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RICHARD ORD: Why the brutal truth is the best medicine

Our doctors’ surgery is having a bit of a makeover at the moment.

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LEGAL EAGLE: How to get special measures

My son who is 14 has been charged with an assault on a boy at school. He has pleaded not guilty but is really worried about having a trial. Some of his friends were witnesses but refuse to go to court. I have now found out that the boy who he is supposed to have assaulted is going to be allowed to give evidence over a TV link. Is there anything we can do about it? Can my son give his evidence in the same way?

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Zinnia Sombrero. Picture by Mr Fothergill's

GARDENING: The borders barmaid – my pick of the bunch

Those blousey, overblown barmaids of the borders, Zinnias, have been named Flower of the Year by Fleuroselect, so I took a more detailed look at this popular flower.

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EMMA LEWELL-BUCK: Tories cannot be trusted on economy

Last week, Philip Hammond delivered his first Autumn Statement as Chancellor of the Exchequer. This was an opportunity for the Government to change course after six wasted years of mismanaging the economy yet the Chancellor chose to stick to the same old course despite a significant worsening in the public finances.

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RICHARD ORD: Smells like teen spirit ... or arrogance musk

My eldest boy turned 16 this week. Well, I say turned, he more swaggered 16 this week.

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Trip on stairs.

LEGAL EAGLE: Can you claim compensation for an accident at work?

I was injured at work recently when I fell down the stairs. I went to see a solicitor who told me that I haven’t got a case to be compensated. I don’t understand this – I broke my leg and my employer has got insurance, so why can’t I get any compensation? I have suffered a serious injury.

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Great berries on the Callicarpa Bodinieri Profusion.

GARDENING: Winter shrubs bring both colour and scent

This week, I’m looking at more plants for winter interest – focusing on shrubs.

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Bah humbug! Ebeneezer Scrooge.

RICHARD ORD: Fashion’s not pulling the wool over my eyes

International Men’s Day was missed in the Ord household … again.

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LEGAL EAGLED: She won’t let me see my son

LEGAL EAGLED: She won’t let me see my son

I have been having difficulties getting contact with my son, who is now aged 4. His mother and I separated around 6 months ago and she was initially letting me see him twice a week. However, our relationship has gone downhill since I issued divorce proceedings and she has not let me have any contact for the last 3 months. I am worried she won’t let me see him again and that he will forget me. What can I do?

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Polyanthus Fire Dragon.

GARDENING: Winter plants that will warm the coldest days

Do you shut up shop in the garden from October to March? If you do, you’re missing the joy of growing some great plants that will warm the coldest of hearts (and days).

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South Tyneside District Hospital

EMMA LEWELL-BUCK: Fight to save NHS and our hospital

Previously I have said that the Sustainability and Transformation Plans which NHS England state are supposed to be about how local healthcare systems can ‘evolve’ and ‘become sustainable over the next five years’ are simply government mandated cuts. Cuts that threaten to downgrade our hospital here in South Tyneside and hospitals right across the country paving the way for privatisation of our health service.

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Fashion! Who cares? Like Les Dawson, be comfortable  in your own skin.

RICHARD ORD: The 50-plus world according to Dave

Reasons to be cheerful at 50! They’re like buses. You don’t see any for ages, then nine come at once.

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LEGAL EAGLE: Fighting back on sexual abuse

LEGAL EAGLE: Fighting back on sexual abuse

An ever increasing number of sexual abuse survivors are reporting their abuse. People who were sexually assaulted in their family homes, in Schools, Churches and social activity groups are addressing the historic abuse suffered.

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Mulching the soil using the no-dig method for Cephalotaxus harringtonia (Korean Gold yew) and Cotinus (smoke bush).

GARDENING: Design your garden to reduce effort and pain

Last week, I talked about gardening with back pain and what you can do in practise to keep doing the hobby you love without causing any further damage.

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Lest we forget.

STEPHEN HEPBURN: Remembrance Day is a day to be proud

Every year I notice more young people at the Remembrance Service in Jarrow when I lay a poppy wreath at the town’s war memorial.

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The former Vaux brewery site is one of those set to be redeveloped by Siglion.

RICHARD ORD: Crossed off George Clarke’s Christmas card list

Just what you needed, another explosive war of words in the Twittersphere. Forget Trump v Clinton, now it’s Clarke v Ord. The heavyweight TV architect versus the paperweight Echo columnist.

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LEGAL EAGLE: Lasting Powers of Attourney

LEGAL EAGLE: Lasting Powers of Attourney

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) and Deputy Orders are each methods of appointing of a person or persons to deal with the affairs of a person who lacks mental capacity. They can each be made in relation to financial affairs and / or in relation health and welfare issues.

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Heucheras, Campanula carpatica and chives intermesh to smother weeds.

GARDENING: Five tips to avoid injury when gardening

Gardening is a great hobby but it can also be torture for those of us who suffer from back pain.

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Pharmacies play a vital role in healthcare

EMMA LEWELL-BUCK: Pharmacy cuts are a false economy

Late last year the Government proposed a £170 million cut to community pharmacies, since that time Labour have been highlighting how dangerous these cuts are.

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