Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A daily newspaper covering the news, politics, crime, sports, and business of the Newcastle and North East regions of England. Also features profiles of local newsmakers and celebrity news.

Articles from October 31, 2008

1,000 Jobs Hope; Multi-Million Pound Deal to Bring Wind Farms to the Tyne
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter THOUSANDS of jobs are set to be created through plans to bring green industries to the Tyne. Marine giants Shepherd Offshore have announced they have struck a multi-million-pound deal to purchase two former...
A Master of On-Air Antics
RUSSELL Brand and Jonathan Ross, pictured, may have thought they were at the cutting edge of comedy with their prank phone calls to Andrew Sachs. We at Angel Eyes have no time for either of them and believe they deserve everything they get thrown...
Basketball: First Home Defeat Must Be Our Last; Eagles Ace Fires Warning Ahead of Cup Showdown
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN ANDREW BRIDGE has warned his Newcastle Eagles team-mates he doesn't expect them to lose another home game all season. The club are just two games away from a first showpiece final of the season. But they go into tonight's...
Big Ambition
Byline: By STEWART SMITH RENAULT has returned to the big coupe market with the headturning Laguna which goes on sale in the UK in January. The French manufacturer is making no bones about its ambition to put a dent in its competitors' offerings...
Boat Washes Up Two Years after Sinking
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL SHE was capsized in the stormy Atlantic Ocean when Northumberland yachtsman Ross Hobson last saw his racing catamaran Mollymawk. Two years later - and 2,000 miles from the spot where they parted - Mollymawk has turned...
BOND LOSES Adventure Its Charm; QUANTUM OF SOLACE (12A, 106 Mins) Action/Thriller. Daniel Craig, Mathieu Amalric, Olga Kurylenko, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, Jesper Christensen, Joaquin Cosio. Director: Marc Forster
AGENT 007 returns, all guns blazing, in the action-packed follow-up to Casino Royale. Set in the immediate aftermath of the blockbusting 2006 film, Quantum of Solace opens with a spectacular car chase through the historic streets of Siena, Italy,...
BOY IN BLUE; Grieving Youngster Wants to Rid the Roads of Danger Drivers
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY ONE motor maniac's reckless driving robbed him of his dad forever. But now Shay Naylor is determined to become a traffic policeman to rid the roads of dangerous drivers like the one that killed his father. Eight-year-old...
Caddie Offers Prestige; New Contender for Drivers Searching for Status Symbol EDWARD STEPHENS Drives the Cadillac CTS. This Is His Verdict
MOST motorists are notoriously brand conscious. What you park on your drive says a lot about you and how successful you are. In a lot of cases, that success tends to be reflected in buying German brands. However, for the man or woman looking...
Darkness Is Ready to Return to the Light
FORGOTTEN horse Darkness is not far off from making a return to the racecourse after two and a half years away from the action. Owned by Lady Lloyd-Webber and trained by Charlie Egerton, the chestnut was given an entry for the Hennessy Gold Cup...
Deano: Let's Get at Blues
DEAN WHITEHEAD believes attack may be the best form of defence for Sunderland at Chelsea. The Black Cats skipper reckons it would be folly to sit back and try to keep Phil Scolari's galaxy of stars at bay for 90 minutes. But Sunderland's attack...
Drug Gang Leader Loses Bid to Slash Sentences; JUDGES UPHOLD 10-YEAR JAIL TERM GIVEN TO FLASHY CANNABIS DEALER
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter A HIGH-ROLLING drug baron has failed in his bid to have his jail sentence slashed. Former tennis player Mark Cadogan was jailed for 10 years after admitting a cannabis conspiracy and money-laundering scam....
Example to Us All; THE PEOPLE'S VOICE
Byline: TONY HORNE BY THE time you read this, Take That tickets will have gone on sale and already sold out. Frankly, the boys didn't need to pop by the radio station to promote their Stadium Of Light gig next June, such an odds-on certainty...
Fashion: GOT IT IN A SIZE 007? the New Bond Movie, Quantum of Solace, Is Released Today. to Celebrate, LIZ LAMB Gets the Lowdown on How to Dress like 007
Byline: LIZ LAMB BOND is back and he's as suave as ever. Famous for his slick tailoring, 007 has always been a leader in the style stakes. But you don't have to be a secret agent to look as good as him. There are plenty of high street stores...
Football: Collings' Boys Still Cup Crazy; FA CARLSBERG TROPHY
DURHAM CITY may have been knocked out of the FA Cup at Histon in midweek, their first defeat of the season, but Lee Collings' side remain cup crazy. City travel to UniBond Premier Division high-flyers Marine in the second qualifying round of the...
Football: Make or Break for Us - Bogie; BLUE SQUARE NORTH
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON GATESHEAD manager Ian Bogie has set his inconsistent side a target of 14 points from their next six games as they look to move from mid-table into the upper reaches of the Blue Square North. Bogie believes November will...
Football: Re-Think Needed on Midweek Games, Says Paddy; SKILLTRAININGLTD NORTHERN LEAGUE
Byline: By MALCOLM PRATT NEWCASTLE Benfield manager Paddy Atkinson has called for a restructure of the Northern League and believes the authorities should follow the example set by the Scottish Leagues. Atkinson - whose side are in a challenging...
Football Yob Evades Match Ban; Pounds 65 FINE FOR MAN WHO ADMITTED PART IN DERBY-DAY RIOT
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter A DERBY-DAY football yob has escaped a stadium ban despite telling a court he would accept one. Sean Wheatley had previously been accused of throwing a missile during rioting following the Newcastle-Sunder-land...
Gamers Shaken & Stirred; QUANTUM OF SOLACE Platform: Xbox 360 Price: Pounds 49.99 ***
EVERY Bond game will always cast a gamer's mind back to the seminal Goldeneye that blew everyone's mind on the N64. Quantum Of Solace harks back to a much more recent shooter, drawing upon Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare for its game engine and environments....
Gear Up for Glitzy Bash; YOUNG ACHIEVERS AWARDS TO HONOUR THE REGION'S BEST Chronicle Live Young Achiever Awards 2008
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter DIG out your glad-rags and polish your best shoes, as the date has now been set for a glitzy ceremony to celebrate our region's Young Achievers. For the eighth year running, the Chronicle is hosting...
Geordie Pride; Rock Star Sting Unveils Artwork of His Tyne Roots
Byline: By LAURA CAROE GEORDIE rock star Sting returned to Tyneside to unveil a portrait of the place he still calls home. The Wallsend-born musician and his family came home to preview a new stunning painting of the Tyne at Newcastle's Laing...
Girl, 16, Is Found Dead in Bedroom at Home; CAUSE OF DEATH UNKNOWN
Byline: By BY BRENDA HICKMAN and ROB KENNEDY A 16-year-old girl was found dead at a care home. Staff at High View in Wallsend alerted emergency services after finding the youngster in her bedroom at noon yesterday. The cause of death has not...
Green Charter for 4x4 Owners; UNWARRANTED HOSTILITY - for the Likes of the Porsche Cayenne STEVE HUGHES Round Up the Week's Motoring News in a Nutshell
Byline: STEVE HUGHES MORE than three million owners of 4x4s are now fighting for their vehicles' survival in the UK and are being urged to sign-up to a charter in a bid to avoid extinction. Hostility towards users of 4x4s is now said to be so...
Harrowing and Haunting
HUNGER (15, 95 mins) Drama. Michael Fassbender, Stuart Graham, Brian Milligan, Liam McMahon, Liam Cunningham. Director: Steve McQueen. ***** Turner Prize-winning artist Steve McQueen makes his narrative feature-film debut with a harrowing...
He Pointed a Gun at Me but I Wasn't Going to Let This Thug Take My Money; MUGGING VICTIM TELLS HOW SHE FOUGHT FOR HER CASH
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON FEISTY Liz Clements today told how she tried to fight off her attacker as he pointed a gun in her face and said she would die if she didn't hand over her cash. The swearing thug thrust a gun to her head and demanded...
Ice Hockey: Rob Gunning for His Flops; Fury Follows Shock Loss
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE Vipers head coach Rob Wilson requested "a gun" after his side's 4-1 home humbling against Edinburgh Capitals - and has warned his players that some of them could be drinking in the last chance saloon. Edinburgh...
I Didn't Realise Beye Was That Good, Says Joe
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer JOE KINNEAR has admitted that he did not realise that Habib Beye was such a good player - until Tuesday night's victory over West Brom. The 31-year-old rightback has had a frustrating start to the season,...
I Just Wanted to Work for the Chronicle; What Departing Radio 2 Boss Confessed to Us
Byline: By GORDON BARR Entertainment Editor RADIO 2's outgoing controller Lesley Douglas will hate the current publicity putting her in the spotlight - and not just because of the furore. A self-proclaimed "Geordie lass" through and through,...
In Need of a Sat Nav; FEEDBACK
Byline: MICK SMITH I'M SOMETHING of a stickler for geography - especially in local papers. So, I agree entirely with a couple of you who have been in contact recently over very silly mistakes which have crept into the paper of late. First...
Insignia Signals a Vauxhall Victory
THE "old firm" rivals are squaring up again, with Vauxhall trying to claim another scalp from Ford. Having knocked the Fiesta and Focus off the top of the sales charts for the past two months, Vauxhall is now turning its sights on the Mondeo. ...
It'll Have You Full of Praise; Pan Haggerty
Byline: GORDON BARR DEFINITION of Pan Haggerty: A traditional Northumberland recipe for a pan-fried dish of layered potatoes and onions topped with cheese Good, hearty, unpretentious food, in fact. Something to warm your cockles and fill your...
I Will Spring Surprise: Roy
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER ROY KEANE has promised 'surprises' at Stamford Bridge after admitting he is still smarting at Sunderland's midweek defeat against Stoke. And the Black Cats boss says his side will have to work harder against Chelsea than...
Ladies Sing the Blues; ALAN NICHOL Has the Latest News on the Roots Music Scene
Byline: ALAN NICHOL WOMEN dominate this week, with blues strongly represented, and there is a folk/gospel element, too. The blokes do get a look-in and one show in particular proves the longevity and enduring quality of one of the area's best...
Lancer Looks the Part
Byline: BILL McCARTHY YOU'VE heard of the wolf in sheep's clothing. Well, Mitsubishi's revamped saloon is the opposite. From a distance, the Lancer could be mistaken for its riotous cousin, the Evo, as it shares many of the styling cues. The...
Midday's High Noon
HENRY CECIL has plotted a fairly familiar path with Midday, and she can carry on the good work with victory in the bet365.com EBF Montrose Fillies' Stakes at Newmarket tomorrow. A nicely-bred daughter of Oasis Dream, the Khalid Abdullah-owned two-year-old...
MP Blasts Slow-Moving Development; Pounds 50M SPENT SO FAR ON SCIENCE CITY
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A TYNESIDE MP has criticised lack of progress on a showpiece science park where thousands of jobs are promised. Newcastle Central Labour MP Jim Cousins says pounds 50m has been spent on the former Tyne...
Mum and Daughter Miss Out
MUM-OF-TWO Vanessa Mooney won a pamper day at Makeover 2000 when her daughter Steph filled in a form in Newcastle's Eldon Square. The 13-year-old had written down their details stating why her mum deserved a makeover. Mrs Mooney received a phone...
Nativity Scene's Red & Gold but Mostly Green! CHRISTMAS BROUGHT TO LIFE WITH LITTER
Byline: By AMY HUNT Environment Reporter THE spirit of Christmas will have a conservation element at one Newcastle Church. A life-size Nativity scene made entirely from rubbish will go on display at the city's Cathedral Church of St Nicholas....
Night of All Knights for Sir Bobby; Appeal Tops the Pounds 1m Mark
Byline: By DAVID OLD FAMOUS faces turned out to support Sir Bobby Robson's cancer charity as it reached the pounds 1m mark last night. It was the Night of All Knights as Sir Bobby was joined by footballing legends Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Alex...
Nissan Unveils Infinite Luxury
Byline: By CHRIS RUSSON NEW luxury marque is coming to Britain. Infiniti is to Nissan what Lexus is to Toyota - a brand within a brand with prestige stamped all over it. With a line-up of models ranging from a V6 saloon to an outlandish five-litre...
Oba Can Be a Real No 9 Legend; Former Black-and-White Goalscoring Hero Les Ferdinand Backs Martins to Fire Magpies to Safety
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United legend Les Ferdinand has backed Oba Martins to haul the Magpies out of trouble in the Premier League. And he has welcomed the Nigerian to what he deems the "exclusive No 9 club". Only Sir Les, Andy Cole,...
Photo Firm Goes Bust; MORE THAN 20 PEOPLE LOSE THEIR JOBS WHILE HUNDREDS FEAR THEY'LL BE OUT OF POCKET
Byline: By SARA NICHOL HUNDREDS of people could be left out of pocket in the run up to Christmas after a Tyneside photo agency crashed. Customers arrived to collect pictures at Makeover 2000, on Mosley Street in Newcastle, but were faced with...
Pub Quiz Uncovered
WOZ and co were not surprised to find this venue was almost entirely occupied by students as it is situated almost within the university campus with halls of residence just around the corner so, whatever else, the night was never going to be quiet....
PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on the Match Away to Chelsea
GORDON MABON AFTER our worst performance of the season, we will have to see a massive improvement in attitude and application if we are to avoid a hammering from arguably the league's best team. Keano has at his disposal the best squad many of...
Racists in New Lewis Attack
LEWIS HAMILTON will today attempt to put a sickening disruption to his world title dreams to the back of his mind. Ahead of his attempt to become Formula One's first black champion, Spanish racists have set up a vile website targeting Hamilton....
Readers' Poems
HAVING A SWEET TOOTH HAVING a sweet tooth is so very hard When you're watching your weight And well on your guard Two days in a row, you've been Ever so good Till someone offers you a taste of their 'Top Sugar" food Trying to...
Riley Tried to Topple Bentley; CLASSIC CARDS
Byline: IAN JONES This week Autovia ONE of the confusions in the world of cars past is that between Auto Avia and Autovia. To put the record straight, Auto Avia made cars in Italy from 1939-41 and Autovia was a company which produced cars in...
Rivalry Is Put Aside in Tribute; FOOTY FANS UNITE TO SAY LAST FAREWELL TO LOYAL SUPPORTER
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY NEWCASTLE and Sunderland fans stood side by side to say goodbye to lifelong Black Cats supporter Alan Thompson. A snake of black and white and red and white shirts followed the dad-of-three's coffin through Catchgate,...
Rockstar Revs Thrills and Spills; Also Released
Title: Midnight Club Los Angeles Platform: Xbox 360 Price: pounds 44.99 The no-holds-barred racing action moves to Los Angeles and Rockstar, fresh from its GTA IV exploits earlier in the year, has turned its attention to the adrenalin-pumping racer...
Rolling Stones Fail to Shine
Shine A Light (Cert 12, 117 mins, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Documentary, also available to buy DVD pounds 19.99/two-disc DVD pounds 24.99/Blu-ray pounds 28.99). Starring: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood, Jack...
Rugby Union: Miller Urged to Grab Chance to Stake a Claim
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL ROB MILLER's Newcastle Falcons season starts in earnest on Sunday - and Steve Bates wants him to stake a selection claim with a big showing against Gloucester. The Falcons host the Cherry and Whites in the EDF Cup with...
Russian Prodigy; A Young and Talented Russian-Born Violinist Who's Made England Her Home Promises a Sparkling Debut on Tyneside Next Week. RICHARD YATES Sets the Scene
Byline: RICHARD YATES ONCE a child prodigy, Russian-born violinist Alina Ibragimova has developed into a musician of astonishing maturity since making England her home - and classical fans will be able to see and hear her in action next Thursday...
She Was an Inspiration to Everyone She Met. Pip Was a One-Off; Chronicle Live GRIEVING PARENTS' TRIBUTE TO DAUGHTER, 10
GRIEVING parents Louise and John Callaghan paid tribute today to the courageous cancer fighter who was their 10-year-old daughter Philippa. As they prepare for her funeral service on Monday, it is Philippa's smile that they remember with pride and...
Soaring in Popularity; One of the Region's Up-and-Coming Local Bands Are Throwing a Party Next Week. We Find out More
HARDWORKING local band The Flytes are playing at their favourite venue, the Carling Academy, on Saturday, November 8, and will be showcasing new material from their latest EP, titled Waiting. The unsigned four-piece indie outfit have carved out...
Spiderman Is Set to Shine, Says Joe
Byline: By LEE RYDER JONAS GUTIERREZ will turn to be one of Newcastle United's stars of the season - according to interim boss Joe Kinnear. The Argentine winger continued his comeback from a broken collarbone against West Brom on Tuesday in the...
Spooktacular; Medium Picks Up Signs of Ghostly Suicide Victim
Byline: By LIZ LAMB IF your house is haunted, who ya gonna call? A ghostbuster, of course. And that's just what Fay Searl did after getting spooked in her new home. The 33-year-old bought her house in Whitley Bay a year ago but only moved...
Super College Set to Expand; Plans for Science, Design and Sports
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A MULTI-MILLION pound plan to transform Newcastle College was revealed today. The college, with 40,000 students, is already rated as one of the top performers in the country. The modernisation of the...
SUZUKI BIG ON SPACE; the Suzuki SX4 Holds the Promise of Low Running Costs, Says ROBIN ROBERTS
Byline: ROBIN ROBERTS THE obvious choice is not always the clearest. Take the Suzuki SX4, which has a good pedigree and has all the ingredients to do a good job. But how many people can honestly say they even consider the Suzuki SX4 when they...
Test Drives Ahead; Reversing Manoeuvres Set to Be Scrapped in Exam in Association with Chevrolet
LEARNER drivers across the country will be jumping up and down for joy and exchanging high fives. Driving instructors will be counting the cost of lost revenue due to a decrease in pupils' lessons, while driving examiners will be giving such a loud...
The Day That Tyneside Was Ravaged by Flames; It Has a Past Steeped in History but Tyneside's Newest Visitor Attraction Was Almost Wiped out during the Great Fire of 1854. LIZ LAMB Finds out More
Byline: LIZ LAMB EVERYONE has heard of the Great Fire of London but did you know that a blaze once raged here on Tyneside that almost wiped out Newcastle and parts of Gateshead? Education officer Richard Stevenson uncovered details of the Great...
The Right Car at the Right Time
Byline: By STEVE HUGHES AUDI has unleashed the latest incarnation of its most iconic high-performance model. Ironically in a recession, this could turn out to be the right car at just the right time. The new S4 traces its sporting lineage...
Tragedy of Bright and Hard Working Student; Headteachers Pay Tribute to Teenager Planning to Go to University
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS A TEENAGER has died after being found collapsed at his Tyneside home. Craig Jones, aged 17, was discovered in a garden shed at his home in Crowley Avenue, Whickham, Gateshead, on Monday. He was taken to Gateshead's...
Vent Your Spleen
After watching the John Prescott documentary, ex-union, ex-socialist, ex-old Labour, defining himself as working class, who is he kidding? This is a publicity stunt to promote his book I AM a woman in my early 50s. Because I receive a small pension,...
Vent Your Spleen
I AM a woman in my early 50s. Because I receive a small pension, I have to pay for everything, prescriptions, dental treatment and opticians. The point I want to make is that I have recently been offered voluntary work in a warehouse with the option...
Wagon's Got Wow Factor
Byline: By JOHN SCANTLEBURY THE Sport Wagon is the latest addition to the Peugeot 308 family and if it is space and versatility you are after, it is going to wow you. Five seats are standard but you have a specially designed third-row pair suitable...
WAIT FOR IT, LADS; Owen and Butt Back in Training - but They Won't Be Automatic Choices for Villa: Kinnear
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer NEWCASTLE United's two most senior outfield players, Michael Owen and Nicky Butt, returned to training today after their respective groin and ankle injuries. But Joe Kinnear warned that, should the club...