Northern Editor, Guardian
Ancient Guardian person - retired Easter Sunday & now living happily ever after. Please buy my recent 'The English Village' and 'True North' for all birthdays
guardian.co.uk — The north-west of England has the highest number of empty shop units in the UK, and as big retailers leave our town centres, the kind of businesses that thrive in hard times are moving in. Town centres across the region are becoming swamped with payday lenders, pawnbrokers and pound shops.
guardian.co.uk — Bumblebees still foraged on the blackcurrant blossom, even though the afterglow of sunset was beginning to fade. One, a queen Bombus pratorum, fell from a truss of flowers and landed almost at my feet, brushing her legs over her furry back as if to rid herself of some irritation.
guardian.co.uk — In 2008, after nearly 200 years of toil, Florence Mine in Egremont, Cumbria, the last deep iron ore mine in western Europe, closed. Its 'Red Men' - the name given to the miners as they always were always coated in the ore's fine red dust - hung up their pickaxes.
guardian.co.uk — Thinking Digital is a placemark in the calendar for many working in the technology and creative sectors and has helped put the north east on the map for innovative digital activity. Yesterday was taken up with masterclasses for delegates but today the formal conference gets underway.
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