other ancient rituals

Want to know the secret of getting your children to put their dirty dishes in the dishwasher?

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On the waterfront: Mystery Q-ship in Wear visit

On the waterfront: Mystery Q-ship in Wear visit

On December 27, 1918, an 870 gross tons steamer berthed at Havelock Wharf, South Dock, her ordinary appearance belying her wartime mission of luring German submarines to their doom.

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Supported housing

Bridget Phillipson MP: Supported housing needs better funding

Last week I visited a local supported housing scheme run by North Star, which provides accommodation and support for people with learning disabilities.

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Legal eagle: Legal costs may be covered

Legal eagle: Legal costs may be covered

I recently contacted a solicitor to obtain advice about pursuing a claim for compensation relating to treatment that I received at my local hospital. In my first discussion with the solicitor she asked me to check all insurance policies and credit card agreements that I have for legal expenses insurance. What is it and why was I asked to do this? I am concerned that my premium may be affected.

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Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Illuminations are a sign of winter

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Illuminations are a sign of winter

Apologies in advance to all the summer lovers, but there is no escaping the fact that winter is well and truly on its way.

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Help is available for men who suffer from ED.

A men's health problem that's nothing to be ashamed of

Despite being a common male health condition, many men find erectile dysfunction (ED) difficult to talk about, or too embarrassed to discuss with their doctor.

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Resolver has helped more than a million people with complaints.

Complaining might not come naturally - but it's worth it

It’s three years now since I launched Resolver as the UK’s leading free complaint service.

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Our Benefits Expert might be able to help with your questions.

Our Benefits Expert answers your questions

In this week’s column, our Benefits Expert answers your questions about appealing a decision and carer’s allowance payments.

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A boot camp is a good way of getting motivated.

Shaping Up: Tackle the impossible with short-term fitness goals

I’ve just finished reading The Little Bit Things, by Henry Fraser.

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Apple, maple and pecan overnight oats.

Recipe of the Week: Apple, maple and pecan overnight oats

This is a quick and simple breakfast that you can make the night before.

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Why we should love our disappearing native apple varieties

Gardening: Celebrate the diversity of the autumn apple harvest

Apples are one of the crops we associate with autumn so celebrate the diversity of local varieties on Apple Day, held on October 21.

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