Six news stories you missed over the festive period

Edith Seymour, left, celebrates her 100th birthday at Sycamore Care Centre on Boxing Day with friend Madge Clifton who is also 100 years old.
Edith Seymour, left, celebrates her 100th birthday at Sycamore Care Centre on Boxing Day with friend Madge Clifton who is also 100 years old.
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The world of news stops for no man, not even a big fat one in a red suit with a big sack and leather boots, shouting at reindeer.

While you were gorging on your festive food and spending your Christmas vouchers, the world of news just kept on turning as it does every year.

Now that January has arrived good and proper, it's time to catch up on everything you might have missed over that strange period between Christmas and New Year.

Here are some noteworthy things that you might have missed, in both local and national news.

1. Knife man given Christmas reprieve after getting caught while stealing Adele CD from Asda
A criminal was granted a Christmas reprieve and will not learn whether he is going to jail until after the festive season.

John Wrightson, 43, got himself into trouble when he stole an £11 Adele CD from Asda in Washington last month, which he intended to give a loved one as a Christmas gift.

To read the full story, click here.
2. 201 years between them, and they're having a merry Christmas
A pair of centenarians who reside at the same Wearside care home have been toasting their long and happy lives.

Edith Seymour turned 100 on Boxing Day, while Madge Clifton will celebrate her 101st birthday on February 2.

To read the full story, click here.
3. 21 things to cross off your North East bucket list in 2016
Make 2016 a year to remember by taking advantage of all that our region has to offer.

Whether you live in Sunderland, Tyneside, Hartlepool, Durham or even further afield, there is no disputing that the North East is crammed with plenty to see, do and enjoy.

To view the list, click here.
Meanwhile, in the national news ...

4. The return of the Wet Bandit
1990 festive movie Home Alone is universally loved, so, when star Macaulay Culkin decided to reprise his role as the lone-home defender, it got some serious attention on the internet.

Not least of all from his co-stars. Daniel Stern, who you’ll remember of course from his astonishing performance as Marv, one of the two burglars, has since decided to respond to the surge in Home Alone-nostalgia with his own sensational vlog. What’s going on with Marv now? He’s traumatised, obviously.

To read more, click here.
5. The Force Awakens breaks all kinds of records

Most money from an opening weekend, quickest movie to make $1 billion, most loveable leading trio – there are a fair few titles that the new Star Wars movie is claiming, and not all of them are for comedic effect.

$529 million made it the biggest opening weekend ever, and also the most money grossed in a single weekend by a film, it was the biggest single IMAX opening weekend with $48 million grossed, and it was even an achievement for Disney, being their biggest international opening with $218 million.

6. Adults began colouring in

Apparently, eight of the top 20 best sellers on Amazon were colouring books designed for adults, at some point in this festive season, and that’s no coincidence.

In fact, the Creative Colouring Book for Grown-Ups has been launched in the UK and France, attracting attention as a stress-relief device equal to that of meditation.