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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.

Sir Douglas Falconer: Judge expert in patent law

Douglas Falconer was a patents judge in the Chancery Division of the High Court from 1981 to 1989. He was always courteous – every trial before him was conducted in an atmosphere of calm, every argument scrupulously noted, every fact mastered. At the end there was a meticulously reasoned judgment and a just result. His judgments were sometimes long delayed, but once they were delivered, it was clear that all the facts had been completely covered and carefully considered.

Barbour is born again

Paul Bignell asks if new celebrity fans can restore the flagging fortunes of the Queen's favourite coat-maker

The Sketch: Miliband turned on the charm, but all eyes were on Cameron's bald spot

As the one who first noticed David Cameron's bald spot, I feel proprietorial about it. Kevin Maguire noticed it yesterday from the gallery and was trying to appropriate it for the Daily Mirror. No! It's mine! I discovered it a year ago, planted a flag in it, claimed it for The Independent. It's an expanding dominion, I might say. It's getting bigger. Soon we'll be able to plant it with tobacco and transport convicts to it. But you can see how the First World War started.

Professor N. G. Carr: Researcher into blue-green algae

Noel Gordon Carr, biochemist: born South Shields, Co Durham 3 December 1935; Research Fellow, University of California, San Francisco 1961-62; ICI Fellow, Biochemistry Department, Liverpool University 1962-64, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Biochemistry 1964-84; Professor of Biological Sciences, Warwick University 1984-96 (Emeritus); married 1945 Diana Clavering (one daughter, two sons); died Warwick 30 October 2007

SecretariaI: Bulletin Board; No sex please, or we're suing

EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNALS are set to swing further in favour of employees, following a new ruling in the Employment Appeal Tribunal. For secretaries, this means that if you think you've been unfairly dismissed, you've got more of a chance than ever of getting your boss back in court. First, because the increase in maximum compensation has risen from pounds 12,000 to pounds 50,000. Second, because the minimum length of employment that someone has to have had in order to take their boss to court has been reduced from two years to one year. And third, because there is a new rule that tribunals should take less notice of employers' opinions. Unfair dismissal cases usually hinge on whether the employer has acted reasonably and, until now, tribunals have far too often been swayed by what employers consider to be reasonable. Wondering what brought the much-needed change about? The recent case of factory employee Tony Haddon, who was sacked by Van den Burgh Foods for missing two hours of work after he failed to return from an awards ceremony where he was honoured for 15 years' loyal service. The tribunal found in the employer's favour, but it was acknowledged that any sane human being would regard the decision as "harsh in the extreme".

Arrested soccer fans jam courts in Glasgow

THE SCOTTISH courts yesterday began dealing with the 172 football fans arrested after Saturday's Scotland-England Euro 2000 qualifying match. A stream of defendants jammed Glasgow Sheriff Court sitting till late in the evening.

'THE RATE RISE AND STRONG POUND ARE COSTING JOBS HERE IN THE NORTH- EAST'

Brian Phillips, of Charles W Taylor iron foundry

Tennis: Smith overpowered by Brandi

SAM SMITH fell at the first hurdle of the DFS Classic in Birmingham yesterday. The The British No 1 had high hopes of a good show in the competition where 12 months ago she reached the third round and later reached the third round of Wimbledon, beating Conchita Martinez on the way.

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