Brian Groom

Brian Groom


Writer. Ex-Financial Times Assistant Editor. Ex-editor Scotland on Sunday. Author of bestselling 'Northerners: A History, From the Ice Age to the Present Day'.

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Legal & General's Sir Nigel Wilson (from County Durham): "We need more people to step up and invest in the UK". via @Graemewhitfield  @NorthernAgenda_ 

Saltaire, by Yorkshire watercolourist Simon Palmer (b.1956). Residents heading towards the church to pay tribute to Sir Titus Salt.

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Clothing retailer M&Co to close 170 shops with loss of up to 1,900 jobs. Many in small towns. Founded as Mackays, pawnbroker, in Paisley 1834, switched to selling clothes 1950s, rebranded M&Co from 2005.

Nissan, which employs 6,000 in Sunderland, warns costs must fall for it to make new electric models of Juke and Qashqai cars in UK. Decision in a couple of years.

GB News presenter quits after channel tries to make him pay Ofcom fines.

Steve Coogan on making 24 Hour Party People: ‘I did my climactic speech – then took half an E’.

York’s annual ice sculpture trail draws in thousands.

About 10-15% of England’s bus services could be cut next week.

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The Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria from the early 7th to the late 9th century arguably had greater political power, and certainly greater autonomy, than northern England has ever seen. 1/7

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Pupils at Manchester Grammar School wearing owl costumes (the school's insignia), 1920s.

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Ideally this shouldn't need saying.

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FTSE 100 chief executives’ pay soared by average 23% this year to £3.9m, driven by record bonuses resulting from lower targets during pandemic. Comes as companies struggle to persuade staff to accept below-inflation pay increases.

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No agreed scientific definition of second wave. WHO: “It’s going to be one big wave. It’s going to go up and down a bit. The best thing is to flatten it and turn it into just something lapping at your feet.”

Northerner of the Day: Hull-born Amy Johnson (1903-41) was a pioneering pilot who became the first woman to fly solo from London to Australia. She went on to break many long-distance records. 1/10

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Terry’s of York’s famous Chocolate Orange was born in 1932. Its Chocolate Apple, launched in 1926, was discontinued in 1954 to allow more Oranges to be produced. 1/2

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England set to run short of water within 25 years, warns Environment Agency chief executive. Urges one-third cut in water use.

“There are customs experts with 30 years’ experience who are baffled by what the new regulations mean.”

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