Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from March 14, 2008

Alfa Aims for Style; IAN JOHNSON Cuts a Dash in the Alfa Romeo 159 2.4 Four-Door. This Is His Verdict on the Stylish Italian
Byline: IAN JOHNSON IF YOU really want to cut a dash in the driveway style stakes, then an Alfa Romeo 159 will knock them dead. Once something of an acquired taste, the Italian marque went through some tough times over reliability but has driven...
All over for Drever? Retirement Looms after Third Victory
INGLIS DREVER could be retired rather than attempt another Cheltenham Festival success after landing a famous third victory in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle. County Durham-based trainer Howard Johnson is considering calling time on the Graham Wylie-owned...
Al Puts His Legs to Good Use Again. Airwaves THE PEOPLE'S VOICE
Byline: TONY HORNE IAM torn: I want to tell you about yesterday's excellent guest on the Tony Horne In The Morning radio show and star of the Tyne Theatre last night Mr Dave Spikey, who was just brilliant. But I feel an obligation to play to...
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Primeval - Series Two (PG, 266 mins, 2entertain, DVD pounds 24.99/Series 1 & 2 DVD box set pounds 34.99, action/scifi/ drama/comedy) Cutter (Douglas Henshall) returns to the present day to discover that his wife, Helen (Juliet Aubrey), has deceived...
Ashton's Job Is Safe - Andrew
ENGLAND head coach Brian Ashton will not be sacked after the conclusion of a disappointing RBS 6 Nations campaign, according to the RFU's director of elite rugby Rob Andrew. Ashton's position has come under increasing scrutiny after last year's...
ATHLETICS in Brief
Byline: BY BILL McGUIRK THE penultimate fixture of the Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League, hosted by Saltwell Harriers, is at Wrekenton on Saturday. The first race is scheduled for 12.30pm with the senior men's event expected to start...
Athletics: McCormick Hopes to Nick an Valencia Trip
Byline: BY BILL McGUIRK DESPITE missing out on the qualifying time for the World Indoor Championships, Nick McCormick is in no way disappointed. The Morpeth Harrier, just back from a spell of training in South Africa, effortlessly won the 3,000m...
Athletics: North East Duo Win Top-Class Backing; Dame Kelly Will Mentor the Girls' Careers
Byline: BY BILL McGUIRK TWO of the region's talented teenage athletes have been chosen to join double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes' exclusive monitoring initiative for young female middle distance runners. Alnwick's Laura Weightman, who...
Back in the Action Again
Byline: By HARRIET RIDLEY KAWASAKI went on a mission in 2003 to tell the world it can still be the most menacing and individual of the Japanese manufacturers. That year saw the launch of the new lean, mean and very green (in colour) ZX10R. ...
BID TO SWEEP STREETS A WAY; Regeneration Proposal
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor AROUND 200 homes were earmarked for demolition today in plans to breathe new life into a run-down neighbourhood. The majority are empty and in poor condition and council chiefs say they want to clear the...
Boxing: A Ham-Fisted Team Victory! SECONDS OUT McCrory's Geordie Lads Triumphant on German Soil
Byline: JOHN GIBSON BENEATH the lengthening shadow cast in the wintry sunshine by Hamburg's Bundesliga stadium, where Kevin Keegan was once crowned king of Europe, a team of Newcastle kids resplendent in black-and-white triumphed against their German...
Cancer Widower's Charity Mission; Fundraiser's Award Hopes
Byline: By AMY HUNT A WIDOWER who raised pounds 31,000 for charity has been shortlisted for a fundraising award. Dave Wiggett, from Foxley Close, Killingworth, lost his wife Dianne to breast cancer in October 2006. The wedding dress maker,...
Chancing Their Luck; Good Luck Chuck
(Fruity Edition) (Cert 15, 97 mins, Lions Gate Home Entertainment (UK) Ltd, Comedy/Romance, also available to buy DVD pounds 19.99/Blu-ray pounds 24.99 Starring: Dane Cook, Jessica Alba, Dan Fogler, Michael Teigen, Chiara Zanni, Michelle Harrison,...
Chewing It over; Student Exhibition Charts Our Relationship with Our Teeth throughout History
Byline: By LIZ WALKER WOULD you use gunpowder or babies' urine to clean your teeth? Brushing your pearly whites twice a day and remembering to floss are part of most people's daily routine. But before scientific advances brought us more tooth-cleaning...
Cinema: 3D Treat for Teen Diva Fans
HANNAH MONTANA & MILEY CYRUS: BEST OF BOTH WORLDS TOUR (3D) (U, 75 mins) Children/Musical. Miley Cyrus, Joe Jonas, Kevin Jonas, Nick Jonas, Kenny Ortega. Director: Bruce Hendricks.***** IF YOU'RE not already a devotee of perennially perky...
Cinema: Falling Horrifically Short
THE COTTAGE (18, 91 mins) Comedy/Horror. Andy Serkis, Jennifer Ellison, Reece Shearsmith, Steve O'Donnell, Logan Wong, Jonathan Chan- Presley. Director: Paul Andrew Williams.***** Every once in a while, an exciting British talent emerges from nowhere,...
Couple Meet a Lotto Stars
A TYNESIDE couple have been rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous after getting an exclusive invite to a star-studded bash. John and Denise Abdullah met boxer Nigel Benn, Dancing on Ice star Suzanne Shaw and singer Chico, as well as numerous...
Cricket: Very Andy Display Helps Jimmy Stake Test Claim
JIMMY ANDERSON set his sights on securing a regular place in the England team after claiming a five-wicket haul on his comeback to enable them to claim a commanding lead over New Zealand in the second Test. The 25-year-old Lancashire seamer grabbed...
Cycling: Shearer Slogs on; TOON HERO ON COURSE TO COMPLETE CYCLE CHALLENGE
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG CYCLING through wind and sleet, Toon legend Alan Shearer is on course for his finest finish yet. The Newcastle United hero was this morning within 100- miles of London on his epic charity cycle. The former Toon captain...
Dean: Wear Not Scared of Chelsea!
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER SUNDERLAND skipper Dean Whitehead has warned Chelsea: "You don't frighten us!" The Black Cats take on the Londoners tomorrow with plenty at stake for both sides. Sunderland are desperate for points to keep them out...
Derby Scrap's like a Cup Final for Us Says Bruce
WIGAN manager Steve Bruce has described his side's derby against Bolton on Sunday as a "cup final" as both teams battle for crucial points. The Latics head into the weekend three points better off than their rivals after picking up a fantastic point...
Dome to Stay as White Lady of Whitley Bay; PLANS TO PAINT BUILDING A BRIGHT COLOUR SCRAPPED
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY IT looks like it might be all white on the night after all. Plans had been mooted to jazz up the Whitley Bay Dome by painting it a bright colour instead of the traditional white. But the proposals fell at the first hurdle...
Dunn's Aiming at the Double; BLUE SQUARE NORTH
BLYTH SPARTANS will record their first double of the season if they beat relegation-threatened Hucknall Town at Croft Park tomorrow. Despite consecutive 1-0 defeats, the Spartans are eight points above the relegation zone with Hucknall one of three...
Falcons Turn to Teen Star Miller
Byline: BY NICK PUREWAL STEVE BATES has turned to England under- 20 star Rob Miller to solve his Newcastle Falcons flyhalf conundrum. At 18 years and 224 days, Miller will become the thirdyoungest Falcon when he starts at Kingston Park against...
Folk Running in the Family; What's on ALAN NICHOL Has a Round-Up of What Is Happening on the Local Roots Music Scene
Byline: ALAN NICHOL IT is entirely appropriate that Tyneside's significant Irish contingent should choose to celebrate St Patrick's Day with a spate of musical events across the city. There are three days of gigs and sessions starting tomorrow...
Football: Dean: Wear Not Scared of Chelsea!
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER SUNDERLAND skipper Dean Whitehead has warned Chelsea: "You don't frighten us!" The Black Cats take on the Londoners tomorrow with plenty at stake for both sides. Sunderland are desperate for points to keep them out...
Football: Kev's Happy to Have Joey Back in Fold
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sport Writer KEVIN KEEGAN admits he is happy to welcome back Joey Barton into the Newcastle United picture for Monday's crucial game with Birmingham City at St Andrews. Barton was barred from travelling to Merseyside...
Football: Next Two Games the Most Important of My Career; He Has Played in the Champions League and an FA Cup Final but Toon Keeper Steve Harper Says
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sport Writer BIRTHDAY boy Steve Harper believes Newcastle United's next two games are the biggest in his St James's Park career. It's a claim that is put into perspective by the fact that Harper has been at the club...
Gas Pipe Drama; Firefighters Called to Hotel for Second Time in Weeks
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON A TROUBLE-HIT hotel was evacuated after it is believed workmen cut through a gas pipe. It is the second time in weeks that firefighters have been called to the Imperial Swallow Hotel in Jesmond. Six weeks earlier...
Goodbye, Our Beautiful Princess; Teen's Wish Came True before Losing Cancer Fight
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON HER dream was to be a bridesmaid and Down's Syndrome sufferer Stacey Waite's wish came true. Stacey pestered her adoptive parents for a princess's dress to wear when they tied the knot. Now the family should be looking...
Harassment Cabbie Could Lose Licence; COUNCIL ORDERS REVIEW AFTER DRIVER'S COURT APPEARANCE
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter TAXI driver David McEachan could be off the road after admitting breaching a domestic abuse order protecting his ex-wife. The 44-year-old had been released on conditional bail and electronically tagged...
HE'S TOPS; Lad's Football Strip Design Takes First Prize in Contest
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter A FOOTIE-MAD schoolboy is to have a strip he designed brought to life. Luke Stevenson, a Year Six pupil from Lambton Primary School in Washington, has won a region wide competition to design a football...
Homing in on a Blues Shock
SUNDERLAND goalkeeper Craig Gordon is hoping the comforts of home will provide a basis for Barclays Premier League survival. Sunday's 1-0 defeat by Everton was the Black Cats' first in the league at the Stadium of Light in five matches since Manchester...
I Can Fix Our Broken Society; CAMERON WALKS INTO ROW OVER SCHOOLS AS as Conservatives Gather on Tyneside Today for Their Spring Conference, Leader David Cameron Spoke to the Chronicle's Political Editor PETER YOUNG about the Party's Prospects in the Region
Byline: PETER YOUNG DAVID Cameron delivered a rallying cry to party activists today and spelled out his vision of Britain under a Conservative government. The Tory leader accused Gordon Brown's Labour of creating a broken society which he believes...
Ice Hockey: Vipers Are Ready to Blaze Play-Off Trail; Wilson Wants Chance to Win Silverware
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE Vipers head coach Rob Wilson says he is still haunted by play-off demons inflicted by Coventry Blaze nearly a year ago. The Vipers face Coventry tomorrow night at the Metro Radio Arena (6.30) before a clash with...
In a Class of Its Own; CLASSIC CARS
Byline: IAN JOHNSON GERMANY'S own off-roader and competitor to Britain's Land Rover, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class or GWagen (it's short for Gelandewagen or crosscountry vehicle), gets ever ywhere. It was born by proposals for a military vehicle...
Italian Fare Is Truly Special; Eating Out
Byline: DAVE MORTON RISTORANTE BRAVI 7, North Street, South Shields, Tel: (0191) 427 5400 IHADN'T eaten out in South Shields for a while. The town is big on Indian restaurants, it's got the region's best chip shop, there's also Greek, Chinese,...
Jailed for Trying to Protect Killer; Girlfriend Lied to Police and Dumped Shoes
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY A KNIFE killer's girlfriend has joined him behind bars for dumping his shoes and lying to murder police. John Potter stabbed pal John Hudson to death after a vodka and cocaine binge. He battered the 48-year-old dad...
Journey to Yawn of Time; Cinema
10,000 BC (12A, 108 mins) Action/Drama/Romance. Steven Strait, Camilla Belle, Cliff Curtis, Joel Virgil, Affif Ben Badra, Mo Zinal, Marco Khan, Nathanael Baring, Junior Oliphant, Mona Hammond. Director: Roland Emmerich. ***** Director Roland...
Keane Is out to Use Ed!
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER ROY KEANE believes the return of Carlos Edwards could be the difference between survival and the drop for Sunderland. Edwards is expected to make his first-team comeback from a broken leg in tomorrow's game against Chelsea...
Legacy Is Smooth as Clockwork; STEVE HUGHES and a Motoring Colleague Put Subaru's New Diesel-Powered Legacy to the Test by Driving from the Geneva Motor Show Back to Britain in a Day
Byline: STEVE HUGHES GENEVA is an hour ahead of GMT and my mission was to travel from their G to our G in the shortest time possible behind the wheel of the world's latest diesel-powered family car. Subaru's star of the Geneva Motor Show is its...
Mondeo Has Magic Touch; JONATHAN SMITH Drives the Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi (130) Titanium X Automatic
Byline: JONATHAN SMITH IT'S time to level with yourself and be honest. Are you looking for a good deal and a fine drive or is it just a posh badge you are after? If it's the latter, then it's not going to be worth reading on, but feel free anyway....
MPs' Expenses to Be Revealed; Claims for Second Homes to Be Detailed
Byline: By BILL JACOBS Parliamentary Reporter NORTH East MPs seemed resigned today to the publication of their detailed expenses claims, including spending on furniture and fittings for their second homes. Blaydon's David Anderson spent pounds...
My Time of Being a Lout Is Behind Me Now; Youngsters Who Lose Their Way or Fall into a Life of Crime Are Being Helped by a North East Charity. LAURA CAROE Speaks to Some of Those Who Have Found It Has Changed Their Lives and Discovers an Inspiring Story of Hope
Byline: LAURA CAROE BY THE time he turned 13, life had dealt Adam Collins a difficult hand. Troubled for some time, he'd already been smoking cannabis for a year. Arguments were sorted out with fists and boots as he started to live his life...
New Model under Pounds 10K
Byline: DAVID WHINYATES GIVEN the choice, the vast majority of British drivers would opt for a hatchback rather than a saloon, but, even so, there's still a small market for the traditional four-door sedan. That's why Proton is adding a saloon...
No Flood Relief for Irish: Toby
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL TOBY FLOOD is looking forward to throwing himself into the mother of all midfield skirmishes against Ireland at Twickenham tomorrow. The Newcastle Falcons playmaker has retained his England place in the wake of last week's...
People Urged to Help Stop Racist Graffiti; Families Must Report Attacks
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA A COMMUNITY leader is urging people to help stamp out vandalism after a spate of racist graffiti attacks. As reported in the Chronicle, families in several streets in South Shields have found racist graffiti daubed on...
Plant Makes Green Switch; Biomass Fuel Cuts Emissions GO GREEN
Byline: By AMY HUNT Environment Reporter A COAL-FIRED giant of North East's industry is going green. The energy plant which powers the Alcan aluminium smelter in Lynemouth, Northumberland, is now running on biomass fuel as part of a drive to...
Pounds 10 Drug Debt Led to Killing
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY A DEVOTED son was slashed and stabbed to death over a pounds 10 drug debt. Paul Thompson had no chance to save himself when his former friend Christopher Purvis arrived at his door already armed with deadly weapons. ...
Pub Quiz Uncovered
A QUIET night in Wallsend, but not in the Jolly Bowman where the locals turned out in numbers. PUB: The Jolly Bowman, Walls-end, North Tyneside QUESTION MASTER: Jack DAY AND TIME OF QUIZ: Thursday, 9pm PRICE: 50p per person PRIZE MONEY:...
PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on the Home Game against Chelsea
GORDON MABON I AM so excited about tomorrow's match, which is due mainly to the fact my daughter Alice is the Sunderland mascot. This, coupled with the fact we have a virtually fully-fit squad available, makes me believe that if we take the game...
Rugby Union: Aim for Top, Says Coach
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL DAVE Woods has told Aussie full-back Ben McAlpine grab his to first-both team chance with hands on Sunday. Thunder entertain Featherstone Rovers in a Northern Rail Cup dead rubber at Gateshead Stadium (kick-off 3.00),...
Silver Service Can Be Pivotal
AFTER a week of weather chaos, the betdirect.com Winter Derby at Lingfield tomorrow is aptly-named. The highlight of the all-weather season and taking pride of place on an eight-race card, the 10-furlong event is richly-endowed and accordingly has...
Smorgasbord for Senses; BEOWULF
(Cert 12, 109 mins, Warner Home Video, Action/Drama, also available to buy DVD pounds 17.99/two-disc DVD pounds 22.99/Blu-ray pounds 26.99) Starring: Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Crispin Glover, Robin Wright Penn, Brendan Gleeson, Angelina Jolie,...
Spirit of Enterprise; Travel Firm Boss Backs Competition
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN Industrial Reporter AFRICAN chief and head of his own travel company John Lawler has come a long way from studying for a degree in environmental engineering. Mr Lawler, otherwise known as Chief Torgbui Mottey I, set...
Still Showing. Cinema
VANTAGE POINT (12A) Vantage Point is an action-thriller, which replays a terrorist attack from eight perspectives but coincidence and chance nudge the film towards implausibility. Running time is kept to a minimum, sacrificing deep relationships...
Still Sweet on Success; Pop Britain's Biggest Girl Group Sugababes Are in Newcastle Later This Month. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Finds out More
Byline: GORDON BARR WHEN Sugababes arrive in Newcastle later this month, founding member Keisha Buchanan may very well be on the hunt - for food. The trio play the City Hall on March 25, a Tuesday, but that won't stop Keisha trying to find a...
Stormin' Norman; SPORTS CHAMP GIVES PRIZE CASH TO MEDICS WHO SAVED HIS LIFE
Byline: By JANE PICKEN Health Reporter GRASSROOTS sports hampion Norman Close is thanking the specialist medics who saved his life and wife Elsie's heart. The boxing coach and official, from Gosforth, Newcastle, is donating prize money from a...
The Locals; What's on the North East Local Music Scene
Byline: GARY BECKWITH WEDNESDAY night saw Los Angeles alternative pop songstress Erinn Williams sail into Newcastle for her European tour on the back of the stormy weather we've been experiencing. Promoting her latest sublime album, Digging In...
The Mother of All Problems; MATERNITY SAVINGS FIRM CRASHES INTO LIQUIDATION LEAVING HUNDREDS OF MUMS HIGH AND DRY
CASE STUDY ONE PARENTS-to-be Cheryl Monaghan and David Sidney are gearing up for their first child together. But the couple, of Kingston Park, Newcastle, have been rocked by the news they might never again see the pounds 565 they paid to the...
The Mother of All Problems; MATERNITY SAVINGS FIRM CRASHES INTO LIQUIDATION LEAVING HUNDREDS OF MUMS HIGH AND DRY
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter HUNDREDS of mums-to-be have been plunged into crisis as a baby goods firm crashed. Many have paid a small fortune for prams and maternity essentials ahead of the big day. But now they look like getting nothing...
They're Chuting from the Hip; FEEDBACK
Byline: MICK SMITH PICTURE a cat playing with a mouse - cruelly giving it a whack but ensuring its survival, until finally, it dispatches it to wherever rodent souls go. Now replace that mouse with me, and you lot become the cat. Yes, I've...
Three of the Best Team Up; Garages Offer Free Motoring to Customers
THE three leading North East Citroen dealers have joined forces to offer three of their new customers free motoring for a year. In what is believed to be a first for the region, the rival dealers have become allies for a promotion involving the...
Tory Leader in Visit Storm; His Party's Spring Conference Begins on Tyneside
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor DAVID Cameron walked into a row today as the Conservative Party spring conference opened on Tyneside with a pledge to put families first. The Tory leader was due to visit a childcare scheme in Whit-ley...
Tyneside Duo All Set for Grudge Match
CHANCER David Ferguson is facing a grudge fight with local heavyweight Mark Walker at the Temple Park Leisure Centre in South Shields before chasing greater glory in the capital. Walker, from South Shields, has sparred with Wallsend's Ferguson and...
Vent Your Spleen
I WANT to join the police but my father and mother, who are very influential, have written to the chief constable to state that, under no circumstances should I ever get involved with criminals. The chief constable has accepted this request and...
We' Re Fighting for, Our Lives but We Will Survive Says Toon Hero Moncs; United's Fairs Cup-Winning Captain Runs the Rule over the Weekend's Crunch Games and the Battle to Beat the Drop
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer GEORDIE legend Bobby Moncur is convinced that Kevin Keegan will keep Newcastle United in the Premier League - but only just. Moncur came into the Chronicle offices to study this weekend's fixtures and...
What's in a Name? A Load-Lugger with Style
Byline: MIKE TORPEY WHILE our allies across the Atlantic talk about station wagons, to us it's still the good old estate car. And at the risk of sounding old-fashioned, I have always been a fan of those traditional load-luggers, despite the swing...
WHEELS IN MOTION; Pupils Encouraged to Take Up Cycling
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA COULD you throw your leg over one of these contraptions? From penny-farthings to modern mountain bikes, these weird and wonderful cycles are getting youngsters active. A selection of around 30 cycles of all shapes and...
Women Urged to Cut the Clutter
Byline: By STEVE HUGHES FEMALE motorists are putting themselves in danger of becoming victims of theft and injury because of their cluttered cars. According to a survey by Sheila's Wheels, women carry around so many personal items in their cars...
Yes, They're the Great Attenders; Super Pupils Who Never Miss a Day at School Are Honoured at Special Event
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter THESE young people are Tyneside's super students. The pupils shrugged off colds and soldiered on through stomach bugs to make sure they have not missed a single day of school in at least three years....
You Can Stay! Mum and Young Son Given a Reprieve from Deportation to Cameroon
Byline: By TOM MULLEN A MUM and her young son who faced deportation in a dawn immigration raid have been allowed to stay for the time being. Evelyne Nana and her three-year-old son Adou have lived in Britain for four years and are much-loved...