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 13, 2008

A Bawdy Night with the Bard; YOUNG REVIEWERS 2008/9
Byline: JOSEPH CAPOCCI THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, THEATRE ROYAL SHAKESPEAR'S comedy The Taming of the Shrew concerns the efforts of a father to marry off his daughters. The younger one, Bianca, has several suitors but her older sister, Kate, has...
A Challenge-Ing Test Lies Ahead, Warns Bates
IT was back in January Newcastle won 19-12 at Brive to book their place in the European Challenge Cup quarter-finals. The Falcons will be looking for a repeat of that result on Thursday night, but having to play five games in the space of 20 days...
Basketball: Ace Sullivan: Why I Had to Leave Eagles
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN "A SITUATION that you just don't turn down" is how Team GB skipper Andrew Sullivan has described the lure of a contract in Russia as he bids farewell to Newcastle. Just two games into his twomonth contract with the Eagles,...
Bogie's Men Hit by Late Winner
Droylsden 3 Gateshead 2 A MAKESHIFT Gateshead, without five key players, suffered a last-minute sickener at Conference North rivals Droylsden as their poor form in the FA Cup continued. Without attacking left-sided pair Wayne Phillips and...
Brayson Is Star of Superb Show
Byline: By MALCOLM PRATT Newcastle Blue Star 4 Hucknall Town 0 IT just gets better and better for Newcastle Blue Star, who outplayed Hucknall Town at Kingston Park to earn a home tie with Altrincham in the fourth and last qualifying round...
Browned off at Missing out on Our Garden Bins; Half of Street Can't Recycle
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor HOUSEHOLDERS are complaining that they've missed out on new wheelie bins for garden rubbish. In one street, bins were delivered to some homes but not others. The row follows a huge shake-up in rubbish...
Building Up Tyneside Was the Job of a Lifetime; Not Many People Spend Their Whole Working Lives with the Same Firm These Days. Keith Hotchkiss Has and Here He Tells ALASTAIR CRAIG of His Time with a Building Company
Byline: ALASTAIR CRAIG FOR half a century, he helped build Tyneside as we know it today. Builder Keith Hotchkiss started work the week the first manmade object touched the moon, and eight years before colour television came to the UK. The...
Drought Is in Past for Derek
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE Vipers ace Derek Campbell has paid tribute to a new style of pre-match preparation after ending a five-game goal drought in super fashion over the weekend. The Canadian couldn't buy a goal before Saturday's trip...
DR SCOTT'S SURGERY; in Association with the NHS
DID you know that for the first six months of a baby's life, breast milk gives all the nutrients which are required? Each feed provides exactly the right balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat. It also gives vitamins, minerals and hormones which...
Drug Dealers Get 11 Years; GANG FLOODED STREETS WITH Pounds 200,000 WORTH OF NARCOTICS
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY LEADERS of a drugs gang who flooded their estate with pounds 200,000 of cocaine and ecstasy have been jailed for a total of 11 years. A chance bonfire night run-in with a drugs enforcer led police to a group pedalling narcotics....
Each Operation Is Worse as I Love Him More; FIVE-YEAR-OLD BOY TO HAVE HIS SEVENTH LIFE-SAVING HEART SURGERY
Byline: By HELEN RAE Health Reporter BRAVE Shay Richardson is about to undergo a life-saving heart operation. At just five years old Shay is coping with a string of heart problems after being born with faulty heart valves and three holes in his...
Falcons Win Sets Up Key Brive Encounter; MATCH ANALYSIS
THE prospect of five games in just 20 days would have many Premier League footballers running for their agents. There was no whinging, though, about that gruelling prospect from Newcastle Falcons, who fly out to Brive tomorrow for their second-round...
Football: DANGER RANGER; Keep Your Feet on the Ground Nile, and You Can Be a Real . . HE May Be Only 17, but United New Boy Nile Ranger Has Already Caught the Eye at St James's Park with Some Impressive Displays for the Youth and Reserve Teams. but with Little Known about the Former Southampton Kid, LEE RYDER Talks to Reserve-Team Boss Richard Money on the Magpies' Hot Prospect
Byline: LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United coach Richard Money has heaped praise on exciting young Toon striker Nile Ranger. But the experienced former Walsall and Scunthorpe United manager has urged the 17-year-old to keep his feet firmly on the ground....
Green Space a Breath of Fresh Air for the City; Plans Unveiled for a North East City Centre Could Mean a Breath of Fresh Air for Asthma Sufferers. Health Reporter HELEN RAE Investigates the New Proposals
Byline: HELEN RAE ASTHMA sufferers on Tyneside could be set to breathe a sigh of relief if new plans for the creation of more green spaces in the city centre are successful. Recent research published by Columbia University, in New York, suggests...
Guide to Life
Byline: JAYNE GOLDSTONE HAVE any of you heard of an American gentleman called Dr Wayne W Dyer? He is sometimes referred to as the father of motivation and is a well-respected author of many excellent self-help and personal development books. ...
Hamilton Looks Forward after Lowly Finish
FORMULA One World Championship leader Lewis Hamilton has shrugged off his disappointing finish in the Japanese Grand Prix and turned his focus on to the final two races of the season. The McLaren driver started on pole but, after impeding Ferrari's...
Healy Makes a Goal Pledge
SUNDERLAND striker David Healy is determined to get up and running after scoring a record 13 goals in the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign. Northern Ireland lost 2-0 in Slovenia on Saturday night after two late goals. But the Black Cats front man...
He Touched All Our Hearts; FRIENDS AND FAMILY GIVE Pounds 2,500 TO BUY HEADSTONE
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON HIS grieving fiancee and heartbroken mum have witnessed how many hearts Paul Gilbert touched before he was brutally murdered. After holding a charity night to raise money for a headstone, they now have enough to buy...
Horse Racing: Custody Set for Battle
SIR MICHAEL STOUTE has an impressive 43% strike-rate at Newcastle over the last five years, and it will be a surprise if Custody fails to get off the mark in the EBF/UTS Maiden Stakes. Already gelded, he has finished second on his two most recent...
How Many Children Have to Be Hit on This Stretch? Mum of Tragic Schoolboy Fights for Speed Cameras
Byline: By LIZ WALKER A CAMPAIGNING mum has renewed her call for speed cameras on a road after a boy was knocked down yards from where her son was mown down by a speeding driver. Agonising memories came flooding back for Debbie Cameron when she...
I Didn't Think I'd Walk Again but Now I'm All Singing and Dancing!
Byline: By SARA NICHOL HIS world came crashing down when he was told he would never perform again. Wayne Bellamy had spent more than a decade entertaining revellers in Tenerife. But a freak accident lead the 31-year-old to snap his ankle and...
I Feared the Worst for My Little Girl. I Didn't Care for Myself, I Tried to Protect Her; DAD AND TODDLER WERE SPRAYED WITH AMMONIA IN STREET
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA A DISTRAUGHT dad has told how he desperately tried to save his two-year-old girl after an attacker sprayed ammonia at him. Little Grace McDonough was in her pram with dad Joseph standing alongside her when a drunken man...
Injured Terry in Race for Fitness
Byline: John Gibson Regional sportswriter of the year FABIO CAPELLO will wait for a fitness bulletin on John Terry before making plans for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier in Belarus. The England coach recognises his team's next opponents offer...
Is Kevin the North East's Laziest Man? DAD TAKES DOG FOR A WALK SITTING IN A CAR
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON YOU'D think it was a joke when idle Kevin Pyle describes how he walks his pet dog. He gets his son to slowly drive him around the block and, with his arm stretched out of the window, holds a lead attached to his bull...
Kinnear: Our Morale Has Just Soared
Byline: By LEE RYDER JOE KINNEAR has revealed how morale in the Newcastle United camp has rocketed. The interim Toon boss arrived at St James's Park when confidence was at rockbottom to see the Magpies gunned down by Blackburn two weeks ago,...
Laid-Off Staff Lose out on Thousands; Workers Are Hit by Legal Loophole
Byline: By DAVID OLD DOZENS of workers who were awarded pounds 1.4m after being unfairly laid-off have been left penniless due to a legal loophole. A group of 44 electricians, construction and plumbing workers lost their jobs when Syncro Ltd...
Lampard Backing Beckham for a Role
Byline: John Gibson Regional sportswriter of the year FRANK LAMPARD believes David Beckham can still have a major role to play for England after he equalled Bobby Charlton's tally of 106 caps against Kazakhstan at We m b l e y. Beckham was only...
Lauren Starts a New Healthy Regime; in Association with the NHS A Tyneside Youngster Has Slimmed Down to Fit into Her School Uniform. Health Reporter HELEN RAE Takes a Look at How the Nine-Year-Old Has Managed to Shift the Pounds
Byline: HELEN RAE SHOPPING for school uniforms used to be a nightmare for mum Maureen English. Her young daughter Lauren, nine, needed large sizes that could only be found in teenage departments. But now it's a different story. After changing...
Letter: YOUR SHOUT - No Thanks to the Do-Gooders
Byline: MIKE, Byker PLEASE may I first reply to DMA, Gateshead. They are right, I would sooner sit with my friends who smoke, and enjoy themselves, than miserable people who think their sole purpose in life is to tell other people how to live...
Motor Racing: You've Ben Hit with a Hefty Fine; Former Diamond Loses His Cool
Byline: By BARRY WALLACE FORMER Newcastle rider Ben Powell was up to his neck in trouble at the Byker stadium last night following a serious incident involving Diamonds' rider Kenni Larsen. Powell seemingly launched his bike at the Dane after...
Mum Backs Out-of-Hour Scare Number; in Association with the NHS A Mother Is Supporting a Health Campaign for Out-of-Hours Treatment, after a GP Helped Her Daughter. Health Reporter HELEN RAE Finds out More
Byline: HELEN RAE A TYNESIDE mum is backing a new health campaign which aims to help families in the region access the right treatment out-of-hours, after her two-year-old daughter was struck down with gastroenteritis during the night. The campaign...
NO PANIC SIGNINGS: JOE; I Won't Go after Free Agent Men Says Toon Boss
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer JOE KINNEAR will NOT try to bring any free-contract players to St James's Park during his spell as interim manager of Newcastle United. Instead, Kinnear admits he is "happy" with the United squad he...
NURSING UPDATE; in Association with the NHS Royal College of Nursing
Byline: GLENN MINTER DIGNITY is at the heart of everything we do. An admission to hospital can be a worrying time. This is true whether you are the patient, a family member or a friend. You may be anxious about a diagnosis, a treatment,...
Our Bid for Glory at the Olympics; Special Games Target
Byline: KATY SIMPSON SPORTS stars have overcome hurdles beyond the athletics track to follow their Olympic dreams. The excitement has just begun for the Northumberland Special Olympics team, as their training gets into full swing for their four-yearly...
Paying Tribute to a Local Hero
Byline: John Gibson Regional sportswriter of the year THE No 9 legend at Newcastle United lives on, glowing like a beacon through the gloom of upheaval and chaos. United may currently be without a long-term manager, chairman, half-a-dozen injured...
Pit Banner Seen for First Time in 34 Years; 100-YEAR-OLD PIECE OF COLLIERY HISTORY GOES ON SHOW
Byline: By STACEY HORNE A CENTURY-OLD banner missing for three decades has been put on show once again. The banner was made in 1908 to mark the 100th anniversary celebrations of primitive Methodism. And it spent 30 years hidden away in a retired...
Ray of Hope for Shops Scheme; COUNCIL CHIEFS MEET POSSIBLE DEVELOPERS AMID DELAY CLAIMS
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor COUNCIL bosses are to meet would-be developers to discuss the regeneration of a rundown shopping centre as a row continues to rage over delays. The project at Newbiggin Hall in Newcastle has been put on...
SHOW BIZ Gossip
JANET JACKSON is looking forward to resuming her North American tour after postponing a string of shows due to an undisclosed illness. The singer is expected to be back on stage with her Rock Witchu Tour this weekend. A statement from promoter Live...
Some like It Hut!
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR IT looks like a step back in time. But these brightly painted beach huts are the future of one stretch of North East coast. Twenty new chalets will be built at Blyth with timbers stained and painted in a variety of...
Spartans Have the Will to Succeed
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON Buxton 0 Blyth Spartans 1 FREE-kick specialist Gareth Williams' seventh goal of the season from a set play saw Blyth Spartans overcome shot-shy Buxton 1-0 in Derbyshire to book a home clash with either Sheffield or Guiseley...
Stabbing Mystery at Tyne Riverside Apartment Block; THREE MEN KNIFED, FLAT BURGLED, AND EARLY HOURS PARTY
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN, LINDA RICHARDS and LIZ WALKER VIOLENCE flared in riverside apartments. Today police are trying to establish how three men - two partygoers and the owner of a raided flat - ended up with stab wounds. A man, 21, believed...
Swinging '60S; EXHIBITION STEPS BACK 40 YEARS TO LOOK AT LIFE ON TYNESIDE
Byline: By LAURA CAROE AN EXHIBITION is set to bring back memories of Tyneside during the 1960s. The 1960s: Did Newcastle Really Swing? questions whether the city lived up to the popular idea of the swinging '60s and examines what life was really...
Teams Signing Up for 20-Hour Challenge Now; in Association with the NHS A Date Has Been Set for a 20-Hour Marathon to Raise Much Needed Charity Cash. the Plans Being Put in Place Come Just Months after the Event's Successful Debut. Health Reporter HELEN RAE Explains Why
Byline: HELEN RAE THE launch of a 24-hour fundraiser two months ago was so successful, next year's date has already been set. Ten teams have already signed up to take part in the Relay for Life Gateshead 2009, in aid of Cancer Research UK. And...
Team Takes a Long-Term View on Addictions; in Association with the NHS Combating an Addiction Can Be Hard If You Are Alone and Have No Support. Health Reporter HELEN RAE Finds Help Is at Hand for Those Looking to Stub out Their Cravings
Byline: HELEN RAE MOST of us think nothing of using potentially addictive substances such as coffee, sugary snacks, cigarettes or alcohol to help us cope with life's stresses and strains. So far, so normal, until we discover we're dependent or...
There in a Crisis; in Association with the NHS
NAME: Daniel Beck. AGE: 38 JOB TITLE: Senior nurse practitioner WHERE DO YOU WORK? Urgent Care Team, Gateshead WHAT DOES YOUR JOB INVOLVE? We usually work alongside our patients in times of a health crisis, providing prompt assessment...
THE SEARCH IS ON FOR THIS YEAR'S BABY IDOL; Evening Chronicle Competition
EVERY proud parent thinks their baby is the bonniest and here's your chance to prove it as the Evening Chronicle launches its search for the North East's Baby Idol 2008, in association with Eldon Square. It is absolutely FREE to enter and there...
Urgent Care Teams' Honour; in Association with the NHS Healthcare Units in the Region Have Scooped a Top National Award. Health Reporter HELEN RAE Explains
Byline: HELEN RAE TWO minor injuries and illness units have been recognised with a major award for being among the best urgent care services in the country. Grindon Lane and Bunny Hill Minor Injuries and Illnesses Units in Sunderland won the...
Vent Your Spleen
MANY years ago when the smoking ban was introduced on public transport I don't think anybody thought it would be adhered to and certainly nowadays young people probably don't remember smoking on buses. How about having no swearing stickers on buses...
We'll Carry on, Vows Girl Group; BAD LASHES FIRST TO BE BOOTED OFF SHOW
Byline: By LIZ LAMB GIRL group Bad Lashes are to pursue their dreams of stardom - despite becoming the first group to be kicked out of TV talent show The X Factor. On Saturday night the group were forced into a nail-biting bottom-place sing-off...
Whitley Shark Attack
Byline: By DAVID HALL WHITLEY Warriors coach Simon Leach hailed his side's "best performance of the season so far" after they beat Solway Sharks 6-3 in the Northern League at Hillheads last night. "Everyone on the team contributed tonight and...
Win One of Five Pairs of Tickets for a Dinner with Les Ferdinand; Boots Africa
Byline: John Gibson Regional sportswriter of the year LES FERDINAND is making a long awaited return to St James's Park. The Newcastle United legend is staging a sportsman's lunch on October 24 at the stadium to help raise funds and awareness...
Woman Bit off Lover's Tongue; COUPLE'S ARGUMENT ENDED IN HORRIFIC CLINCH
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter A CLINCH during a reported domestic row left a man in agony after his tongue was bitten off. It's believed the early hours disturbance came after 44-year-old Mark Coghill had been in a confrontation with...
Yorke: Grant Can Be Big Star
DWIGHT YORKE insists his Sunderland midfield colleague Grant Leadbitter can have a big future in the Premier League. Leadbitter, 22, replaced Yorke in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal last week, and almost won the game with a superblytaken goal. An...
Your Pounds 37bn to Bail out Banks; GOVERNMENT MOVE FOR LLOYDS, RBS AND HBOS
BILLIONS of taxpayer's cash is to be used to save Britain's banks. A lifeline was thrown by the Government which unveiled a pounds 37 billion bail-out for three of the country's biggest banks. Royal Bank of Scotland is to raise pounds 20 billion...
Your Pounds 37bn to Bail out Banks; GOVERNMENT MOVE FOR LLOYDS, RBS AND HBOS
BILLIONS of taxpayers' cash is to be used to save Britain's banks. A lifeline was thrown by the Government which unveiled a pounds 37bn bailout for three of the country's biggest banks. Royal Bank of Scotland is to raise pounds 20bn of new capital...
Your Question Answared
WE thought it was all over. But it isn't. The question regarding two hats Johnny & Alice got a great response from readers of this column and revived a few memories of times gone by along the way. Last week we even printed the lyrics to the...