Arts and Entertainment Direction and design by Mark Holthusen, words and music by Martyn Jacques, performed by the Tiger Lillies and Laura Caldow, commissioned by Opera North Projects.

Performed by The Tiger Lillies and Laura Caldow

The home of the TV weatherman has been raided by police as part of an investigation into historic sexual abuse

Weatherman Fred Talbot charged with sex offences by Manchester police

Fred Talbot faces 9 charges of incident assault and one serious sexual assault

Travel special 2014: Soak in the scenery on a train journey from Newcastle to Carlisle

The train between Newcastle and Carlisle runs parallel to Hadrian's Wall and offers a window on some of the most spectacular scenery in England. But the 60-mile Tyne Valley Line is itself a part of history, built in the 1830s during the first era of nationwide railway expansion. Following the path of the Tyne inland from Newcastle, the line passes over two listed viaducts and through five listed stations, including Hexham, which dates to 1835, making it one of the world's oldest purpose-built railway stations.

Edward Griffiths says Saracens should get a full house Saturday

Saracens swim with the Sharks to close north-south divide

London club set to play two games in 48 hours but they see money-spinner against South African side as the way to go

Isabella Sorley (left) and John Nimmo have been jailed for abusing a feminist campaigner over Twitter

Twitter 'trolls' Isabella Sorley and John Nimmo jailed for abusing feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez

The pair bombarded Caroline Criado-Perez with offensive tweets

Emergency housing bill in London boroughs reaches over half a billion pounds

The Chief Executive of housing charity Shelter said families in alternative accommodation are left without roots and stability

Toby Flood has admitted it was 'a very tough decision' to leave Leicester for a French club

Toby Flood admits ‘sleepless nights’ over decision to quit Tigers and England

Fly-half has admitted it was “a very tough decision” to leave Leicester for a French club

Rising star: Sire De Grugy will contest the Queen Mother Champion Chase

Sire De Grugy leaps into Cheltenham contention

Faint praise has been Sire De Grugy’s lot so far this season, but surely it must be time to acknowledge that he is a two-mile chaser of the highest order, with or without the damning shadow of Sprinter Sacre.

Freddie Burns is set to play for England Saxons against the Irish Wolfhounds

Six Nations 2014: Heineken Cup rigours threaten to derail England preparations

The waiting is the hardest part. Thirty-five players, led by the reappointed national captain Chris Robshaw, will arrive in the England camp between Sunday evening and Monday morning as attention switches from the Heineken Cup – or rather, what is left of the Heineken Cup – to the Six Nations, which begins in a fortnight's time. How many will be in a condition to train before the middle of next week at the earliest? Not as many as the head coach, Stuart Lancaster, would like, almost certainly.

Manu Tuilagi had been expected to miss the entire tournament but is targeting a return to action in the middle of next month

Six Nations 2014: England could have Manu Tuilagi fit for latter part of tournament

Manu Tuilagi could yet play a role in England's Six Nations campaign. The Leicester and British Lions centre had been expected to miss the entire tournament but is targeting a return to action in the middle of next month, opening up the possibility of an unexpected return for the key fixture against Wales at Twickenham on 9 March.

Silhouette of clubber dancing Hacienda nightclub

Top ten places people are most likely to have a one night stand in the UK

Survey reveals Swansea is the place people are most likely to have casual sex

Isabella Sorley, 23, and John Nimmo, 25, arrive at Westminster Magistrates Court, London

Two guilty of sending 'menacing' tweets to Caroline Criado-Perez

Two people have pleaded guilty to sending "menacing" tweets to a feminist campaigner following her successful campaign to ensure a woman features on British banknotes.

Pc David Rathband hanged himself two years after being shot and blinded by gunman Raoul Moat

Pc David Rathband 'threatened to hang himself during FaceTime call with estranged wife'

Police officer shot and blinded by gunman Raoul Moat made several suicide threats, inquest told

Let down: PC David Rathband, who was blinded by gunman Raoul Moat

Pc David Rathband: Estranged wife 'could not forgive officer left blind by gunman Raoul Moat over affair with 7/7 survivor Lisa French'

Kath Rathband tells inquest estranged husband who was shot and left blind by gunman Raoul Moat would call her 100 times a day

Mark Clattenburg had 'no case to answer' over Lallana incident

Southampton fume as Mark Clattenburg is cleared to work

Mark Clattenburg will continue to referee Southampton matches despite the club asking for the referee to be barred from officiating at their games in the wake of him “insulting” Adam Lallana after last Saturday’s defeat at Everton.

Retirement rental hotspots in England and Wales

Homeowners selling their properties in order to turn their equity into cash to boost their retirement incomes

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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

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Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

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I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England