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At 8.30am on 13 July, the colliery bands of Durham began their march towards the city's market place. The miners' banners went with them, signposts to the past, a visible display of pride in the region's history. From there followed a slow march towards the County Hotel on Old Elvet. The bands played, the march went on to the racecourse, and the banners were strapped to the surrounding fences.

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Steve Richards: It takes bravery to break class barriers

Despite proclamations of courage, this Government is not famous for boldness

Foley stands tall to leave Pulis' men down and out

Hartlepool United 2 Stoke City 0

Defector hopes Britain is back up and running

Brown lines up at today's Great North Run believing regime change can restore faith in a failing system

Pavey reveals marathon plan

There was a time when Paula Radcliffe was the one with the catching up to do on Jo Pavey. Back in 1988 Radcliffe finished some 90 metres adrift when Pavey broke the British Under-15 record for 1500m in the English Schools Championship.

Blogger 'wrote of murdering Girls Aloud'

Case marks first time 1959 Obscene Publications Act has been applied to internet

Man charged over Girls Aloud 'porn murder blog'

A civil servant who posted a blog in which he allegedly describes the kidnap, rape and murder of pop group Girls Aloud is being prosecuted.

Warren Storey: Painter and art educationist

For more than half a century, the well-crafted paintings of Warren Storey were a regular feature of the Autumn Exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy (RWA), Bristol, where he served as artists' chairman under Mary Fedden during the 1980s and as vice-president during the early 1990s.

'Utterly delightful' David O'Doherty wins Edinburgh's top comedy award

He might be 32, but he's down with the youth, and a show about text messages, Jay-Z, and the impossibility of finding true love won David O'Doherty the if.comedy award last night.

Too many people don't feel safe, admits Brown



Gordon Brown acknowledged today that too many people feel unsafe in their own homes as public concern about knife crime spirals.

David Miliband: a biography

Wealth Check: 'I want to get my affairs in order before I retire'

Kathryn Wright, 59, from South Shields, is looking forward to retiring from her job as a schoolteacher by the end of the year. But first she's keen to get her money matters in order. "I'd really like a last look at my money before I retire," Kathryn says. "I'd like to be able to cover my monthly expenditure comfortably when I stop working. And I want to make sure that the investments we have built up are safe, but accessible."

Teenager jailed for killing his sisters in arson attack

A teenager who killed his two sisters in an arson attack has been jailed for at least six years. But Shane Spence, 18, could be held for much longer after the judge ruled that he posed a serious risk to the public.

Teenager jailed for killing sisters in fire

A teenager who killed his two young sisters when he set fire to his family home was today jailed for life with a minimum term of six years.

Edward Wilson: Charismatic artistic director of the National Youth Theatre

Edward Wilson was an actor and, from 1987 until 2003, the talismanic artistic director of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.

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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform