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 February 8, 2008

ANGEL EYES: Cash in on Antiques in Your Attic; Popular TV Show Will Return
IT'S the Real Deal! Tanfastic David Dickinson is making his way back up to this neck of the woods, Angel Eyes can reveal. He will be at Alnwick Castle later this month and his message to our readers is: Why let your antiques collect dust in the...
Aussie Star Is Back on Top Form
TITLE-challenging Team Northumbria tackle Leeds on Tyneside tomorrow, with Aussie hotshot Lara McLeod back to her blistering best. The prolific goal attack leads the TN line after scooping the MVP award in Monday night's brilliant away win at Team...
BEAR-FACED; Police Hunt Crooks Who Swiped Cuddly Toys
Byline: By LAURA CAROE STRIPPED bear. Giant Valentine's Day teddy bears, key rings, phone charms, stamps and jewellery totaling thousands of pounds were stolen from the shelves of a gift shop. Today owner Julie Cairns of Thoughts Gifts and Card...
British Sharia Idea Slammed; Archbishop's Comments Condemned
Byline: By DENISE MOORE THE Archbishop of Canterbury has been criticised for claiming the adoption of elements of Islamic sharia law in the UK "seems unavoidable". Dr Rowan Williams said there was a place for finding a "constructive accommodation"...
Budding Film Maker Heads for Baftas; Movie Fan Hopes to Scoop Award with His Animated Work
Byline: By AMY HUNT IT'S every young film fan's dream to rub shoulders with Hollywood royalty on the red carpet. And for one budding film maker from Newcastle his dream is about to be made reality. Ben Stevens from Gosforth will be at the Bafta...
Bus Thugs' Race Attack; Passenger Suffers Burns to Face in Assault by Gang of Youths
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter YOUNG thugs attempted to burn a seat during a racial assault on a bus passenger. The attack was launched on the bus going through Newcastle's East End. A small group of youths were sitting at the rear...
Buyers Spoilt for Choice
Byline: By STEVE HUGHES NEW car buyers are spoilt for choice and run the risk of being unable to make a decision, according to a report from EurotaxGlass's. From this month buyers can select from more than 7,000 different model derivatives, which...
Cats Squad Not a Bard One
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER SUNDERLAND new boy Phil Bardsley insists he would not have joined the club if he thought he would be playing in the Coca-Cola Championship next season. The 22-year-old full-back, a pounds 2m January signing from Manchester...
Children Left by Drunken Woman; Pair Were Abandoned
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS A WOMAN has admitted drunkenly leaving two children outside a police station. Rebecca Barber, 21, was supposed to be looking after the youngsters for an acquaintance. But instead she left them alone while she went...
Collins - We Have to Take Treble Chance
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER DANNY COLLINS knows Sunderland will ease the pressure in their scrap for survival if they complete a home hat-trick against Wigan. The Wearsiders are bidding to notch their third home win in a row, having seen off Portsmouth...
Community Care for GP Attacker; MENTALLY-ILL MAN HIT DOCTOR
Byline: BY MATT CASEY A MENTALLY-ill man who attacked a trainee GP will not be taken into hospital care. Steven Nurse, 34, from Broomhouse Road, Prudhoe, appeared at Durham Crown Court yesterday and was given a two-year supervision order. ...
Community in Shock
SHOCK and complete devastation gripped the close-knit community of Kibbles worth today as news of little Jake's death spread. Borough councilor Joe Hattam said: "I am very distressed at the situation. Kibbles worth is a very close-knit community...
Contracts Row Leaves Bitter Taste; Action Threat at Sweet Factory
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN and SARA NICHOL WORKERS at a chocolate factory are threatening industrial action. The GMB union confirmed their 380 members at the Nestle factory in Fawdon, Newcastle, will consider an overtime ban. They are unhappy...
Cortina Went out on a Roll; CLASSIC CARS This Week: Ford Cortina Mark V
Byline: IAN JOHNSON SO MUCH has been written about the early Ford Cortinas that the last model of this great range slipped away with hardly a whimper - yet it was one of the finest cars Ford ever made. In 1979 the final version, the MkV started...
Could This Strap Solve Robbery? Holdall Clue to Machete Raid
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG POLICE believe this bag strap and buckle could help trace two machete-wielding robbers. On November 21 last year, a postmaster and his nephew were attacked in their Tyneside shop. The strap found at the scene is thought...
Cracking Code from Citroen
Byline: By STEVE HUGHES CITROEN has introduced a trio of special editions for its smallest and most fuel-efficient models. The C1 and C3 Pluriel models get the same treatment as the C2, whose extra equipment earned it a set of Code badges. ...
Denman in Tune for Cheltenham
CHELTENHAM clues will be in abundance at Newbury on Saturday as a host of protagonists aim to book their respective Festival tickets. All eyes will surely be on Denman when he attempts to extend his unbeaten record over fences to eight in the Aon...
Doctor Loses Fraud Appeal
A DISGRACED doctor who cheated hospital bosses out of pounds 61,000 in false overtime pay has lost an appeal against her conviction. Debasmita Mukho-padhyay - Chattopadyay, from Sandringham Road, South Gosforth, was sentenced to 12 months in October...
DVD S: Also Released
Cranford (Cert 12, 295 mins, BBC DVD, DVD pounds 19.99, drama) Dame Judi Dench, Francesca Annis, Eileen Atkins, Michael Gambon, Philip Glenister, Lesley Manville, Julia McKenzie, Imelda Staunton and Greg Wise lead an all-star cast in BBC1's recent...
DVD S: Serving Up Great Delights
REMY (voiced by Oswalt) is a rat who fantasises about becoming a top chef like his gastronomic idol, Auguste Gusteau (Garrett). During a tour of the French capital, Remy creeps into Gusteau's ailing restaurant. The plucky vermin concocts a delicious...
Eagles Aim to Finish on a Hy
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN EAGLES ace Jeremy Hyatt has spoken of his relief at finding some much needed form and fitness after a nightmare couple of months. The veteran shooting guard has barely played a part since October because of a troublesome...
Eating Out: Perfect Place to Escape to; JESMOND DENE HOUSE Jesmond Dene Road, Newcastle, NE2 2EY. Tel. (0191) 212 3000.*****
Byline: ADAM JUPP SUNDAYS, for me, tend to follow the same routine. All week I look forward to a day of rest and deliberately leave my diary blank to allow for rest and recuperation. But as soon as the clock strikes midday, the realisation...
Excellently Conceived; Cinema JUNO (12A, 96 Mins) Comedy/Drama/Romance. Ellen Page, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney, JK Simmons, Michael Cera, Olivia Thirlby, Rainn Wilson. Director: Jason Reitman. *****
IT'S hard to imagine a more immaculately conceived or perfectly delivered comedy this year than Juno. From the striking first image of a girl staring quizzically at a discarded Lazyboy while she chugs juice and informs us that "it started with a...
Failing to Belt-Up; Some Motorists Are Still Dicing with Death by Not Wearing Seatbelts, Says CHRIS RUSSON
Byline: CHRIS RUSSON TWENTY-FIVE years after it became an offence not to wear a seatbelt, some drivers are still not 'clunk clicking every trip' costing an estimated 370 lives a year on the road. After leading the campaign to introduce the law...
First There Was Oxford, Then Cambridge, So How about Wallsend?
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA AMBITIOUS plans were revealed today to create a third university on Tyne side. North Tyne side Elected Mayor John Harrison wants to build the centre on the riverside in Wallsend. He says there is a need for a university...
Football: Bogie in Tribute to His Loyal Star Paul; UNIBOND LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
GATESHEAD manager Ian Bogie praised the loyalty of former Newcastle United, Burton Albion and Queen of the South full-back Paul Talbot ahead of tomorrow's trip to Witton Albion. Talbot, in his second spell at the International Stadium, is only three...
Football: Clean Sheet Will Give Us Platform: Tayls
STEVEN TAYLOR feels that a clean sheet can provide the springboard for Newcastle United to take all three points at Villa tomorrow. The Toon defender has added competition again this weekend, with Abdoulaye Faye and Habib Beye back in contention...
Football: Edwards Gets More At-Tent-Ion!
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER CARLOS EDWARDS is still not ready to return to first-team action - despite scans showing his broken leg has healed. Manager Roy Keane revealed today the pacy Sunderland winger has gone to London to spend time in an oxygen...
Football: Every Claud Has a Silver Lining; Fear of Axe Spurred Me On: Cacapa THE FRIDAY FILE Aston Villa V Newcastle Utd Saturday, February 9, 2008. Kick-Off: 12.45pm
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer CLAUDIO CACAPA has revealed the reason for his recent top form for Newcastle United - he feared becoming the fall guy. But the Brazilian international does not intend to be any sort of victim when he...
Football: Football Targets the World; Fans Will Get Entire Weekend of Matches
ENGLISH football fans can look forward to watching an entire weekend of back-to-back Barclays Premier League action if radical new proposals to take the game around the world are ultimately given the go-ahead. The Premier League are planning the...
Football: Jones Needs to Be Flying High: Keane
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER ROY KEANE has warned Kenwyne Jones jetlag will be no excuse if he fails to perform against Wigan tomorrow. Sunderland were not expecting the striker to return from the Caribbean until this afternoon after he played the...
Football: JOSE'S BACK IN THE FRAME; Timely Return from Injury for Toon Defender Enrique
Byline: By LEE RYDER JOSE ENRIQUE is likely to be handed a starting role against Aston Villa tomorrow after shaking off his calf problem. The former Villarreal star hobbled off the field at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal a fortnight ago....
Football: Keegan: I'll Help Shola Hit Top Form
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE boss Kevin Keegan says Shola Ameobi could have a major role to play between now and the end of the season. Keegan, speaking on a phone-in on BBC Radio Newcastle, said: "I have already sat with Shola and told him...
Football: Keegan: We Can Attract Players; THE FRIDAY FILE Aston Villa V Newcastle Utd Saturday, February 9, 2008. Kick-Off: 12.45pm
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE boss Kevin Keegan is confident the football he wants to play will attract major new signings to the club. Keegan will send his side out at Aston Villa tomorrow still waiting for the first win of his four-game reign...
Football: Kiss of Life Not So Easy to Deliver, KK; THE FRIDAY FILE
Byline: JOHN GIBSON KEVIN KEEGAN, a swashbuckler of old like the legendary Errol Flynn, craves to once again give Geordies the flamboyance he believes they desire and deserve. He knows full well that United have fallen from grace and wishes to...
Football: KK: Wait and See on Global Fixtures
KEVIN KEEGAN believes that football should keep an open mind on proposals which could see Premier League teams playing domestic matches across the globe. The possibility of United taking on their top-flight rivals with points at stake in far-flung...
Football: Over Season Is Far from over; THE FRIDAY FILE Aston Villa V Newcastle Utd Saturday, February 9, 2008. Kick-Off: 12.45pm Emre: It's Still All to Play for Here
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE star Emre is hoping his side get the good fortune they are owed in the final third of a testing campaign. The Turk returned back from suspension last week against Middlesbrough, but now heads to Aston Villa as United...
Football: PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on the Game Away to Aston Villa
GRAHAM BREWIS I LISTENED to KK last night, and as usual he addressed all my fears - but then they crept back in a little later. I wonder why. Never mind. Everyone writes us off in this match, but I'm ever the optimist. We've got more choices again...
Football: Spartans Back at Full Strength; BLUE SQUARE NORTH
Byline: By JEFFBOWRON BLYTH SPARTANS boss Harry Dunn will have the luxury of a near full-strength squad for the visit of high-flying Southport to Croft Park tomorrow. Apart from former Darlington midfielder Adie Webster, currently on trial in...
Football: THE WORLD TOUR - FOOTBALL'S REACTION
"WE WILL only go where we are welcome. We will also only do this if it is sanctioned" - Premier League chief Richard Scudamore. "THIS displays a complete disregard not for the proud traditions of the English game as well as a crass lack of consideration...
Football: We're Playing for Pride and Points: Mark
Byline: By LEE RYDER MARK VIDUKA today insisted that Newcastle United must win back some "pride" in their last 13 games of the Premier League season, starting with tomorrow's trip to Aston Villa. The Aussie striker is still undecided about his...
FRAUD RACKET PAIR FLEECE PENSIONERS; Police Alert for Bogus Salesmen
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY FRAUDSTERS preying on the elderly fleeced two pensioners out of hundreds of pounds. Police are warning members of the public to be on their guard after the pair of thieves, posing as salesmen, struck twice in two days....
Fuelling the Local Petrol Station's Demise; STEVE HUGHES Rounds Up the Weeks Motoring News in a Nutshell
Byline: STEVE HUGHES AS THE cost of fuel continues its inexorable journey ever upwards, it is time to spare a thought for the plight of the garages that supply it. Like chicken producers, the filling stations get just the merest fraction of what...
Get Set for the Season Ahead; HARRIET RIDLEY Looks at the Year Ahead
Byline: HARRIET RIDLEY HE weather's bleak and you're hardly likely to be considering a spin on your bike. But rejoice - the motorcycling season is closer than you think, so start planning now to make the most of it. The UK's best-known biker...
Getting into a Great Habit; It's a Show That Promises Top Be 'Best Bar Nun'! Former X Factor Contestant Rowetta Explains All about the Songs of Sister Act to Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR
Byline: GORDON BARR OH HAPPY Day! It certainly promises to be this Sunday when The Songs of Sister Act come to the region. Ex-Three Degrees singer Sheila Ferguson will be joined by Rowetta from the first-ever X Factor and the London Community...
Grandad Fought to Save Dying Toddler; 18-MONTH-OLD BOY CRUSHED TO DEATH BY DAD'S 4x4
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON and ADDITIONAL REPORTERS A GRANDAD told today how he fought in vain to save a toddler crushed to death under the wheels of his dad's Land Rover. Eighteen-month-old Jake Younger was killed outside the family's home in...
Grandad's Agony after Battling in Vain to Save Dying Toddler; 18-Month-Old Boy Crushed to Death under Dad's 4x4
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON, BRENDA HICKMAN, HELEN RAE and ROB PATTINSON A GRANDAD told today how he fought in vain to save a toddler crushed to death under the wheels of his dad's Land Rover. Eighteen-month-old Jake Younger was killed outside...
Green and Mean; BILL McCARTHY DRIVES the Peugeot 308 SE 1.6. This Is His Verdict
Byline: BILL McCARTHY PEUGEOT has always been strong in the diesel sector, so it should be no surprise that the French car maker is at the forefront with the new 308 hatchback. The 307 replacement, launched last autumn, not only boasts excellent...
Grief Led Man to Drink and Drive; Fatal Crash Came after News of Two Deaths
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA REELING from the deaths of two family members, loving dad Gary Madgin had been drinking heavily before his van crashed in an horrific accident. His niece Samantha had been stabbed in Wall send just 12 days before. Mr...
Hockey: Vipers Face Up to Clashes with Old Enemies
Byline: By LEE RYDER ANDRE PAYETTE is revved up for the Vipers double-header weekend with two clashes against old adversaries imminent. First up tomorrow night the Canadian toughie will come face to face with Cardiff Devils star Brad Voth with...
Horse Racing: Championship Blow for Broken Jaw Victim Lee; RACING ROUND-UP
GRAHAM LEE, who trails only Tony McCoy in the jockeys' championship, will not have left Huntingdon with fond memories after fracturing his jaw in a horrific incident at the Cambridgeshire track. Riding Cash King in the Betfredpoker Novices' Handicap...
I Didn't Try to Trick Suspect; Friend Denies Attempt to Get Confession
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY A CLOSE family friend has denied trying to trick arson suspect Shane Spence into making a confession. Leigh Wright was someone Spence could talk to in the days after his sisters Tatum-Leah, 14, and Demi-Jade, 12, died...
It's Time to Draw a Line under This; NOT ONE TRAFFIC WARDEN HAS VISITED STREET IN SIX MONTHS
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter AFTER months of red tape, these double yellow lines finally became legal. But not a single traffic warden has been here in more than six months. We told how North Tyneside Council obtained the wrong court...
It's Time to Get Our Facts Right
CLOCK these timepieces on the right. Lovely, ain't they? Unique and yet spookily similar, I think you'll agree. The one on the left, stands proudly outside Northern Goldsmiths on the junction of Blackett Street in Newcastle city centre. The one...
Jaguar's Jewel in the Crown; Jaguar May Be Up for Sale but It Pulls No Punches with Its New XF Saloon. EDWARD STEPHENS Has Been Driving It
Byline: EDWARD STEPHENS IT'S ironic that just when it's on the verge of coming under new ownership Jaguar should produce a world-beating car. But that's exactly what the Birmingham-based company has done with its new XF. If ever there was a car...
Laguna Has New Vision
Byline: By ROBIN ROBERTS RENAULT has struggled to make an impression in the UK with its mid-sized cars, but that could all change with the Laguna hatchback series. The first product of the latest design and engineering drive by Renault, the latest...
Letter: YOUR SHOUT - Payouts to Carers Are Pitifully Small
Byline: GEORGE HERSCHEL, THE Government has again stated that it wants the elderly and disabled to remain in their own homes with dignity; however, what help do they give them? Many benefits are means-tested so if an elderly or even disabled...
Micra Great in All Weathers; JOHN SCANTLEBURY Found the Sunderland - Built Nissan Micra C+C 1.6 Funky and Fun When He Drove It
Byline: JOHN SCANTLEBURY STORMS, snow and floods... it's enough to make your yearnings turn to summer and open-top motoring, and, lo and behold, here comes the 2008 Nissan Micra coupe-cabriolet to bring some much-needed sunshine into our lives....
Midwife Accused of Failing to Carry out Tests; ESSENTIAL BLOOD CHECKS WERE SKIPPED, PANEL TOLD
Byline: By JANE PICKEN Health reporter A PREGNANT mother with high blood pressure was neglected by a midwife who did not carry out essential routine tests, it is claimed. Edith Hirst, 54, could not be bothered to take the patient's blood pressure...
Murray Vows to Return to Team
ANDY MURRAY will be available for Davis Cup matches in future after pulling out of the tie in Argentina, captain John Lloyd has revealed. Britain's match in Buenos Aires starts this afternoon - and Murray has confirmed he will be available for a...
Music: Shows to String Us along; Jazz, Blues and Roots
Byline: ALAN NICHOL THE undoubted theme for this week is the guitar, or guitar players more precisely. There are some world-class practitioners of the fretboard fraternity, acoustic and electric, scheduled for Tyneside over the next few days....
Named, Shamed and Now out of Her Job; Teaching Assistant Leaves after Assault
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter IT WAS an indecent proposal which led to humiliation in court. Claire Morris turned on her ex-lover and his new partner with a knife after they snubbed her three-in-a-bed suggestion. Now the teaching assistant...
OUTRAGE AS KILLER WINS SENTENCE CUT; Victim's Brother Slams Decision
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL BITTER Bruce Stott is angry his sister's murderer could be released early from prison. As reported in last night's Chronicle, a High Court judge has reduced the minimum sentence imposed on lifer Robert Barnes by a year....
PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on the Crunch Game at Home to Wigan
GORDON MABON THIS is a game which we cannot afford to lose if we are to give ourselves a chance of breaking away from the bottom pack. Having twice lost to Wigan 3-0 and not scored against them in our last five outings, the stats do not look...
PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on the Game Away to Aston Villa
GRAHAM BREWIS I LISTENED to KK last night, and as usual he addressed all my fears - but then they crept back in a little later. I wonder why. Never mind. Everyone writes us off in this match, but I'm ever the optimist. We've got more choices again...
Putting the Brakes on Motoring Thefts; Police Operation Has a Gang of Car Criminals in Its Sights
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN A POLICE operation targeting a group of car criminals has led to further arrests. Northumbria Police suspect around a dozen teenagers and men are responsible for incidents involving the theft of cars. It is thought...
Reader's Poems
WHERE WOULD WE BE? WHERE would we be without our dreams Or our memories of "yesterday" Where would we be without our hope That God will answer when we pray Where would we be without laughter Or a smile or a friendly word Where would we be if...
Reader's Poems
WHERE WOULD WE BE? WHERE would we be without our dreams Or our memories of "yesterday" Where would we be without our hope That God will answer when we pray Where would we be without laughter Or a smile or a friendly word Where...
Rugby Union: I Want to Repay Debt to Fletch
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL JAMIE Noon is ready to repay his debt to John Fletcher starting on Sunday against Italy. The uncompromising Newcastle Falcons centre has slotted into the England No 13 shirt for the clash in Rome in the wake of Mike Tindall's...
Rugby Union: Woods May Get Touch of Jitters
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL DAVE WOODS reckons the nerves will kick in on Sunday as Gateshead Thunder's home campaign lifts off. Aussie head coach Woods admits he was relaxed ahead of last weekend's 24-16 win at York City Knights, safe in the knowledge...
Secret Papers Found Dumped Rubbish Bin; Council Pledges to Investigate as Confidential Documents Fly-Tipped in an Alley
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY CONFIDENTIAL town hall documents were found dumped in a shop owner's wheelie bin. When cafe owner Tony Martin went to get rid of waste from his shop he was shocked to find bags of papers from a nearby council office had...
SKY IS THE LIMIT; Airport Lends a Hand to Maggie's Campaign
Byline: By ADAM JUPP and HELEN RAE NEWCASTLE Airport is urging us all to dig deep to help North East cancer patients. The region's biggest airport has pledged its support to our Maggie's Cancer Centres campaign. We want to raise pounds 500,000...
Snow Fun Deep in the Frozen North! Steve Hughes Joins the World's Toughest Test for New 4WD Volvos
Byline: Steve Hughes NEXT time you venture outdoors on a chilly morning and your car starts the instant you turn the key, spare a thought for the teams of testers who make it happen. Volvo has given an insight into the highly secretive world...
Still Showing. Cinema
THE UGLY DUCKLING AND ME (U) The Ugly Duckling And Me puts a contemporary spin on the classic Hans Christian Andersen yarn using computer animation. The big screen format really exposes the weaknesses of the animation - the DVD format will be much...
Swift to Impress New Fans
MY, HOW Suzuki has come on as a car manufacturer in the last few years. Jump into the Suzuki Swift Sport and it doesn't even look or feel like a Suzuki - and I mean that in a positive way. Gone are the cheap, disappointing plastics and ill-fitting...
SWITCHED ON; School Comes Up with Bright Idea to Turn off Lights for Lent
Byline: By AMY HUNT Environment Reporter A SCHOOL has had a bright idea - to turn off all the lights. Lightbulbs will be taken out and light switches taped over at Westfield School for Girls in Gos-forth, Newcastle. Instead of forsaking chocolate,...
The Best View on Tyneside; TOM MULLEN in Another of Our Occasional Hidden Tyneside Series, a Rare Glimpse Inside the Tyne Bridge Towers, a Piece of Forgotten Newcastle History
Byline: TOM MULLEN MORE than a decade's dust fills the air as the creaking doors open and the wind whips through from the Tyne. But moments later, blinking in the sunshine I am treated to a fantastic view across the river from a vantage Doint...
The Future's Bright; but Swans Boss Is Dubious
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN SWANS boss Jaap Kroese says "show me the business" after a report said the Tyne's industrial future was bright. The so-called "scoping report" was commissioned by One NorthEast and Newcastle and North Tyneside councils...
The Locals: Flying High in Contest; the North East Local Music Scene the North East Is about to Shine in the UK's Biggest Live Talent Contest. GARY BECKWITH Takes a Closer at One of the Bands through to the Semi-Finals
Byline: GARY BECKWITH GRITTY indie rock outfit The Flytes, from Sunderland, have made it through from more than 10,000 singers and bands across the country to perform at the live stages of Live & Unsigned. Live and Unsigned is a national...
Treasure Is Not Worth Digging for; Cinema
NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS (PG, 124 mins) Action/Drama/Comedy. Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Jon Voight, Ed Harris, Helen Mirren, Bruce Greenwood, Harvey Keitel. Director: John Turteltaub. ***** RELEASED in the UK on Boxing...
Vent Your Spleen
The telephone service in 1950 was far superior to the absolute rubbish service we have now. In the '50s someone would answer you in 30 seconds, now you are lucky if you get an answer if you stand for hours on end ON SATURDAY I got a No 9 bus from...
VW Jetta Is Back and Here to Stay! MAXINE ASHFORD Drives the Volkswagen Jetta and Finds That You Get a Whole Lot of Car for Your Money
Byline: MAXINE ASHFORD IF YOU thought you recognised the name then you'd be right, for this is second time round for the Volkswagen Jetta. It was originally introduced back in 1980 only to be replaced by the Vento and then the Bora, but now the...
Who'd Live in a House like This? 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 MY FINANCIAL man Darren rang me this week to ask me if I had taken his name in vain on the radio last week. Indeed I had. In a nice way of course. Darren was meant to send me some pension information over on e-mail. All...
Who's the Most Horrid of Them All? Nasty Characters Celebrated
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter FORGET heroes and boy wizards who fight the forces of evil, some of the best-loved characters in children's literature are the naughty ones. From old favourites like Dennis the Menace to contemporaries...