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The Trouble With Dad - an affecting look at dementia

Caring for a sick relative is hugely difficult. Whatever they’re suffering from, the carer is faced with the gradual loss of the person they recognise as their father, grandmother, husband or daughter.

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Morning duties clearing the ice from HMS Uylsses after the Arctic storms

Towns raise £500,000 for warship

Tash Tales with Alf Ridyard...

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Geoffrey Shryhane

When cigarettes saved your life...

Geoffrey Shryhane’s memories and musings...

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Natalie Brown (SAN BROOKE), Julie Bushby (SHERIDAN SMITH), Karen Matthews (GEMMA WHELAN), the three women at the centre of BBC drama The Moorside

The Moorside - A brave attempt to redress the balance

We have often been told that there’s nothing such as society, and that we no longer have a sense of community.
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Geoffrey Shryhane

Yes, time heals – but exactly how long does it take?

Geoffrey Shryhane takes a close look at the topics of grief and loneliness...

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Beer tax cuts can benefit everyone

Beer tax cuts can benefit everyone

It’s Hoppy Hour with our ale expert Andrew Nowell...

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George Barmby was the man in focus in Confessions of the Paparazzi

Confessions of the Paparazzi - Truth and lies through a lens

Journalists, ironically, rarely get a good press these days. As a trade, we usually come bottom of those ‘most trustworthy profession’ polls, sharing the wooden spoon with estate agents.

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Hougoumont Farm, near Waterloo, Belgium, was still pockmarked with musket shot and shrapnel in 2015

Leythers in the Battle of Waterloo

Local historian Alf Ridyard looks back in time to a time of war...

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A typical corner shop.  This one on Hindleys Bridgewater Street was demolished years ago

Nostalgic appeal provided by the old corner shops

Memories and musings with Geoffrey Shryhane... There’s an odd one here and an odd one there, but by and large, the traditional Wigan corner shop has quietly slipped into history.

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Bolton West Conservative Chris Green MP

The Chris Green column: Concerns over library plan

First we lost our swimming baths, then we lost Formby Hall and now, it seems, we’re about to lose our library.

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A typical cockle seller

We never went hungry during rationing

Tash Tales with Alf Ridyard

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Andy Burnham MP

The Andy Burnham column: ‘Courage is needed to sort social care problem’

On Monday morning, there was a sad story in the news. It emerged that Mrs Iris Sibley, an 89 year-old lady from Gloucestershire, had spent six months in a hospital bed because an appropriate care home place could not been found for her.

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The Silent Witness team. From left, Jack Hodgson [DAVID CAVES], Nikki Alexander [EMILIA FOX], Thomas Chamberlain (RICHARD LINTERN), and Clarissa Mullery [LIZ CARR]

Silent Witness is flogging a dead horse

Is there a better way of beating the January blues than settling down in front of the TV and enjoying a good mystery drama, cup of cocoa in one hand, pack of digestive biscuits in the other?
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The Jaguar E-type features in Forza Horizon 3

Talking Motors: Dream garage goes digital with new racing game

When being asked about old classic cars, the normal list will be: Aston Martin DB5, Jaguar E-Type, Audi Quattro, 1965 Mini Mayfair.

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Flying car? Look no further than a Ford Anglia

Talking Motors: Forget Airbus: This is how a car should fly

It sounds like something out of a 1950s comic.

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Looks like weve got a duff temperature gauge

Talking Motors: Trip to the shops results in a long and expensive list

While is was throwing it down last Friday and it was freezing, I decided to take the Midget on a run to Sainsbury’s.

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A typical coal-fired frying range

Smell of chips in vinegar-soaked newspaper

Tash Tales with local historian Alf Ridyard...

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A bogey racing kart just like the ones we made

Happy days before health and safety

Tash Tales with local historian Alf Ridyard...

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Scales of justice will swing towards protecting those with things to hide if new legislation is enacted

Column: No bark and no bite if press hounds muzzled

After more than two decades as a member of Her Majesty’s Press one of the main joys of newspaper life remains those days when we make a difference.

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Robson Green followed in the footsteps sort of  of Robinson Crusoe in a documentary on ITV

Robson Crusoe: A Surprising Adventure - One goes mad on an island

When I was a boy, I wanted to be a soldier, or a policeman, or possibly Alan Kennedy, the moustachioed, tightly-permed left-back of the all-conquering Liverpool team of the early 1980s.

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