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Why is a tree in Sunderland covered in women's bras and knickers?

The unusual sight of a tree covered in various items of women's underwear has been discovered in a Sunderland community.

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Who doesn't get an ice cream on a Bank Holiday Monday? It's the law.

When are the 2018 bank holidays?

January. It's a dreary old month - and it certainly has you reaching for your calendar and making exciting plans for the year ahead.

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The readers have voted to help us find the best Greggs order. Picture: PA.

Feeling hungry? This is what you should order from Greggs

The readers have spoken - we now know what to choose when we can't make our mind up in the queue at Greggs.
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Is a sausage roll your favourite?

Vote for your dream order from Greggs

Whether you're in the mood for sweet or savoury, you can usually find a snack to suit your appetite from Greggs.
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Dave the Rave, Rachel and the Mackem Mover were in for your votes.

Thousands vote to crown best Mackem dancer of all time

The people have spoken - and we can now reveal who gets the title of the best Mackem dancer.

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Rachel's signature move is the teddy bear roll. Picture: North News and Pictures.

'You go girl!' - readers' praise for Sunderland dancer Rachel's Bootylicious moves

She brought a smile to all of our faces with her fun moves on the dance floor of a Sunderland nightclub.
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Dave the Rave, the Mackem Mover and Rachel McCann Parkin.

Vote: Who is the best Mackem dancer of all time?

They've certainly all got the moves - but which one should take the crown as Sunderland's best dancer?
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It is thought that the punter was dancing in Arizona, Sunderland.

Can you help us find Sunderland's viral nightclub dancer?

She set the internet on fire this weekend - but do you know the identity of Sunderland's trendiest nightclub dancer?
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North East folk 'more likely to put heating up for pets and visitors than for partners and children'

Thrifty North East folk are more likely to put the heating up for their pets and visitors than they are for partners or children, a survey has found.
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North East pub has Facebook ads banned for using Nazi imagery

Two Facebook posts by a pub have been banned for using Nazi imagery and "trivialising" the Second World War to advertise a German food night.
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Do you think smacking should be banned?

'You should be able to discipline your own kids' - readers react to proposed smacking ban

It's a controversial topic - and one which got dozens of you talking.
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Detective series Vera filming at Ocean Beach Pleasure Park in South Shields. Picture by Stu Norton

Fans defend Vera after attack on 'awful' North East accents

Vera fans from the North East have rushed to defend Brenda Blethyn after the detective series took flak on social media for its allegedly "awful" accents.
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Virgin Airlines. Picture by PA

Airline makes refund pledge if it can't cure passengers who are afraid of flying

An airline has pledged to cure passengers who are afraid of flying or refund their air fare.

Transport
What do you fancy for tea tonight?

Fancy a takeaway tonight? This is what you should order

Monday is definitely the toughest day of the working week.

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What's your takeaway of choice?

What's the best takeaway to have on a Saturday night?

You've had a busy week at work and Saturday night is the perfect time for a treat.

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Disposable coffee cups are facing a 25p levy. Picture by PA

Coffee drinkers should be charged 25p levy on disposable cups, says environmental committee

Coffee drinkers should be charged a 25p "latte levy" on disposable cups and the money used to pay for improved recycling facilities, MPs have said.
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Will you be searching for a white Creme Egg?

Hunt is on as Cadbury hatches secret white chocolate Creme Egg

Cadbury has produced a white chocolate version of its Easter Creme Egg for the first time - but consumers will not know if they have bought one until they unwrap it.

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Game of Thrones stamps. Images courtesy of Royal Mail

Royal Mail releases Game of Thrones stamps to celebrate UK contribution to hit series

Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow and Arya Stark are among Game Of Thrones characters that will feature on a new series of stamps, Royal Mail has announced.

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How to double your days off work in 2018

With most workers now back to it after the festivities, many minds will be turning to their next lot of time off - and tactical holiday planning can pay dividends.
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Many of you think Theresa May will be challenged as Prime Minister.

These are your top predictions for 2018

2017 was certainly a busy year - and 2018 promises to be no different.
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