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Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Losing City of Culture bid not the end for Sunderland

I was really hoping to start this week’s column with the words, ‘we did it!’, and use the ensuing 500 words to gush about how we won UK City of Culture 2021. Sadly, it wasn’t to be, and instead we pat Coventry on the back and wish them well as winners of the title.

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Sunderland will soon learn if it is to be crowned UK City of Culture 2021.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Spain meets Sunderland in new business initiative

Over the last few weeks I’ve been involved in a fantastic programme, run by The North East BIC.

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Vicky Pattison (left) and Katie Bulmer-Cooke at the Sleep Out.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Sometimes you have to be a little selfless and put yourself out there

It’s been 3 weeks since I took part in Centrepoint’s Sunderland Sleep Out, at the Stadium of Light, to raise money for young, homeless people right here in Sunderland.

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Christmas party season is almost here.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Five tips to avoid gaining weight

Time is ticking ... dare I say it, it’s nearly Christmas, and with that comes the Christmas party season, filled with nights out, more alcohol than usual, chocolate everywhere and several meals out.

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Centrepoint sleep out at the Stadium of Light.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Thanks for your help with the Sunderland Sleep Out

I have to start this week’s column by saying a great big thank you to everyone involved in Centrepoint’s Sunderland Sleep Out at the Stadium of Light last Thursday, from those who organised to event and took part, to those who very kindly sponsored me.

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Winner's of the Kennel Club award, Doggie Diner 
Owner Adrienne Dickson with Woody

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: A dog’s dinner to remember

Over the last few weeks I’ve spent a little more time down at the beach than normal. Despite summer being the obvious season of choice to spend more time there, I love getting wrapped up in my big coat, pulling on my woolly hat and heading to the sea front when the weather begins to change and it starts to get colder.

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The Skinnypigs advert

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Hoping for a happy ending in Skinnypigs Twitter row

I’m a self confessed social media super-fan. I use it every hour of my waking day, it’s a constant source of inspiration and information and it forms a very large part of my business.

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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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Have you been watching Neighbourhood Blues?

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Doing your bit to help others

This week I have been glued to a new show I’ve discovered on the TV, and I’m guessing many people in the city will have seen it too, as most of it is filmed in Sunderland.

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Sunderland has submitted its final bid to be crowned UK City of Culture 2021.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Keeping ‘Negative Nigels’ at bay during Sunderland UK City of Culture 2021 bid

After a lot of preparation, excitement, and I’m sure a lot of hard work, it was great to hear that on Friday the final submission for Sunderland’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021 was made.

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Keeping fit in a gym.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Finding the time to keep yourself fit

I’ve worked in the health fitness industry for a very long time, over 13 years in fact. I’ve seen fads and fashions come and go.

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The North East Business and Innovation Centre.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Sunderland centre is a flagship for business

If you’re a regular reader of my column, you’ll know that I’ve always believed that Sunderland is an excellent place to do business, but after this week I have never been more certain.

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Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Take every opportunity you can

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Take every opportunity you can

I’m just back from an incredible two week holiday. It is literally 10 years since I went on holiday for two weeks, as I’ve always felt like I couldn’t take too much time out from my business.

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Keeping fit in a gym.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Plenty of ways to shed pounds

Money certainly makes the world go round, and after the summer holidays and keeping the kids and grandchildren entertained, it’s fair to say that many people will have put more than a small dent in their current account, me included.

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Run and enjoy it: Tony 'The Fridge' Morrison

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: The Great North Run is looming large

Many people in the north east and around the world even, will have had the famous A4 sized envelope land on their doormat over the last couple of weeks. That’s right…the Great North Run is looming!

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Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Why Sunderland needs to drink more water

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Why Sunderland needs to drink more water

The summer holidays are flying by and before we know it, it will be time for the kids to don their new, over-sized school blazers and crisp, white shirts and get back to school.

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Taking a selfie.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Social media has a lot to answer for

This week I’ve been in full TV prep mode as we launch into filming series six of Chatty Lasses.

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Will you try the playing cards workout?

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Play your fitness cards right

As we approach the half-way point of the school summer holidays, for many people, routine is out of the window between balancing entertaining the kids, juggling work and trying to squeeze in a holiday or few days away.

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Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Ditch the phone and socialise

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Ditch the phone and socialise

The school holidays are well and truly here and I’m loving it. Last weekend I headed up to Northumberland with my family for a few days away.

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AAA Sports coach Andi Revell and trampolinist Ethan Cutter training at Hebburn Community Centre

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Get active and give sport a go!

Last week I had the pleasure of presenting some of the awards at the AAA Sports annual awards evening at the Rainton Meadows arena.

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