Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from August 17, 2007

Agent of Destruction; Cinema
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM (12A, 115 mins) Action/Thriller. Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Joan Allen, David Strathairn, Director: Paul Greengrass. ***** (Almost five years since his lifeless, bullet-riddled body was hauled out of the Mediterranean by...
All Eyes on Student; ANGEL EYES
NEWCASTLE student Benjamin Cross has specs appeal. The 20-year-old from Heaton, Newcastle, has been named North East spectacle wearer of the Year in the after taking part in modelling competition. Benjamin beat off stiff competition from a bevy...
An All Singing, All-Prancing Turkey; Cinema
BRATZ: THE MOVIE (PG, 101 mins) Children/Drama/Comedy/Romance/Musical. Skyler Shaye, Janel Parrish, Logan Browning, Nathalia Ramos, Chelsea Staub, Jon Voight, Anneliese Van Der Pol, Malese Jow, Stephen Lunsford, Ian Nelson, Lainie Kazan, Emily Rose...
Attack Dad: My Life Is in Tatters; Ordeal of Man Battered by Thugs
Byline: By LAURA CAROE A DAD, left in a coma by a pack of thugs after he told them off for throwing a brick through his window, today told how his life was in tatters. He was kicked in the head up to 30 times and died twice in hospital before...
Autumn Harvest; Jazz, Blues and Roots
Byline: ALAN NICHOL WHILE the open-air festivals appear to grow in number with each passing year, August is traditionally the quiet month for indoor events on the roots scene. However, it does provide the opportunity to have a look ahead to the...
BATTERED FOR REFUSING A TAB; Victim's Shattered Face Held Together by Screws
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG THIS is the face of vicious Tyneside today, a man battered for refusing a stranger a cigarette. Andrew Pratt, aged 26, paid the agonising price of saying no and had his face shattered in five places in the attack outside...
Bean There, Done That; Dvds
Mr Bean's Holiday (Cert PG, 86 mins, Universal Pictures Video, family/comedy, also available to buy DVD pounds 19.99/DVD boxset with Bean The Movie pounds 24.99/Blu-ray pounds 24.99) Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Max Baldry, Emma de Caunes, Karel Roden,...
Black Thursday as Billions Lost; Fears as Stock Market Goes into Meltdown
Byline: By NICK WHITTEN Industrial Reporter BILLIONS of pounds was wiped off the UK's leading companies as the Stock Market suffered more huge losses. The FTSE 100 Index, a list of the UK's leading companies, yesterday suffered its biggest single...
Books: A Fascinating Clash of Cultures
THE BASTARD OF ISTANBUL, by Elif Shafak, Viking, pounds 16.99. Available September 27. THE Bastard of Istanbul is the engaging saga of three generations of women living together in present-day Istanbul. The story opens when 19-year-old Zeliha walks...
Bourne to Be on Big Screen; Cinema
MATT Damon no longer has illusions about making it in Hollywood. Critical success is all very well, but it's setting those box office tills ringing that matters. The 37-year-old star of The Bourne Ultimatum owes his A-list inclusion to a trilogy...
Candid Camerawork; Photographer Tom Stoddart Has Travelled to More Than 50 Countries, Snapped Some of the World's Most Important People and Witnessed Terrible Scenes of War, Starvation and Disease. He Talks to LIZ LAMB about His Life and His Latest Assignment to Discover Young Talent
Byline: LIZ LAMB THEY say that every picture tells a story. For acclaimed photographer Tom Stoddart, this could not be more true. His stark, haunting images depict some of the bleakest moments in world history. His subjects have included children...
Carlos Injury Blow Rocks Keane
Byline: JAMES HUNTER SUNDERLAND will be without winger Carlos Edwards for a month, (writes JAMES HUNTER). The winger limped off with a hamstring problem five minutes from time in the Black Cats' 2-2 draw at Birmingham on Wednesday, and boss Roy...
CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE; Huge Electricity Bill Is a Turn Off
Byline: By ROB PATTINSON SHOCKING electricity bills sparked anger today. Villagers claim they've been left in the dark over the reason why their bus shelter lightbulb bills have gone through the roof. The 16-watt bulb was installed by Otterburn...
Councils Now Owed Pounds 28.7m
Byline: By PAUL MCMILLAN TOWN halls across the North East today stand accused of failing to collect more than pounds 28.7m in council tax. The GMB union says uncollected council tax in the region rose by pounds 576,000 in 2006/07 from just under...
Cricket: Benk Backs Di Venuto to Be the Hero with the Bat; in Association with GNER Durham Skipper Benkenstein Confident His Side Can Rise to Trophy Final Challenge
Byline: JEFF BOWRON DURHAM captain Dale Benkenstein is confident his side can win the Friends Provident Trophy in their first Lord's final tomorrow and is tipping prolific Australian Michael Di Venuto to steal the show, (writes JEFF BOWRON). ...
Cricket: Colonel Is Not Worried over Warne; Durham Skipper Benkenstein Confident His Side Can Rise to Trophy Final Challenge
Byline: JEFF BOWRON EBULLIENT Durham wicket-keeper Phil Mustard has discounted the threat of Australian spin king Shane Warne on the eve of Durham's first Lord's final, (writes JEFF BOWRON). Mustard, Durham's leading one-day runmaker this summer...
Cricket: Cook: This Has Been 15 Years in Making; Durham Skipper Benkenstein Confident His Side Can Rise to Trophy Final Challenge
FOR Durham to reach their first Lord's final is extra special to the long-serving Geoff Cook, who replaced Martyn Moxon as head coach on the eve of the new season, (writes JEFF BOWRON). Cook has been part of the Durham set-up since the year before...
Cricket: KEEP IT SIMPLE; Three-Page Special on Durham's Clash with Hampshire Smith: Durham Have to Relax and Enjoy the Day FACE TO FACE DURHAM SPECIAL
Byline: JOHN GIBSON GEORDIE bad boy Paul Smith, banished from cricket as a drug user, still defiantly walked away from his sport with an impressive haul of six trophies won as part of an all-conquering Warwickshire side. And as the North East...
Cricket: Riversiders Made History for Wrong Reasons
AN admiring Paul Smith was in opposition when Durham were mowed down by the flashing blade of his Warwickshire team-mate Brian Lara in one of their most demoralising moments in 16 years of first-class cricket. Smith watched from the pavilion as...
Czech out a Hyundai; CHRIS RUSSON Test Drives the European-Built Hyundai I30
Byline: CHRIS RUSSON ANOTHER Far Eastern car company is to take on the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra with a medium-sized hatchback to be built in Europe. Korean car giant Hyundai is investing more than pounds 200m in a new factory in the Czech...
Dad Kicked in the Head 30 Times; Four in Court after Vicious Assault
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY A PACK of vicious thugs stamped on a dad's head after he told them off for throwing a brick through his window. Yobs threw the brick through Lee Harris's window after a friend of his refused to buy them alcohol. Glass...
Don't You Be an MoT Failure
Byline: By STEVE HUGHES OWNERS of cars that are three years old or more can end up paying twice as much as they need for the annual MoT due to lack of forward planning, says a new survey. Mail order company Car Parts Direct carried out a survey...
EASTERN PROMISE; She's off to Hong Kong to Star for England in Women's World Cup
Byline: By KERRY WOOD FROM the North East to the Far East - Carly Telford's off to Hong Kong for the Women's World Cup. She'll jet out on Sunday to start preparing with the England squad for next month's tournament. After months of intensive...
Estate Grows out of the Kia Cee'd
Byline: By EDWARD STEPHENS THE cee'd is probably the most important car Kia has produced so far and the estate version will be available for new registration buyers on September 1. The cee'd SW is based on the fivedoor hatchback and takes the...
Football: Bell Sounding on Hitman Bid; BLUE SQUARE NORTH
Byline: JEFF BOWRON BLYTH SPARTANS have stepped up their bid to land Whitley Bay striker Phil Bell following the midweek 4-0 drubbing at Gainsborough Trinity, (writes JEFF BOWRON). Bay were unimpressed by the Spartans' initial three-figure bid...
Football in Brief
CHELSEA are set to increase their offer for Sevilla wing-back Daniel Alves after the Spanish club rejected an initial bid of pounds 21.5m. The player's agent remains confident the two clubs will soon reach an agreement - paving the way for Alves...
Football: It's Looking Very Rozy; Defender Bids to Czech out with Victory
Byline: By LEE RYDER DAVID ROZEHNAL wants to head off for international duty with the Czech Republic feeling 100% on top of his game by beating Aston Villa. The defender has made a big impression with the Magpies since arriving from Paris St...
Football: Milner Is Sam Happy Player; THE FRIDAY FILE Newcastle V Aston Villa St James' Park Saturday, August 18, 2007. Kick-Off: 5.15pm
Byline: By LEE RYDER JAMES MILNER today revealed he has never felt better about his future going into the clash with his former club Aston Villa. The winger could not have come any closer to quitting the Magpies than last August, when he was...
Football: Noz Sets Cats Top Challenge
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER NYRON NOSWORTHY believes Sunderland should be looking to finish in the top half of the Premiership this season. The Black Cats go to Wigan tomorrow looking to keep up their unbeaten start to the campaign, having beaten...
Football: PLAY IT AGAIN SAM; Same Toon Team on Cards for Villa Visit
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer SAM ALLARDYCE is ready to give a vote of confidence to the Newcastle United team which won at Bolton last Saturday for tomorrow's St James' Park opener with Aston Villa. And this means that Michael Owen...
Football: PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on the Home Opener against Villa
GRAHAM BREWIS OTHER more well-known punters always like points in the bag, but I'm all in favour of the game in hand, especially with us one point ahead of Man Utd with a game in hand. Will they catch us now? I was expecting Morecambe at home in...
Football: Reasons to Be Cheerful as Big Sam's United Take Their Bow at St James' Park; THE FRIDAY FILE Newcastle V Aston Villa St James' Park Saturday, August 18, 2007. Kick-Off: 5.15pm
Byline: JOHN GIBSON SO after such a short space of time but much change in complexion, St James' Park ushers in its new Premier League season tomorrow. Significantly we are served a match between two giants more comatose than merely dozing over...
Football: Taylor Made for Fanfare! THE FRIDAY FILE Newcastle V Aston Villa St James' Park Saturday, August 18, 2007. Kick-Off: 5.15pm
STEVEN TAYLOR is hoping the Toon Army will be Newcastle's 12th man in their opening home clash with Aston Villa tomorrow. This week the Chronicle has been backing the Toon Ultras' campaign to Bring Back the Noise - and Taylor gave their bid to regenerate...
Football: We Want to Keep Zog on the Tyne
Byline: ALAN OLIVER NEWCASTLE United will pull out all the stops to keep Charles N'Zogbia at St James' Park, (writes ALAN OLIVER). The departure of Kieron Dyer, the uncertainty over Nobby Solano's future and the long-term injuries to Joey Barton,...
Four Days: Two Burials; Families Face Harrowing Week as They Lay Loved Ones to Rest
Byline: By HELEN RAE LOVED ones of knifed Samantha Madgin and her uncle Gary are rallying together to plan their funerals. Within a fortnight, new mum Samantha, 18, and her uncle Gary, 41, were both tragically killed. Today relatives are dealing...
Games: A Sim That Can Bowl You Over
TITLE: International Cricket Captain 2007 PLATFORM: PC PRICE: pounds 29.99 CRICKET sim has all the stats cracked. The recent series against India has done little to keep the cricketing buzz going, unless you're a big jellybeans fan. ...
Games: For Those about to Rock, We Compute You. TITLE: Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s PUBLISHER: Activision PRICE: Pounds 39.99 *****
Byline: GARY BECKWITH EVER since Guitar Hero rocked its way on to the gaming arena two years ago, gone are the days of having to suffice with just air guitar to fulfil your rock 'n' roll dreams. Now you can don your stone-wash denims, pick up...
Gimme Seven to Fit into This Motor; BILL McCARTHY Drives the Mazda5 1.8 TS2 and Finds It the Kind of Car That Will Appeal to a Medium-Sized Family
Byline: BILL McCARTHY THOSE clever people from Mazda seem to have done it again. Not content with producing yet another sharp-looking, well-priced motor, the Japanese car maker has even added its own moniker to the MPV sector. The Mazda5 isn't an...
Guilty Plea by OAP Pervert; Pensioner Admits a Sex Attack on a Schoolboy in Toilets
Byline: By ADAM JUPP LURKING in public toilets, pervert pensioner Robert Taylor preyed on a schoolboy celebrating the end of exams. The 75-year-old was on the prowl in Newcastle's Monument Mall when he targeted his teenage victim on July 4. ...
Joe's on Top of the World after Jackpot Win; Scratchcard Scoops Lucky Roofer Pounds 77,000 the National Lottery
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA LUCKY Joe Thompson is singing from the rooftops after winning thousands on a pounds 2 scratchcard. The self-employed roofer's seven numbers scooped him pounds 77,000 on the Flamin' Hot 7s Scratchcard from The National...
LazyTown to Hit Toon; Stage There Are Two Great Family Shows Being Staged at the Theatre Royal in the New 2007-8 Season. JENNIFER BRADBURY Has the Details
Byline: JENNIFER BRADBURY THE stage version of the TV phenomenon LazyTown, that has captivated children across the UK, is coming to Newcastle's Theatre Royal next year. From May 15 to May 18, LazyTown Live!, tells the story of Stephanie, a bubbly...
Lesson in Store for Shop Thieves; Police Target Known Offenders in City Crackdown
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN SHOPLIFTERS have been sent a clear warning: stay out of the city. Plain clothes and uniformed officers targeted suspects in Newcastle. Scores of known offenders were spotted, stopped and checked. The crackdown...
Letter: YOUR SHOUT - VENT YOUR SPLEEN
Byline: DR YOU can't open the newspaper these days without being confronted by pictures of singer Amy Winehouse. This lassie must be the ugliest female on the planet, only her tattoos are holding her together, and being known as Winehouse, a vino...
Man in Tombstone Rescue Emergency; Warning after Another Alert
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA RASH thrill seekers were warned today after yet another tombstoning prank almost ended in disaster. Lifesavers have been called out to a series of rescues over the summer involving the dangerous craze where people hurl...
Music Feast at Festival; Jazz, Blues and Roots Classical
Byline: RICHARD YATES THIS year's Hexham Abbey Festival, opening next month, is the largest yet - and this time includes a number of daytime events. The first of the festival's classical events is in the town's Queen's Hall arts centre with Pimlico...
No Long Stay for Travellers on Seafront; Council to Evict Caravans from Car Park
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA TRAVELLERS parked in a seaside town have been ordered to move on. About 20 caravans arrived at the Briardene car park, at The Links in Whitley Bay, on Monday evening. Residents informed the authorities and a notice...
OUR GRADE A PUPILS; Schools across the Region Report Their Best-Ever A-Level Results as Youngsters Celebrate Their Exam Successes
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter PUPILS, parents and teachers can breathe a sigh of relief, as 2007 has been revealed as the best year yet for A-level results. Schools and colleges across the North East are celebrating a top performance,...
Pounds 90,000 Bill for Council's Graffiti Idea; Parties Blaming Each Other for Axed Project
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor TAXPAYERS forked out around pounds 90,000 to support a controversial council-backed graffiti project in Newcastle. The money was spent on staff salaries and spray paint as young people took part in schemes...
Prison Officers Vote for Action; Pay Row Could Cause Chaos
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG STRIKES over a bitter prison pay row look set to cripple already over-stretched jails in the North East. A ballot of prison officers in England and Wales has called for industrial action including a walk-out which the...
Pub Quiz Uncovered
Woz and Co. made their way to deepest Northumberland to find that the wisdom of quizdom has hardly arrived in the area. This is despite figures showing that over 50% of taverns have quiz nights but Woz arrived at a village with a strange situation....
PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on the Game Away to Wigan Athletic
GORDON MABON THIS is a massive game ahead of our next two league fixtures. A win would give us the assurance that, should we come away from the games against Liverpool and Manchester United with nothing, we will still have a few points on the...
Queues Put Me off Idea of Flying; STEVE HUGHES Rounds Up the Week's Motoring News in a Nutshell
Byline: STEVE HUGHES I USED to travel by air a lot until the whole airport experience became such a nightmare. Car companies invite motoring journalists to test their cars all over the world, so travelling is a necessary part of the job. It sounds...
Second Batch of Metro Cheats Shamed; Round-Up of Fare Dodgers Who Paid Price for Their Offences TODAY We Name and Shame the Second Batch of People Who Have Appeared in Court after Dodging Metro Fares. All Failed to Pay the Standard Pounds 20 Penalty within 21 Days, or Were Prosecuted for Repeat Offences
PALLION Leanne Surtees, 30, of Neville Road, pounds 145. PERCY MAIN Natalie Doherty, 18, of St Stephen's Way, pounds 110; David L Duddin, 21, of Brunton Street, pounds 320; Lynette Duddin, 18, of Weyhill Avenue, pounds 170; Joseph M McGill,...
Snipe Was So Super; CLASSIC CARS
Byline: IAN JOHNSON BACK in the 1960s we were as spoilt for luxury cars as we are today. Although BMW and to a certain extent Mercedes were yet to be a common sight on our streets, Britain had some homespun beauties which were the envy of the world....
Still Showing; Cinema
RUSH HOUR 3 (12A) The price tag may read in excess of 100 million, but Brett Ratner's painfully-misconceived action-comedy is cheap and cheerless, Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker's bickering detectives return with a Parisian adventure, but Chan's inability...
Suzi Unzips Her Secrets; Rock Goddess Tells Us about Her Book ANGEL EYES
THANKS to her photographic memory, leather clad rocker - and arguably the world's grooviest granny - Suzi Quatro didn't need to rely on copious notes jotted down in her diaries over the years when it came to writing up her autobiography. She just remembers...
Swift Exit from Past for Model; A Pair of Urban Warriors, the Suzuki Swift and Renault Clio, Lock Horns in the Small Car Category in Our Used Car Shoot-Out
THE JAPANESE manufacturer Suzuki is deadly serious about the European market these days and pulled a rabbit from the hat two years ago with the latest generation Swift. Not to be confused with the earlier brand, the Swift is a far more funky and...
Take It as Red, Evie Is Good Bet
RED EVIE should be backed to remove the slight blemishes from her reputation in the CGA Hungerford Stakes at Newbury. Michael Bell's decision to keep her in training as a four-year-old has already been vindicated after she registered her second...
The Place to Be; Castle Is Tops but Angel Flops in Survey
Byline: By TOM MULLEN ALNWICK Castle in Northumberland is the number one tourist destination in Britain, a survey has revealed. But the same survey rates the iconic Angel of the North as one of the biggest visitor let-downs. Alnwick Castle,...
Tongues Are Set Wagging; Airwaves THE PEOPLE'S VOICE Tony Horne in the Morning Is Now on Air Weekdays from 5am on Metro Radio and Sundays from 10am
Byline: TONY HORNE SO, I am thinking I will write a warm piece about the tremendous pride I feel getting up at the crack tomorrow, travelling to Lords to watch Durham play in their first ever final. Then Roy Keane opens his mouth! Without...
Toon Fans Prepared to Enter a New Era; Turnstiles Going Hi-Tech
Byline: By PAUL MCMILLAN BIG Sam's known for his love of technology but even the average Toon season ticket holder has now become hi-tech. The first home game of the season tomorrow is also the first to use fully the new swipe card system for...
Tributes Paid to Victim of Drugs; Support Messages Flood into Our Website
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN MESSAGES of support for the family of drugs victim Christopher Henderson have flooded in to our website. Christopher, 22, who was also known as Hendy, was planning to marry his fiancee Alana and raise a family with her....
Turn Green at the Flick of a Switch; GADGETS GALORE ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO HELP US ALL LIVE A MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY LIFESTYLES AT HOME
Byline: By AMY HUNT Environment Reporter GADGETS galore are taking the strain out of going green. The Ethical Superstore, based on the Hawick Trading Estate off Walker Road, Newcastle, sells environmentally-friendly goods for the modern age....
Wedding Day Celebrations
Byline: FRED N FORSTER TODAY Sandra and Mark were married Not a day that I could miss Watched them exchange their vows And seal it with a kiss. Trooped out of the Civic Our photos to be taken Don't know about anyone else But...
Wine and Music Taken off Menu Arts Gallery
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor PLANS for wine and music at an upmarket art gallery have been thrown out following protests. City councillors turned down an application for a licence which would allow the operators of the Opus Gallery...
WOMAN DIES AFTER RESCUE BID FAILS; Firefighters Find Householder Dead in Her Blazing Home
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS A WOMAN died in a house fire on Tyneside, despite efforts of neighbours to save her. Residents in Millfield Gardens, Felling, battled to break into the terraced house last night when they saw smoke pouring from the windows...
WOMAN DIES AFTER RESCUE BID FAILS; Firefighters Find Householder Dead in Her Blazing Home
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS A WOMAN who died in a house fire had been smoking in bed. Pat Gibson was found at her home in Felling, Gateshead. Her neighbours in Millfield Gardens, battled to break into the terraced house last night when they...
Workers under Attack
Byline: By CHRIS RUSSON SOME 80% of road workers have been verbally or physically abused by motorists, according to a survey for National Motorway Month by the RAC Foundation. And 40% are abused on either a daily or weekly basis. The survey...
YOUR SPORTS CLUB COULD WIN Pounds 5,000! Evening Chronicle Competition
YOUR Chronicle has got together with Norwich Union to give one sports club in the region pounds 5,000 cash! Whether you're a member of a football team, bowls club, canoe club or any other type of sporting club in the North East, you could put your...