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The Strange Case Of The Not-so-common Starling
IAN KERR focuses on an alarming drop in the numbers of what used to be one of our most commonly seen garden birds.
A Good Place To Be Kept In The Dark
SUSAN BURKE visits the Kielder Observatory, where lack of modern light pollution has contributed to a spectacular success since its opening four years ago.
Flowers By The Seashore
ALLAN POTTS finds photographic inspiration while enjoying a coastal walk.
Growing In A Well Cultivated Manor
SUSIE WHITE visits Whalton Manor, where Penny Norton has followed in the footsteps of Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll to create a garden of many moods and colours.
The Nordic Route To Health And Fitness
SUSAN BURKE puts her best foot forward and learns that taking up Nordic walking can deliver significant steps on the road to a more healthy life.
Lost And Found: The Elusive Kiln Well
CAROL GRIFFITHS turned archive detective in her efforts to locate an ancient well in Bamburgh referred to in historical documents.
Two Blondes, A Brunette And An Orgasmatron
GORDON WILKINSON wistfully recalls the vanished world of local cinemas, and some of the locally-shot productions which could be seen in them.
What Price Should We Put On Nature?
How much is Nature worth? How much would a meadow or a red squirrel cost if we had to put a monetary value on them? MIKE PRATT, Chief Executive of Northumberland Wildlife Trust contemplates.
Forget The Main Road, Turn Off And Relax
Weary of the endless procession of A1 traffic, JOHN GRUNDY takes a detour and finds solace in the formerly car-choked village of Felton.
A Summer Walk To A High Hillfort
ANTHONY TOOLE embarks on a journey to Yeavering Bell which combines spectacular scenery with the remains of deserted ancient settlements.
Postcards From A Vanished Age
A special one-month exhibition opens at Bellingham Heritage Centre in August to celebrate the successful photographic career of Walter Percy Collier who, in the 1920s and 30s, was one of the leading postcard publishers in Northumberland.
STEWART BONNEY talked to retired teacher Stan Owen about his 36-year quest to piece together the fascinating ‘Collier Collection’ of black and white photographs that captured rural life in the county between the two World Wars.
Summer Quiz Trail
Follow this 22-mile drive - starting or finishing at Kirkharle Courtyard or Bellingham - and along the way look for clues to help you answer the ten Quiz Trail questions to win a winter break for two at the Otterburn Castle Country House Hotel plus three runners up prizes of 3 year subscription to The Northumbrian magazine.
From School To Gaol
To Medieval Abbey
GLEN LYNDON DODDS takes a stroll around the historic heart of Hexham.
Through Quiet Country To An Award-winning Church
MURIEL SOBO enjoys a walk for all seasons in a varied landscape south of the Tyne.
Murder Most Foul, And Prayers To A Weather God
STEWART BONNEY hears a progress report on the latest discoveries by volunteers at the archaeological dig at Vindolanda, near Bardon Mill.
Bakery With Spice, And Not A Cross Look
Home Cooking with JANE LOVETT
On The Wrong Side Of A Feverish Cow
Senior vet JOHN PRESCOTT admits that the miraculous recovery of a comatose cow wasn’t due simply to knowing the difference between left and right.
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