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 17, 2008

80mpg in the Green Machines; THE Annual MPG Marathon Has Just Demonstrated How Many Miles per Gallon Are Possible from Everyday Cars in Everyday Conditions. CHRIS RUSSON Was One of T
Byline: CHRIS RUSSON BEING green is the way to be seen for the modern motorist trying to beat the credit crunch. Eco-driving is the way to combat high fuel prices and keep running costs to a mini mu m The technique is not difficult and even...
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Airman Laid to Rest 64 Years On
A WORLD War Two airman from Tyneside was finally buried, 64 years after his death. Sergeant John Bremner, 21, of Elswick, Newcastle, was killed on January 20, 1944, when his plane was shot down 17,000 feet over Berlin. His body was found in the...
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Also Released
Lost - The Complete Season Four (Cert 15, 580 mins, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, DVD pounds 44.99/Blu-ray pounds 60.99, Action/Th riller/Drama/Romance) It's the beginning of the end as the phenomenally popular drama reaches its penultimate...
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Alvin's Tips to Beat the Crunch; the Cost of Living Is Increasing All the Time, House Prices Are Falling and Unemployment Is Rising. as the Credit Crunch Takes Hold, TV's Money Expert ALVIN HALL Dropped into Newcastle to Offer Struggling Geordies Some Financial Advice
Byline: ALVIN HALL PEOPLE need to realise that even in a bad economy, you can still live reasonably. It may not be as good as before, but you can still have some of the things you want. During this time, when everything seems to be in economic...
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Approaching Second Win
NEW Approach appears to be a rock-solid bet as he looks to win on Newmarket's Champions Day card for the second successive year. Jim Bolger's Derby winner, who landed the Dewhurst 12 months ago, has consistently produced top-level performances all...
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A Superb Equaliser
PRO Evolution Soccer gives gamers its 2009 football effort - a worthy opponent to FIFA 09 - on PS3 this week, while Saints Row 2 also performs admirably on the same system in the shadow of Grand Theft Auto I V. Dancing Stage Universe 2 is an enjoyable...
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A Trunk Full of Fun
DR SEUSS'S HORTON HEARS A WHO! (Cert U, 82 mins, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Family/Comedy, also available to buy DVD pounds 19.99/two-disc DVD pounds 22.99/Bluray pounds 24.99) Featuring the voices of: Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Carol...
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A Woman with a Starring Role in Many Careers; Mum-of-Two Judith Davis Has Been a Nurse, a Police Firearms Officer, a Businesswoman and an Aerobics Instructor. Now She Is an Actress Appearing in High-Profile Television Shows. LIZ LAMB Finds out More
Byline: LIZ LAMB BY HER own admission Judith Davis does not like to sit still. This might explain why, at the relatively young age of 42, she has had and extraordinary range of jobs. She has worked as a nurse in a busy casualty department retrained...
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Bad Boy Banned; Rider Who Used Bike as Weapon Is Out
Byline: By BARRY WALLACE BAD boy Ben Powell has been banned for the final two weeks of the speedway season after launching his bike at Newcastle's Kenni Larsen. The former Newcastle rider was sacked by Scunthorpe following Sunday's appalling...
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Bad Call on Bad Lashes; THE PEOPLE'S VOICE
Byline: TONY HORNE AS YOU may know, I refuse to fall into line with the perceived way that the North East media should behave. I cannot subscribe to the parochial view that exists around me that if it is from the northeast therefore you automatically...
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Basketball: Coach Trip Is Hell for Coach
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN FAB FLOURNOY has admitted that he hates taking his Eagles side to Plymouth Raiders and is already dreading the near 900- mile round trip to Devon on Sunday. Unfortunately for the New Yorker, he has to take his team down...
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Bay Aiming to Bounce Straight Back after Cup Exit; SKILLTRAININGLTD NORTHERN LEAGUE
Byline: By MALCOLM PRATT WHITLEY BAY will be looking to put the disappointment of being knocked out of the FA Cup last week behind them when they return to league action with a mouthwatering First Division clash against Morpeth Town at Hillheads....
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Bogie's Orders on Work Rate; BLUE SQUARE NORTH
Byline: By JEFFBOWRON GATESHEAD boss Ian Bogie has thrown down the gauntlet to his players ahead of tomorrow's big game against league leaders Southport at the International Stadium. Bogie was disappointed with a lacklustre midweek performance...
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Borneo to Be Wild; Teenagers Replace Rotting School Walkway on Life-Changing Trip to Remote Island
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY THEY had planned, studied and researched it for more than two years. But nothing could have prepared a group of teenagers for the life-changing experience they had in store when they left their comfortable private school...
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Burglar Plunged to Death; Drunken Raider Slipped While Trying to Scale Building, Inquest Told
Byline: By TOM MULLEN A CAT burglar crashed to his death scaling a five-storey block of luxury flats. David Forster slipped and plunged to the ground, having downed vodka and 10 pints of lager, an inquest heard. The convicted burglar, 31,...
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Butt's Backing Kinnear to Get Toon on Track
Byline: By LEE RYDER NICKY BUTT says he expects Joe Kinnear to be in charge of the Magpies for at least another two or three months. With talk of a potential sale still very much in the air on Tyneside, Toon players are blocking out the political...
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Can Vaccine Save Reds? Scientists Fear Threat of Grey Squirrels Is Still Too Great
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON SQUIRREL experts have warned that hopes of a vaccine will not be enough to save the species. A breakthrough seems to have finally arrived in the fight against the killer disease squirrelpox, after antibodies to the virus...
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Cats Ful of Hope for a Derby Fillip; THE FRIDAY FILE
Byline: JOHN GIBSON SUNDERLAND visit Mohamed Al Fayed's team tomorrow before travelling home for the reading of North East bragging rights. One game to go for each before Sunderland and Newcastle United meet at the Stadium of Light for a live...
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Caught in Ludicrous Thriller
EAGLE EYE (12A, 117 mins) Action/Thriller. Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Billy Bob Thornton, Rosario Dawson, Michael Chiklis, Anthony Mackie. Director: DJ Caruso. ***** BIG sister is watching you... Mobile phone signals can...
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Charity Slams Homes Grab; Rock 'Too Aggressive' with Repossessions
Byline: By DAVID OLD NORTHERN Rock has come under fire for an allegedly aggressive attitude to repossessions. The Newcastle lender has been accused of repossessing homes at twice the rate of other banks, it was claimed today. And charity Credit...
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CLOTHES TO BE CAUGHT DEAD IN; Fashion Halloween Is Fast Approaching and the Shops Are Filling Up with Spine-Tingling Outfits for Kids. LIZ LAMB Finds out More
Byline: LIZ LAMB IT'S the season of tricks and treats. And to celebrate stores have a host of hair-raising costumes to make your children the best-dressed at any Halloween party. Matalan, which has stores in Killingworth and Gateshead, has one...
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Cock a Doodle Do Let Him Stay Say Hundreds; SUPPORT FLOCKS IN FROM AROUND THE WORLD FOR BASIL
Byline: By SARA NICHOL HE'S won the hearts of people across the North East Now support has flocked in from around the world for Basil the Wandering Whickham Cockerel. The Chronicle reported earlier this week how the cockerel, who is loved...
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Dancers Get Their Big Break at Last; EIGHT LADS WHO ARE SET TO BUST A GROOVE
Byline: By LIZ LAMB A BREAKDANCING crew from Tyneside will be battling it out with dancers from across the world tomorrow. Bad Taste Cru, who are made up of eight male breakdancers, are the first UK crew to ever qualify for world breakdancing...
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Destiny as an Assassin
WANTED (Cert 18, 105 mins, Universal Pictures (UK), Action/Thriller, also available to buy DVD pounds 19.99/Blu-ray pounds 24.99) Starring: James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, Common, Marc Warren, Dato Bakhtadze, Konstantin Khabensky,...
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Device to End Female Flashing; JACKIE VIOLET Looks at How Women Passengers Can Maintain Their Dignity in Association with Chevrolet
Byline: JACKIE VIOLET HANDS up all those who, when their dream date has turned up in his sports car, have thrown dignity out of the window by giving him too much of an eyeful before the date has started? How you wish the ground could simply open...
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Doting Dad Died after Having Fit in the Bath; SON TRIED TO REVIVE FATHER
Byline: By TOM MULLEN A FATHER drowned in the bath after he suffered an epileptic fit. George Rutherford had been diagnosed with the condition only a few years before tragedy struck. Suffering a sudden fit, he drowned alone in his bath despite...
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Driver Fleeing Fight Twice over Legal Limit; Disturbance Led to Offence
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR A MAN fleeing a fight was caught drink driving. John Angus, 21, was in a taxi queue after a night out with pals in Morpeth. But when a disturbance broke out, he decided to drive his car home. That decision landed...
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Feeling Fruity? Community Food Co-Ops Taking off across Region
Byline: By KERRY WOOD IT'S like a scene from The Good Life. Volunteers are turning amateur fruit and veg traders to give families a fighting chance against rising food bills. As shoppers continue to tighten their purse-strings and hunt for...
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Flexible Transporter
Byline: By MALCOLM ROBERTSHAW THE Vauxhall Zafira comes offering the wide range of engines expected from a member of the General Motors organisation. There are five petrol 16-valvers in 1.6i 103bhp, 1.8i 138bhp Ecotec, 2.2i 148bhp direct injection...
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Flu Jab Worth Checking out; SUPERMARKET OFFERING VACCINATIONS AT ITS PHARMACY
Byline: By HELEN RAE Health Reporter A NEW scheme to give flu vaccinations to shoppers at a Tyneside supermarket has been welcomed by a medical expert in the region. For the first time, Tesco Pharmacy at Kingston Park, Newcastle, is encouraging...
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From a Greasy Spoon to the High-Tech Toon
JOE KINNEAR admits that the luxurious surroundings at Newcastle's training HQ at Benton are a world away from the facilities he used to make Wimbledon one of the hardest teams to beat in the Premier League. But Kinnear was never one to whinge about...
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GUTTED FOR MY MATE; SHEARER EXCLUSIVE but Someone Else Has to Step Up to the Plate
Byline: By LEE RYDER ALAN SHEARER has sympathised with Newcastle United skipper Michael Owen following the Toon striker's latest injury blow. But the legendary captain and club's record goalscorer with 206 goals knows that his absence offers...
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Having a Baby Made It One "L" of a Day; MUM PASSED DRIVING TEST, DROVE TO HOSPITAL AND GAVE BIRTH IN 11 HOURS
Byline: By HELEN RAE Health Reporter IT WAS a day Sandra Lowes will never forget. Within 11 hours she passed her driving test, drove herself to hospital and gave birth to her baby daughter Dion. When Sandra, 26, of Pelaw, Gateshead, woke up...
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Hayley Family Face Accused Police Officer; TRAGIC TEENAGER'S LOVED ONES ATTEND FIRST COURT HEARING
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON and ADAM JUPP LOVED ones of tragic Hayley Adamson have told of their courtroom ordeal. The schoolgirl's friends and family came face-to-face with the man accused of causing her death for the first time at Newcastle Magistrates'...
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Hitman Is Hoping Heal Get Chance; Ace Relishing Fulham Return
DAVID HEALY admits sentiment will be the last thing on his mind when he heads back to Craven Cottage with Sunderland tomorrow. The Northern Ireland striker bagged his 34th international goal of his career against San Marino during the 4-0 thrashing...
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How to Beat the Thieves; WITH Car Crime an Ever-Present Concern for Owners, Openroad This Week Offers Advice on Reducing the Risk of Having Your Car Broken Into
BY taking simple measures to protect your vehicle, car crime can be prevented. Try to park somewhere safe within the boundaries of your property or in a secure garage. Install security lights. When parking in other areas, try to use in an Association...
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I Risked My Own Life to Save Him; Gas-Blast Hero's Fury
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR A GAS blast hero who risked his life to save a man has spoken of his anger after the rescued man admitted causing the explosion. Postman Sean Cavens was hauled from the wreckage of the end-terrace house in Twentieth Avenue,...
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Jingle All the Way for Value
Byline: GORDON BARR IT'S been a pretty depressing week on the economic front - job losses, rising inflation, not knowing what's happening with your money. Everyone is watching their pennies, worried about what the immediate future holds. But...
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Keyboard Aces Head for Toon; ALAN NICHOL Has the Latest News on the Roots Scene
Byline: ALAN NICHOL KEYBOARD players dominate this week's roots scene with three world-renowned, yet quite diverse, members of the 88s club appearing on Tyneside. Whilst all three are grounded in jazz, two of them have strong links with mainstream...
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Laughing at the World; Comedian Dylan Moran Returns to Newcastle Next Week as Part of a Huge Tour of the UK
DYLAN Moran can't wait to see you. He has been away from the live circuit for a while, but he's champing at the bit to return. Next week he is at Newcastle City Hall doing what he does best, stand-up, in is new show What It Is. Dylan is sitting...
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Letting off Steam over Station
LET'S not beat about the bush, by the grace of God we're truly blessed to be here in the North East. But according to some of you, we have been putting our foot in our North and South. First off, was this offering from a reader in Heaton, Newcastle,...
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Lifeboat Crews Save One a Day; Rescuers out 142 Times in Six Months
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY RESCUERS are putting their lives on the line to help others almost every day, new figures show. Lifeboat crews in the North East launched 142 times in the first six months of this year. In that time they rescued 142...
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Long Live the King's Singers
Byline: RICHARD YATES The King's Singers offer a blast of a performance in advance of Bonfire Night at The Sage Gateshead to tell the sinister story of the Gunpowder Plot. Don't cover your ears for this one, urges RICHARD YATES GUY Fawkes' Night...
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NAME YOUR PRICE FOR A MAKEOVER; CONSULTANTS TO CHARGE Pounds 45,000 FOR CHANGE
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor THOUSANDS of pounds of public cash is being spent dreaming up a new name for a famous Tyneside landmark. Private consultants have been recruited to help with an image makeover for the council-built Cruddas...
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New Bravo Is a Diesel Delight; Eco-Friendly Fiat with Lot of Class BILL McCARTHY Drove the Fiat Bravo and Found It to Be One of the Best Looking Cars in Its Class with Swooping Lies and Eye-Catching Headlight Clusters
Byline: BILL McCARTHY THE latest Fiat Bravo is a classy looking car and it is now available with eco-friendly engines. All comply to the latest Euro-5 standards and comprise two 1.6 MultiJet versions and an Eco option as Fiat aims to be a world...
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New iQ City Car Will Cost You Pounds 11,495
Byline: By STEVE HUGHES TOYOTA has announced prices for its new iQ city car, which despite being one of the smallest on the market, will cost up to pounds 11,495. That is almost pounds 4,000 more than a Ford Ka and is pounds 4,495 more than Toyota's...
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New TT Quickly Turning Heads; EDWARD STEPHENS Looks at the Audi TT Range, Includintg the 'Go Faster' and Powerful TTS
Byline: EDWARD STEPHENS THE Audi TT might have been around for a while now, but in recent years it has evolved from a model into a range. In the beginning there were the two Quattro versions - with the same 1.8-litre four cylinder engines but...
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Not a Goode Night for Beaten Falcons; Loss in Brive Encounter Throws Cup Group Wide Open MATCH ANALYSIS
Brive 36 Falcons 22 THREE tries away in France would normally represent a solid return for the Falcons on their European Challenge Cup travels - but the boot of Andy Goode denied them a share of the spoils in Brive last night. The former Leicester...
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Now Ka's the New Bond Star; as Sneek Previews Go, Sampling the New Ford KA on the Set of the Bond Movie Is about as Good as They Come. the Ka Has a Has a Staring Role as Bond Girl Olga Kurylenko's Vehicle in Quantum of Solace. JERMY HART Traveled to Panama, Where the Film Was Sho Revamped Ford Favourite Is a Lean, Green Driving Machine
Byline: JERMY HART LATEST Bond girl Camille, played by Ukranian supermodel Olga Kurylenko, is set to make her debut in the 22nd instalment of the 007 series, Quantum of Solace. And it looks like her car will play a starring role too. I visited...
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Our Flats Don't Need Rebranding
ANGRY residents have hit out at the council's plans to rebrand Cruddas Park flats. Ashley Maslen, 30, has lived in the flats for three years. He said: "It's ridiculous spending pounds 45,000 on changing a name. "Why don't they spend it on real...
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Our Flats Don't Need Rebranding
ANGRY residents have hit out at the plans to rebrand Cruddas Park flats. Ashley Maslen, 30, has lived in the flats for three years. He said: "It's ridiculous spending pounds 45,000 on changing a name. "Why don't they spend it on real problems...
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Pearls from the Orient; CLASSIC CARS with IAN JOHNSON This Week: Japanese Models
Byline: IAN JOHNSON BACK in the late 1960s and early 70s, the Japanese car was treated with almost disdain in Britain. What were these Datsuns and Toyotas doing, eroding the firm foothold of fine marques such as Austin and Morris? To many they...
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PHONE JACKERS; Police Warning on Mobiles Stolen in Shop Raid
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter THIEVES posing as workmen stole pounds 37,000 of phones and laptops in a raid. But the mobiles won't make handy Christmas presents - they have been barred. That's the message from police and Carphone...
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Pitt Steals the Laughs
BURN AFTER READING (15, 95 mins) Comedy/Romance. George Clooney, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton, Richard Jenkins. Directors: Joel & Ethan Coen. ***** AFTER the agonising tension and brutality of their Oscar-winning...
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Pounds 100,000; Campaign for Flood Victims Smashes Landmark Target
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON A FLOOD victims' support campaign has smashed its pounds 100,000 target. There are now less and less outwards signs of last month's devastating floods in Morpeth town centre, as it gradually gets back on its feet. But...
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Pounds 48m ACADEMY 'TO REPLACE 10 SCHOOLS' Children 3-to-18 Would Attend State-of-The Art Delelopment
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter PLANS to close 10 schools and replace them with a pounds 48m all-age academy have gathered pace. Northumberland County Council's executive met yesterday to discuss the results of a lengthy public consultation...
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Pounds 48m ACADEMY 'TO REPLACE 10 SCHOOLS' Youngsters Three to 18 Will Get Their Lessons at New Site
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter PLANS to close 10 schools and replace them with a pounds 48m all-age academy have gathered pace. Northumberland County Council's executive met yesterday to discuss the results of a public consultation...
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Price Cut May Swing Drivers; Steve Hughes Looks at Going Diesel
Byline: Steve Hughes MOTORISTS are being urged to switch from petrol to diesel cars in a bid to reduce running costs and one major manufacturer is now offering both for the same price. Chevrolet has started the ball rolling by reducing the cost...
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Pub Quiz Uncovered?
A RETURN for Woz and Co. to this venue after we previously reviewed their Thursday night quiz. PUB: The Fox and Hounds, West Road, Newcastle QUESTION MASTER: Ian (Iggy) DAY AND TIME OF QUIZ: Monday 8.45pm PRICE: 50p per person PRIZE...
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Punters Panel
Our panel give their views on the match away to Fulham tomorrow. GORDON MABON AFTER the disbelief of celebrating along with 50,000 others the goal which never was for Scotland at Hampden on Saturday, I hope I am celebrating a real goal at Craven...
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Pupils Call Foul on Racism
RACISM was shown the red card by football and rugby stars. More than 60 young people from Gateshead got the chance to meet Newcastle United and Newcastle Falcons stars as part of a campaign to eradicate racism. The event, held at Gateshead Civic...
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Robbers Jailed for Failed Raid; POLICE SWOOP AFTER POSTMASTER SAW ARMED PAIR COMING
Byline: By KERRY WOOD A PAIR of bungling robbers have been jailed for a total of eight years. Durham Crown Court heard how the plot to raid a post office had been dreamt up the night before when Alan Palmer, 29, and Paul Lee Davi-son, 20, had...
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Scientist's Sidekick Is Soulless Creation
IGOR (PG, 87 mins) Family/Comedy. Featuring the voices of John Cusack, Molly Shannon, Steve Buscemi, Sean Hayes, Eddie Izzard, Jennifer Coolidge, Arsenio Hall, John Cleese, Jay Leno. Director: Tony Leondis. EVERY memorable villain needs a...
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Shearer Gets Back Down to His Roots
Byline: By LEE RYDER ALAN SHEARER is hoping that Wallsend Boys Club's incredible conveyor belt of talent will continue to churn out stars that can benefit Newcastle United in the future." The Station Road club have provided the game with a host...
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Still Showing
MIRRORS (15) Kiefer Sutherland, star of TV's 24, returns to the big screen in director Alexandre Aja's ridiculous horror yarn as a former cop who stumbles into a nightmare world in his new job as a night security watchman. With his marriage wrecked...
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THE GREAT ESCAPE; Writing Releases First-Time Author Ron from His World of Agoraphobia
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON TRAPPED in a world of the familiar, Ron Henzell has escaped to compile his first book. The 64-year-old suffers from agoraphobia, an anxiety disorder which causes him to panic in places he cannot easily escape from. ...
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Try a Vintage Taste Test
PLACES are available for a wine tasting weekend in the Northumberland countryside. A Vintage Weekend with Advintage takes place at The George Hotel, Chollerford, from November 14 to 16, at pounds 129 per person on a dinner bed and breakfast basis....
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USB Hubs
JUST about every device that interacts with your computer needs a USB port to complete the connection, yet manufacturers are still miserly and offer just a couple. From printers, scanners, cameras and memory drives to less serious items that offer...
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Vent Your Spleen
"this country gives out money far too asily. People shouldn't rely on being given benefits I SEE on the news today people who have lost their jobs, who I feel sorry for, are in the supermarkets looking for bargains. This is the thing that people,...
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Violent Soldier Thrown out of Army; Brawl in Street
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY A VIOLENT soldier spared jail for a savage street attack has been booted out of the army. And Andrew Page has landed himself back in court after becoming embroiled in another brawl. The promising soldier, who has...
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Volvo That Is Looking So Sporty; EDWARD STEPHENS Drives the Volvo V50 2.0 R-Design SE Sport 5 Door
Byline: EDWARD STEPHENS IF you are buying an estate car, it doesn't mean you can't have one that looks sporty. Take the new Volvo V50, for example. You can have it as a standard family loadlugger or you can go for the racy R-Design. R-Design...
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Wear the Team of All Talents: Deano
SUNDERLAND skipper Dean Whitehead is confident the range of talents in the club's midfield can help it climb the Premier League table. The summer arrival of Steed Malbranque from Tottenham has brought a new element to that area of the field. ...
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Weigh to Go, Sis; PAIR SHED 16 STONE BETWEEN THEM
Byline: By HELEN RAE Health Reporter SISTERS Michelle Robinson and Suzanne Laws were able to ditch their medication after losing 16 stone between them. The pair from North Shields, North Tyneside, have transformed their health and dropped several...
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We Played Total Football at Spurs and That Shaped My Approach to Game: Kinnear; No Way I'm a Long Ball Merchant: Joe
Byline: By LEE RYDER JOE KINNEAR has revealed how his experience working with one of the legends of the game shaped his football philosophy. And he inists that the late, great Bill Nicholson instilled in him a desire to play attacking football....
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Wing the Changes; COUNCIL CONFIDENT NEW FACILITIES WILL BOOST TOURISM
Byline: By DAVID OLD A SCHEME to make the Angel of the North more tourist-friendly has been given the green light. It is hoped improved parking and toilet facilities will give a boost to the "Angel effect", which has been credited with kick-starting...
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Your Stars
Byline: CLAIRE PETULENGRO Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 20 THE chance to tell tales on a family member will come with a price to pay for you, so use caution with words please. Certain facts are not yours to tell. CALL MY CAPRICORN LINE TO NEAR MORE...
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