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Keeping A-head of the game

My journey home from work can be a bit hairy.
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Afflecks Palace

NICOLA ADAM: Will you sit down next to me?

I quite enjoyed the revisit to the memory lane of my youth recently,  my destination every weekend for several, crucial, heady  years of my life before university took me down south.

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Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth has died aged 89

TV veteran Sir Bruce Forsyth has died at the age of 89, his manager has said.

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Conservative MEP Sajjad Karim

Tory MEP: Britain's 'ridiculous Brexit mess'

Sajjad Karim is a Conservative member of the European Parliament for the north west. Here he explains why he believes the nation is on a path to 'disaster' and argues his colleagues need to change their approach to leaving the EU.

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Nicola Adam

Chips and gravy no more

It is one of the saddest phenomenoms of the year and rarely has a subject united so many.

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The rugby league team from Windermere Road Secondary Modern School, Leigh, in 1958

Every picture tells a story...

Historian Alf Ridyard looks at the intriguing stories within a single photograph...

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Kylie Minogue

Not so emotional downloads

Music might be the food of love but it’s also the soundtrack to many a dodgy memory throughout my life.

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Martin Compston, Adrian Dunbar and Vicky McClure in Line of Duty

Line of Duty - Fact is, this is the best drama on TV

Apparently, we are living in a post-truth world, one in which the truth can be anything you like, as long as it fits your own view of the world.

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An example of Shank's pony

Dialects and sayings from yesteryear

Local historian Keith Johnson looks at the phrases and sayings Leythers used in yesteryear...

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The Throwdown finalists - Richard, Clover and Ryan

The Great Pottery Throwdown - The natural successor to Bake-Off's crown

It may have escaped your notice, but the BBC recently lost the jewel in its primetime crown – The Great British Bake-Off. The Beeb has been running auditions for “the next Bake-Off” for some time now – many with some arrangement of the words ‘Great’, ‘British’, ‘Challenge’ and ‘Off’ in the title.

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Theodore Cecil Thompson

Cherishing rugby league’s pioneers

Local historian Alf Ridyard looks back at some of the heroes of RL from yesteryear...

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Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) is on the warpath in The Last Kingdom

The Last Kingdom - political plotting amid the Brian Blessed bellowing

At a time when the United Kingdom seems intent on ripping itself apart, it’s a good time for a drama which shows how the kingdoms became united in the first place.

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Ant Middleton leads the crew in Channel 4s Mutiny

Mutiny - Captain Haddock versus Captain Wazzock

I blame Bear Grylls. Ever since he burst on to our TV screens around 10 years ago, eating locusts and drinking his own bodily fluids, there have been a whole raft of TV shows featuring man’s (and it usually is men) battle against the elements, nature and his own ego.
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This advertising would be never accepted nowadays

When Plank Lane was surrounded by a thriving farming community

Local historian Alf Ridyard looks at farming on an industrial landscape...

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Olivia Colman and David Tennant are back on the beach in Broadchurch

Broadchurch - A promising return to form

So, here we are then, swooshing over the golden cliffs of Dorset on our way to Broadchurch (ITV, Mondays, 9pm), the restless sea surging on to the beach below. If this third series of the police drama had started anything like the second, then I might have been tempted to chuck myself off those cliffs.

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When holidays were a mass exodus

When holidays were a mass exodus

Local historian Alf Ridyard looks back at holidays from yesteryear...

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Geoffrey Shryhane

Future of the pound coin is a many-sided affair

Our top columnist Geoffrey Shryhane’s memories and musings...

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David Baddiel (right) with brother Ivor (left) and dad Colin

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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