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8 January 2004

Andrea Badenoch died on Sunday, and it's taken me this long even to record it. For those not fortunate enough to know her, Andrea was a writer, a teacher, an academic and an editor. She had a partner and children, she loved to garden, she was a snappy dresser in a community that tends to run to the shabby, she was a passionate and committed friend, and she died too bloody young. Maybe everybody dies too young except for those who live too long, maybe it's just a truism but that doesn't prevent its being true. I think there's as much anger as sorrow on Tyneside this week. Sometimes death is just an outrage.

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