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Newcastle: Newcastle ‘capital of the North’

NEWCASTLE – Newcastle put itself in the headlines today when it declared itself the ‘capital of the North’. The north-eastern city commended itself for its great shopping and vibrant nightlife, putting itself ahead of Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds as the ‘London of the North’. “This is a wonderful honour for Newcastle,” said Newcastle city council chief executive... 

Novelist’s son inherits family writing business

Celebrated author Anthony Ferrer is standing down from literary life, leaving his 23-year-old son in charge of the thriving book-writing business he founded forty years ago.   Having twice won the Booker prize, Ferrer told the No Quarter it was time to make way for younger talent.   “And by younger talent I specifically mean my son, James Ferrer-Daniel,” he said.     Ferrer-Daniel, who has... 

Masterpiece sauntered past

A priceless painting which played a vital role in the latter stages of Impressionism was sauntered past with an idle glance in its general direction, according to reports from a London gallery.  Georges Seurat’s 1884 masterpiece Bathers at Asnieres, which the artist laboured intensively on for two years, failed to get the attention of hungry gallery-goer Matthew Sandhurst as he made his way towards... 

Guy not in band

An investigation by the No Quarter has revealed that a 24-year old man from Leeds totally isn’t in a band. Our reporter spent six months embedded in Jeff Mills’s social circle after rumours emerged that, despite living in Hyde Park, an area of the city known for its high concentration of artists and musicians, and having plenty of free time, the dude doesn’t have so much as an EP... 

Ironic Hasselhoff appreciation unsustainable, warn experts

Britain’s ironic infatuation with David Hasselhoff is unsustainable and could soon lapse back into its pre-1990 state of genuine admiration, according to several academics.  The cult of ‘The Hoff ’, which began as tabloid interest in the star’s perennial cheesiness and has in recent years become an internet phenomenon, allowed the actor and singer to make a comeback in Britain in 2006 with...