The fitness trends set to be big in 2018

2017 is coming to an end and if you’re looking for something different to add to your fitness regime in 2018 and mix things up a bit, I have some of the biggest trends to look out for.


Gardening: How to care for plants which fall victim to unscrupulous retailers

More than six million Poinsettias are sold every year in the UK, most to die a slow, horrible death, due to unscrupulous retailers who know nothing about plants trying to make a fast buck (I suspect).

New year, new you?

New year, new you: Tips for a healthy start to 2018

The start of a new year is a good time to conduct a personal health and lifestyle audit.

Our MP is angry at planned Tory cuts to free school meals.

Sharon Hodgson: Tory Government has no consideration for children’s futures

Supporting children in their formative years has always been a passion of mine and an area which I have helped push during my time as an MP.

Volunteering at a foodbank is one way of helping someone less well off than ourselves this Christmas.

Five ways you can help someone less fortunate this Christmas

It’s easy to forget sometimes, but we Brits are a generous bunch.

Some people will return Christmas presents simply because they're not to their taste.

Do you know your rights when it comes to returning unwanted Christmas gifts?

It’s the home straight in the Christmas shopping race - but what happens if you’ve changed your mind about a purchase made during the shopping bonanzas, or a friend or relative isn’t as taken with that reindeer jumper as you thought they’d be when you bought it?

Spotting whether something is a bargain or a fake isn't as easy as you might think.

Will you be buying a loved one a counterfeit Christmas gift?

Times may be tight, but at Christmas we all like to splash out a little, to get that present you know a loved one would really appreciate, even if it's really too far for our bank balances.

Reaction to the failed City of Culture bid inside Pop Recs.

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.

Incontinence can be caused by stress.

Health advice: Don't suffer with incontinence in silence

Despite the potentially debilitating impact and embarrassment of living with incontinence, it’s important to know that you are not alone and that help is available.

The cost of heating always rises at winter.

How to get help paying your fuel bills

Q. As winter is now upon us I keep hearing from friends and neighbours about support they get towards their fuel bills from various sources.
I’m currently getting Income Support, I am aged 35, a single parent and have two children aged five and two.
I also get Housing Benefit and live in a Housing Association property, my rent does not include anything towards fuel bills. Am I entitled to any sort of help?

The steamer Vind�.

On The Waterfront: Recalling the days of veteran steamers

Nowadays, it’s unusual for elderly merchant ships to trade in UK waters as stringent maritime regulation and inspection regimes are likely to spot deficiencies and lead to detention of offending vessels.

Christmas pudding energy bites.

Recipe of the week: Christmas pudding energy bites

These little beauties are a great snack to have at hand so that you can have a little treat without ruining your diet, and without feeling left out from all of the Christmas treats on offer.

You can't beat a good quality pair of earphones to use while you're working out,

10 festive gifts for the fitness fanatic in your life

In the last week, I’ve had three of my PT clients’ partners asking me, “What can I buy for her for Christmas now that she is a fitness freak”?

A decorated Christmas tree.

Gardening: Making your Christmas tree last well beyond the festivities

A real tree or an artificial one? It’s an argument that’s gone on in our house for many years – the other half doesn’t want the bother of the needles, putting it up and disposing of its corpse.


Are you missing out on hidden council tax benefits?

Vulnerable people in society are missing out on a council tax discount worth £100s or £1000s – as little is known about it, and some councils are giving out misinformation.

Many people have complained about the way the care home system works.

Why we're taking on the care business and how you can help

It was only two months ago that Which? launched our Care Needs Care Now campaign to raise awareness about the potential future shortfall of care home beds and already there’s been significant action.

Jetting off to warmer climes is increasingly popular for Christmas.

Six things to remember when booking last-minute Christmas holidays

I bet you’re all a bit sick of Christmas stories right! Fancy a getaway instead?

Matt Eyre and Rob Parsons, of Roar Motion Ltd.

Wearside Matters: Sunderland filmmakers Roar-ing to success

North East video production specialists, Roar Motion Ltd are set to soar after securing a host of new contracts and kit.

NHS funding concerns.

Bridget Phillipson MP: Improvements must be made in patient care

Over the last two years, I’ve worked as a member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to hold the government to account on how taxpayers’ money is spent across a range of areas, from schools to hospitals, and security to social care.

Our columnist talks about teenage parties.

Richard Ord: The perils of a teenage party

Our eldest son turned 17 and asked if he could have a party with his friends at our house.

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