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Ministers must try harder, declares organisation

Gay glad to step out of Bolt's shadow

Sprinter targets British all-comers' record in Grand Prix at Gateshead today

Golden girl Ennis lines up Gateshead homecoming

World heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis will compete at the British Grand Prix at Gateshead International Stadium later this month.

Chambers withdraws as Gay struggles

Dwain Chambers yesterday withdrew from the 200m, citing a calf injury. Chambers finished sixth in the final of the 100m on Sunday night, clocking a season's best of 10.00sec behind Usain Bolt.

Home in on the property hotspots

House prices are set to rise. Rob Griffin looks at whether your area has got what it takes to benefit from the boom

Sir Alan Sugar in first 'enterprise tsar' visit

Sir Alan Sugar refused to answer questions on whether there was a conflict of interest between his newly appointed Government role and presenting The Apprentice show on television.

Virginia Ironside’s Dilemmas: My eighty year old mother has bouts of paranoia

Dear Virginia,

Every few days I look in on my mother, who is, at 80, quite frail, but fiercely independent. Recently she's been getting bouts of complete paranoia. She is convinced the neighbours are spying on her through holes they've bored in the walls. The other day she refused to let me in, accusing me of stealing from her purse. She won't talk to me on the phone and has been spreading rumours that I've hit her. Her doctor has tried to get a nurse to see her, but she just slams the door in her face. Is there anything I can do?

Yours sincerely, Angie

The Architecture of Parking, By Simon Henley

This revelatory study opens our eyes to structures that we take for granted. It includes a car park that achieved stardom by appearing in Get Carter (Trinity Square, Gateshead) and another by star architect Zaha Hadid.

Wheeler steers Saints back on track

St Helens 42 Catalan Dragons 8

Northern Sinfonia / Alex Prior, The Sage, Gateshead

Television rarely communicates why people who love classical music care about it so much.

Salford storm past Batley into quarter-finals

Shaun McRae, Salford's head coach, hailed his side's "wonderful achievement" as they reached the last eight of the Challenge Cup with a 66-4 victory over Championship bottom club Batley.

Maggie Atkinson: Culture is getting down with the people and sharing their lives

Who's saying what culture is? Phil Redmond on Liverpool '08 has said that, as well as introducing and glorying in the Greats – who are of course great because they are the greats, but also in part because we delight in them and continue to say they are – we must be wiling to get closer to the floor and start where the people there are.

Katy Guest: Young, gifted and big fans of Sonnet 18

The Week In Books

Coming Soon: Jazz veteran is still Pine fresh

With a rousing new album, a CBE gong to add to the OBE he’s held since 2000, and a new national tour of Afropeans, his powerful Abolition 200 commission premiered at the Barbican in 2007, saxophonist Courtney Pine (pictured) is on a roll.

Observations: Geordie with a Scottish accent

Tartan is a fabric usually associated with Scotland rather than Gateshead. Until now, that is. Staff at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art will bring a taste of the Highlands further south by wearing tailor-made tartan outfits till the end of March. And it's all in the name of art. Ninety members of staff, from front of house to office staff and directors, will be kitted out in unique tartan ensembles as part of the Italian artist Antonio Riello's B Square! project, which first launched two years ago in Austria.

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