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WIN: A designer prom dress every Thursday in February

WIN: A designer prom dress every week in February

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Lack of funding and staff shortages: the “storm of challenges” care homes face

Lack of funding and staff shortages: the “storm of challenges” care homes face

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Martin Dolan's picture, taken last week

Want to see that famous planetary alignment? Set your alarm for Friday before dawn.

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Which Dorset's MPs claimed no expenses in September?

Which Dorset MPs claimed no expenses in September?

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Mark Andrews, Aimee Vye, Sophie Vye, Emily Andrews, Calli Byrne and 10 year old Staffie, Bobby at Mark and Emily's home where he is being fostered. Staffie and Stray Rescue want to highlight the growing problem of overflowing animal rescue centres.

Staffies aren't evil: the rescue centre working to dispel the myths

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Skimmity riding and cock squailing: 9 old Dorset customs to revive this year (or not)

Skimmity riding and cock squailing: 9 old Dorset customs to revive this year (or not)

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Picture by Matt Northam

13 pictures we love from our Flickr group in January

Deer in a Day: as far from vac-packed supermarket meat as you can get...

Deer in a Day: as far from vac-packed supermarket meat as you can get...

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WORKING TOGETHER: Molly, with Jo Perry, CEO of The Quay School and Russell Arnold, deputy head

The long read: Being excluded from school was the best thing that happened to me

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Aiden Turner as Poldark

Andy Nicholls: Don't let bloopers ruin your TV - it's not SUPPOSED to be real

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It's the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, here's how you can get involved....

It's the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, here's how you can get involved....

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Travel: A weekend for food lovers in Jersey

Travel: A weekend for food lovers in Jersey

Incredible photo shows rare planetary alignment over Corfe Castle

UPDATE: Photographer captures all five planets in alignment after week of trying

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Download your free desktop wallpaper or lock screen for February!

Download your free desktop wallpaper or lock screen for February!

By Jane Adams

Celandines in December. Frog spawn in January. Welcome to our mixed up spring

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New Year, new pet selfies - have you sent yours yet?

New Year, new pet selfies - have you sent yours yet?

Poole residents take the opportunity of walking on the new Twin Sails bridge during the community weekend.

A life in news: Former Daily Echo reporter Di Henderson on her most memorable stories

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Friends of Kinson Common: Please don't feed the cattle!

Friends of Kinson Common: Please don't feed the cattle!

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Scenes from Mr Selfridge have been shot at Highcliffe Castle

Jeremy Piven: Playing Mr Selfridge has been so much fun

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Could you live without sugar?

Could you live without sugar?

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Holocaust survivor, Walter Kammerling

'I never got to tell my parents I loved them - death book destroyed all hope"

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Andy Martin: Council merger debate seems academic, but here's why it matters

Andy Martin: Council merger debate seems academic, but here's why it matters

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The Alpine-esque village of Conques

Travel: Escape everyday life and discover hidden gems in Aveyron

The Memories of Nursing exhibition, Heritage Lottery Funded Project at Bournemouth Central Library. Prof. Gail Thomas from Bournemouth University and Eileen Richardson.. (52634992)

Nursing of the past remembered in new exhibition

Round Table Children's Wish helped former Coronation Street child actor Hayden Whitbread celebrate the all-clear from cancer with a magical trip to Disneyland Paris.  (52256097)

I had a dream to grant dying children's wishes... 25 years later we've helped 2,000 families

Quarter of retired people suffering in 'loneliness epidemic'

Quarter of retired people suffering in 'loneliness epidemic'

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Dinky Toy sale at Cottees Auction House, Poole

Yours for £5,000, the incredibly rare Dinky van up for sale in Poole

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Schpoons & Forx

Restaurant review: Hilton Bournemouth, THE new place to eat

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Shane Filan on being a solo artist, his ultimate duet and bringing his tour to Bournemouth

Shane Filan on being a solo artist, his ultimate duet and bringing his tour to Bournemouth

Meet the former Concorde stewardess who mingled with the stars

Meet the former Concorde stewardess who mingled with the stars

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Society is much more violent than it used to be: what it's really like being a landlord

Society is much more violent than it used to be: what it's really like being a landlord

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Darren Slade: Don't tell people to keep their grief to themselves

Darren Slade: Don't tell people to keep their grief to themselves

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Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions

Reviewed: three games you might want to download this weekend

Faith Eckersall tries her hand at a colouring-in group for adults

Faith Eckersall tries her hand at a colouring-in group for adults

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Travel: Eilat on the Red Sea, full of life and wonder

Travel: Eilat on the Red Sea, full of life and wonder

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Hans Zimmer is bringing his first ever live tour to Bournemouth

Hans Zimmer is bringing his first ever live tour to Bournemouth

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PICTURES: Ed 'Stewpot' Stewart remembered

PICTURES: Ed 'Stewpot' Stewart remembered

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Louise Maycock who was in a coma for three weeks at Bournemouth Hospital after she suffered encephalitis following a tick bite

Tick bite left me fighting for my life: the 'miracle girl' on her remarkable recovery

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Cider maker Bob Chaplin

The man hoping to put Dorset at the centre of a cider renaissance

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By Dawn Verdauger

Five pictures we love from our 2016 Flickr group - have you joined yet?

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James Martin

Chef James Martin on bringing his first ever interactive cooking show to Bournemouth

Jethro, 29, who has been homeless in Bournemouth for 10 months

"When you are homeless, you are not a person anymore. You literally don’t matter"

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Jenkins & Sons restaurant and bar in Penn Hill, Parkstone submitted by Lisa Barry. Originally it was Jenkins & Sons butchers. (51835799)

Restaurant review: Jenkins & Sons - Great food, great atmosphere

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Dr Alison Cronin

Alison Cronin: We call Monkey Life "BeastEnders"

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Sam Shepherd: Nicky Morgan says schools don't have to give "equal air time" to other beliefs. She's wrong

Sam Shepherd: Nicky Morgan says schools don't have to give "equal air time" to other beliefs. She's wrong

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Travel: Beautiful and historic, Istanbul will take your breath away

Travel: Beautiful and historic, Istanbul will take your breath away

In 1966 the Number Ten Club at Wootton Mount, Bournemouth was a youth club with a difference. The store room was converted into a workshop where their motorcycles could have a check up. Pictured  are  Lynda Gauntlett,18, Bill Parsons, 21, and Ricky Allen,

The Wheelhouse Club: the centre for kids who dared to be different

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14 TV shows we're looking forward to in 2016

14 TV shows we're looking forward to in 2016

19 things we're looking forward to in 2016

32 things we're looking forward to in 2016

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The Echo's most read 2015: October - December

The Echo's most read 2015: October - December

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