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Performed by The Tiger Lillies and Laura Caldow

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Downton Abbey star Jim Carter has taken part in a 1,000 mile cycle tour as part of a bid to recreate the spirit of the Olympics.

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Stashed away underground beneath a popular museum lies a vast collection of rare and precious items.

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Powell had held the position from 15 years

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Leading independent schools are considering ditching A-levels in favour of their international equivalent as a result of Education Secretary Michael Gove’s exam reforms.

Injury forces Newcastle and Scotland scrum-half Rory Lawson to quit

The Scotland international scrum-half Rory Lawson has had to retire from rugby with immediate effect because of a chronic wrist injury.

Vodafone launches 4G network with sports and music offering in bid to secure customers

Vodafone will join O2 and EE offer extra-fast 4G mobile networks, Three has yet to announce when it will launch

O2 enters the 4G fray with £26 a month tariff set for August 29 launch

4G networks offer faster download speeds and better access to streaming music and video

Lord Howell: 'There are large, uninhabited and desolate areas, certainly in parts of the North East, where there is plenty of room for fracking'

Former energy minister Lord Howell (George Osborne’s father-in-law) says it’s fine to frack in ‘empty, desolate’ North-east

Tory grandee says there should be different rules for the South-east

Chalk Talk: A tour with Blondie? That's top-notch work experience for students

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Papiss Demba Cisse is allegedly spotted in a casino gambling

Papiss Demba Cisse allegedly seen gambling in Newcastle casino

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

If Tories want to win, they need some friends in the North

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

British internet troll Reece Elliott jailed for two years after making threat to kill 200 US children on Facebook

Father-of-one admits one count of making a threat to kill and eight of sending grossly offensive messages

Vicky Pattison of UK reality TV series, Geordie Shore, who has been 'removed' from the show following her arrest

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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