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

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Striker had been granted leave from the club's pre-season training camp after Wonga shirt-sponsor dispute but now faces club's wrath after he's reportedly spotted gambling

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A photo made available by Northumbria Police of internet troll Reece Elliott

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Geordie Shore filming suspended as stars Vicky Pattison and Holly Hagan arrested for assault

Geordie Shore depicts the city of Newcastle’s young people as airheaded hedonists with the sexual decorum of bonobo chimps, The Independent’s TV critic once remarked.

Martin Castrogiovanni pictured after his move to Toulon

Martin Castrogiovanni has 'lost all respect' for Leicester Tigers' director of rugby Richard Cockerill

Italian prop speaks out over move to Toulon and claims there are 'very few happy players' at the club

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