This past month, the Chronicle & Echo asked Northampton's shoppers what they wanted from their town centre. The results this week has shown the overwhelming support for our independent traders. Out of over 1,300 responses, over 75 per cent of people say they use and support independent shops and cafes. They praise the service and stock that they just don't get in a chain store, and want to see them flourish.One respondent even wrote: "Make Abington Street more like St Gile's Street - clean pavements, interesting shops and pretty shop frontages... We should be supporting local business owners and encouraging them to stay trading and spending in Northampton."But do the homegrown businesses of St Gile's Street feel this supported?"We had a record week over this year's Father's Day," says Steve Ward of St Gile's Cheese. "It goes against the grain of saying the town centre is dying."But the footfall here must be a tenth of what you see on Abington Street. I would love to see some … [Read more...] about Northampton’s Independent traders say signposts and spending will save our town centre
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0 Have your say Donald Findlay likes to start each day with The Scotsman crossword and I imagine he usually completes it. This legal eagle perches on the uppermost branch, the ace defender of some of the nastiest pieces of work who’ve ever worn a suit in court, though he doesn’t describe himself like this. “I’m simply a mechanic,” is what he says, “who uses words instead of tools.” But I’m wondering if right now he would stumble over a pretty straightforward clue for 5 down, seven letters, first one P: “Triangular tomb offering resurrection. Egyptian toffs only need apply.” The pre-eminent QC grimaces then groans. “Yes, I’m not overly fond of the pyramid.”In Scotland we have the Pyramid Play-off where no such afterlife opportunities are limited. Lose, and your club won’t die right away but they’ll disappear from the sanctity of the Saturday tea-time results round-up, so almost as … [Read more...] about Interview: Donald Findlay on his love of and fears for Cowdenbeath
A SIX-DAY-OLD baby tragically died of E-coli sepsis after a junior doctor accidentally inserted a catheter into the wrong part of his body. James Barnes developed deadly sepsis after nutritional fluid was pumped into his stomach via a wrongly placed umbilical venous catheter (UVC). The premature baby, who was born eight weeks early at 32 weeks, died of E-coli sepsis just six days after his birth. Doctors said the UVC, which was meant to help his condition, had been wrongly inserted into his abdomen by a registrar working at the neonatal unit at the Medway Maritime Hospital in Essex on April 24 last year. An inquest into the child’s death heard the catheter was inserted in his left portal vein and incorrectly placed in his stomach, possibly causing an injury to the baby’s liver. The device was later spotted on an x-ray and removed 48 hours later but by then James’ condition had deteriorated massively. He was urgently transferred 50 miles away to the Royal Sussex … [Read more...] about Baby died of E-coli sepsis six days after birth when junior doctor inserted catheter into wrong part of his body
KIM Jong-un and North Korea's relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons has heightened global tensions and escalated the risk of military conflict with the US. But, very little is known about the dictator behind the military regime. Here is everything we do know. Who is Kim Jong-un? Kim is the second child of his predecessor as Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-il and his wife Kim Yong-hui. North Korean authorities have stated that his birth date is January 8, 1982, but South Korean intelligence officials believe the actual date is a year later. Chicago Bulls legend Dennis Rodman, who is a friend of the dictator, said he was born on January 8, 1983. But records at the Swiss school he attended say he was born on July 5, 1984 putting him anywhere between 33 and 35 years of age. Kim attended an English language school near Bern before later going to the Liebefeld Steinhölzli school in Koniz using the name "Pak Un." And it was during his time in Europe where he is said to have developed … [Read more...] about How old is Kim Jong-un, who’s his wife and when did North Korea’s Supreme Leader visit the South?
I HAVE a very carefully “Taylored” method for falling asleep on long-haul flights. Two large glasses of whisky and Taylor Swift’s album 1989 on repeat. That is a pretty embarrassing thing for a 30-year-old man to do, so I was happy to hear any alternatives sleep guru Lisa Artis had to offer. We were in Heathrow’s Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse ahead of my flight to Dubai. And I would need all the sleep I could get before a weekend of boozy brunches and beach bars. Lisa is from the Sleep Council, which has teamed up with Virgin Holidays to help travellers drift off more soundly. I ask if my combo of teen-pop and spirits is a smart move. Lisa says: “I’m not sure about your music choice but, if you want to wake up refreshed at the other end, it’s best to avoid the booze. I’m not going to tell you not to drink, though. People want to enjoy their holidays.” I opted to “enjoy” the onboard drinks service and pressed play on my … [Read more...] about Gear up for high-octane thrills, rides and adventure in Dubai