Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from March 21, 2008

Adventure in Small Doses
Byline: By HARRIET RIDLEY I WAS oddly apprehensive on my way to the Italian launch of Moto Guzzi's adventure bike, the Stelvio. I'd felt vertically challenged for the first time in my life the day I'd scrambled aboard BMW's R1200GS Adventure...
A Predictable Path of Chaos; CHAOS
(Cert 15, 102 mins, Lions Gate Home Entertainment (UK) Ltd, Thriller/Action, also available to buy pounds 15.99) Starring: Jason Statham, Ryan Phillippe, Wesley Snipes, Henry Czerny, Nicholas Lea, Justine Waddell, Jessica Steen. ***** The...
Baby Beemer Goes Topless for the Summer
Byline: By BARRIE MILLS THERE are many confusing things about the UK market for conver tibles. One is that such a market exists at all, given our climate. Another is that so many people think that owning a car with part of its bodywork missing...
BATTLE OF THE BANDS; Evening Chronicle Competition
UNSIGNED bands and artists from the North East are being given the chance to win a week of studio recording time with the Evening Chronicle's Battle of the Bands 2008! The event is open to bands and artists from across the region and the winner...
British Gas Profits Rocket; Record Haul Revealed Weeks after Bill Hikes
Byline: By HOLLY WILLIAMS BRITISH Gas today revealed profits at its residential arm surged five-fold to pounds 571m last year. The news comes just weeks after the Centrica-owned provider hit around 13 million customers with double-digit energy...
Busker Pens Song Tribute to Patsy; Ronnie Praises Teenager
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG HE HUNG his guitar up for good after leaving his musical mark on Tyneside . But for one night only, Geordie . songwriting legend Ronnie 'Busker' Lambert has lined up a very special encore. Ronnie has come out of retirement...
Cancer Victim's Sight Is Saved; Treatment Means Doctors Don't Have to Remove Second Eye
Byline: By MATT CASEY Staff and guests at the hotel in Cyprus where she worked part-time organised a whip-round and collected the pounds 6,000 needed. After the surgery in November 2006, the Chronicle - at her request - printed graphic photographs...
Cinema: Rumble in the Jungle
DR SEUSS' HORTON HEARS A WHO! (U, 86 mins) Family/Comedy. Featuring the voices of Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Will Arnett, Carol Burnett, Josh Flitter, Jesse McCartney, Dane Cook. Directors: Jimmy Hayward, Steve Martino. ***** THE colourful characters...
Classic Volvo Still Has Great Appeal; CLAASIC CARS with IAN JOHNSON This Week: Volvo PV444
Byline: IAN JOHNSON WHEN people talk of classic Volvos the subject nearly always turns to the iconic Amazon or the classy P1800 featured in the TV series The Saint. But there was a Volvo produced before these cars that can justly claim the title...
Customers Told to Go Elsewhere; Rock Writes to Borrowers
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN MORTGAGE customers coming to the end of their deal at Northern Rock are being written to by the bank to suggest looking for another deal, the bank confirmed today. The Rock, which is expected to be placed in temporary...
Cut Costs to Make More Money
REDUCING the cost base of any business is an ongoing challenge. For a small business, in particular, lower costs mean higher profits. But there are some quick wins. And one of these is to choose a lower emission vehicle next time you need to replace...
Dig to Uncover Studio of US Artist
AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL dig on the North East coast is set to uncover the workshop studio of a leading 19th Century artist. Over the weekend, a team from Newcastle University will carry out the dig at Bank Top in Cullercoats, North Tyneside, on the site...
Double Date with Kempf; Classical
Byline: RICHARD YATES ONE of Britain's most charismatic young pianists has a double date on Tyneside which will delight his many fans. Freddy Kempf will be at The Sage Gateshead this Sunday morning for a recital before joining the Northern Sinfonia...
Eagles Need to Turn Down Heat
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN THE man who masterminded the Eagles' Trophy final defeat earlier this month has spoken of the need to deny the Fab Flournoy's side another piece of silverware. Guildford Heat coach Paul James will be hoping the Eagles slip...
Eating Out: This Chain's a Strong One; NANDO'S
Byline: GORDON BARR The Gate, Newgate Street, Newcastle. Tel: (0191) 261 0131. ***** I'M NOT a great fan of restaurant chains, as I have stated on these pages before. That said, they have their place and they can vary greatly in service...
England Suffer a Touch of the Collywobbles
ALL-ROUNDER Paul Collingwood has been sent to hospital for a precautionary scan on a left calf injury - less than 24 hours before England's deciding Test against New Zealand. The Durham player suffered the injury during the previous Test victory...
Evolution: Adding to Its Line-Up; an Eclectic Mix of Musicians Are Lining Up to Take Part in This Year's Evolution Festival, as We Reveal
THE indoor programme has been confirmed for this year's Evolution music festival. Seth Lakeman, The Blackbyrds and Domino Records will join the north's biggest music event from May 23 to 26. Ten indoor shows will now be staged at six venues in...
Experience Changed My Perspective on Life
MICHAEL Barker volunteered as a development manager in Uganda for a year. He says it changed his perspective on life and he hopes he helped organisations financially. The 31-year-old, who works for Deloitte, says: "It was a great experience but...
FAREWELL OUR HERO; Modest Soldier Killed in German Car Tragedy
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY CRADLED by his comrades, the coffin of a Tyne side soldier is carried into church. Lee Thompson was cruelly killed by a twist of fate after surviving the world's troublespots. Lee, 22, known as Tomma, decided to take...
Fight for a Slice of Fortune; One Is an American Billionaire, the Other Is a Tyneside Pensioner. ALASTAIR CRAIG Looks at How Their Two Worlds Collided over the Viasystems Collapse
Byline: ALASTAIR CRAIG BITTER former workers at Tyneside's axed Viasystems plants this week began their fight for compensation through the courts. The first of an expected 685 industrial tribunals in Newcastle saw over 20 ex-employees of the...
Find Your Space in the Galaxy; Ford Model Has a Wide Appeal MAXINE ASHFORD Drives the Ford Galaxy Ghia 2.0 TDCi Fivedoor. This Is Her Verdict
Byline: MAXINE ASHFORD IF space and comfort top your wish-list then look no further than the new Ford Galaxy Ghia. With ample room for seven adults to sit in comfort, plus store their luggage, the Galaxy really lives up to the challenge. Unlike...
Football: Beardo Ful-Ly Confident of a Win
Byline: By LEE RYDER TOON legend Peter Beardsley says that Newcastle United can continue their mini revival against Fulham providing they pick up where they left off against Birmingham. The Geordie favourite teamed up with Kevin Keegan last night...
Football: Beye: Tough Challenge Ahead for Us
Byline: By LEE RYDER HABIB BEYE has warned Newcastle United not to take anything for granted against second-bottom Fulham. The former Marseille skipper knows the importance of United's first win of the Kevin Keegan era against his old club, but...
Football: Black Cats Boss Hopeful of That First Away Win
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER ROY KEANE refuses to worry about Sunderland's away record - insisting the elusive first win 'will come'. The fourth-bottom Wearsiders head to Villa Park tomorrow still looking to break their duck away from home after taking...
Football: Boss' Backing Makes Life Easier for Keeper Harper
Byline: By ALLAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer STEVE HARPER goes in against Fulham at St James's Park tomorrow knowing that he has the full backing of his manager Kevin Keegan. And Harper - the only player left from Keegan's first managerial stint...
Football: Danny Targets Elusive 'Goals' Collins Wants to Turn a Villa Killer
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER DANNY COLLINS believes he should be on a personal hattrick when his side go to Aston Villa tomorrow. The Black Cats defender scored his only Sunderland goal so far in his last visit to Villa Park almost two years ago,...
Football: Faye: We Know We Must Beat Fulham; Toon Defender Is Focused on Getting Crucial Victory THE FRIDAY FILE Newcastle United V Fulham St James's Park Saturday, March 22, 2008. Kick-Off: 3pm
Byline: By LEE RYDER ABDOULAYE FAYE says that Newcastle United are well aware of the task in hand when it comes to Premier League survival. The Senegal defender admits the last three months have been a horrendous experience for him and his team-mates...
Football: Get a Win and I Can Sleep Easy; Martins Wants Three Points to End His Sleepless Nights
Byline: By LEE RYDER TOON No 9 Oba Martins wants to beat Fulham tomorrow in order to get a good night's sleep for the first time since December 15. The pounds 10m former Inter Milan star explained how only Premier League victories make him rest...
Football: JUST PLAY IT AGAIN, LADS; We Feel We've Got Some Momentum Going Now and We Want to Keep That Going. That's the Key for Us
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer KEVIN KEEGAN'S teamtalk before tomorrow's game with his former club Fulham at St James' Park should not take too long. For the United boss will simply tell his players: "Play it again for me." Keegan...
Football: Keane Is Ready for O'Neill
SUNDERLAND boss Roy Keane is looking forward to pitting his wits against Martin O'Neill tomorrow. He has revealed he has a lot of time for former Celtic boss O'Neill - who was one of a host of names strongly linked with the Sunderland job before...
Football: Patient Keegan Plays It Safe; No Risking Toon's Future: KK
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer KEVIN KEEGAN insists he will not gamble with Newcastle United's Premier League future as he searches for a first victory since returning to St James's Park in mid - January. The United boss heads into...
Football: Spartans Need Big Effort for Shock Win; BLUE SQUARE NORTH
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON BLYTH Spartans will attempt to pull off a shock result tomorrow when they take on Burscough in Lancashire. The Spartans will look to spike the home side's guns as the in-form Linnets look to keep their play-off bid on track....
Football: Top Guns near Final Mission; FA VASE
Byline: By LEE RYDER WHITLEY BAY'S prolific strike force of Lee Kerr and Paul Chow today promised: "We're on a mission to reach Wembley." The coast club's FA Vase run has been a magical journey so far and with East Anglia side Lowestoft Town...
Football: Viduka's Goal Vow to United
Byline: By ALLAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer NEWCASTLE United striker Mark Viduka is pledging to get back on to the goals trail to ensure Kevin Keegan's side stay in the Premier League. The Aussie striker starts a home game in the League for only...
Freedom Is within Grasp of Mum's Killer; Man Given Life Could Be Released in Three Years
Byline: By SARA NICHOL and LINDA RICHARDS A MAN who murdered a mum when she rejected his advances then burned down the home where her family slept could be freed in three years. After strangling Eileen Clarke, John Kerton sexually assaulted her...
Genesis Born; STEVE HUGHES Looks at a New Super Car from Hyundai
Byline: STEVE HUGHES HYUNDAI is seeking public approval for its new baby Ferrari before deciding whether or not to bring it to Britain. The stylish coupe is about to go on sale in America and is almost certain to reach the UK too, but the British...
Historic Chalice Snatched; Police Hunt for Church Raiders
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter THIS historic silver chalice was stolen from a rural church. Now police and clergy have asked Evening Chronicle readers to help to find the precious goblet and track down the thieves. And in a separate...
Hockey: Write Us off If You like, Say Viper
Byline: By LEE RYDER ROB WILSON has revealed how being branded underdogs suits Newcastle Vipers down to the ground. The Canadian coach - who has stepped out of retirement to take part in the Elite League playoffs - certainly isn't underestimating...
Keep a Car in Great Shape
GRAHAM Stokoe says: "The winter months can cause excess moisture which can affect the interior of your car with rotted carpets and discoloured upholstery if they are not left to dry out properly. "Preferably on a warm, sunny day, leave the windows...
Lap Dance Club in Longer Hours Row; Bar Aims for 4am Close despite Noise Concerns
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A LAP dancing bar is involved in a new row after council officials claimed planning conditions have been broken. The Navy Bar and Officers' Deck in Mosley Street, Newcastle, has angered neighbours after...
Lawn Tennis: Nadal Sets Up Pacific Showdown
RAFAEL NADAL and Novak Djokovic will go head-to-head in a muchanticipated rematch at the Pacific Life Open after both players advanced to the semi-finals in California. Second-seed Nadal advanced with a 7-5 3-6 6-3 triumph over American James Blake...
Little Pickers Get Stuck in to Litter; Tots Dirty Their Hands to Clean Up the Area
Byline: By AMY HUNT Environment Reporter THESE little litter pickers donned their rubber gloves and had their sweeping brushes handy as they tidied up their neighbourhood. Children from Riverside Nursery in North Shields helped council staff...
Lives Put in Danger by Idiotic Yobs; GANG HURL BOTTLES AT FIREFIGHTERS TACKLING BLAZE
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA MINDLESS teenagers hurled glass bottles over a dual carriageway at firefighters trying to put out a blaze. Crews were called to deal with a grass fire just off the A19, in Howdon, North Tyneside. As they tackled it,...
Making a World of Difference to the Needy; Voluntary Service Overseas Is Celebrating Its 50th Anniversary This Year. LAURA CAROE Looks at Its Work and Speaks to Some of the Volunteers
Byline: LAURA CAROE FOR many people, working abroad is a lifetime ambition. And for more and more people, helping out on a charity project has become appealing. Voluntary Service Overseas is an international charity which works with volunteers...
Memories We Will Treasure All Our Lives
SARAH Atkinson had always wanted to volunteer abroad and persuaded her husband Nick that it was a good idea. They volunteered with VSO in Eritrea for two years. While Sarah was a teaching methodology trainer for 23 rural schools in the country, Nick...
Mercedes That Can Park Itself
Byline: By STEVE HUGHES A CAR which can park itself is to go on sale in the next few months. The latest version of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class family hatch will feature optional parking assist to enable it to get into parking spaces automatically....
Minister of Music; ALAN NICHOL Takes a Look at the Line-Up for Gateshead's International Jazz Festival This Weekend Jazz, Blues and Roots/the Locals
Byline: ALAN NICHOL SHOULD anyone ever doubt the power of music to effect political and cultural change, one expert witness for the defence would be the Brazilian composer, singer and guitarist Gilberto Gil. The former prisoner and political...
Missing Teen Is Back Safe with Family; OFFICERS INTERVIEWING YOUNGSTER OVER HER DISAPPEARANCE
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter REUNITED with her family, missing teenager Sian Craig is safe and well. Police were today talking to the 16-year-old schoolgirl, who was missing from home for almost two weeks. Sian, from Fawdon, Newcastle,...
Mum Killed in Home; Woman Attacked as Two Sons Were in Another Room
Byline: By KERRY WOOD A GRANDAD has been left devastated after his bgrandaughter was killed in her own home. Kelly McKitten's two sons, both believed to be under 10 years old, were in another room of the house in Gardiner Crescent, Pelton Fell,...
Newest Vauxhall Caught in Disguise
Byline: By STEVE HUGHES THE latest model from the Vauxhall stable has been photographed being tested on roads in the United Kingdom. It is the forthcoming Insignia model, which is the company's Vectra replacement which will be seen for the first...
Outstanding Sir Paul Honoured at Brits
SIR Paul McCartney put his troubles to one side as he was honoured for outstanding achievement at the Brit Awards . The former Beatle has spent the past week locked in a bitter divorce battle with estranged wife Heather Mills. But he found time...
Perfect Picasso; IAN JOHNSON Takes to the Citroen C4 Picasso 2.0 HDi Exclusive Sevenseat
Byline: IAN JOHNSON CITROEN hit on a winner with the neat Picasso MPV, based on the Xsara hatchback, which went down a storm with British drivers. Now Citroen is driving the whole concept forward light years with a futuristic Picasso based on...
Polo Goes Green with Blue Tinge; ROBIN ROBERTS Drives the Volkswagen Polo 1.4 TDI BlueMotion2
Byline: ROBIN ROBERTS THE Volkswagen Polo Blue Motion marks a line in the sands of time. Introduced last autumn it has quickly spawned Blue Motion versions of the larger Golf and Passat. And you can bet as new series are introduced this will...
Power Cut Hits Shops' Easter Trade; CITY CENTRE DISRUPTION LASTS ALL DAY
Byline: ALASTAIR CRAIG SHOPS enjoying one of the busiest days of the year were plunged into darkness when power failed. At least seven stores on Newcastle's Grainger Street were forced to turn customers away just minutes after opening, with 24...
Princely Sums Bet at Doncaster
PRINCE FOREVER is the new favourite with the sponsors for the William Hill Lincoln after leading ante-post fancies Zaahid and Lang Shining both missed the cut for the Doncaster showpiece. The pair, trained by Barry Hills and Sir Michael Stoute respectively,...
Pub Quiz Uncovered
WOZ and co. were once again visiting a quiz in South Shields which is certainly proving a hot bed for trivia challenges and The Simonside has two a week. PUB: The Simon-side Arms, South Shields, South Tyneside QUESTION MASTER: Dai DAY AND...
Regular Checks Spark Big Savings
Byline: By CHRIS RUSSON TEN minutes spent checking your car every month could result in savings of up to pounds 200 a year on fuel costs. That's the verdict of experts at practical motoring magazine Car Mechanics. The average age of the 30...
Rich Realm of Fantasy; Cinema
THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES (PG, 96 mins) Family/Drama/Action. Freddie Highmore, Sarah Bolger, Mary-Louise Parker, David Strathairn, Nick Nolte, Izabella Miko, Joan Plowright, and the voices of Seth Rogen, Martin Short. Director: Mark Waters. *****...
Road to New Motor Village
THE North East based motor dealer, Benfield Motor Group has invested more than pounds 200,000 in the creation of a dedicated new Motor Village at its Portland Road site. The Motor Village, will bring together the popular Kia, Nissan and Skoda dealerships...
Roof Down for the Winter; MIKE TORPEY Drives the Saab 9-3 Convertible Aero 2.0T
Byline: MIKE TORPEY WHEN the inspiration for a conver tible comes from Scandinavia, where extremes of weather are commonplace, the emphasis has to be on year-round adaptability. Saab's 9-3 soft-top was always a fourseater, but this streamlined...
Rugby Union: Hay, Let's Start Winning Again! Kiwi Carl Issues a Rally Cry to Falcons PURE WAL RUGBY LEEDS V NEWCASTLE FALCONS, HEADINGLEY, KICK-OFF 7PM
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL CARL HAYMAN is heading the drive forward for professionalism in Newcastle Falcons' Heineken Cup quest, calling for a clinical end to a turbulent season. It could be argued turbulence is all the All Black powerhouse has...
Rugby Union: Time to Front Up, Urges Bates
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL STEVE BATES has told his Newcastle Falcons players to earn their European Challenge Cup spots - especially his front-rowers. Micky Ward starts for the first time tonight since January's 97-0 Cetransa El Salvador walkover...
Running to Help Others; COMMENT
EVERY year, thousands of people take on the challenge of running to help others. The majority of people taking part in organised events run either in memory or as a tribute to a loved one and raise vast amount of money for deserving causes. Others...
Sir Bobby Offers Gazza His Hand in Friendship; TOON'S EX-BOSS INVITES TROUBLED STAR TO HIS HOME FOR A CHAT
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON FORMER Newcastle United manager Bobby Robson has thrown an open invitation out to troubled football ace Paul Gascoigne to come and visit him at his County Durham home. Gazza is recovering from a mental health breakdown...
Sorting the Men from the Boys; Stripping Posties to Bare It All on TV to Help Tilly
Byline: By HELEN RAE FIRST it was the stage and now it's the small screen for these stripping posties. Six employees from the sorting office in Heaton, Newcastle, caused a stir when they ripped their clothes off for their version of the Full...
Still Showing; Cinema
STEP UP 2 THE STREETS (PG) With high-energy dance sequences, contrived romance and a beautiful cast of lithe young things with flat stomachs and even flatter dialogue, this works up just enough sweat to appeal to an undemanding teen audience. The...
The Clueless Alcoholic Who Robbed His Local Corner Shop; Yob Threatened Shopkeepers with 10-Inch Blade
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY A KNIFE-WIELDING robber held up his local corner shop for two bottles of vodka. Alcoholic Allan Heslop, 18, who has had a drink problem since the age of 11, struck at the store at the end of his street in Elswick, Newcastle....
The Locals; the North East Local Music Scene Jazz, Blues and Roots/the Locals
Byline: GARY BECKWITH NEWCASTLE four-piece Greyhound launch their first EP, In Dog We Trust, at the Cumberland Arms this Saturday. Described as an interbreeding of Rush and Radiohead, crossed with U2 crossed with The Police, with an insertion...
The Odder the Better for Pru; ANGEL EYES Fawlty Towers Star Celebrates the Eccentrics of Real Life
Byline: ANGEL EYES WE LIKE to think of ourselves as a little eccentric here at Angel Eyes. We have to be, really, with some of the stories we come across. It's unlikely, though, that any of us will find ourselves in a show devoted to eccentrics...
TODAY'S Forum Users
TODAY'S forum users are talking about how wonderful teachers are. You can have your say by logging on to www.chroniclelive.co.uk/haveyoursay I HAVE just recently visited my son's senior school in the Gateshead area for his parents' evening. He is...
Tributes for Punch Victim; Friends and Family Share Memories of Fun-Loving 24-Year-Old
Byline: By KERRY WOOD HEARTFELT tributes have poured in for party-lover Graeme Pounder, who died after an incident in a nightclub. The popular 24-year-old died on Monday after being punched while on the dance floor at The Loft in Durham. He'd...
Twingo Can Dance Rings around Its Rivals; TONY LARNER Test Drives the Renault Twingo GT 1.2 and Finds That It Is a Tiny Terrier of a Car
Byline: TONY LARNER BIG may be beautiful but small cars have become the most attractive option for a new generation of motorists. Gas guzzling monsters are an increasingly endangered species as petrol prices continue to rocket to wallet-busting...
Vettori Looking to the Future
NEW ZEALAND are confident they have found two players for the future after injuries persuaded them to gamble on giving debuts to Grant Elliott and Tim Southee for the deciding Test against England. Seamer Kyle Mills, their leading wicket-taker in...
V for Victory Is the Target
DONCASTER heralds the start of the new Flat season and it is the Richard Hannon team who can claim first blood in the William Hill Lincoln. Vitznau looks placed to run a big race on Town Moor in what is usually one of the most competitive events...
Warriors Have a Double Incentive
WHITLEY WARRIORS go into this weekend's play-off double header against Tyneside rivals Newcastle ENL Vipers knowing four points could clinch their place in the English National League Championship final at Coventry Skydome on April 13. Player/coach...
WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH; We Need Mental Strength If We Are to Beat Man U: Milner
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE UNITED star James Milner today insisted the Magpies must step up their mental toughness if they are to beat Manchester United on Saturday night. The Toon ace scored a wonderful goal in the corresponding fixture...