It was kind of David and Gail Sheals to spend so much time showing me round their Cumbrian garden. Outside their back door stood a mountain of cardboard boxes, packed with 300 small pots of Ilex crenata. The dreaded blight had killed all the box hedging in a part of the Sheals's wonderfully intricate garden and they hope that the little ilex, much used for topiary in Japan, will prove to be a suitable replacement. If I'd been them, I would have been dropping hints about the best route to the motorway, so I could start planting. But no. They even offered coffee.
Newcastle have revealed a loss of £17.1million as a result of their relegation from the Barclays Premier League.
Northern Rock stunned unions yesterday by announcing it would slash a quarter of its already drastically depleted workforce.
Nationalised Northern Rock plans to start offering credit cards and personal loans again as it readies itself for sale to the private sector, the group revealed today.
Championship club ties up new agreement to run until end of 2013-14 campaign
Nationalised lender Northern Rock today said it would continue to sponsor Newcastle United Football Club after signing another four-year deal worth up to £10 million.
Nationalised Northern Rock could take a decade to pay back the taxpayer, its chief executive said today.
£725mloss in first six months of year; 22,141 of borrowers more than three months in arrears; £11bn of taxpayers' money tied up in stricken bank
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Northern Rock is set to be nationalised today after peers abandoned their last-minute opposition to the controversial move.